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September 19, 2011

September Gallery Hopping

Where to guide your aesthetic eye this September

By Nancy Staab

This month it’s all about the snaps, as in a slew of amazing photography shows launched in anticipation of Atlanta Celebrates Photography—a month long, city-wide festival of photography shows, lectures and events beginning Oct. 1. From the sublime (Emily Amy Gallery) to the endearingly eccentric (Barbara Archer Gallery) there’s a show for every shutterbug this month—-plus one for the little monsters

A photo from Jonathan Lewis' Designer Labels series A photo from Jonathan Lewis' Designer Labels series












Hagedorn Foundation Gallery is always showing envelope-pushing photography of the kind found in New York City galleries, but that is particularly true this month for The New Photograph show. The exhibit features six international artists who, according to the gallery, “reconfigure information and images form the incoherent jumble of screen shots that confront us daily on Google Maps, Flickr, Ebay and consumer catalogs.” From Jason Slavon, who appropriates portraits from Dutch masters like Van Dyck and Rembrandt and turns them into “ethereal, layered portraits”-- to Jonathan Lewis, who “creates pop art derived from seductive consumer packaging” and designer storefronts-- this show is indicative of how contemporary art is managing digital bombardment and turning it into art. The New Photograph is on exhibit through Oct. 22 at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave.,

A photo by Michael M. Koehler A photo by Michael M. Koehler

Philadelphia-based photographer Michael M. Koehler comes to Get This! Gallery for his first solo show, In Between, featuring his black- and-white, primarily documentary-style street photographs. If the streets of Philly and then the world (Central America, Europe, etc.) are his setting, then people are his captivating subjects. Koehler explains his motivations best: “I photograph because I need to—it is my way of life and how I connect with and understand the world around me. When we are authentically, naturally engaged with another human, we are at our most vulnerable state and mutual trust evolves…” Catch Koehler’s work through Oct. 29 at Get This! Gallery, 662 11th Street NW,

Photos from the Geraldine series by Jerry Siegel Photos from the Geraldine series by Jerry Siegel





Meet 82-year old Geraldine, the exuberant and eccentric subject of photographer Jerry Siegel’s latest series. She could be a subject right out of Diane Arbus’ catalogue-- indeed, Siegel is an admirer of Arbus’ work. Geraldine is an odd bird but also a fashion peacock, whose increasingly bizarrely mis-matched and colorful get-ups and accessories (think tiaras, patriotic ties, wigs, scrunchies and pomp pom sweaters) take on a rationale of their own, unperturbed by other’s perceptions. Siegel first spotted Geraldine out side of a local quick stop in Birmingham, AL, at 6:30AM, where she ate her daily breakfast--this day sheathed in fiery red sequins--and the rest is history. The result is a series of 24 photos not only documenting her fanciful outfits but her equally tender, brazen, fearless and imaginative act of self-fashioning.  Geraldine by Jerry Siegel will be on exhibit at Barbara Archer Gallery through Oct. 29 and Siegel will give a gallery talk at 11AM on the day of the show’s closing, Oct. 29. 280 Elizabeth Street,

An untitled C print by Aaron Norberg An untitled C print by Aaron Norberg

Local photographer and guest curator Stephanie Dowda has pulled together a collection of awe-inducing, as well as quiet and contemplative, works by 11 talented photographers from Atlanta and elsewhere that illustrate notions of the sublime. From idyllic landscapes to glimpses of intimate love affairs to abstractions, Echoes of the Sublime, the new exhibit at Emily Amy Gallery, explores the notion of losing the rational self into something larger such as nature or emotions. Critics may question whether the ideal still exists, but these searching artists seem to prove that the sublime is not out of reach.  Echoes of the Sublime is on show through Oct. 22 at Emily Amy Gallery, 1000 Marietta Street,

Semaphore (2003) by Sally Mann Semaphore (2003) by Sally Mann
















The incomparable Sally Mann brings her latest photographic works to Jackson Fine Arts this September. Proud Flesh is a series of poignant, investigative photos taken over six years of Mann’s husband Larry, who suffers from late-onset muscular dystrophy. As the gallery states, “The resulting series of nudes is a startling yet tender depiction of a body in fragments. No one image offers a cohesive portrait of it’s subject; instead, viewers are invited to consider this frank portrayal of the mature male form with the same painstaking precision as Mann.” This is not Mann’s first stab at examining mortality: she previously focused on decomposing family pet remains and more in her 2003 What Remains series, and has always focused on big themes like family, mortality, sexuality and time in her work. Here, with Proud Flesh, they all fuse into one photographic love story between her and her husband, shot with antique cameras and using techniques that render the images mysterious and timeless. Mann’s photos can be found at MoMA, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art  and of course Jackson Fine Art. Proud Flesh is on exhibit through Oct. 29 at Jackson Fine Art, 3115 E. Shadowlawn Ave.,

A still from Micah Stansell's film The Water and the Blood A still from Micah Stansell's film The Water and the Blood

Don’t miss local filmmaker and installation artist Micah Stansell’s The Water and Blood at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia (MoCA-GA) through Dec. 3. The 27 minute film installation explores, according to the museum, “ideas of family, history, narrative traditions and binary relationships that pull from contemporary issues.” The core of the film is based on a family story remembered and re-imagined but the spare narrative also allows much interpretive room for the viewer. The Water and The Blood is on exhibit at MoCA-GA through Dec. 3. 75 Bennett Street,

A work by Kojo Griffin on loan from MOCA GA at the High Museum A work by Kojo Griffin on loan from MOCA GA at the High Museum













You can also see approximately 40 paintings and drawings of noteworthy Georgia artists from MOCA GA’s permanent collection, including Don Cooper, Kojo Griffin, Larry Walker, Rocio Rodriguez and many more at The High Museum through Feb. 5 in an artistic exchange, whereby MOCA GA also inherited 21 works by Georgia artists from the High Museum collection for temporary show. For more information see and

A monster image at Kai Lin Art A monster image at Kai Lin Art



















Kai Lin Art has a gleaming new gallery space in Buckhead, just down from the Buckhead Theatre, and owner Yu-Kai has filled his first group show with monsters! It’s amazing to see how many local artists work in this theme--whether natural oddities, imaginative creatures, robots, furry beasts, hybrids or cartoon-inspired little menaces. More cute than fierce, the monsters engage one’s playful sense of childhood when fear was contained neatly in fairytales with monsters that were soon rendered fangless. The show also addresses how humans approach the notion of otherness. And it’s just plain fun. Check out works by noted local artists such as Chris Hamer, John Arge, Janie Stamm, Dante Destefano and Richard Tapp. And don’t miss the art-crammed, adjoining gift shop stocked with everything from high fashion sketches to hipster t-shirts by local artists. Monsters 2.0 is on show at Kai Lin Art through Oct. 22 at 3096 Roswell Road, www.kailinart.