This Friday night Talent Loves Company opens at Barbara Archer Gallery. The concept as told by the gallery’s website:
“We reached out to dozens of respected art experts – curators, patrons, academics and well established artists – asking them to recommend artists who would benefit from reaching a larger audience. …After countless studio visits and conversations, 50 were chosen from Atlanta’s extraordinarily rich community of artists flying beneath the radar.
The resulting group ranges from grad students and artists who have exhibited only in grassroots, emerging art venues, to art professionals who have rarely shown their personal work. None of the artists have ever had a one-person show in a mainstream gallery.
Selected artists span diverse mediums including video, animation, interactive sculpture, found object assemblage, embroidery, manipulated photography, painting, drawing, printmaking (including edible prints!), collage, chalk, clay and artists’ books.
Each artist adds their voice to the ongoing dialogue on universal themes such as pop culture, nature, portraiture, life and death, rituals and celebrations.
In a generous aspect of her job as gallery director at Agnes Scott, Lisa Alembik focuses on and consistently promotes the talent of our students. Alembik will be represented both as talent (one of the artists suggesting exhibitors in the show) as well as participating as company (her work was was nominated by another artist to be included in the show). Two of the three Agnes Scott students (two are now alumnae) represented in the exhibit were suggested by Alembik. The students are: VIctoria Campbell, BK Hart and Charmaine Minniefield. The show opens this Friday night. Alembik describes two of the artists as follows:
When Victoria is in the studio, any obstruction that the world might ordinarily build to stand between her and her art making seems to disintegrate. She cultivates a rawness of marking that is exposed in her drawings and videos. She makes it seem as though the histories of her body, those truths that can be hidden but are fundamental to structure, come out through her drawing process.
I believe that Belinda sees an unhinged beauty in detritus that she makes complete in her assemblages. Such ordinary stuff she transforms through her work—the things that we throw away without consideration—like the bag that holds our cereal and keeps it from going stale, or the oddly durable translucent sheet that takes the rough edge out of our towels and perfumes our laundry. Her materials are those that cannot be reused or recycled, or we often just forget to recycle them. Aesthetic pleasure first, then the prime message of her work knocks us over the head.