Exquisite Exhibit

Exquisite Exhibit

Parlour Games from the Studio Artist Program, 2004-2014

September 13, 2014 – October 11, 2014

Guest curator Joey Orr invited twenty-one artists from our Studio Artist Program—some who had studios years ago and some who recently moved in—to collaborate on seven unique “exquisite corpse” collaborative artworks. “Exquisite corpse” was a parlor game taken up by the Surrealists whereby three artists collaborated on a portrait or drawing without knowing what came before or after their respective contributions. The result was considered a picture of the unconscious reality of the group.

Directly installed on seven gallery walls, these site-specific works engaged the space and magnified the scale of the game. To create the “corpses,” each of three artists in a collaborative group created a portion of an image without knowing what his or her fellow artists did. The resulting exquisite corpses revealed the unconscious ethos and personality of each group and of Atlanta Contemporary’s Studio Artist Program.


Steven L. Anderson

Steven L. Anderson’s work is about the power of Nature, and the nature of power. His artistic practice attempts to view the systems of the natural world from the perspective of a plant or a tree—hoping to bring a whole new way of seeing the world, which can open up new ways of seeing our human systems.

Alone and collaboratively, and across several media, Anderson engages in projects that use this shaman-like empathy with nature to perceive, identify, and work with the energy flows that surround us. Many of these “energy strategies” are manifested in the studio, artworks which function as tools for activating energy in individuals and communities.

Anderson’s artistic goal is “to make images, things, spaces, and situations that fuse the exhilaration of the human spirit with the ferocious beauty of Nature to make a palpable, tingling essence.”

Anderson’s collaborations have included working as Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc. with Tom McKenzie; publishing Cakewalk Magazine; projects with Atlanta artists Sandy Corley, Mark Leibert, and Craig Dongoski: and making things with many other amazing people.

Anderson is a 2015 Hambidge Fellow, and a 2014–15 Walthall Artist Fellow. His art has been seen in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. Anderson is represented by {Poem 88} Gallery in Atlanta.

Paul Stephen Benjamin

Paul Stephen Benjamin received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MFA from Georgia State University. In 2019, he exhibited Pure, Very, New at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY and participated in the Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba. He’s been included in solo and group exhibitions at a variety of institutions and art spaces, including Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (2018), Telfair Museum Jepson Center, Savannah, GA (2018), The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2017), Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (2017), High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2016), among others. He has received a range of awards and fellowships, including The Southern Art Prize (2018), The State Fellow of Georgia (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Fellow (2017), Artadia Award (2014), Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, Hambidge Distinguished Fellowship, and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award. Benjamin is a finalist for the distinguished Hudgens Prize in Georgia (2019). He was born in Chicago and lives and works in Atlanta.

Craig Drennen

Craig Drennen is an artist based in Atlanta, GA who identifies primarily as a painter even though the centrifugal force of his studio practice often propels him outside the practice of painting. His most recent solo exhibition was “BANDIT” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia. Prior to that he had solo exhibitions at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, Samsøñ gallery in Boston, and Helper project space in Brooklyn. Drennen’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and the New York Times, among other places. He has been interviewed by StoryCorps, Art Pulse, and New American Paintings. He teaches at Georgia State University, served four years as dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and writes occasional art criticism. Since 2008 he has organized his studio practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. He is a 2018 awardee of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Sarah Emerson

Sarah Emerson is an Atlanta-based artist. Her paintings and installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape. She uses the camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition to explore themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape.

Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998, and she completed her master’s degree at Goldsmiths College in London in 2000. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including White Columns, New York; Cosmic Gallery (Cargnel Bugada), Paris; the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec; Mirus Gallery, San Francisco; the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL; and the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. Her work has been published in Noplaceness: Art in a Post Urban Landscape, Stickers Deluxe: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, and New American Paintings in 2012, 2007, and 2003. She was awarded the2014/2015 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant selected by Siri Engberg, senior curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Emerson is represented by Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta.

Mark Leibert

Mark Leibert was born and raised in Honolulu. His practice includes drawing and painting, time-based works, photography, and installation. His works explore the intersection of nature, human culture, and the built environment. He has been known to make his own paint, mediums, and refined linseed oil.

Leibert received his BA from University of California–Berkeley and MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. His work has been shown and collected nationally and internationally.

Michi Meko

Multidisciplinary artist Michi Meko (b. 1974, Florence, Alabama) draws influence from Southern culture and contemporary urban. He has an uncanny ability to inspire an urbanized aesthetic that is innovative, challenging and thoughtful. The works allude to conditions both physical and psychological. His work is a proclamation of strength, perseverance and remembrance. He is represented by Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta. Michi Meko lives and works in Atlanta.

Jiha Moon

Jiha Moon’s (b. 1973, Daegu, South Korea) Lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She is recipient of the prestigious Jean Mitchell Foundation’s Painter and Sculptor’s Award for 2011. Her mid-career survey exhibition, “Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here” organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum is touring more than 10 museums around the country until 2018. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Asia Society in New York, the High Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, and the Virgina Museum of Fine Arts.

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