Seven metro artists get $45,000 in Artadia Awards 2011 Atlanta
By Howard Pousner
Atlanta artists Jason Kofke and Rocío Rodriguez each are recipients of $15,000 Artadia Awards announced Wednesday. Five additional metro artists received $3,000 awards: Sarah Hobbs, Gyun Hur, the John Q collective, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier and Micah Stansell. The juried prizes are given every other year by Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, a New York-based nonprofit that provides support to visual artists in San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Chicago and, since 2009, Atlanta.
In October, three jurors conducted 45-minute studio visits with each of 15 finalists, chosen from nearly 200 metro applicants. The jurors were Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Julie Rodrigues Widholm, associate curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Atlanta art critic Cinqué Hicks.
“It was a pleasure for me to see Atlanta for the first time through the wide range of artists working there,” juror Widholm said in a statement. “I was especially impressed by the commitment of so many finalists who have found ways to sustain themselves as working artists. There is a burgeoning interest in contemporary art in Atlanta and Artadia is playing an important role in propelling these artists to national attention.”
Here are bios of the Atlanta awardees, provided by Artadia:
- Through public art, painting, printmaking, and installation, Jason Kofke addresses the mixture of hope and failure inherent in past technological devices. Placing his work from the past few years under the umbrella brand “Everything will be OK,” Kofke investigates the devices that mediate human relationships and how the physical form and the emotional content merge. Blending street art and labored etchings and drawings, he strives to fix the past in order to prepare for the future. Kofke has been in residencies and exhibited in Russia, Japan, and China; his work has been shown locally in Kibbee Gallery and Goat Farm Studios.
- Cuban-American Rocío Rodriguez is an avid investigator of mark making in many forms. Known for her large-scale abstract paintings, Rodriguez installed a wall drawing at MOCA GA in 2010, and has been creating a new vocabulary of images, or “painting about painting,” in her studio throughout the past year. Her previous work deals with flux and chaos in the modern world, creating a tension between the planned and the spontaneous. A winner of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, Rodriguez’s work has been exhibited nationally and placed in many public and private collections.
- Sarah Hobbs’s large-scale color photographs represent psychological spaces through which she explores the human psyche, relishing the idea that we are all beautifully flawed. Her elaborate exaggerations of various human behaviors and compulsions are staged in actual domestic spaces, laying bare the objects and locations without human presence, allowing the viewer to find herself in the image. Her recent solo exhibitions have been hosted by Augusta State University, GA and Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA. Her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.
- Gyun Hur’s temporary installations of cut silk flowers draw upon familial narratives, collaborative practice, placeness, and colorfield painting. Hand-shredded by a community she’s working with, including her Korean-immigrant parents, the vulnerability and ephemerality of the brightly colored lines reflect ideas of loss, cultural identity and assimilation, and memory. Gyun Hur was the 2010 recipient of the Hudgens Prize and an Idea Capital grant to maintain a blog that encourages artists to remain in Atlanta. Hur has performed and exhibited in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Vermont, and was featured in a two-person show at SCAD Gallery, Hong Kong, China this year.
- John Q is an artist collective whose name references the man-on-the-street term “John Q. Public,” with the “Q” also referencing the collective’s interest in queer history and politics. Their past interventions have included “Memory Flash” in which Atlanta queer history was contemporaneously revisited and reenacted, using local archives as source material to create a living memorial. John Q plans on further investigating the complicated links between memory, place, and performativity through archives in Atlanta and San Francisco. John Q has exhibited at MOCA GA and guest edited the third issue of The JOSH—the Journal of Sexual Homos.
- Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, the 2011 Judith Alexander Artadia Awardee [honoring the late Atlanta arts patron and folk art gallery owner], is a self-described “visual mythologist, a memory keeper,” who has been working with ancestral memory of family, place, and community through textiles, documents, photographs, and memorabilia for over 20 years. Recently she has been making collaborative memory-based pieces with members of a specific community in the “Journey Projects,” which are site-specific installations that are then donated to a local cultural center. She focuses on rural agricultural communities that are developing tourism, urban enclaves, and indigenous communities. Marshall-Linnemeier recently received the Emory University Transforming Community Project Grant and has worked throughout the South.
- Deeply interested in narrative, Micah Stansell’s films and installations depict a romance with authenticity, the mystique of the past, and the bonds of family. “It’s about the way you insert yourself into these memories that you weren’t even present for,” Stansell explains. Often installed on multiple channels, the films require viewers to be active participants as they physically survey the images or call a number to hear a portion of the soundtrack. Stansell’s films screened at Flux Projects in 2011 and at Hunter College in New York, NY. His awards include the Special Jury Prize for Innovation in Filmmaking at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival.