Last post of 2007

I'm going to take a break from the internet for about a week to reacclimate to the outside world, but I'm leaving you with glimpses of art past and yet to come. A couple of my favorite things to post are flyers and street art, and here are my favorites of the past year.

I'll be back early January with some zine reviews, great shows at Beep Beep, Foundation One, and MINT, and another HandJob Atlanta event at the Five Spot.


Medusa II by Epidemik Coalition

Epidemik Coalition stepped it up with thier new tee, Medusa II. Check out their blog to see all that went into its creation and everything else that they are up to. Buy one now, or any other tee from their site, and get a ThoughtMarker shirt by EC for free. ThoughtMarker even got a thank you on the inside on the new shirts.


art house

Art house has moved once again and this time they claim its permanent. They also seem to have narrowed down thier objectives. It seems they will be focusing on the nation wide art projects that they had success with and continue to have openings for these projects at their new space in downtown Atlanta. They've also redone their website and have several new projects ready to sign up for.



ThoughtMarker Limited Edition Winter Tee Collection 2007

Some of you may have noticed some ThoughtMarker tee shirts showing up around town lately. I feel that its time I explain whats going on. To celebrate ThoughtMarker's first full year of existence, I arranged for four different tee shirts to be made. Each shirt was designed by artists and organizations that have supported and encouraged the site over the past year, and will be given away in a manor fitting thier creator.
Steven Dixey is among the first artists that I reviewed on ThoughtMarker and one of my favorite artists in Atlanta. His shirt was unvieled at his recent opening at Eye Drum and if you don't have one its probably too late.
MINT Gallery is a non-profit organization/gallery commited to art community building and balancing inclusive group shows with more focused exhibitions. I've been working with MINT as a board member for the last several months and got co-founder Andrew Bellury to design a shirt for MINT and ThoughtMarker. Instead of giving away the MINT shirts, we will be selling them for $10 with all of the proccedes going to the gallery.
Epidemik Coalition is a local design team that I discovered through one of their stickers near my appartment a while back. They printed their ThoughtMarker tees as bright as possible on the brightest shirt made by American Apperal.
Metatronic is the zine/art/philosophy duo of Mark and James of Beep Beep Gallery. They are a major part of why I started the site and there was no way I could leave them out. Your best bet for grabbing one of these tees is to come by Beep Beep's opening this Saturday.

If you earned a free shirt by commenting on that long ass post about art blogs a couple of weeks ago, email me your size and what shirt you want. [mike.germon@gmail.com] Same goes for those who want to buy a MINT shirt. If you want an Epidemik Coalition shirt, buy any shirt from their online store and tell them you want a free ThoughtMarker shirt.

Huge thanks to Andrew Bellury of MINT, Danger Press, Handjob Atlanta, and Leviathan Label who hooked me up big time by printing the majority of the shirts and designing the one for MINT.

(click for larger image)


Recent art show thoughts.

Last night was the big Sons of the South print show. I was more impressed by the overall concept and production than by any individual artist. Most of the prints were typical of the artist with a few exceptions. Tyson McAdoo strayed a bit from his predictably cartoonish work with a very creative piece. BORN, probably my favorite artist of the 11, showed the least interesting piece of the show. The rest I had either seen before, or could have guessed what they were to look like, but still very well done. I ended up leaving with a little print by Charlie Owens and my girlfriend got a very cool peice by Rene Arriagada.

At Foundation One's "Grind" last weekend, local artists really stood up well against the heavy hitters that were brought in, but I hope it is 3 years before I have to look at another show of only skate decks. Todd McFarlene, Shepard Fairey, and Faile all more or less phoned it in and were lost among 60 or so skate boards of varying qualities and aesthetics. Rene Arriagada's piece was clearly the best in the show (but why didn't he sand down those cuts in the board?) and Bethany Marchman's "Jackopolypse" was probably my favorite work of her's to date.

Alcove Gallery is an overwhelming wonderland of very similar looking artwork.

New Street Gallery is currently showing a bunch of art that I've already seen before. Joy Phrasavath's drawings from the Beep Beep show earlier this year were my favorites and a welcome rerun. I love the comic book excerpts by Saint, but I wish that they weren't always on giant, unframed, slightly crumpled pieces of poorly cut paper. Great artist though.

Dear Foundation One, start having your openings on the same night as New Street and Alcove so that I only have to drive out to Avondale once to see three shows.

Great paintings by Steven Dixey at the Eyedrum. Someone please buy me "Cain the Wonderer" or whatever it was called.


Kerri Boles is stichin'!

A small preview of her Sun Records show Decmber 22nd @ Beep Beep. Elvis is bigger than Jesus!


13 Sons of the South

I don't know exactly what is going on with this, but I'll let you in on what I do know. Sons of the South is a coalition comprised of 13 (actually I think only 11 but it will be 13 eventually) emerging, semi-underground artists in the Atlanta, lowbrowish scene. As far as I know the list includes Dosa Kim, Tindel, Michi, Bethany Marchman, Rene Arriagada, Charlie Owens, Steven Dixey, Jason Murphy, BORN, Sam Parker, and Tyson McAdoo. Their print show this Friday (12/14) at the East Side Lounge will be the first showing under this title. Word is more events will pop up over the next year. This is something to watch.


This weekend...

I already posted about the shows this week and the MINT postcard show on Saturday, but here the other big shows going on this weekend:

A here is the deck that Bethany Marchman posted from the skate board auction at Foundation One. Very cool.


This week...

Here's some stuff going down this week. Weekend stuff to come.

More info on Epidemik Coalition here.


Happy Birthday!

to ThoughtMarker. One year ago today I posted about 3 shows coming up on one night. It was the first ever show from MINT, Steven Dixey and Matt Relkin at the now extinct Yo Yo, and Tes One at Foundation One Gallery. It looks like history is repeating itself this week with events worth attending on Wednesday (five spot), Thursday (White Space), Friday (New Street, Alcove), Saturday (Foundation One, MINT, East Atlanta Tattoo), and Sunday (Beep Beep).

Methane Studios Print Sale

I don't know much about this but it looks cool.


FF Blog

Felicia Feaster has a blog on the Creative Loafing's site with articles not appearing in the print edition including a shout out to Jackson Fine Art employees Dowda, Doo Doo, and Basehore:

You're Latte ain't all that son!


MINT events

MINT has a couple of events going down this week that need to be checked out. This Wednesday is the first of a new monthly live art event at The Five Spot in little five points called Handjob Atlanta. Once a month, three artists and one DJ will perform on stage, making art and music with some theme in mind. This month the theme will be old school Nintendo and the artists are Chris Hamer, Ted Murphey, and Brett Thompson. These guys will paint their cartoon influenced/nintendo themed art while DJ Cameron Corey spins tunes and guests play 16 bit NES on the big screen. 12/5, 9:00pm, $5

If that wasn't enough, on Saturday MINT Gallery is hosting its second anual Postcard Pinup show. Its open submission, and last year had 60+ artists, check here if you want to submit art, and check the flyers below if you just want to enjoy it.