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Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival Guide - Viewing Listings on 2012-09-06
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John Oetgen
© John Oetgen
"Figurines"
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: John Oetgen

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 6, to Mon, Oct 15 2012

"The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act."
Marcel Duchamp

John Oetgen’s photography - of colorful ordinary objects - recalls both POP art and the surrealists, particularly Duchamp and Magritte. Like these artists, he takes found pieces from our environment, and marries them to exotic places and unusual contexts to play with reality and illusion. For instance, a ceramic figurine appears in front of a theatrically curtained window that looks onto the Bienalle Giardini in Venice. Pieces from the exhibition recall Magritte's C'est n'est pas works. The viewer immediately wonders, "What does this mean? What is going on here?"

For the exhibition, the simple graphics of everyday images are rendered in brilliant chroma and wall spanning size. They are charming and whimsical in their extrapolated commentary on the human condition.

Opening Reception: Fri, Sep 28, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 11am - 4pm
p: (404) 492-7718
web: http://www.hfgallery.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1123
ACP Listing #: 013

Martin Parr
© Martin Parr
Martin Parr
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
Featuring work by: Martin Parr

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 6, to Mon, Oct 15 2012

Following his 2012 exhibition at the High Museum and subsequent publication, Up and Down Peachtree, world renowned Magnum photographer Parr offers unseen Atlanta images and a concise career survey: from his nostalgic black & whites of the Seventies through his current color work, which began in 1982.

Parr's chromatically charged images describe the distanced, impersonal world that is developing in the wake of the Internet, video and cultural acquisitiveness. The work is primarily shot at close range, with a jarring macro lens and daytime flash. Subjects are caught in the act of sharing space and materials but not engaging with one another. This smartly comments on how physical proximity with its inferred closeness no longer guarantees interpersonal concern or exchange.

Focusing on Western society’s preoccupations - food, entertainment and relationships - Parr challenges our cultural definition of high and lo by using kitsch colors, patterns, and lifestyle choices in the careful compositions, camera angle and lighting that historically connote aesthetic value. Parr manages to create photographs that are both documents and aesthetic objects, moving this art form from reportage to metaphor.

Opening Reception: Fri, Sep 28, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue #25
Atlanta, GA 30305  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 11am - 4pm
p: (404) 492-7718
web: http://www.hfgallery.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1125
ACP Listing #: 014

Corinne Adams
© Corinne Adams
Southern Women - Southern Photographers
Spruill Gallery
Featuring work by: Corinne Adams, Lucinda Bunnen, Judy Lampert

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 6, to Sat, Oct 27 2012

With their various approaches, these three Southern women photographers leave us with the impression of strength, courage and endurance - a visuality of the new Southern landscape.

Opening Reception: Thu, Sep 6, 6pm - 9pm

Spruill Gallery
4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30338  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 11am - 5pm
p: (770) 394-4019
web: http://www.spruillarts.org
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/1154
ACP Listing #: 012

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