January 9, 2019

Four Exhibitions to Catch Before They Close, And Other Art News

Art Notes

Carol John at Howard's

Georgia Museum of Art: In his first solo museum exhibition, “Even if I Lose Everything,” Texas-based artist Ted Kincaid presents a collection of abstracted skyscapes that vibrate with fuzzy geometric forms and sublime color palettes. Investigating photography’s balance between reality and artistic truth, he digitally deconstructs and radically reassembles elements from paintings of historical artists and his own photographs of skies. The pixel-based results deceptively blend the appearances of both media and offer reinterpreted skies that weave influences of Romanticism and fantasy. Kincaid will discuss his work in a talk titled “Stranger Than Nonfiction” on Friday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m., and the exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, Jan. 13.

Lyndon House Arts Center: Make sure to visit the Lyndon House before three of its current four exhibitions close on Saturday, Jan. 12. One of the most special exhibitions of the past year, “St. EOM of Pasaquan” explores the life and legacy of self-taught artist Eddie Owens Martin, who created the magnificent, internationally recognized art environment Pasaquan in his hometown of Buena Vista. Following a two-year preservation effort supported by the Kohler Foundation, the 7-acre site—full of painted totems, masonry fence, decorative walkways and a handful of unusual buildings—was gifted to Columbus State University. “St. EOM of Pasaquan” embodies the mystique of the site through paintings, drawings, sculptures, garments, accessories and video. 

Inspired by a long-term friendship that began while pursuing degrees in fabric design at UGA, Athenian René Shoemaker and Iowa resident Judy Bales collaborated on “Call & Response,” an exhibition of dyed silks, fiber works and wearable art. While Shoemaker depicts travel scenes onto delicate, hand-painted silks, Bales utilizes improbable combinations of industrial and natural materials in avant-garde fashion.

Another creative collaboration, “Perennial Pattern,” is a series of 22 screen-printed mono prints that showcase the playful practice of Simon Hunt and Sara Parker. While a concept is agreed upon in advance, the duo uses improvisation to build unexpected layers of textures, colors and patterns. Hunt and Parker will offer an artists’ talk on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

Steffen Thomas Museum of Art: Well worth the 30-mile or so drive outside of Athens, “The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to STMA” includes dozens of notable past and contemporary folk artists. Popular figures such as Howard Finster of Paradise Garden, St. EOM of Pasaquan and Clyde Jones of Bynum, NC, roadside wonder fame are all represented, as are several locals, such as Harold Rittenberry, Tex Crawford and Kip Ramey. Curator Peter Loose will give a talk discussing the history of folk art and anecdotes about the participating artists during a closing reception on Jan. 12 from 3–5 p.m.

Tif Sigfrids & Howard’s: Housed within a shared space downtown, galleries Tif Sigfrids and Howard’s are offering another set of engaging concurrent exhibitions, as well as co-hosting Michael Stipe’s audiovisual piece “Jeremy Dance.” Organized by John Andrew, Tif Sigfrids is presenting “Critter Konzepts,” a collection of colorful abstract expressionist paintings by the late John Fahey. Primarily recognized as a self-taught American primitive guitarist and composer, Fahey applied a similar experimental approach to painting. A tribute to Fahey will be held on Jan. 12 from 5–9 p.m. with performances by Jeremy Kiran Fernandes, Michael Gerard Levasseur, Michael Potter, Tif Sigfrids, Tom Watson and Jacob Sunderlin.

Also closing on Jan. 12, an exhibition of paintings by Alicia Gibson and Carol John at Howard’s is full of energy, improvisation and pop art sensibilities. Brooklyn-based artist Alicia Gibson collages cultural references, text and doodles into lowbrow works that occasionally recall high-school composition notebooks. The paintings of Athens-based artist Carol John pulsate with patterns, interlocking forms and familiar quips like “oh” and “huh.”

Mina Kim: Local creative powerhouse Mina Kim, 37, of Watkinsville, died on Christmas Day, leaving behind many family members and friends who will deeply miss her. As a performer, Kim is perhaps best recognized as Monkey Monk from the theatrical, kid-friendly pop group Like Totally!, but she was also a singer and multi-instrumentalist who played with several bands over the years. As an artist, she was a talented painter and illustrator whose work contributed to the visual landscape of Athens, appearing on the walls of Flicker, Ciné, Craft Public House and The Grit, among others. 

Pixel & Ink: For nearly four years, Pixel & Ink Studio has provided valuable services to the creative community, making changes along the way to best accommodate client needs as well as the local business climate. Last fall, co-owners Carolyn Crist and Laulea Taylor made the difficult decision to close the upstairs Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, and they announced this past week that Pixel & Ink will also permanently shut its doors at the end of the month. The studio’s building at 766 W. Broad Street—which they beautifully renovated following the tenure of DIY music venue Secret Squirrel—has been sold to neighboring business Saucehouse BBQ, which plans to expand its operations in February.