Cultivating the Local Arts Ecology
Recognizing a deficit in affordability and connectivity in the culture of art collecting, the WonderRoot CSA—adapted from the well-known ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ model—is a community-driven program for selling and purchasing artwork that fosters a symbiotic relationship between art makers and supporters through a "share system". Burgeoning and/or seasoned collectors (referred to as "CSA shareholders") invest in local artists by purchasing shares at the beginning of each CSA season. By purchasing shares, collectors get to connect with CSA artists at a series of events and receive a bounty of awesome artworks (1 CSA share = 6 pieces of art) at a reasonable price point.
By investing in local artists, WonderRoot CSA shareholders are helping keep artists in Atlanta while getting to fill their homes with artworks made by our city's most dynamic creators. In addition, the program enables CSA artists to make lasting connections with other artists and art enthusiasts, grow their collector-base and receive financial support for their creative practices. By nurturing both local artists and collectors, the WonderRoot CSA helps grow and sustain Atlanta's arts & culture ecology through a more equitable lens.
The newest season of the WonderRoot CSA (Season 10) has just launched--Check out the line-up of artists below and consider purchasing a share. It's going to be an awesome season! An application to purchase Season 9 is still active.
The Wonderroot CSA Season 10 artists represents six individuals I deeply admired in the turbulent year of 2016. Their work has opened my mind and represents a breadth of aesthetics and messages I subscribe to. From subjects like mental illness, immigration, the influence of media, and Black Lives Matter protests — their work represent a modern American narrative. The Wonderroot CSA is a unique opportunity to the art practice by allowing a narrow focus for the artist to produce a cohesive body of work.
Andrew Catanese was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Washington University in St. Louis where he earned a BFA in studio art. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia from his studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. He has shown throughout Georgia as well as having taken part in exhibitions in St. Louis and Florence Italy.
Antonio Darden was born near Raleigh, North Carolina and relocated with his family to Atlanta, Georgia in his youth. Darden graduated with his BFA from Georgia State University in three-dimensional design with a concentration in sculpture in 2006. He and fellow artist Matt Sigmon created the artist collaborative, The Art Officials, in 2009. Darden is also the owner and principal designer for Radha Durante Design, launched in 2011. In this role he has both developed and managed various sized commercial and residential projects. Artistically he has curated a number of exhibitions and has been included in shows in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Many of which have been commissioned public sculptural installations and performances. Antonio Darden currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.
My name is Brandon English, and I was born in Pensacola, Florida but raised in Powder Springs, GA as well as Atlanta, GA. I currently reside in Atlanta, GA. I received a BFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2013. I’ve shown work in primarily group shows around Atlanta as well as Internationally in Stavanger, Norway at the 2016 NuArt Festival. My work has been published in Art Papers, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Nylon Magazine and as a part of Google’s Cultural Institute.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, InKyoung Chun holds an MFA from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. Chun received the Emerging Artist Award 2012-2013 by the City of Atlanta Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs and participated in the 2013 WonderRoot Walthall Fellowship. Chun has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally including High Museum of Art of Atlanta, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Gallery 72 and Poem88. She recently participated in the show “ Abstraction Today” at Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta, “Sea(S) Arts International Exhibition”, Kefalonia, Greece and “Annual Juried Exhibition” at Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, Ga. Chun’s painting has been included to its permanent collection of High Museum of Art, Atlanta. By rearranging her daily objects with mark-makings, she expresses the hidden and mysterious space that resides in mind.
Natalie Escobar is an artist living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated Cum Laude in 2013 from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta where she earned her BFA in painting and completed a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in various group shows in Atlanta since 2011 and her first solo show will be at the Flatiron Building in Atlanta November 11–December 3, 2016.
Spencer Sloan is a mixed-media artist. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia and studied graphic design at The Creative Circus. He was born, lives, and works in Atlanta, GA.
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Season 09 Pick-up Party | Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery
October 12, 2016; 7:30-9:30pm
*Free and open to the public
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We are proud to announce CSA Season 09 in collaboration with Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum. Michael Rooks and WonderRoot have selected this season’s six local artists: Nick Adams, Joe Camoosa, Krista Clark, Alessandra Hoshor, Eleanor Neal, and Martha Whittington.
