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Temporary Art Center
Temporary Art Center
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
September 18, 2021 – November 14, 2021
Hair is in many ways about vanity and identity. Never has that been more obvious than during a pandemic, while everyone was wearing masks our only distinguishing feature was our hair. Many of us went a full year or more without a haircut. Salons were one of the first businesses to re-open to much fanfare.
At the age of 16 I left home because the cultural battle over hair was too great. I was not giving up my mohawk. At the time, long hair on white men was often associated with Vietnam, hippy culture, and drug use. Metal and hair bands were a guiding force in my own youth that came with a strong dose of rebellion. Rod Stewart, David Lee Roth, and even the Beatles created controversy with their hair that questioned gender stereotypes and poked at tropes of masculinity.
This exhibition plays with how men and women find identity and expression with their hair across race and culture. Through various mediums the exhibition explores texture, process, and form. Hair shows intent in who we are, what we have to say, and how we are going to say it. It is arguably the most universal feature of self-expression.
Artists in the exhibition included in this exhibition are: Iona Rozeal Brown, Daniel Hoover, Kathryn Refi, Jen Ray and more to be announced.
The Temporary Art Center is a curatorial project created by Scott Ingram. Past exhibitions include, “Til the lights go out” at Hathaway Contemporary Gallery ( 2018), and PROJECT: The Temporary Art Center at the Conklin Metal Building, Atlanta, GA (2019-20).
Brown was born in 1966, Washington, DC and currently live and works in New York City. She received her MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT in 2002. Brown uses her large-scale acrylic paintings to wryly comment on the ductile and ever-changing essence of cultural identity, most often by creating visual mash-ups of two disparate but in fact subtly harmonious subcultures: the samurai and geishas depicted in traditional Japanese ukiyo-e printmaking and the contemporary world of hip-hop. Trained in the art of ukiyo-e herself, Brown pursues a transcultural aesthetic in both her imagery and her technique, mixing the racial, gender, and class issues in her subject matter with the deftness of a DJ. The artist’s paintings have been widely exhibited, and she received a solo show at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010. In 2011 she was commissioned to create a performance for the Performa biennial.
As a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, Hoover earned his B.F.A in Photography. He then embarked on a teaching career which led him to teaching posts at Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC and Temple University’s Center City Program in Philadelphia, PA. He also lectured at Georgetown University and Temple University during this time, as well. Continuing photographic study, Hoover pursued graduate level courses as a Future Faculty Fellow at The Tyler School of Art, also in Philadelphia. Daniel Hoover’s exhibitions include New Visions at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Washington, DC 2003; Dark Blue Fire at the Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2003; Impregnable Direction, Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY 2003; Flash, City Gallery East, Atlanta, GA 2002 and New Power Generation, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA 2001. The artist was born in Elizabeth City, NC in 1969.
Multidisciplinary artist Jen Ray presents performances, paintings, and sound works that celebrate female confidence and self-determination. Drawing inspiration and symbolism from a wide range of socio-political and cultural references, from feminist science fiction and dystopian theory, to seventies glam rock, to multi-layered historical references and gendered storytelling, the artist challenges static or reverential perceptions of feminism and encourages on-going discussions about gender, intersectionality, and identity politics.
Artist Kathryn Refi was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art with her B.F. A. and earned her M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. She has had solo exhibitions at Elijah Wheat Showroom in Brooklyn, Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and Solomon Projects in Atlanta. Her work has been included in group shows at Pierogi Gallery in New York, Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh, the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee, Mixed Greens in New York, the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, and The Contemporary in Atlanta, among many others. Her work is in the numerous collections, including King and Spalding, Agnes Scott College, and The Sovereign. She currently resides in Athens, GA.
- Curated by Scott Ingram