Westside Arts District Art Walk, Saturday December 17

Kristin Gorell, Groucho in all of us, oil on canvas, courtesy of {Poem88}

This Saturday’s Westside Art Walk presents great ideas for holiday gifts: art of all varieties!


*11am-12pm Book Launch
535 Means Street NW, (404) 688-1970
www.thecontemporary.org, Open 11am-5pm
Members free, General admission $5, Students $3, Seniors $3, Kids free
*Creative Lives & Careers Book Launch: The Art Life: On Creativity and Career. Our new book brings together words of wisdom about the philosophical and practical issues that affect art-making and the marketplace. Many of the contributors have taken part in exhibitions and programs at ACAC from 2007 to the present.
Exhibitions on view: Sex Drive, and Mike Howard: Good Ole Boy. Sex Drive brings together artworks that address sexuality in a variety of way, with artists exploring issues of identity and gender, romance and lust, religious and legal strictures, and public scandals. The survey of paintings by Mike Howard examines some of the artist’s consistent themes, including hunting and fishing, food, art, and popular culture.

Get This! Gallery
*1pm Artist Talk
662 11th Street NW, 678-596-4451
www.getthisgallery.com, Open 12pm-5pm
Artist Ben “Bean” Worley will discuss his current solo exhibition SYNTHESIZ, currently on view in the gallery. The video on view is an experimental video which focuses on Worley’s interpretations of notable minimalist and post-abstract expressionist works. Show runs through January 7th, 2012.

{ Poem88}
*New Exhibition, 1pm Artist Talk
1100 Howell Mill Road Suite A03
White Provision Building, (404)735-1000
www.poem88.net, Hours: Wed-Sat, noon to 6pm and by appointment
Kristin Gorell: abstractions presents the artist’s particular distillation of her experience traveling between two very different worlds: her life here in Atlanta Georgia where she is an artist and screenwriter comfortably ensconced with her two children in a Midtown bungalow and her life traveling with her husband, Eran, an Israeli writer and film director.  While in Israel, Kristin has observed the strange fragility of life in a war zone as well as the transcendent energy of ancient holy sites from the various faiths uniquely present there; it’s a state of tension and wonder all at the same time. It is not surprising that her paintings embrace those dichotomies: dark and light passages co-exist with layers of delicate, glittering color. Her paintings have a gusto in gesture reminiscent of Philip Guston simultaneous with a transparency and luminous quality that conjures Odilon Redon.  They are experiments — an on-going working out of the push and pull of color, shape and gesture that resists and wants some kind of resolution. This exhibition continues until January 21.

Sandler Hudson Gallery
*New Exhibition* 2pm Both Artists will be present to answer questions.
1009-A Marietta St. NW 404-817-3300
www.sandlerhudson.com Open Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 12-5.
mario petrirena – a poem, a fable, a rumor and susan loftin – clink/clank percussion platform
In this exhibition, Cuban-born Petrirena, continues with his personal iconography exploring themes of memory and fragmentation.  Petrirena will exhibit collage and mixed media installations.  Georgia artist, Susan Loftin will exhibit an interactive clay installation in the small gallery, entitled, Click/Clank Percussion Platform.  This installation uses sound as an integral part of the installation.  The artist encourages the viewer to walk through the installation, altering the clay tiles as they go.  The sound becomes as much a part of the piece as the tiles.

*New Exhibition
1000 Marietta Street NW, Suite 208
www.emilyamygallery.com, tel 404.877.5626, hrs: 11-5
Emily Amy Gallery is pleased to present Cusp, its first-ever exhibition of work by Atlanta-based artist, Scott Ingram. This solo show and 3rd exhibition of the nail polish drawings takes a broader look at the modern art world. Inspired by the work of Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Kenneth Noland, Ingram’s work also has a strong focus on line. Ingram explains, “For me the works are ultimately based in line and drawing. The lines that make up the pieces reflect ideas of human life for me. They all start the same and end the same, but it is the path that each unique line takes that creates the composition.”

*New Exhibition
Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
1000 Marietta Street, Ste 112, Atlanta, GA 30318
www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com. (404) 885-1080. open Tuesday-Saturday 11-5.
Take in some southern comfort in the form of photographs and installation work by Lori Vrba. Most days you can find her elbow deep in chemistry or chasing the next picture with enthusiasm, die-hard determination and a trustworthy Hasselblad. The show runs through January 28th.

Kiang Projects
*New Exhibition
1011 A Marietta Street
info@kiang-gallery.com // tel. 404.892.5477
Gallery Hours: W-F 11-5 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm
16- Sided- Crystal: sixteen paintings by Ben Steele. Ben Steele’s paintings are both transcendental and technological. Sixteen artworks are constructed and refer to the natural physical world, yet also feel digitally produced. In reality, however, there is no digital component to the work. Aiming to simulate a digital vocabulary through physical form, the paintings are based on straight photographs taken, through crystals and prisms, of actual physical constructions. Curated by Karen Tauches. On view through January 28.

664 11th Street NW, (404) 881-0411
www.saltworksgallery.com, Open 12pm-5pm
*Solo exhibition: Glexis Novoa. Continuing a search for parallels in social phenomena, Novoa’s latest works present historical narratives of a dystopic society. The large mixed media works on paper, use metaphor to show the decaying centralizing force of past political icons and technology as the new dehumanizing enchantment. Novoa draws a dystopian world where identity is absent and the individual is displaced by technology. This is Novoa’s first solo exhibition at SALTWORKS.


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