Month: January 2012

Inside the Artist’s Studio

posted by – 01/31/12 @ 10:37pm

Often, we think of the artist’s studio as a stomping ground for creativity, the place where the “magic” happens. For Peri Schwartz, however, her studio surroundings are the subject matter for her rich paintings. Rather than pin down an effusive topic, Schwartz maps out the very environment in which she lets her imagination run free. What is at first glance a stack of books and a coffee table transforms into a swirling palette of saturated colors and sharp shapes. As the viewer’s eye flits from form to form, it slowly dawns on them that they are receiving a glimpse into Schwartz’s studio. Sometimes, that is even more captivating than the most surreal subject matter.

Come see Peri Schwartz’s exhibition, The Architect Within, in person this Saturday, February 4th from 6 – 9 P.M. at the 5th Avenue of the Arts Art Crawl.

– TC

Blue Period

posted by – 01/26/12 @ 5:44pm


Like a Canadian Picasso, Konstantin Dimopoulos is diving into the deep blue: the Vancouver artist has enlisted the city as his canvas, swathing avenues of trees in shades of deep blue. The effort, aptly titled The Blue Trees, has caught the attention of  film-maker Miranda Andersen, who recently  produced a film on the artist’s tree work Doesn’t The Blue Trees remind you of Dr. Seuss’s delightfully colorful Lorax sprawl, in a way? Scroll through Dimopoulos’s work, and watch Andersen’s mini-documentary, here.

And for more on the artist’s inspiration behind Blue Trees, check out this past post.

In Good Company

posted by – 01/25/12 @ 1:16am

With its eye on Atlanta’s art scene, BurnAway has sounded off on its favorite art openings and happenings of 2011. Among the list? gloATL’s Liquid Culture in which flash-mob esque performances unfolded all over Atlanta, and Micah Stansell’s The Water and the Blood, a riff on the ever-popular theme of memory. But let’s cut to the chase.

One of our artists, Craig Dongoski, brought his spectrographic drawings to the WhiteSpace Gallery last spring. In Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release, Dongoski treated his viewers to a live drawing simulation, and paraded his works, whose seismic energy is only paralleled by the San Andreas fault.

Want more Dongoski? Head over to Tinney Contemporary. And check out the rest of BurnAway’s picks here.

– TC

Natural Motion

posted by – 01/19/12 @ 6:24pm


Remember in your elementary school art classes when the teacher would ask you to draw continuously, without picking up your pen once? Well, Vancouver-based artist Stefany Hemming makes that her M.O. Hemming works within a “strict set of formal parameters: one tool, one layer of paint, and one limited block of time.”

This paradoxically free-form and restrictive method results in fecund, seemingly never-ending nests like “Jig,” seen above. To learn more about Hemming and some of our other artists, head over to Tinney Contemporary.

– TC

The Suchness of Fashion

posted by – 01/18/12 @ 12:46am

Could Jaq Belcher’s exquisitely detailed cut paper designs be modeled after high fashion looks? From street style frocks to plunging Brioni designs, we can’t help but notice that Belcher’s craftsmanship could be fodder for the next set of couture designs. Be sure to come by and witness Belcher’s exhibit– Suchness–for yourself, now through January 28th.

– TC