WONDERROOT CSA SEASON 05
After a lengthy and difficult review process, we are delighted to announce the CSA Season 05 artists have been selected. Congratulations Chris Chambers, Manty Dey, Ariel Lockshaw, Tracy Murrell, Laura Noel, and Deborah Sosower! We are thrilled to have them on board this season and are looking forward to seeing the works they put together for shareholders.
What is the WonderRoot CSA? The WonderRoot CSA (Community Supported Art) is a new model for selling and purchasing artwork, adapted from the traditional agricultural CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
What is the purpose? The WonderRoot CSA seeks to: a) cultivate a culture of art collecting for the local arts economy and b) support Atlanta artists by commissioning them to create work.
Why did we create it? WonderRoot invites art curious individuals and seasoned collectors to invest in the local arts economy by purchasing a share to Atlanta’s first ever art-based CSA, WonderRoot CSA. By investing in local artists, shareholders are helping to keep local talent in Atlanta, as well as claiming their share of our city’s most gifted creators. Artist contributors are able to immediately grow their collector-base, in addition to a guaranteed commission before any work is ever created. The exposure to WonderRoot’s audience throughout metro Atlanta creates even more opportunity for participating artists to develop interested buyers.
In Season 05, WonderRoot has commissioned the aforementioned six artists to create 30 works each, making 30 shares available to the public for $400/share. Artwork will be received by shareholders at a series of three pick up parties. Pick up parties will take place from January 2015 – March 2015; exact dates and locations will be announced by the end of December. Each pick up party will feature work by two artists and will include artist talks. WonderRoot CSA pick up parties are open to the public and we would love to see you attend!
Interested in purchasing a share? Please fill out a WonderRoot CSA Season 05 purchase form.
MEET THE SEASON 05 ARTISTS
Chris Chambers has exhibited in improvised public environments including large-scale multimedia installations in an alley way, a failed restaurant, a soon-to-fail coffee shop, two unoccupied office spaces, and two perpetually empty storefronts as well as with the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Living Walls Conference, apex art NY, and the High Museum. Chambers has received project grants from Le Flash, Brooks & Company Dance Theater, The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Hudgens Art Center, the Forward Arts Foundation, Pelican Bomb, Dashboard Co-op and Elevate Atlanta. He was awarded the 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship and was a finalist for the 2013 Hudgens Prize and the 2014 Forward Arts Foundation Award.
Manty Dey is a visual artist living in Atlanta, GA. She received a BFA in painting from Georgia State University and a MFA from the University of Georgia in 2014. She works with materials and processes that engage the senses, encourage close observation, and slow the viewer experience. Her work has been exhibited in Athens and Atlanta including MOCA GA, Mason Murer Fine Arts, and Lyndon House.
Ariel Lockshaw was born and raised in Orange County, California. She earned her BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in Northern California. Spending five years in the Bay Area influenced the way she interpreted the contemporary landscape and informed the way she painted it. Lockshaw also spent her undergraduate collegiate career as a college athlete. She played Women’s Water Polo for the varsity athletics team at Sonoma State University. Aqautics and sources of water naturally play a large role in her paintings. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Painting & Drawing at the University of Georgia.
Tracy Murrell is an artist, curator, and non-profit arts organization consultant. A graduate of Centenary College, she has appeared in solo and group exhibitions, and assisted Louis Delsarte in the creation of the 125-foot mural “Dreams, Visions, & Change” honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Murrell’s work challenges racialized gender stereotypes imposed on the African-American feminine form in popular media. Historically, problematic depictions simultaneously reflected and created negative tropes about black women and black female bodies, resulting in reductive imagined identities. Murrell’s images embody the feminine form as graceful and strong, suggesting an integrity often dismissed or ignored previously. Through her lens, the female figure is portrayed in a universal manner through silhouettes that open them up to interpretation not based on race.
Laura Noel is an Atlanta-based photographer and installation artist. Noel’s work often addresses cultural issues with an emphasis on how individuals navigate an increasingly homogeneous world and changes brought about by technology. Noel is also interested in the pure act of seeing and publishes a quarterly diary called Killing The Day to record the intersection of her life and work. Noel’s prints have been featured in exhibitions at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, the Internationale Fototage Festival in Mannheim, Germany, Gallery 24 in Berlin, United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA GA, Jackson Fine Art, and others. The George Eastman House, The Ogden Museum, MOCA GA and many other institutions and individuals have collected her photographs.
Deborah Sosower was born in Durham, NC in 1983. In 2nd grade, Deborah declared that she already WAS an artist, thank you. This was forgotten until high school, where she did 3D media & sang. In 2001, she tried to get away from art by going to bryn mawr college for a well-rounded, liberal arts education. Instead she discovered printmaking (but she also minored in feminist & gender studies). In 2007, Deborah moved to Brooklyn to get her masters at Pratt Institute; this was awesome. In 2009, Deborah got a studio in a converted tobacco factory back in Durham. She participated in residencies in Iceland & Vermont, and taught at the local arts council. Also, she rode horses. In 2010, she got a C&P letterpress; she named it Orion. Today, Deborah lives & works in Atlanta, GA as an artist, part-time faculty member at kennesaw State University, and instructor/artist facilitator at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, c4 Atlanta, and Emory University.
Please email Jennifer (email@example.com) if you have any questions about WonderRoot CSA Season 05.
Season 05 CSA Advisory Committee: Robin Bernat, Darrah Brustein, Anya Vostrova Chambers, Oral Givan, Jimmy Hamilton, Oronike Odeleye, Masud Olufani, Stephanie Pharr, and Kris Pilcher.