Eso Tilin Projects

Eso Tilin Projects

El Fua

June 11, 2022 – July 24, 2022

Eso Tilin Projects is proud to present El FUA. This exhibition works as a survey of painters based in Atlanta or connected to Atlanta. They are currently using paint and its indeterminate quality to articulate expressions of energy of indeterminate measure. The works included vary from experiments of material phenomena and abstraction, to iconographies involving personal and symbolic systems. These artists share a commitment to the exploration of the medium’s infinite permutations, as a means to explore their relationship to painting. Stemming from the viral video of the same title, this exhibition seeks to compare painting to the plasticity of information, which through the channels of exchange, are both preserved and transformed. The interpretation of phenomena is not fixed nor adheres solely to its original source but exists rather as something elusive, of a slippery nature that runs through us beyond a single understanding and fixes itself anew. Resisting singular interpretation we push on, in the attempts to find and call forth that expression, that similar to EL FUA comes from within.


Addison Adams

Addison Adams is a visual artist and experimental musician based in Atlanta Georgia. Addison received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia and has since continued exploration in drawing, painting, sculpture, sound and performance. Addison has performed at the High Museum of Art, the Goat Farm Arts Center, and MINT gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and has exhibited paintings throughout the Southeast.

Ashton Bird

Ashton Bird (born 1990) is an emerging sculptor and installation artist. His work participates in, reflects on, and is influenced by place. Through reclaiming materials pertinent to location, Bird explores the conditions we make to define our places. His current work focuses on the fragmentary effects of time on culture, habit and the constructed environment. Bird was raised on a farm in southeast South Dakota, received his BFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato, apprenticed at Dakota Pottery in South Dakota, studied at Korea University in South Korea while briefly apprenticing at local Itaewon ceramic shop, and received his MFA from Florida State University. From 2015 to 2019, Ashton founded the 501c3 project space SOUP experimental where he curated 50+ on-site exhibitions, 24 video and written interviews, 3 public art crawls and several large-scale national collaborations between universities and private entities. Bird exhibits at traditional institutes, DIY projects, public art events and online venues. Notable locations include: MINT Atlanta, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Day & Night Projects Atlanta, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Delaware Contemporary, Psychic Jacuzzi, The Washington Pavilion of South Dakota, 410 Gallery Mankato, Metropolitan Gallery 250 Philadelphia, Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center Cincinnati, and Cat Family Records Tallahassee. He recently finished a his 3-month Nexus residency at the Atlanta Contemporary. Currently, Ashton works in Atlanta Georgia, where he is a full-time lighting designer with The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry.

Jenny Jisun Kim

Jenny Jisun Kim was born in Hong Kong, raised in Korea, and is currently based in Red Hook, NY. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is in pursuit of an MFA at Bard College. Her solo and two-person exhibitions include Lean on the Water, Hi-Lo Press, Atlanta, GA (2020), and Imaginary Landscapes, Jalan Besar Salon, Singapore (2019). Her work has been included in a number of group exhibitions worldwide, including Eulji Art Fair―Prize, Dongwoo Building, Seoul, Korea (2019); Through the Looking Glass, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, USA (2018); Close, But Not Touching, Biggercode Gallery, New York, USA (2017); Ah! Sun-flower (three antecedents): Jack Smith, Francis Picabia; “The Bar at the End of the Night” (II), David Lewis, New York, USA (2015); Spazi Aperti XI: Borderless, Romanian Academy in Rome, Italy (2013).

Jay Payton

Jay Payton (b. 1992, Atlanta, GA) received his MFA from California College of the Arts and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo presentations of his work include Gern en Regalia, New York (2021); Delaplane Gallery, San Francisco (2021); Rørvig Contemporary, Denmark (2020); Et. Al, San Francisco (2019); and Mammal Gallery, Atlanta (2018). Group exhibitions include Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2020); Art in General, Brooklyn (2019); Leo Gallery, Hong Kong (2019); Syndkt, Mexico City (2019); Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta (2018); and Camayuhs, Atlanta (2018), among others.

Hannah Tarr

Hannah Tarr lives and works in Atlanta, Ga. Tarr received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. While at RISD Tarr was awarded the 2010 Fellowship at Oxbow School of Art and Artist’s Residency and the Florence Leif Award for Painters. Tarr has shown at Camayuhs (Atlanta), FJORD (Philadelphia), Poem 88 (Atlanta), Loyal Gallery (Sweden), Moca GA (Atlanta), Abernathy Arts Center (Atlanta), Swan Coachhouse (Atlanta), and Hartsfield Jackson Terminal E (Atlanta). She was part of the Atlanta Contemporary Studio Artists program in 2017 and currently works out of her home in Ormewood Park, Atlanta.

Hasani Sahlehe

Hasani Sahlehe grew up in a four-generation home in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He was raised by his grandmother and among his many relatives, several of whom were musicians, educators, artists, and fervent preservers of local history and culture.

Sahlehe graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015. His practice, keenly centered on color and exploring the possibilities of the body of paint, seeks to engage the spiritual through the material. He sees his paintings as bearers of human memory, emotion, and presence. Sahlehe’s work is rooted in abstraction, embracing a broad array of cultural practices, including color field painting, neo-expressionism, ancient and indigenous architecture and writing, and the syncretic, often improvised nature of hip hop,

Sahlehe is a recipient of a 2023 Macdowell Fellowship. He has exhibited internationally and has had solos at SCAD Museum of Art, Adams and Ollman in Portland, OR, Tops Gallery in Memphis, TN, and Gallery 12.26, in Dallas, TX among others


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