Who saw The Whigs on Letterman last night?

If you missed it then here you go. I'd like to note that this marks the first time I know of that anyone I had a college class with has been featured on late night television. And how about those lunges towards the end?


Live Art at the 5 Spot

Is there really a DJ Heart Disease? This round of Handjob Atlanta features Andrew Bellury who currently has work over at Beep Beep Gallery's "Nostalgia" show, Saint who's "Kinetic Electric" show just came down from MINT Gallery, and PYeah! who I know nothing about.

Call for Artists

Chris Hamer of Urbnpop and the man behind the recent "Underdogs" and "Moonshine Christmas" art shows is planning a show for the MINT Gallery in March and is looking for a few more artists. Here's the deal:

Ever thought you could have done a painting better? Have you stared at this one painting in your grandparent’s house and thought that the person in the painting could so use a uni-brow or a mustache? Here is your chance to make your mark as a home vandal…
Urbn-pop studios and Mint gallery are hosting an art show on March 22nd titled
‘The Home Vandals Network”. We are looking for artists that can make the average piece of art more interesting.

How does this all work??

The concept of this show is to take an ordinary painting, which you might find in a thrift store, or in the attic of your grand parents house and redo it to your liking. All we ask is you leave enough of the original painting where people can see that something was added. Think of the original painting is the backdrop for a scene in a movie, and you are adding the action.

The rules of engagement?

No piece can be over 24x36 in size, all pieces must be framed (glass not necessary, just have a frame around the image) all art work must be turned in to Mint or Urbnpop no later that March 21st. leave enough of the original painting that a person can tell that something was added, but they have to take a second look to figure out what.. Most importantly have fun with this, be as over the top as you want. If you have any questions to what can be done, feel free to send a request over to urbnpop@gmail.com



Black Lips at GSU

This is a great video of The Black Lips' recent performance at GSU done by their very own Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory.


Shows opening on Friday

The Highland Inn occasionally has art shows in their lounge and it just so happens that one is opening tomorrow night from 8-10 featuring the photography of Tara Love and paintings by Hayley Gaberlavage.

The monthly Castleberry Hill Art Stroll is tomorrow night too. I haven't been in a while and I might have never gone back if it weren't for the friendliest person I know, Brett Thompson's opening tomorrow night at Tilt. Jeffrey Lerner and Thom Foolery are also showing.

[other flyer won't upload? maybe later, Tilt is located at 274 Walker st. Atlanta, GA 30313]


Saturday openings

Two group shows. Pop Nostalgia and Rock and Roll. I'll see you at both.


Shaun Thurston at San Francisco Coffee

During a recent trip to get my morning coffee I was blown away by an artist that I was not familiar with. If you get a chance, stop by the San Francisco Coffee on N. Highland (between Ponce and North) as soon as possible to see work by recent Jacksonville transplant Shaun Thurston. He's got a bunch of great paintings that fall somewhere between graffiti and zoology, and they're very reasonably priced considering the quality. If you miss out, word is he'll have work up at Aurora L5P soon.


Rabbit Hole Gallery announces first show of 2008

Rabbit Hole Gallery has announced their first show of the year and it looks amazing. Richard Guster's light box work looks to use multiple exposure photography to capture that vintage kitsch/ antique aesthetic that we've seen at Rabbit Hole before.


Nozuku Gallery Closes

Damn, this article is sad. I'd been to Nozoku a couple of times whilst wandering around Castleberry, and found that most often they were showing recycled work from shows past. Well, now I know why. Let Felicia tell it:

Creative Loafing Blog


AEW In Stitches

Last weekend, the Attractive Eighties Women cd release party ended in disaster when frontman Mack Williams was hit with a flying glass and his wrist was lacerated. He claims that he is on the road to recovery, but to make up for a shortened show, AEW is releasing a free EP of the show up to that point entitled "In Stitches." Download it here. And don't forget to pick up their new full length, "Coup de Ta Ta's" from cdbaby.com, Decatur CD, Criminal Records, or Wuxtry in Athens.


This week's art

Here are flyers for this weeks art. Peruse at your leisure.



