"You. Are. Here." Fahamu Pecou © 2014
Acrylic and oil stick on canvas. 72x54 inches
This fall, New York City becomes the first city in the nation to tackle the issue of girls’ self-esteem and body image. Recognizing that girls as young as 6 and 7 are struggling with body image and self-esteem, (over 80% of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat and by middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body), New York City is launching a self-esteem initiative to help girls believe their value comes from their character, skills, and attributes – not appearance.
HOLY SHIT DISABILITY REPRESENTATION IN A MAINSTREAM BODY ACCEPTANCE CAMPAIGN
and girls of color!
Dancefloor with shoes, undated
2 pairs of shoes and wooden board, 59 3/4 x 42 1/4 in
I am always a bit starstruck by artists who curate - and who do both things well. Teresa Bramlette Reeves is one of those rare makers who can also step back and curate others’ work.
I’m focusing on her Mary Jane work because there is a delicacy that I find so mesmerizing present in the work. Teresa has carefully complicated these bits of paper so as to allow this “child’s play” a new life and fresh interpretation.
I simply cannot stop looking…
The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta
Tucked away near the freight rail lines of northwest Atlanta, the Goat Farm Arts Center is an incredible spot filled with nature, decaying factory buildings, animals and — most importantly — art.
You can read about the history of the site here. In a nutshell: a cotton-gin factory was built here in the 1880s and it remained active into the early 20th century; during World War II, the site was used to manufacture ammunition and mortars.
A Creative Loafing article from 2010 tells the story of the site’s conversion to an arts space by Robert Haywood, who purchased it in the 1970s and who was: “a drawling, likeable character who fiercely guarded his property — and, by extension, the privacy of the up-and-coming sculptors, musicians, painters and photographers who flocked to its studio spaces.”
I visited this week to see a very cool monthly show called Natural Selection that features comedy, theater, poetry readings, music and more from a variety of Atlanta artists. Don’t let the decayed exteriors of the buildings fool you; the interior performance area was decked out with lights, sound, stage — all the necessities.
While I was there I took a few snaps of the property, including an amazing art piece composed of file cabinets, and the view of Downtown and the freight rail tracks leading to it.
Then I headed over to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for a 2 in one art experience. I got to spend some quiet, quality time with the stunning works of Mike Black, Andrew Boatright, and Sandra Erbacher in their show ‘Be Here Now’.
Just a few steps away I caught up with local genius Nathan Sharratt in his ACAC studio. He showed me just a glimpse of his 3-D printed life (or death?) sized guillotine. It’s currently amazing and it’s going to be even amazing-er in September when he shows it off at Gallery 72 here in Atlanta.
photo by Martha Cooper.
Dear Living Walls’ Supporters,
I can’t believe it has been five years! Everyday Living Walls proves to be a wild, amazing, humbling and life changing experience for me. This, of course, could never be what it is if it wasn’t because of the amount love we receive from all of you, Living Walls is - and will always be - for all of you.
We are only 3 weeks to conference, and there is still much to do. This year we are planning 17 new large-scale murals, as well as bringing some of our art off the walls as we attempt to take on several installations. We will again bring artists from across the globe, as well as work with some amazingly talented local artists, and hold a series of events from August 13-17th. We are very excited to embark on this adventure again with our city.
With large murals and the potential for three dimensional works come large costs. We still need your support to make this happen. We hope that you are as excited about Living Walls’ five year anniversary as we are!
Again, thank you for supporting our mission and helping us put more art in our streets. Your love is what keeps me and the rest of the Living Walls’ team going every day,
Co-founder & Executive Director