Exhibition Openings @ Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta [11 January]

Exhibition Openings

18:00 - 21:00

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Atlanta Contemporary
535 Means St NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318
We are pleased to announce six exhibition openings:

Kamrooz Aram | Joe Minter | Sable Elyse Smith |
Alex C. Kerr | Tau Lewis | Pasaquan | Sonya Yong James

Join us for a rendition of a Pasaquan opera to be performed at our exhibition opening. “Eddie’s Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan,” brings together the visual, musical and theatrical arts to portray the life of Eddie Owens Martin, also known as the self-anointed “Saint EOM” and Pasaquan’s founder. Composed by James Ogburn, a resident artist at Pasaquan, the opera explores the self-taught artist’s journey from his upbringing as a sharecropper’s son to his life in New York to his return to Georgia to create Pasaquan.

Librettist: Scott Wilkerson
Soprano: Michelle Murphy DeBruyn
Stage Direction: Becky Becker
Pianist: Mengyao Sun
Costume design: Kimberly Garcia.
Video Production: Charles Fowler

The opening reception will be held in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, admission is free- cash/credit bar.

Please RSVP with the link above or click here. nvite.com/ExhibitionOpeni/8dlzzr

Kamrooz Aram-
(b. 1978 Shiraz, Iran) received an MFA from Columbia University in 2003 and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001. He has shown internationally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium; Green Art Gallery, Dubai; The Suburban, Chicago; LA><ART, Los Angeles; and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. Aram’s work has been shown in many group exhibitions, including Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, 2014; the Busan Biennale, 2006; Greater New York2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2005; and the Prague Biennale I, 2003. Public collections that include his work are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; and M+, Hong Kong. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Kamrooz currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Joe Minter-
(b. 1942) is a retired construction worker and “outsider” artist who created his “African Village in America” at his home and an adjoining vacant lot at 912 Nassau Street near Shadow Lawn Memorial Park in the Woodland Park neighborhood of Birmingham. The African Village in America was begun in 1988 after Minter received a vision from God. The result, which is being continually enlarged, is a densely-packed art environment consisting of sculptures, monuments, signs, plantings and totems. The primary themes involve African-American history, particularly in Birmingham. Specific installations memorialize the 1963 church bombing and Martin Luther King, Jr’s stay in the Birmingham City Jail. He includes references to the spirits of African warriors looking over their descendants, and the achievements of African-Americans in numerous fields. Alongside the themes of achievement and loss are constant Biblical references and words of praise and thanks to God. These messages are distinct from William Rice’s “cross garden” in Prattville in that they favor praise and respect for God and creation rather than fiery appeals for salvation.

Sable Elyse Smith-
has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, Eyebeam, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Her work has also been screened at Birkbeck Cinema in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, and MoMA Ps1, New York. Her writing has been published in Radical Teacher, Selfish, Studio Magazine and with Recess Art’s Critical Writing Fellowship. She is currently working on her first book. Smith has received grants & fellowships from Creative Capital, the Queens Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and Art Matters. She recently received the 2017 Emerging Artist Grant in New York City from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and was named a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Alex C. Kerr-
(b. 1989, Norfolk, VA) lives and works in Atlanta, GA. He received his BFA from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in 2015. His work examines contemporary notions surrounding vanity and status in popular culture.

Tau Lewis-
(b. 1993, Toronto) Solo and two-person exhibitions: Copper Cole Gallery, Toronto; 8-11 Gallery, Toronto; The Pendulum Project at Studio 223a, Toronto. Recent group exhibitions include: New Museum, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Sleep Center, New York; Galleri Tom Christo ersen, Copenhagen; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; 116 Geary Ave, Toronto. Lewis lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Eddie Owens Martin (Pasaquan)-
is a self-taught Southern artist, drew inspiration from many colorful cultures to develop the 7-acre, internationally recognized visionary art environment known as Pasaquan.

Michelle Murphy DeBruyn-
is an artist-teacher dedicated to the highest level of musical performance and the encouragement of young vocalists. Ms. DeBruyn is a highly accomplished performer, pedagogue, and musical director, which is supported by awards in each area of specialty. She now serves as an Associate Professor of Music in Voice at Columbus State University. Although at home in all major musical styles, Ms. DeBruyn has been praised for her interpretation of 20th and 21st Century English art song. An active recitalist, she is currently in demand as a collaborator in small ensembles of contemporary work. In the past few years she has premiered new works by James Ogburn, including a monodrama opera Eddie’s Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan, and presented works by Ricardo Muldoon-Zohn, Federico Garcia-De Castro, Ingrid Stölzel, Andy Akiho, George Crumb, and Angela Schwickert. She has collaborated on musical theatre productions at collegiate, high school, and community levels, most notably several productions with the CSU Theatre Department. Ms. DeBruyn was a semi-finalist in the NATS Artist Award competition in 2006, recipient of a NATS Emerging Leader Award in 2010, the College of the Arts Regents Teaching Award in 2016, and the Columbus State University College of the Arts Teacher Award in 2013. As of March 2017, Dr. DeBruyn has completed her Advance Yoga Teaching Certification and is teaching yoga classes and workshops targeting the special needs of musicians and performers. Dr. DeBruyn completed both a Masters of Music (2002) and Doctorate of Musical Arts (2005) in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.
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