THE END IS NEAR!

THE END IS NEAR!

March 12, 2020 – July 31, 2020

THE END is a non-profit exhibition project space committed to the presentation of new artwork by Atlanta artists, or artists associated with Atlanta. THE END is a 200 square foot space with an emphasis on solo exhibitions of new work unlikely to be shown at other Atlanta venues. The exhibition of new and challenging work is the primary goal of THE END.

Artists in the exhibition:
Joe Hadden
Courtney McClellan
Kojo Ayodele Griffin
Marissa Graziano
Avantika Bawa
Cayse Cheatham

Namwon Choi
Trey Rozell
Sergio Suarez
Evie Saleh

Emily Tomlinson

SUPPLEMENTAL TEXTS
Atlanta Contemporary have invited artists to share books, writings, and other literature that inspire their practice. The books below are recommended to us by THE END! curator Craig Drennen.

John Currin: The Dogwood Thieves by John Currin
This book traces Currin’s path through the six years it took to complete a single painting, The Dogwood Thieves. Every dead end and misstep depicted with deadpan clarity. A useful antidote for the overdetermined. Published by A.S.A.P. 2012

Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting by Sianne Ngai
This book is still a genuine game changer in that it calmly suggests that nearly everything we’ve been taught about aesthetics is worse than wrong—it’s irrelevant. When you’re finished with it, go back and read her other book, Ugly Feelings. Harvard University Press. 2015.

Ignatz by Monica Youn
Here’s a case where a practicing lawyer wrote one of my favorite books of recent poetry. She uses George Herriman’s Ignatz character as an algebraic stand-in for the men in her life. Somehow this appropriated disguise makes the emotional content closer, not farther away. By chance I met Youn at an awards ceremony in New York City a couple of years ago where she ignored me completely. I’ve never felt more understood. Four Way Books. 2010

The Pornhub Podcast
This is not a book but go ahead and listen to gallerist Michele Maccarone of Maccarone Gallery discuss her exhibit “The Pleasure Principle” with Asa Akira and explain when and how the art world is too conservative for actual innovation.

Lee Lozano: Dropout Piece by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
This is still one of my favorite books about a single artist, and it’s technically about a single artwork. One of the great accomplishments of this book is its tone. The author glides through Lazano’s world like the cool kids that first took you to record stores---surefooted and informed but right by your side. Afterall Books. 2014 (eBook only)

Bios

Kojo Griffin

Kojo Griffin was born in Farmville, VA, in 1971; raised in Boston, MA; and currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and three sons. Griffin has had several solo exhibitions in the US, including two with his former New York gallery Mitchell-Innes & Nash and has shown his work extensively in group shows both domestically and worldwide. He has been a visiting artist at several universities, including The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, SUNY-New Paltz, and, most recently, Hong Kong Baptist University. He was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial of Art, the 2002 Corcoran Biennial of Art, The Freestyle show at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the 2006 Seville Biennial in Seville, Spain.

In 1995, he received a BA in psychology from Morehouse College. Griffin recently received his MFA in painting and drawing at Georgia State University.

Sergio Suarez

Sergio Suárez (1995) is a Mexican born, Atlanta based visual artist. He uses the mediums of printmaking, painting and sculpture to explore language and the structure of materiality in relation to narrative and contradiction. He often borrows small parts of complex systems of thought and production in an attempt to create a space balanced in between tenses. His work has been shown here and there around Atlanta, in spaces like the Ernest G. Welch gallery at GSU, the Abernathy Arts Center, Pulp Gallery, Noch 8 Gallery, and in the Studio 9 of the Atlanta Contemporary. Internationally he’s shown at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in London, and the Ionian Arts Center in Greece; where he also attended two residencies. Upcoming shows include Corta Distamcia, set to open on May 9th at the Consulado General de Mexico en Atlanta, and the Haugesund Internasjonal Relief Festival in Norway, opening May 10th, 2019. His work is also included in the SGCI archives of the Zuckerman Museum. He lives and works in Atlanta GA where he is pursuing a BFA in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking from Georgia State University.

Joe Hadden

Joe Hadden is a Drawer, Painter, and Printmaker who spent his formative years in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his BFA at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and his MFA at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he now lives and works. His hard work and dedication to his practice has, most recently, been acknowledged and rewarded with the Kathleen G. Williams Award of Excellence and with a residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts.

Courtney McClellan

Courtney McClellan is an artist and writer from Greensboro, N.C. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art and Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, and in 2013, she earned her M.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2013-2014, she was the Fountainhead Fellow in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and from 2015-2017 she was the Sculpture Fellow at the University of Georgia. She was a 2017-2018 Museum of Fine Arts Boston Traveling Fellow, and she as been an artist in residence at the Hambidge Center, Wassaic Projects, and Yaddo. Her work is included in SculptureCenter’s exhibition In Practice: Another Echo. She has been awarded the 2019-2020 Roman J. Witt Residency at the University of Michigan. There she will create Witness Lab, an interdisciplinary, collaborative project with the Stamps School of Art students and faculty. The resulting performance project will be exhibited at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Spring 2020. Additionally, she is a 2019-2020 Working Artist Project Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. She will mount a solo exhibition at MOCA GA in summer of 2020. Currently, she serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in Athens. She lives in Atlanta, G.A.

Marissa Graziano

Marissa Graziano (b. 1992) was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2015 and is completing her MFA in Painting at Boston University. Her practice includes painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance art. She currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

Avantika Bawa

Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator and educator based in Portland, OR, and often residences in her hometown, New Delhi, India. Bawa has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. She has participated in the Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Kochi Biennial Foundation and Djerassi residencies among others. Noteworthy solo exhibits include shows at; Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, The Columbus Museum, GA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Nature Morte and Gallery Maskara in India; White Box, Tilt Gallery & Project Space and Disjecta, Portland, OR. In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture. www.drainmag.com. In 2014 Avantika was appointed to the board of the Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.

Namwon Choi

Namwon Choi is an artist based in Savannah, GA. Choi acquired her BFA and MFA in Traditional Korean Painting from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea in 2002, and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2014. Her work has been exhibited at the New York City Korean Culture Center,the Los Angeles Korean Culture Center, Aqua Art Miami, the National MFA Wet Paint Biennial Exhibition in Chicago, and at TheMuseum of Contemporary Art, Georgia in Atlanta. Her work in the “New Connections” exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. was reviewed in the Washington Post. Her recent solo exhibition In-Betweenness showed at Gallery 72 in Atlanta, Georgia; Open Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee; and Artist Homes Gallery in Berlin, Germany.Her upcoming solo exhibition, Blue Distant, opens in October 2019 at Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta. She is currently a professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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