It was a quiet week in Atlanta as far as art events go, but I did manage to take in four shows:
Best of the week:
Lauren Clay at Eyedrum From the eyedrum site: "Local artist Lauren Clay presented a small gallery exhibit titled Hideaway Units and Rescue Units. The artist takes on the role of social rescuer with the sincere intent of liberating people who are trapped in everydayness, and creating escape-options for people who are distraught."
I thought the pieces were very sensual and sexy in sort of a feminine Matthew Barney way. I snapped up the best piece of the show (pictured below left), although all the works were strong. I'll have to think a little more how the work actually fits with the artist's intent though. The artist is pictured below as well. (I have got to figure out how to get my camera to take decent pix with a flash)
The rest of the week:
Robert Jessup at Fay Gold Jessup has abandoned his thick, impressionistic petal-like brushstrokes in favor of a flatter, more fluid style. Unfortunately (at least for me), his former style was the only thing I ever liked about his work. Many of the new pieces position Jessup as a John Currin wannabe.
Brian Oglesbee as Fay Gold Oglesbee's black and white photographs are technically wondrous depictions of reflected images in water. Photo techies will love them.
Wayne Kline and the Rolling Stone Press at MOCA GA Part Wayne Kline as artist retrospective and part Kline's Rolling Stone Press retrospective, the show highlights 20 years of prints made at Atlanta's only fine art press, now r.i.p.. All the pieces were lithographs, not my favorite style of printing, and showed a the medium's wide range of possibilities, although I was left cold by most of the pieces in the show.