Local artists Steven Dixey and Jason Murphy both have new work online. The 13 Sons of the South have launched their website and have an upcoming show split between Rabbit Hole Gallery and Foundation One Gallery. My friend Victoria has started a blog to promote local art events, focusing on film and performance: Venture Out. East Atlanta Tattoo and Gallery has announced upcoming shows including a tribute to The Planet of the Apes' 40th anniversary. There is a relatively new gallery in Grant Park called Hush Puppy Gallery and they have a show coming up on March 1st. The Opal Gallery is opening up in Little Five Points. Their first show is February 5th.  And some of you aren't my friend on myspace yet.


Kinetic Electric Review

Jeremy over at Ghostmap Microwave has written a great review of Saint's "Kinetic Electric" at the MINT Gallery. He's allowed me to post it here, but check out his blog for his usual ramblings about local art and beyond.

Kinetic Electric is precisely what it appears to be: a self-produced effort by an untested yet talented sequential artist. Saint, also known as Alan Hemphill, premiered his graphic novel at MINT Gallery last Saturday. Rendered in pen and brushed in savage, sometimes oppressive sumi ink, Saint's science fiction brainchild is promising but a little rough around the edges.

Flipping through its 32 pamphlet-sized pages, the book tells the story of a punk rock chick who wants to play God. Before biking out to market to buy robot parts, the unnamed girl narrates, "I will gyrate to the orgasmic throbs of Mary Shelly.” Bursting at the seams with raw energy, statements like that characterize the project as a whole. Kinetic Electric’s enthusiasm helps forgive its shortcomings.

The world Saint envisions is, in his words, an “Orwellian wet dream.” The flavor is pure cyberpunk, borrowing imagery from The Matrix and comic titles like Ghost in the Shell or Transmetropolitan. The future is dirty. Technology thrives like an ambiguous cancer, and everyone is still in search of their own personal gods, their next “big fix.” Additions like advertisements in Hindi script and shots of Buddhist monks with neural implants are a nice touch. Saint comments that the urban decay was also inspired by life experience, living homeless on the streets of New York.

Our would-be Mary Shelly covers herself with "holo-film tattoo spray." The substance turns her skin into a living television screen (using nanotechnology perhaps?). The convention allows Saint to decorate his lead girl with a different exotic tattoo in every panel. The reader is left wanting a little more exposition about gadgets like “holo-film” and the mysterious “uncertainty engine."

And you have to wonder: “Why the hell is she building this robot?” The answer is, it seems, out of sheer boredom. The twist is that technology is so common almost anyone can scrounge the parts to create artificial life. Future Kinetic issues will develop the melodrama further: this new android consciousness awakens to discover an imperfect creator who had nothing better to do with her Saturday night.

Riffing in a violent, almost Dadaist fashion, the writing is chiefly concerned with attitude: “This is the birth pain of ball driven Tantric super science bashing the head meat of god, gyrating in the soft warm centers of its heavy thunder and pouring lightning.” The style is immediate like high-powered automatic writing, but the type needs some editing. Plus there's little to break up the adrenaline pitch.

Kinetic's story text follows the drawings on separate pages in irregular order, so unfortunately, you never quite know when to turn forward or back. In one scene, the girl tries to haggle a price with a market robot. It made me laugh, but it really took a second look for the sequence to make sense. Framed panels may not solve the problem, but just a slight modification will make things easier on the eyes.

With so many conflicting forces, I know the balancing act is daunting: image vs. text, the printed product vs. the quality of each original, etc. When working with less than a shoestring budget, you can’t expect amenities like custom framing or high quality printing. And it’s too bad since the guy is really good with color; just check out Saint’s myspace.

Kinetic Electric has the first main ingredient for creating a great pulp story, what Warren Ellis calls that “true seed of madness.” Otherwise, it just needs some polish.


Go see these shows...

A handful of shows opened this last weeked and there are a couple that need to be seen. I'll comment on the others as well.

Squanto at Aurora L5P: This show is rediculous in the best way possible. Her rainbow colored collages are far more developed than ever before. This is some of the best work of its kind (the hippie mixed media genre), and that I've ever seen from Squanto. I was very pleasantly surprised by the cohesion of Melissa Cox's work since taking on the Squanto personna. Go see this.

"Other Worlds" at Foundation One: Go see this just for John Tindel's work. It looks like he is doing the same thing that he's always done. The same imagery. The same compositions. The same everything. But Tindel has gotten significantly better at every aspect of his craftsmanship. The lines are cleaner, the layers of resin work better, the compositions are tighter. The way everything comes together is monumentaly greater. Just as I had begun to think he would continue to make the same old pieces, just with a rotating cast of characters, he stepped up big time. Well done sir.

Youngblood gallery bored me. Too bad it was thier last show. Read a longer review of it at Local Ephemera.

Saint's "Kinetic Electric" at MINT Gallery - Someone please write a short review of this show and send it to me. (Jeremy?) I think it's subpar execution of really great ideas with loads of artistic talent.


Anna Kramer performs at "Sun Records" closing

Anna Kramer and The Lost Cause will play Sun covers at the closing for Kerri Boles' embroidered tribute to the famous record label. Take a look at the show here.


Man is the warmest place to hide.

Thanks to DaFC for the update on everything going on at the Plaza Theatre this month. This one is tomorrow night.


Oh, is there a really big art scene in Atlanta?

One more for Saturday

On top of openings at MINT, Youngblood, and Foundation One, you can stop by an early opening at Aurora Coffee in Virginia Highlands for New Works by Natasha Pantelides. She was once one in the long line of cute female interns that they keep hiring over at Beep Beep Gallery, but she also makes wonderfull art.


More weekend shows

Saint's "Kinetic Electric" is the first issue of his comic book/gallery show series at MINT Gallery, and it is going to be awesome. If you like the future, comic books, the wizard of oz, anime, robots, electricity, pen and ink, or big haired asian girls, then don't miss this opening on Saturday 1/5/08 from 7-11. Also a performance by Eiliyas.

"Other Worlds" at Foundation One Gallery also opens from 7-11 on Saturday and features the art of Jesse Reno, Warren Dykeman, and John Tindel.


Young Blood Gallery's last show till sometime

If you haven't heard, here it is in their own words:

As a Young Blood supporter, you should be among the first to know about some big changes for us over the next several months.

A New Space...

We’re suspending the usual jam-packed Young Blood calendar for a while so we can focus on finalizing a new space for Young Blood II, that can accommodate our growth over the last 10 years. The next evolution of Young Blood will rest on the first – a strong foundation of artists, designers and community supporters like you. When we re-open, we’ll bring you expanded gallery and store hours with even MORE artists, designers, events and neighborhood partnerships.

Our “Last” Show

Our next show on Saturday January 5th, “Negotiable Affection” with Lorien Jordan, will be the last opening in our current Glenwood Avenue space.

A Crazy Boutique Sale

The boutique will be open through the end of January, and we’ll be having a BIG sale to clear out current inventory. So if you’ve had your eye on that burnt toast for years – here’s your chance to snag him wholesale! Starting January 1st everything in the store will be 20% off then every week go up a percentage to 40% off (which is wholesale). We will also be having another sale in February with possible store fixtures, abandoned art, shelving and things we don't want to move into
the new spot.


Squanto, Noot d' Noot, Handjob Atlanta, conclusive video evidence...

Squanto aka Melissa Cox has a solo show of her psychedelic/technicolor, nature/surrealist, collage/drawings opening at Aurora in L5P this Friday the 4th of January from 8-10 and Noot d' Noot will be providing the electro hipster funk. Then follow me down the street for Handjob Atlanta at The 5 Spot where Thom Foolery, James Hargett, and Emmer will be painting live along side a DJ and a Street Fighter 2 tournament. That should start around 10pm I think. Here is a Noot d' Noot video from last months wrasfest, a time lapse clip of the last Handjob Atlanta event, and a flyer to get you pumped.

Happy New Year!

Lots of stuff to preview this week. Check back for flyers and whathaveyou: Squanto at Aurora L5P, Handjob Atlanta at the 5 Spot, Youngblood's last show at its current location, the first issue of Saint's sci-fi comic opera at MINT, Foundation One, anything I'm forgetting?