Michael Rooks’ Curatorial Statement:
Wonderroot’s CSA provides an opportunity for members of its audience to actively engage in an exchange with artists. Key to performing this role well — to being a good audience — is being present and willing, and understanding that there is value in this exchange. Value in art is most commonly associated with the rarity or financial value of materials, the skill required to produce art, the time required to produce it, and its provenance – the history of a work of art. Most art has no use value and no intrinsic value – meaning it has no practical use and no real financial value tied to vehicles of monetary exchange, like gold. However it certainly does has economic value – meaning “how much” money someone is willing to pay for it. But a good audience thinks about the cultural and symbolic value of this exchange where we can locate the truly elevating, transformative potential of art — the combustion chamber for emotional esthetic experience. We the audience are offered something by artists for consideration, disclosure, discussion, debate, acceptance, rejection. It may be beautiful or ugly, offend our sensibilities or delight the senses, or all of the above. And there is a deep reciprocity in this exchange when what we think we know about the world and our relationship to it comes into contact with an unfamiliar and perhaps even threatening sort of reality. It is a reciprocal exchange that requires presence and elasticity of mind. The artists for Wonderroot’s 9th season — Nicholas Adams, Krista Clark, Joe Camoosa, Alessandra Hoshor, Eleanor Neal, and Martha Whittington – invite us to act as intermediaries in this exchange, absorbing and reflecting the ideas and feelings we encounter and experience in their work, as translators of their visual language and as future custodians of their work.
Kick Off Party
September 8, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Alessandra Hoshor Studio Visit & Tour
September 10, 2016; 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Joe Camoosa Studio Visit & Tour
September 17, 2016; 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Nick Adams Studio Visit & Tour
September 21, 2016; 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Eleanor Neal Studio Visit & Tour
September 24, 2016; 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Krista Clark Studio Visit & Tour
September 29th, 2016; 7pm – 8:30pm
Martha Whittington Studio Visit & Tour
October 1, 2016; 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Alessandra Hoshor Studio Visit & Tour
October 8, 2016; 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Conglomerate is a series of concise, bold, graphic works on paper that combine drawing and collage to explore pattern, repetition and the power of multiples. Each work can function as a distinct entity yet when grouped together combine to form a powerful whole.
This work relies on restraint; compositions are edited, rigorously arranged and rearranged to create a singular image that reads as a symbol or icon.
This series marks a break with the complexity and large scale of my paintings and explores the strong influence Suprematism has played in my work and my development as an artist. Here I break with the Modernist trope of the all-over, and allow negative space, limited elements and materials to take the lead - to say more with less.
l pull from the language of architecture and use formal gestures of stacking, overlapping, layering and erasing and saddle them with the task of depicting our individual exploitations of the built landscape around us. Our definitions, memories and ultimately expectations of ‘place’ are the impetus for these drawings. Underlying conversations of development, community, borders, relocation and homogenized communities all contribute to the assembly of this work.
I am interested in the shiftiness between things: interior/exterior, place/space, flatness/depth, and the unavoidable ego/id. Alongside these oppositions, my interest lies in the notion of a “romantic geography” while at the same time navigating its elitist framework. What and whose values am I imposing in my “constructed landscape”? I combine building materials, drawing and tracing paper with other traditional drawing media in order to further explore the layered and compromised narratives within our constructed environments.
These paintings embrace semantics for simultaneously bold and flexible, romantic and personal compositions. These works initially present as cleanly and impenetrably as advertisements, but break down organically in meaning through layers of personal content and poetic flexibility.
Repetition is an important aspect of the series, as they initially were inspired by "Everything Must Go" flyers pasted to cover an entire window display. This repetition provided a surprisingly poetic, romantic, and tragic moment that broke my autopilot when I was walking home at night from work.
Golden Paradise was originally a flyer for a jewelry store in NY that I stepped on and I became attached to the phrase over time. I paired this phrase with "pavement" and "3AM" to reference a feeling, time, and location. I like the space for individual meaning formed between the points plotted by concrete words.
I like the slowness of painting, and it works best when you have time to sit with a work over a long period of time. Different layers of meaning can be unlocked when you live with a work. I am also drawn to the comforting, informal quality of the tapestry as surface.
Memory speaks to the spirit of my ancestors that can be heard in trees, water, and the landscape. Material is important to process, I use treated paper layered with bee’s wax, and I twist / crush / fold / tear / cut paper to symbolize memory. Part of my artistic practice is to ask the material to tell me what it knows about the past, and I respond to its tactile sensibilities. The physicality of crushing, tearing, and folding material allows me to find a way to communicate and express an interest with spirits from the past. I seek places where I believe the spirit of the ancestors can still be heard throughout the landscape.
Collage monotypes of various color paper with earth tone colors and organic shapes explore how touch, sound, texture, movement, color, and language interact with material and stories from the past. The abstract lines in my drawings with india ink and hand made drawing tools create expressions of the unique plant and its spiritual significance. My experimentation with paper-based and natural materials connect the discovery of a deeper understanding that surrounds the mysterious aspects of nature and its relationship to the stories of the women warriors.
My practice as a sculptor always begins with material studies and maquettes that examine the joining techniques that will be used in my object based installation. My installations often dedicate a space for viewers to peer into my process of making through my maquettes.
In Season 08 of the WonderRoot CSA we are proud to announce a collaboration with Forward Warrior! This collaboration also marks a new approach to how we curate the art included in each share, as well as how shares are distributed and how shareholders will engage with participating artists.
