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Summer Series: House Guests
July 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017
Atlanta Contemporary presents King Tide, a Contemporary Off-Site exhibition featuring works by Studio Artists Tyler Beard, Jamie Bull, Jane Garver Foley, Kelly Kristin Jones, and Hannah Tarr at COOP Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee.
COOP Gallery invites Atlanta Contemporary and Daniel Fuller to present an exhibition as a part of their second annual summer series of exhibitions entitled House Guests.
“A few months ago, I was drifting off to sleep while the lull of a CNN report hummed gently in the background. It was a story of a man in his late 50s who had lived in South Beach, practically the same condo, his entire life. Thru his life he has watched sea levels wax and wane, his short- legged dogs bearing the majority of the brunt on their daily walks. His current crew of a dachshund named Fritz and two Corgis named Baron and Willie find water lines up to their collars after the most minor rains. I wandered deeper into my doze and dreamt of Atlanta, the seaside paradise. The sun shining down on soft white sands, clear blue water undulating towards the foamy Decatur coast.”
Image courtesy of Hannah Tarr.
Tyler Beard (b. 1982, Olathe, KS) holds an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA from the University of Kansas. He has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO; Central Utah Arts Center, UT; Robischon Gallery, CO; and Hathaway Gallery, GA. Additionally, He has been featured in exhibitions at ROCKELMANN&, Berlin; Victori + Mo, NY; Coop Gallery, TN; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; and the Biennial of the Americas, CO. He has participated in numerous artist residencies including the Montello Foundation, NV; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Ceramic Center Berlin, GER; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, MN; and OffShore, NY. Beard currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Jaime Bull builds a cast of sparkly clad forms that embody a strong, sexy, dangerous female presence. She is a collector and uses found, repurposed materials in her work to reference the body with a feminist perspective. Spending her time dumpster diving at the recycling center or scouring Goodwill to amass second-hand tube tops and sequined prom dresses, Bull’s sculptures have the rhinestone aesthetic of a bedazzled jean jacket or a Mardi Gras float. She examines and questions our relationship with the environment by highlighting a preoccupation with hoarding mass quantities of “stuff.”
Bull received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia, Athens in 2013. She is a recipient of the Willson Center for the Arts research grant for her thesis work Lady Beasts: An Investigation of Womanliness. She has exhibited in Atlanta with Whitespace, Camayuhs, Hathaway Gallery and at the Airport in Terminal E. Regionally, she has shown work at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, University of North Georgia, Auburn University, Albany Museum and the COOP Gallery in Nashville. Most recently, her sculptures were featured in a two woman show with artist Melissa Brown (Brooklyn, NY), entitled Fountain, at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. She is a Vermont Studio School Fellow, attended a two-month residency at the Bernheim Arboretum in Louisville, KY and was an Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Artist in Residence from 2016-2019. She was featured in and on the cover of the 219th edition of Ambit Magazine, London.
Jane Foley has created public sound sculptures for the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, Portugal and La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, France with Zurich-based Sound Development City, as well as composed sounds that played in taxicabs throughout the 5th Marrakech Biennale in Morocco. In Atlanta, they have created works for the High Museum, Flux Projects, The Atlanta Contemporary, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, among others. Foley currently teaches art at Georgia State University and Emory University while raising a son who is also an artist and assists on many projects.
While often starting with the camera, Kelly Kristin Jones’ work utilizes various methods and materials to survey new concepts. Primarily interested in our relationship to environment, Jones explores how we are implicated and reflected in something so familiar it has become nearly invisible. Shifting perspective, renegotiating space, and recording sights, Jones studies the utter strangeness of space and movement in urban areas.
Kelly Kristin Jones earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and currently teaches at Georgia State University. Jones is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), the Southwest Airlines Arts and Social Engagement Prize (2013), the MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist Award (2013), the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship (2012), The Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Prize (2011, 2012) and the Municipal Art League Fellowship (2012).
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.
Coop is a curatorial collective made up of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging new or under-represented artists/artworks in the community. COOP is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content, with a goal to provide an alternative venue for artists free from the constraints of the retail market. COOP seeks to initiate a discourse between Nashville and art scenes across the country by inviting artists to show, develop projects and interact with the Nashville community.
Daniel Fuller was the curator at Atlanta Contemporary from December 2014 to June 2019. Prior to this he had been the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art. He has curated exhibitions at ice fishing shacks, a swap meet, the JumboTron of a minor-league hockey stadium, on public access television, and in several closets. Fuller received his MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. He has written for Art in America, Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, and Art Papers, Frieze, among numerous artist catalogs. He has previous curatorial experience with the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in Philadelphia and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY.