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June 8, 2011

July Gallery Hopping

Magnified florals at Kai Lin,  Radcliffe Bailey’s solo, modern design love at the High

<p>A work by Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey, who has a solo show this summer at the High Museum.</p>

A work by Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey, who has a solo show this summer at the High Museum.

By Nancy Staab

Where to guide your aesthetic eye this month. Plus: the boombox makes a comeback at Jackson Fine Art

The excellently titled Radcliffe Baily: Memory as Medicine exhibit assembles more than 25 works from one of Georgia’s greatest living artists on view through Sept. 11 at the High Museum. Aside from the diversity of his mediums—sculpture, paintings, glass works, found objects and photographs, works on paper, curiosity cabinets and installation pieces—Bailey also delves into the rich archives of history for his tri-part show. “Water” focuses on pieces that reference the transatlantic slave passage. “Blues” presents music as a form of transcendence. And “Blood” references ancestry, race, struggle and Bailey’s own discovery of his Sierra Leone roots. www.high.org

Can the abstract concept of time be captured on canvas? Artist Michele Schuff explores the evasions of time with her new show Metronome at WhiteSpace Gallery. Using the musical timekeeper as a metaphor and a meditation device, Schuff creates striated, layered, encaustic paintings that attempt to capture the beat and the passing of time. Through July 23, 814 Edgewood Ave., www.whitespace814.com

Louisiana folk artist Francis X. Pavey brings his color-saturated, layered canvases, littered with iconic rural South imagery, to a solo show entitled New Roads at Barbara Archer Gallery through July 30. 280 Elizabeth Street, www.barbaraarcher.com

Take a major nostalgia trip at Jackson Fine Art this summer with groovy '70s  photos of  Long Island beach-goers-- from bronzed babes to summer love by photographer Joseph Szabo; surreal images of Californians in their cars by Andrew Bush; and Lyle Owerko's photographic study of that potent piece of cultural anthropology known as the "ghetto blaster" or "boombox." Catch these rites of summer through Aug. 27 at Jackson Fine Art. 3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., www.jacksonfineart.com

As Jackson says:
Lyle Owerkoʼs The Boombox Project  is a celebration of that quintessential big city accessory perched on shoulders or ornamenting front stoops, the icon of the punk, new wave and hip hops movements from the 1970s to the ʻ80s. With his celebrated Abrams Image book of the same name The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music and the Urban Underground (featuring a forward from filmmaker Spike Lee, who immortalized the boombox in 1989ʼs Do the Right Thing) Owerko has brought the youth culture of the city streets into the gallery space. His work “venerates an audio technology that, to eyes accustomed to the iPodʼs futuristic smoothness, seems practically steampunk” according to The New York Times.

As part of it’s ongoing collaboration with MoMA, The High Museum presents Modern by Design an exhibit of modernist objects in three parts: machine age works such as scientific instruments and ball bearings circa the 1930s; iconic pieces from the 1950s by design impresarios such as George Nelson, Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames--with more practical pieces such as Tupperware (ah, the new appeal of plastics) thrown in for good measure; and groovy Italian design of the 1960s and 1970s, including an inflatable “Blow” chair. An accompanying exhibit featuring the High Museum’s recent contemporary design acquisitions and two newly commissioned pieces, one a witty robotic  installation by Dutch artist Joris Laarman, round out the design bonanza on view through August 21. www.high.org

Gorgeously complex images that look like exotic flowers seen under a microscope lens; precious paintings of little birdies (some perched on industrial gears); and slightly surreal illustrations, including that of an airlifted pig, are a few of the enchanting wonders to be seen at the group show DreamScape at Kai Lin Art. Check out the works of artists Wallace Duvall, Adam Wellborn, Greg Noblin and Janie Stamm through July 22800 Peachtree Street NE, www.kailinart.com

Check out Mason Murer Fine Art's major summer exhibit of  the works of more than two dozen of their artists, including monumental equine paintings by James McLaughlin Way, classically-inspired sculpture by Roberto Santo and color-saturated abstracts by Sydney Guberman. 199 Armour Drive, www.masonmurer.com

In honor of National Black Arts Festival, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery brings stirring works by two African American photographers to the gallery. Jason Florio's global portraits in black-and-white feature everything from young boys from Gambia, West Africa, displaying their catch of bush rats-- to a one-eyed fisherman blowing moody wreaths of smoke. In celebration of his new book True Hip Hop, noted photographer Mike Schreiber brings his works to Hagedorn. Don't miss the  portrait of our own snazzily-dressed Jermaine Dupri as well as more gritty portraits of tattooed toughies. Exhibit opens July 9. 435 Peachtree Hills Ave. #25, www.hfgallery.org

Here's what Hagedorn Gallery says about the exhibit:

Portraits of tattooed black bodies, flashy cars and “blinged out" accessories increasingly shape the perception of African American culture both domestically and internationally. Mike Schreiber has captured the raw reality of this culture for more than a decade with images gracing the cover of several leading publications such VIBE, Rolling Stone, SPIN, XXL, and Arise. His collection of mostly black and white images is regarded as undeniably honest and gritty, yet he presents his subjects with great empathy and humanity.