By Howard Pousner
Idea Capital, an Atlanta independent arts funding group with the mission of supporting “Atlanta visionaries” who produce “innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams,” has announced seven grants totaling more than $8,000.
This year’s award recipients are Blake Beckham and Malina Rodriguez, Jeff Demetriou, Karen Shacham, the Art Officials (Matt Sigmon and Antonio Darden), gloATL, Roni Nicole Henderson and Shelby Hofer.
What Atlantans can look forward to in the coming year, according to an Idea Capital release:
• Blake Beckham and Malina Rodriguez — A debut dance performance “Threshold” incorporating architectural elements and examining the multiple meanings of home.
• The Art Officials — In an ongoing strategy of lampooning the art world Matt Sigmon and Antonio Darden will stage a star-studded documentary film premiere with accompanying book focused on Atlanta’s burgeoning art scene.
• Jeff Demetriou — “Life After Dark” continues the artist’s renegade projections of “graffiti” video works onto public buildings.
• Karen Shacham — The public art installation “Couples: Reimagined” will feature life-size photographs of gay, transgendered and other unconventional couples at sites around the city.
• gloATL —In locations around Atlanta, for two weeks gloATL dancers will offer impromptu dance classes to passerby.
• Roni Nicole Henderson —Experimental short films projected as “pop-up” street art and focusing on alternative visions of black men.
• Shelby Hofer — Complete a live, mixed-media, interactive performance to be staged in winter 2012 about a taboo subject: preteen girls and their developing sexual identities.
Idea Capital’s fifth annual grant winners were selected from more than 50 entries following an open call and a review process. More information: www.ideacapitalatlanta.org.