Save The USA

If you still aren't registered to vote, this might be your very last chance thanks to Epidemik Coalition and friends. Or maybe you finally told the government that you moved to another county to get out of jury duty, better register in your new county!

More info when you click here.


Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta 2008

While I was unable to defend my title of "Best Art Blog" (I don't know if I should be upset at CL for combining best visual art blog and arts website into one category, thus pitting me against sites I find colossally irrelevant to Atlanta's art blogging community, or somehow satisfied that ThoughtMarker is the only blog to ever win "Best Art Blog") there are plenty of congratulations to go around. WonderRoot picked up "Best Advocate for the Arts". Eyedrum picked up a handful of categories, while the Krog Street Tunnel got "best public art". Others worth my mentioning include R. Land, The Plaza Theater, and Whitespace Gallery. Check out the full list here.


Janelle Monae featured on Kanye's blog

Local underground soul character Janelle Monae's new video for "Many Moons" was recently featured on Kanye West's blog, one of my new favorites. The song is catchy and the video is way over the top. As for Kanye's blog, he touches on everything from hip-hop, fashion, and models, to high end art, design, and architecture.


Sorry about the slow week.

I was very busy this week and really there just wasn't much to post about, plenty next week though. Here are a couple of things to tide you over.

Beautiful Losers is still playing at the Plaza Theater. If you missed the opening, you can still catch it as well as the art that accompanies it in the lobby. It's really great.

Beep Beep Gallery has started blogging about the art world adjacent to their gallery shows and such. Check it out at BeepBeepGallery.blogspot.com.

This appears to have some kinks to work out, but its pretty awesome none the less. Click here to see a map that plots the locations of stories covered on ThoughtMarker thanks to Outside.in/Atlanta_GA



Over 30 local artists customize vinyl toys this Saturday, Setpember 20th, at the MINT Gallery. There will be live Munny customization demos by Brian Colin and Jason Kochis and Baron Saturday (Travis of Judi Chicago) is set to DJ the event.

The Hurt Show

This Saturday night at The East Side Lounge. This show should be great art in a sub-par venue, I hope it goes well.



I "Set It Off" for EC

Epidemik Coalition's ongoing interview series "Set It Off" has finally made its way to ThoughtMarker. If you want to learn more about what I am up to, check out the interview here.

ECxTM tee from last year


Beautiful Losers at The Plaza Theater

MINT Gallery has orchestrated artwork to be shown along side the screening from local artists Brett W. Thompson, Shaun Thurston, Joe Tsambiras, Justin Weaver, John Paul Floyd, Stephanie Howard, Urban Medium, and Saint. Opens Thursday, September 18th at 7, screening at 8 at the The Plaza Theater.

In the early 1990's a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture.

Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories. It speaks to themes of what happens when the outside becomes "in" as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today's youth.


Don't Miss This

Right now at Aurora Coffee in Little Five Points the walls are adorned with what I believe is Dosa Kim's most impressive and cohesive show to date, "Weight."  His signature style of black/white illustrations are molded into dynamic compositions of struggle and triumph.  The show is entirely made up of framed and embellished one-off digital prints, complete with embossed certificates explaining the process.  The thought that went into presentation alone, far exceeds the low expectations set by our local underground art traditions. It should be up for a few weeks still and I strongly suggest that you go out of your way to check it out.

"Weight Python" by Dosa Kim

"Weight Python" detail by Dosa Kim

There is good news for those of you who can't afford to drop cash on a big framed piece. Dosa has put together a book of digital sketches from the process that created this show. You'll recognize some of the imagery from "Weight" and some from his ongoing "Apparatus Atlanta" project. Rumor is these books will be available as soon as tonight at Beep Beep Gallery's opening. I have a feeling you'll be able to find it around town pretty soon.


Huge Weekend (Part Two)

This Saturday, September 13th, brings even more events to Atlanta. Beep Beep Gallery is opening it's new exhibit "Rooms Upon Waking" featuring new works by Aubrey Pope and Herb Harris. The Rabbit Hole Gallery opens Angie Mason's solo show, "A Murkey Managerie." East Atlanta Tattoo's latest group show, "Pin-ups and Pistons" also opens. And finally, Lenny's Bar is hosting the Atlanta leg of the "Ignite What's Next" tour from Upper Playground and Juxtapoz featuring live art from Sam Flores, Alex Pardee, and N8 Van Dyke ($10).

above: Angie Mason at The Rabbit Hole Gallery


Huge Weekend (Part One)

This weekend can barely contain all the openings and closings and live art and whathaveyou. Here is everything going down on Friday, September 12th, here in the A. Octane Coffee has an opening for "Love Hurts" recycled art by Michael Thrush. Check out some pictures of the work over at Local Ephemera. A group show is opening at Alcove Gallery. The Opal Gallery opens "The Jena Project", photographs and installation by Michael David Murphy. And The MINT Gallery is closing it's mixtape show "reMIXT" which you can read about here courtesy of PASTE Magazine.


Digital Arts Entertainment Lab

I've been planning on posting something about DAEL for a while now. Essentially, DAEL records high-definition video of all the cool bands in Atlanta performing live. They've got a bunch of video streaming at their site, entertainmentresearch.org, including some of my local favorites like The Black Lips and The LiverHearts. But this video of The Booze that has been given the black and white, old timey treatment is what finally pushed me over the edge.


Weekly Street Art: Wheat Pastes

Atlanta's street art scene is generally devoid of good wheat paste pieces. Some recent exceptions are these drawings by local printmaker Joe Tsambiras.


Linda Hall opening at Youngblood

Looks like another quality showing that I've come to expect from Youngblood Gallery. Opens Saturday, September 6th from 7-10.

The Excited Pile at WonderRoot


Southern Drawl

Grand Opening this Friday, September 5th inside of The Five Spot in L5P from 7-10. Right down the street from Dosa Kim's opening so I say hit up both.


Thursday Events

This Thursday, September 4th, Youngblood Gallery is bringing back Kraftwork, a collab between Indy Craft Experience and Youngblood to present work from local craftsmen. Free.  Then head over to the Five Spot for a benefit for local designer and filmmaker Michael McReynolds who's jaw is currently wired shut due to a recent bicycle accident.  The event will include bands and improv. $5.

Dosa Kim @ Aurora Coffee L5P

September 5th - October 1st

Beep Beep has curated shows for Aurora Coffee for three years now and have greatly enjoyed the experience. Working with Aurora, we plan to use the Little Five Points space (468 Moreland Ave. next to Criminal Records) as an extension of our gallery, giving it the same attention, promotion, and quality of work as we have with Beep Beep.

And we are very excited that our first "official" show at the L5P Aurora, features new work by Atlanta illustrator, designer, and all around creative badass Dosa Kim. His fluid and stark creations change and evolve quite rapidly, making it hard to pin down exactly what Dosa's working on next. Expect plenty of suprises out of this show!






I hope everybody had a good Labor Day weekend. There are a lot of art shows and events coming up this week all around town (Youngblood, Southern Drawl, Aurora, WonderRoot, etc.) but I'm gonna start the week off with a few pictures from Dragon Con, the best place on earth to take pictures of people wearing crazy-ass outfits. For more images from Dragon Con, check out flickr.