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Culture notes: Political faceoff with paints at Goat Farm; new public art in Southwest Atlanta

PERFORMANCE ART
Political piledriver at Goat Farm

Renaissancicans, Contemporaricrats, Urbtarians.

No, these are not misspellings. They are, in the mind of Atlanta painter and performance artist Fabian Williams, artistic political parties. He and the members of his World Wide Art Federation intend to bring those parties to life Oct. 17 at the Goat Farm Arts Center in an artistic battle between four up-and-coming Atlanta painters.

“I’m a political junkie,” Williams said. “I watch CNN for fun.”

As Williams put it, think of what would happen if Picasso and Matisse were put into a ring and forced to have a paint-off. Think of a brawl waged with acrylic paint. Williams has been holding these WWAF events for the past couple of years at various venues around town, with each battle based on a different theme.

This season’s presidential race is the topic for this battle. The artists, each representing one of the artistic political parties, will paint a piece inspired by partisan views. Expect unstatesman-like behavior but provocative art.

“World Wide Art Federation: Election” comes out swinging at 8 p.m. Oct. 17. $10 general admission, $5 students. 1200 Foster St., Atlanta. www.facebook.com/thewwaf. ROSALIND BENTLEY

VISUAL ARTS
Sculptor Odeleye looks forward, back

Ayokunle Odeleye’s “Chi Wara Sundial Lantern,” a public art installation, was recently dedicated at the intersection of Cascade Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive in southwest Atlanta.

The bronze and stainless steel sculpture serves as a sundial during the day and a lantern at night. As a sundial, the lower points of the sculpture direct the viewer’s eye to 12 plates arranged on the surface of a circular concrete foundation. Engraved on the plates are names of Cascade Heights community residents who have made political, spiritual and cultural contributions to the community and the city.

Stone Mountain artist Odeleye said the concept for the piece was derived from the Chi Wara, a mythical animal of a Malian ethnic group. The antelope-like image is used as a headdress in a ceremonial harvest dance designed to pass on knowledge from elders to village young people. With the sundial lantern, Odeleye interprets this mythological image, suggesting the ceremonial passing of scholarship from Cascade elders to community youth.

Part of larger streetscape improvements, the piece was commissioned by Atlanta’s Department of Public Works and administered by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia is giving Odeleye, a Kennesaw State University art professor, a retrospective exhibit of drawings, photographs and models, opening with a 6:30-8:30 p.m. reception Nov. 9. Information: www.odeleyesculpturestudios.com, www.mocaga.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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