Forward Warrior, organized by visual artist Peter Ferrari, is a local community-driven mural painting event that takes place annually. Participating artists have included Paper Frank, Lucha Rodriguez, Catlanta, Michi Meko, Mike Black, and Nikki Starz among many others. All six CSA Season 08 artists have been involved with Forward Warrior events in the past and are active public artists/muralists in and outside of Georgia.
SEASON 08 BREAKDOWN
Tuesday, March 15th @ Gaja from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Kick-off party with artists and shareholders. Check out a Creative Loafing feature on Gaja HERE!
Month of April: Studio visits with CSA season 08 artists.
Mid May: Art Pick-up Party at a local arts & culture hub where shareholders will receive all 6 artworks and season 08 artists will speak about their bodies of work. Stay tuned for the announcement of the location!
CSA Season 08 Pick Up Party
May 20 ,2016 from 7pm-9pm at Elevator Factory
The Pick-Up Party is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! RSVP here.
If you have any questions about the WonderRoot CSA or Season 08 in particular, please contact WonderRoot’s Programs Manager, Matthew Rosenfeld. In the meantime, please enjoy video interviews with this season’s CSA artists!
What is a BlackCatTips? A BlackCatTips is a painter and muralist. A BlackCatTips is a poet and a thinker — a teller of tales. A BlackCatTips is Kyle Brooks, a street folk artist from way down in the American South.
In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. With his brush, bright colors and a few found materials, he paints the world happy. Brooks lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and old dog. He also likes hot drinks, biscuit houses and growing orchids.
Peter Ferrari is an artist and arts administrator living and working in Atlanta Georgia. His work ranges from illustrations and small paintings to large scale murals and installations. His aesthetic is inspired by super graphics, calligraphy, woodblock printing and old school graffiti. He is also the founder and curator of Forward Warrior, a community-driven mural painting event that takes places annually in Atlanta.
Molly Rose Freeman
Molly Rose Freeman uses pattern as a lens to explore the dynamic framework of interconnectivity. With a foundation in freehand drawing, she builds diverse compositions using geometric forms, exploring relationships that exist from the microscopic to the galactic.
Freeman has painted murals around the world with Living Walls, Fountain Art Fair, the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, the Atlanta BeltLine, and more. Recent clients include the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Atlanta Hawks, Indigo Hotels, W Hotels, and the City of Charleston.
Freeman received her high school diploma in Visual Arts from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and in 2010 earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina—Asheville. She has exhibited in group shows at MOCA-GA, Mint Gallery and Swan Coach House, and she had a solo exhibition at Beep Beep Gallery in 2014. She was a 2014-2015 Fellow in WonderRoot's Walthall Fellowship Program as well as a 2013-2015 Resident with The Creatives Project. She was recently awarded a Distinguished Fellow grant for the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.
Sanithna Phansavanh (suh-neat-nuh pon-suh-von) is an artist working and living in Atlanta, Georgia, whose focus is on examining the human condition, particularly the dynamic between creation, existence, and permanence. His work—ranging from small intimate drawings to large-scale public murals—has been shown nationally and internationally, with the most recent exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, on the Atlanta Beltline, and as a part of the City of Atlanta’s Elevate program.
Brandon Sadler (b.1986), a native ATLien, earned a BFA in Painting and Illustration from SCAD Atlanta and is a multi-disciplinary artist, calligrapher, film director, and writer. Sadler is renowned for his public mural works and his solo and group exhibitions have brought him accolades as one of Atlanta's most prolific artists collected by individuals as well as the High Museum of Art. He has shared his knowledge through art education with non-profit organizations such as One Love Generation, performing community outreach with The Creatives Project, creating and conducting courses at SCAD-Atlanta, and giving lectures at Morehouse College. Sadler’s aesthetic interests have been informed by his involvement within American graffiti and street art cultures, which formed the beginnings of his artistic process. The influences of Japanese woodblock prints, Anime, Chinese calligraphy, and other Asian art forms have impacted his cultural perspective and greatly influenced his unique style. He also channels symbols, patterns, and narratives from indigenous cultures from his own ancestry and from around the world. The resulting imagery speaks to a universal human condition through a narrative style encrypted with symbolism, text, and decorative elements. By exploring broad themes relating to societal conditions, he exposes man's battle with himself, society, and nature.
Fabian Williams is a fine artist working in a variety of mediums including painting, digital illustration, performance and video. As a lifelong artist and general observer of society, Fabian’s mastery of form and application has culminated into an aesthetic that has become his signature style; one that incorporates detailed and gestural renderings that give his work a natural sensibility. More recently Fabian has begun to delve into concepts of universal placement and its relevance and connection to our temporal existence which is reflected in the work of his ‘Cosmic Mechanisms’ series. In addition, Fabian’s “Contraption” series adopts the stylings of Rube Goldberg machines to reflect his observation of societal constructs and its effect on poor and working class communities.
