new work and the new south

Since the last update, I’ve added three new paintings to my website.

I also have two pieces included in The New South II April 21 – June 2, 2017. The New South II explores the contemporary South through the perspectives of 39 artists living and working throughout the Southeast. From over 850 submitted artworks, 52 pieces were selected for the exhibition.

Overseeing the selection process this year are Executive Director of Atlanta Contemporary, Veronica Kessenich and Director of the Welch School of Art & Design of Georgia State University, Michael White. Veronica Kessenich, an Atlanta native, has been working in the arts for over thirteen years and was hired as Executive Director of Atlanta Contemporary in July 2015 after serving for two years as the organization’s Development Director. As Director of the Welch School of Art & Design of Georgia State University, Michael White has overseen the growth of the program to nearly 1,000 majors across ten disciplines and five different undergraduate and graduate degrees. With over 50,000 students, Georgia State is the largest university in the state.

The New South II Artists:

NICK ADAMS, LEE ARNETT, JAMAAL BARBER, BUZZ BUSBEE, DIMELZA BROCHE, JOE CAMOOSA, KARA CARTER, JOSHUA CHAMBERS, KATELYN CHAPMAN, VALENTINA CUSTER O’ROARK, ANDREW DECAEN, ELYSE DEFOOR, DIANE DAVIS, JOE DREHER, WILL ESKRIDGE, DAVID GABBARD, CANAAN GRIFFIN, ROXANE HOLLOSI, GREG HOWSER, ALEA HURST, JAIME JOHNSON, AXELLE KIEFFER, IVY KILPATRICK, DIEGO LASANSKY, JESSICA LOCKLAR, MIA MERLIN, ANDREW MUÑOZ, LYNX NGUYEN, RAOUL PACHECO, STEPHEN PAYNE, STEPHEN PHILMS, KEITH ROSEMOND, ANNA SCARBROUGH, AMBER SINGLETON, SPENCER SLOAN, FREDA SUE, CHARLIE WATTS, ALEX WILLIAMS, NIKI ZARRABI

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KAI LIN ART is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2008 by Yu-Kai Lin and based in Atlanta’s booming West Midtown Arts District. The mission of the gallery is to cultivate creativity, connection, and conversation through art. Dedicated to promoting emerging and established artists in the Southeast and beyond, the gallery maintains an accelerated program with new exhibitions every six to eight weeks. Kai Lin Art is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Located at 999 Brady Avenue NW Suite 7 Atlanta Georgia 30318.

new paintings

It’s October and both of the exhibitions my paintings were in have come to an end. The Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and Art Melt at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge were well attended and filled with an impressive collection of Louisiana artists.

I’ve included images of a few newly completed pieces, including a small diptych. More information will appear on my website.

Be on the lookout for upcoming exhibitions and more new pieces. You can subscribe to my blog, email list, or just bookmark my web page.

nothing feels like the first time

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Last week, I was able to attend the reception for Computer Aided at the Masur Museum of Art. Computer Aided is an exhibition examining the impact technology has on current art making practices and contemporary culture. I was enjoyed reading what Curator Benjamin Hickey had to say about my work in the exhibition catalogue:

“For Computer Aided, Chambers created an edition of nine mono prints on which he drew images with gouache and ink. He also used the computer drafting program Illustrator to print vinyl stickers featuring the silhouettes of these works’ characters as well as the words “nothing feels like the first time,” the name of the edition. The silhouettes left voids filled by the brilliant white paper beneath and bring to mind the various meanings lurking behind the words and images on Chambers’ pieces. It is interesting to think of printmaking as a near timeless medium associated with Albrecht Durer, one of the medium’s most famous and expert practitioners who worked in the sixteenth century. Printmaking was the first reliable way to make copies of an image, a feat that is now seen more as a right than a potentially laborious art form. Each of Chambers’ mono prints are nearly identical, but were individually made, thereby calling attention to how difficult image making has been in a historic sense. Chambers’ mingling of historic and contemporary art making techniques lends his art a great deal of historic perspective. Specifically, a whole series of images titled nothing feels like the first time asks if it is important to prioritize the means in which we experience images. Is seeing a thumbnail of an image search on Google a lesser experience that seeing the original in person?

Mr. Hickey was spot-on. The work is also concerned with the incongruity between the limitations of language and our range of experience. Nothing feels like the first time, but there are many first times. With infinite alterations that take place within repeated happenings, how do we decide which experience is new or merely another repeat in a long line of similar situations?

The show will be on exhibit through October 5, 2013. The Museum is open 9-5, Closed on Sundays and Mondays. The exhibit contains work from the following artists:

Keliy Anderson-Staley
Joshua Chambers
Harold Cohen
Mat Collishaw
Craig Damrauer
Hanson Elahi
Shepard Fairey
Damien Hirst
Jenny Holzer
John Rodriguez
Jes Schrom & Graham Simpson
Kate Shannon
Marni Shindelman & Nate Larson
Bill Viola

I have two exhibitions coming up in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Both shows will open in October. Stayed tuned for more info.