In 2009, he founded The World Wide Art Federation. A nod to the Hulk Hogan era of the World Wrestling Federation, WWAF puts swagger and showmanship on display for alter ego artist throwdowns. Artists such as Fahamu Pecou, Michi Meko, CP the Artist Palmer, Grace Kisa, Charly Palmer and more dress as gangstas, psycho killers and martial arts mercenaries to talk trash, face off on canvas and be judged Roman coliseum style by a frenzied crowd at Stuart McClean Gallery. Not to be outdone by his peers, Williams dives into the action, too, alternating between two alter egos: the pimptastic Occasional Superstar and trench-coated masked man Exacto.
Angela Bortone, currently residing in Atlanta, GA, works as a painter and video artist. Bortone was born in 1988 in the Dominican Republic and spent her early years abroad in Germany. Language was a critical element in her formative years in Europe, where she was surrounded by Spanish, English, Italian and German through family and travel. Ability or lack thereof to communicate has influenced her work profoundly. Mediating the feeling of muteness fuels the work. Bortone’s work has been exhibited at Whitespace Gallery, The Big House on Ponce and MINT Gallery. She received a BFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2010.
Lauren Peterson is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Atlanta, GA. Fascinated by the residual, her work focuses on the cultural production of waste, planned obsolescence, and the potential ontological ramifications of a consumption-based society. Trained as a printmaker at Towson University in Maryland, Peterson received her Bachelors of Art in 2007. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2015. Peterson’s work has been exhibited in the Aqua Art Miami Fair, at the GAIA Center in Athens, Greece, and is part of the permanent collection of the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. She currently teaches printmaking and foundations at Georgia State University.
Tyrus Lytton won his first drawing award in kindergarten, receiving an honorable mention for his crayon on newsprint piece entitled “Helicopter.” Since that time, Ty has graduated from the University of Georgia as a Presidential Scholar with a degree in fine arts. In addition he held an Artistic Merit and a Kiah Painting Scholarship while receiving a MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. He has exhibited nationally and abroad in Japan and is currently a WonderRoot Walthall Artist Fellow.
Maxwell Sebastian is a visual artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. He is self taught, and has been making art since the Early Aughts. Sebastian began in the traditional mode of nudes and portraits, and moved onto more personal work that deals with themes of income inequality and climate change, using an idiosyncratic visual language he has been slowly developing for the past five years. He has illustrated two books of epic verse with long time collaborator and author Nathan Jerpe. In addition, Sebastian has twice been nominated by the Forward Arts Foundation for the Emerging Artist Award. He volunteers his time with Eyedrum art and music gallery, sitting on the board of directors and current chair of the Eyedrum art committee. He is currently working on a large scale installation for the Art on the Beltline program.
Tori Tinsley (b. 1980) received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Michigan, MAAT in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University. Over the past two years, Tinsley has served as research assistant for ART PAPERS magazine, artist assistant to Pam Longobardi in Greece, and intern at BurnAway magazine. In the summer of 2014, she was a fellow resident at Hambidge. This past spring, her first solo exhibition was held at the WonderRoot Gallery and she is planning a second to be held at Eyedrum art and music gallery in the spring of 2016.
Laura Vela is a Chicana multimedia and interdisciplinary artist in the Atlanta area. Vela recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BFA concentrating in Painting and Drawing and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her work explores identity, gender, race, and mental illness through oil paintings, watercolor and ink, photo, zine, and collage making. Vela is a Hambidge fellow and has shown work at Kibbee Gallery, Beep Beep Gallery, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and The Low Museum among others.
Addison Adams is a visual artist and experimental musician based in Atlanta, GA. He received his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia in 2012 and has continued developing his work in painting as well as his experimentation with sculpture, installation, performance art, and film. Adams has performed at the High Museum of Art, the Goat Farm Arts Center, and MINT gallery. In addition, he has exhibited his paintings and video art in galleries throughout the Southeast including MOCA GA, ATHICA, and Non-Fiction Gallery.
Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, has drawn critical acclaim for her depictions of southern life and black women. A graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta and a current student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Gay has exhibited work at prestigious venues and events including the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, Emory University, Mason Murer Gallery, and the National Black Arts Festival. Her work is among the private collections of actor Samuel L. Jackson, and musician/songwriter Leon Russell among others. In 2013 Gay was chosen by Low Country Luxe and The Congressional Club to create an illustration of the White House featured as packaging for the 2013 First Lady’s Luncheon hostess gift.
Vision Kaushik is always wanting to be in a slow dance.
Pastiche Lumumba is an artist and curator living and working in Atlanta, GA. Lumumba graduated from Georgia State University in 2012 where he studied film, photography and studio art. His multidisciplinary work examines the element of context and its effect on subjective experience. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MINT Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Kiang Gallery (Atlanta, GA), The Arts Exchange (Atlanta, GA), and Freak Sister Chamber (London, UK). In 2013, Pastiche founded The LOW Museum and has since served as executive director.
Santiago Páramo is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. Páramo studied music in Botogá, Colombia and has since incorporated music composition, performance art, and interactive public art installations into his practice. Since moving to Atlanta, Páramo has been heavily involved with numerous projects that have received great praise from different audiences and art organizations. For the past three years he has been awarded with funds from Art on the Atlanta Beltline to create interactive art installations. In addition, he has contributed musically to the Atlanta contemporary dance scene, working with organizations such as Moving in the Spirit, The lucky Penny, and the choreographer Helen Hale.
Sara Santamaria, originally from Madrid, Spain, studied theater, linguistics and textile arts. She is currently living and working in Atlanta, GA where she is pursuing a degree in 3d studio art. Santamaria has worked in Madrid, Canada and France as a studio assistant for a variety of established artists and as an Art Program Coordinator for the arts organization, La Tabacalera. In her art practice Santamaria is drawn to different materials such as metal, ceramics, and wood and utilizes a variety of techniques including mold making and casting. She is currently exhibiting her artworks in Atlanta.
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
For CSA Season 06, WonderRoot is partnering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. AVLF provides high-quality, free legal representation to low-income Atlantans. Through a diversity of programs tailored to meet the legal needs of the community, volunteer lawyers work to leverage the full power, resources and passion of the legal community so that Atlantans are not deprived of basic civil legal needs without the benefit of a lawyer.
In Season 06, WonderRoot has commissioned the aforementioned six artists to create 30 works each, making 30 shares available to the public for $800/share. Artwork will be received by shareholders at a series of three pick up parties that will take place from June – August 2015; exact dates and locations will be announced by the end of April. 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!
Chris Chambers is a visual artist based out of Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in 2005. Chambers has exhibited in both improvised public spaces and venues such as apexart in New York, NY, the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center among others. He has received project grants from the Hudgens Art Center, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Forward Arts Foundation, Elevate Atlanta, and more. In addition, Chambers was awarded the 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship and was a finalist or 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. Dey 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 is a visual artist based in Athens, GA. She earned a BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in 2014and has exhibited works in a variety of venues throughout California. Spending five years in the Bay Area influenced the way Lockshaw interpreted the contemporary landscape and informed the way she painted it. In addition, aquatics play a large role in her paintings due to her experiences playing Women’s Water Polo for the varsity athletics team. Lockshaw is currently pursuing a MFA in Painting & Drawing at the University of Georgia.
Tracy Murrell is an Atlanta artist, curator, and non-profit ats organization consultant. A graduate of Centenary College, Murrell has appeared in solo and group exhibitions, and assisted Louis Delsarte in the creation of the 125-foot mural “Dreams, Visions, and Change” honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Murrell’s work challenges racialized gender stereotypes imposed on the African-American feminine form in popular media. Her 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. She received a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1988 and a MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in 2009. 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, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and MOCA GA among others. The Ogden Museum, MOCA GA and many other institutions and individuals have collected Noel’s 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.
WonderRoot CSA Season 05 was launched in December 2014. It included 30 shares of local art made available to the public at $400/share. Shareholders received 6 pieces of artwork, each created by a different artist, and collected their art boxes at a series of three Pick up Parties at MINT Gallery, MODA, and Marcia Wood Gallery from January 2015 – March 2015. Each pick up party featured work by two artists and included artist talks.
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.
Danielle Brutto is a visual artist artist based out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in New York with a BFA. While Brutto is always experimenting with new media, her primary focus is abstract painting. Through painting, Brutto explores the physicality of paint itself to create obscured and abstracted images that explore the human figure, landscapes, nature and animals and their relationships to one another through destruction/creation and life/death cycles.
Terri Dilling is a visual artist living in Atlanta, GA. Dilling received a BA from Indiana University, a BFA from Georgia State University, and also studied visual art in England, Spain, and Italy. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world, Dilling’s work often evokes a landscape or garden, along with the microscopic worlds contained within. After being awarded a 2005 residency at the Caversham Centre in South Africa, she revived printmaking in her practice, and aided in founding the Atlanta Printmakers Studio where she currently serves as president.
Daniel Flores is a visual artist living in Atlanta, GA. Deriving inspiration from his Mexican-American heritage, Flores often revisits the stories of the Great Aztec Gods and incorporates Aztec mythology into his drawings and paintings. Since 2004 Flores has participated in over 25 group art shows in the Atlanta area. In 2012 Flores’ work was published in the July issue of ImagineFX Magazine, and in 2005 his art was shown at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA as part of the Art Beats + Lyrics Art Show. In addition, his tattoo studio won Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta award in 2002.
Julie L. Sims is a visual artist living in the Atlanta area. Sims received a BFA in photography from Georgia State University in 2009. Sims’ work has been exhibited in Asheville, NC, Louisville, KY, Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and has been included in numerous group shows. In addition, Sims’ work was included in the Possible Futures’ publication Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. Sims was recently awarded the WonderRoot Walthall Fellowship, selected by the New York Times for the NY Portfolio Review, and nominated for the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women in photography.
Jason Thomas is an Atlanta-based visual artist who works primarily in pen-and-ink. Since moving to Atlanta in 1993, Thomas majored in Art Education at Morehouse College and has been active in the Atlanta art scene. Since graduation, Thomas has gone on to work as a freelance illustrator, serve as the President of Creative Energy 360, and work as a part-time art teacher. In addition to curating a variety of events and exhibitions throughout Atlanta, Thomas has participated in exhibitions such as Resistance is Futile, and CAIN at Mano Art Shows, along with Standing on the Shoulders of Giants at the Art of Giving Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Thomas is currently the Resident Art Director for iNetwork, Inc. and the illustrator of the Facebook comic strip “The Adventures of Mavis and Mary.”
Joe Tsambiras is a visual artist living in Decatur, GA. In 1994 Tsambiras received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in illustration, and received an MFA in drawing/printmaking from Georgia State University in 2007. After receiving his MFA, Tsambiras immersed himself in the Atlanta art scene, and has exhibited in high-profile shows such as the ink-drawing collaboration with Atlanta-based artist Sam Parker, Majestic Hours at Beep Beep Gallery in 2008, and the four-person collaborative show Here We Hide at Mint Gallery in 2010. Tsambiras was nominated for the prestigious Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award in both 2009 and 2010. In 2012 he celebrated the art of printmaking by curating an all-printmaking show at Kibbee Gallery called ECHOES: Adventures in Printmaking. Tsambiras recently had his first successful major solo exhibition, PORTL at Swan Coach House Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
Garnish & Gather
In Season 04 we partnered with our local friends at Garnish & Gather to advocate for the importance of eating local and arting local. Throughout the season, CSA artists were delivered a curated selection of goodies from G&G and interviewed; the “Local Artist Spotlights” are featured on G&G’s blog. We encourage you to check it out and learn more about the awesome work they are doing in the city!
WonderRoot CSA Season 04 was launched in August 2014. It included 40 shares of local art made available to the public at $400/share. Shareholders received 6 pieces of artwork, each created by a different artist, and collected their art boxes at a series of three Pick up Parties at the Hammonds House Museum, The Low Museum, and Dashboard Co-op. We also partnered with our local friends at Garnish & Gather to advocate for the importance of eating local and arting local. Throughout the season, CSA artists were delivered a curated selection of goodies from G&G and interviewed; the “Local Artist Spotlights” are featured on G&G’s blog. We encourage you to check it out and learn more about the awesome work they are doing in the city!
Meg Aubrey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has been awarded the Hambidge Residency Award from the Fulton County Arts Council, the Encore Series Award from Savannah College of Art and Design and was selected as a finalist for the Forward Arts Emerging Artist Award for 2011. Aubrey is an addict professor of Foundations Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. She is represented by Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta.
Nikita Gale is an American conceptual artist who holds a BA in Anthropology from Yale University and exhibits regularly throughout Atlanta and New York City. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY) in 2011, at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC) in 2013 and is currently in the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Her work can be found in collections including the Howard Greenberg Gallery collection in New York. Gale has had work featured in ART PAPERS, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Headline News, and Oxford American and has been profiled and reviewed by publications including Artforum, Frank 151, Atlanta Magazine, and Creative Loafing
Jason Kofke was born in Media, PA in 1979. He earned his BFA in 2005 and his MFA in 2008; both were received from Savannah College of Art and Design in Painting. Kofke is a recipient of a 2011 Artadia Grant and a 2009 Idea Capital Grant. He has been awarded residencies at The Creatives Project in Atlanta, GA, The Arctic Circle Project in Norway, Milkwood Residency in the Czech Republic, ARCUS Project in Japan, Odysseys Residency in Costa Rica, Living Walls Conference in Atlanta, GA, the China Academy of Art in China, and the Elizabeth Foundation in New York City.
Kofke’s work has been exhibited at the A4 Center for Contemporary Asian Art in Australia, Jack the Pelican Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Flux Projects in Atlanta, Kai Lin Gallery in Atlanta, GA, The Elizabeth Foundation in New York City, Fuse Gallery in New York City, The China Academy of Art in China, Arthouse Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Artspace Gallery in Richmond, VA.
William Massey was born in Birmingham and grew up in Atlanta. He holds a BFA in Art with an emphasis in Sculpture, Painting, and Ceramics from Valdosta State University. He is drawn to 3-dimensional form and how compelling it is to interact with. His childhood fascination with destruction has culminated directly into his adult focus on the breaking down and building up of materials, fragments, pieces, and the cycle of Life explored in this current body of work.
Massey has installed large-scale public works in the United States and abroad. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, painting and sculpting, leading art therapy with the elderly and cancer fighters, and working part-time at a glass blowing studio as an artist assistant and instructor.
Mike Stasny holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. In addition, he is the founder of the performance art group MSIF, where he explores decadence, humor, and the absurd as a means to create unusual party atmospheres. His most notorious project to date is the production of the viral Internet star Samwell whose “What What in the Butt” has been featured in numerous media outlets including Southpark, VHI, The Lilly Allen Show, and Tosh.0.
Stasny’s work has been exhibited at Dashboard Co-Op in Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Streets Alive, The Goat Farm in Atlanta, GA, Fort Gondo in St. Louis, MO, and Knock Knock Studios in Milwaukee WI.
Marcia Vaitsman has an undergraduate degree in Media Studies with a specialization in radio and TV broadcast from Universidad de Sao Paulo and a postgraduate degree in audiovisual art from the Academy of Media Art (Kunsthochschule fur Medien KHM), Germany. She also holds a photography degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she had a two year fellowship.
Vaitsman has had solo shows at Huuto in Helsinki, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo and Galeria Candido Portinari at the Brazilian Embassy in Rome, Italy. She has received the Idea Capital Travel Grant, Fulton County Arts Fellowship 2013, Prize "Mostra de Artistas no Exterior" from the Biennial of Sao Paulo Foundation, UNESCO-Aschberg prize, France/Finland, and a granted six-month artist in residence in IAMAS-Japan, EMMA Electric Multimedia Award, London. Her work is represented by Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta. She lives in Atlanta and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
WonderRoot CSA Season 03 was launched in March 2014 and will conclude in June 2014. It included 40 shares of local art made available to the public at $600/share. Shareholders received 6 pieces of artwork, each created by a different artist, and have collected their art boxes at three Pick up Parties held at The Grocery on Home, Poem 88, and ZuCot Gallery.
Ashley Anderson was born and raised in Sandersville and landed in Atlanta in 2007. He received his BFA in Painting from Georgia Southern University. In 2012, Anderson had his first solo show, "Shinobi Marilyn", at the Emily Amy Gallery and took part in the television broadcast-based International Teletext Art Festival in Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, Anderson was one of 3 artists chosen for MINT Gallery's Leap Year; a year-long, emerging artists mentorship program. Alongside generating work for the 2014 Leap Year exhibition, Anderson frequently collaborates on designs for Atlanta band Little Tybee, volunteers with the Atlanta Zine Fest, and runs an Easy shop (Press Start to Begin), occasionally taking breaks to eat and sleep.
Mike Black was born in Seattle, WA and raised between Seattle and Atlanta. He is a sculptor, painter, and installation artists, in no particular order. Black will receive his BFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University in 2014 and currently works within the Public Art department at the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, helping to oversee the city's public works. He is also and art handler for the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, and the Facilities Supervisor at Dashboard Co-op. His goal in life is to change the world one public art project at a time.
Jane Garver is an Atlanta-based visual artist and performer. She holds a BA in Studio Art with Sculpture Emphasis from Georgia State University. Locally, her work has been exhibited at the Atlanta BeltLine, Barbara Archer Gallery, MINT Gallery, and The Woodruff Arts Center. Internationally, she has shown work at venues in Lisbon and Marseille.
Carver's work explores human relationships in the form of conversations (recorded, mapped, or transcribed), sculpture and its environment (site-specific sculpture, sound installation, person-powered kinetic elements), and performance (as part of longer dialogue of experience).
Roni Nicole Henderson
"I want these images to move you, as I am moved by you"
| moving pictures | has grown from my desire to literally move about the world, capture it's miracles and project them onto the collective memory.
As a filmmaker, I make fiction, fine art, experimental, documentary and with prayer, feature-length films in the very near future.
As a photographer, I love to shoot fashion + fine art, document artists and everyday folk, especially during major life initiations.
As a fine artist, I project this work...in odd places.
Masud Ashley Olufani
Masud Ashley Olufani (MAO) is an Atlanta based mixed media artist whose studio practice is rooted in the discipline of sculpture. He is a graduate of Arts High School in Newark, N.J., Morehouse College and The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2012. Masud has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans; Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong, China. The artist has completed residencies at The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun, GA.; Creative Currents in Portobello, Panama; and The Creatives Project in Atlanta, GA. He is a recipient of a 2015-16' MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant; a 2015 Idea Capital Grant, and the 2015 Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement grant, and is a member of the 2014-15’ class of Walthall Fellows.
Sean Reilly was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Reilly's artwork is informed by her years working in the field of architecture. Her paintings and drawings are directly influenced by the professional history, as well as by an interest in philosophy and the earth sciences.
She has works in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art and in local Atlanta corporate and private collections. In 2013 she received an Idea Capital travel grant with a fellow artist; she was also awarded a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and a residency at the Hambidge Center. Reilly is in multiple national registries and has appeared in publications including the International Drawing Annual #7 and New American Paintings #100.
WonderRoot CSA Season 02 was launched in August 2013. It included 30 shares of local art made available to the public at $800/share. Shareholders received 6 pieces of artwork, each created by a different artist, and collected their art boxes at a series of three Pick up Parties.
CSA Season 01 Advisory Committee: Austin Appleton, Stephanie Dowda, Ed Hall, Floyd Hall, Jimmy Hamilton, Brett Meager, Kris Pilcher, and Eva Taylor.
Noble Beast is an Atlanta based collage artist. He has put up his collages in the streets, given away, and sold many pieces to friends around the country. He has worked hard at becoming a legitimate self-taught artist and, though he has been invited, has never been part of a formal art show. He is happy to be a part of WonderRoot’s CSA project and thinks, no matter what you do for a living, that you’re wasting your life if you don’t create something everyday.
Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals primarily with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery’s Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. Caldas was named Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL Artist for 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.
Bethany Collins was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1984. She holds an MFA from Georgia State University (2012) and a BA in Studio Art and Visual Journalism from the University of Alabama (2007). Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at notable venues throughout the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, and the Flint Institute of Arts. Collins was recently accepted into the Viewing Program at The Drawing Center in New York and was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She will soon begin residencies at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL. Collins now serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences.
Collins is a multi-media artist who focuses on dual perception and multiplicity in the seemingly binary. Her current language-based work, particularly her White Noise series, highlights the inability of language to fully capture notions of modern racial identity. Rather, text is hidden, revealed, allowed and humored, but rarely settled.
Henry Detweiler is an Atlanta-based multidisciplinary artist and writer working in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. In 2012, he received a BFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University. He has shown extensively in and around Atlanta, GA. He is represented by Dashboard Co-Op and currently serves as Events Editor for BURNAWAY.
Jill Frank is a visual artist working primarily in photography. She received her BA in Photography from Bard College and her MFA in Studio Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has shown nationally and internationally, and selected solo exhibitions include Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago; Golden Gallery, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Frank moved to Atlanta in 2011 to teach at the School of Art and Design in the photography area.
Frank’s work deals with the negotiation and indeterminacy of dominant social and cultural narratives. Her current work investigates American “rites of passage,” and how they inform cultural status symbols and identity formation.
Nick Madden was born in 1978 and raised in Mableton, Georgia. He studied drawing and painting and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in 2002. Since then he has been creating works of art, teaching art to elementary school students, and living in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and many animals.
His work is about machines and funny little objects that move, interact, struggle, and eventually break down. Much like the parts of the human body, these creations complete tasks that are alternately silly, crucial, and pointless. Clusters do battle, wooden gears creek and chatter, colors explode. Touch it and smile at it. Because one day it will all disappear.
Michi Meko is a skilled interdisciplinary artist and colorful personality that has established him as one of the South’s preeminent creatives. His work is a proclamation of strength, perseverance, and remembrance. Michi Meko is a member of the collective Sunday Southern Art Revival and the collaborative duo TindelMichi. Meek is also a founding member of eh think tank Smoke School of Art. Meko’s works have been commissioned and included in many private and corporate permanent collections including: Scion Toyota Motor Company, Project Alabama, King & Spalding, Stankonia Studios, and the CW Network.
S. Patricia Patterson
My large-scale watercolor paintings investigate how we construct memories over time. I focus on childhood memories, drawing from my archive of actual family photographs taken between 1940 and 1980. These images document the family I know personally as well as those I know only from found photographs. They serve as the foundation for me to explore the nostalgia surrounding a formal family portrait or an intimate moment caught on film. When I create these paintings, I allow the watercolors to congeal and pool on synthetic paper. I vary the degree of detail with which I represent the figures central to my work, and often distort features that allude to the subject’s psychological state. My subjects slip into a background fog of geometric patterns and mundane objects. I carefully construct these backdrops referencing varied textiles, furniture, and other décor from near-distant bygone eras. By using these archival materials to explore and reinvent a family, or family moment, I create work that physically manifests the ways we mentally reconstruct our pasts.
Wret Rausaw was born in Atlanta, GA where he has since returned to live and make work. Wret’s work has appeared in group exhibitions in Atlanta, including The Imaginary Million at 200 Peachtree St.; Inhabited at Kibbee Gallery; the Hambidge 16th Annual Art Auction at Fay Gold Gallery; and the Hammonds House Museum 10th Annual Art Auction at the Bill Lowe Gallery. Wret’s work revolves around the often incongruous topics of family and home. In addition to his continued series of photographic diptychs, he is currently working on three-dimensional memory boxes and large-scale mixed media installation projects.
WonderRoot CSA Season 01 was launched in December of 2012. It included 50 shares of local art made available to the public at $300/share. Shareholders received 9 pieces of artwork, each created by a different artist, and collected their art boxes at a series of three Pick up Parties.
CSA Season 01 Advisory Committee: Austin Appleton, Stephanie Dowda, Ed Hall, Floyd Hall, Jimmy Hamilton, Brett Meager, Kris Pilcher, and Eva Taylor.