Featuring art works from William Mize, Wihro Kim and Stacie Rose in the Gallery. Site-responsive installation by Megan Mosholder and Video footage by Ivan Reyes
"Tied Up At Home" is a collaborative exhibition curated by artist William Mize, who chose five artists to emulate notions of the intimacy of place, particularly within the clandestine space of the house. The work selected for this show reveals how these elements can contribute (or take away) to the home, creating a dwelling unique to its inhabitants. The curatorial choices that William has made for this show are not unlike the aesthetic decisions he makes for each of his paintings, such as the use of color, light and spatial significance.
As an artist, William is a painter who captures the idiosyncratic vicissitudes of the abandoned houses that he encounters. Each painting is site-specific in nature; William relates to his houses as one would a self-portrait. They are a reflection of not only the individuals who lived in the houses he depicts, but also the environments surrounding each of the structures. This site-specificity is just one of the reasons William chose to collaborate with artist Megan Mosholder, a site-responsive installation artist whose work also begins with the search for a particular place, landscape or home. Just like William, Megan’s sculptural artworks also encourage the appreciation of specific spaces through her use of literal, three-dimensional lines. Together, they are collaborating on an installation specifically for Tied Up At Home, a piece that brings William’s paintings to life in three-dimensional form while Megan places emphasis on the structures with her line and light work. Also included in the show are artists Wihro Kim and Ivan Reyes. Wihro is the recent recipient of the “Best in Show” award from Mint gallery and is a painter who makes work about dream-like spaces, specifically paintings that deal with perception and memory. Ivan’s practice includes the use of technology as an art form to build virtual works about identity in relation to space. For the show, Ivan is building a projection, a piece created from a collection of just a few of the houses William has encountered, photographed and painted. The addition of Stacie Rose’s work, which is based on her exploration through travel, was chosen because of its relationship between objects, forms, color, humanity and structure. The show as a whole is one that allows the audience to consider what makes a space a home and how the structures themselves absorb and project the personalities of those who have lived in them.
Statement: My houses are like self-portraits – painted to reflect the human condition with emotion and honesty. This work helps me define myself in relation to the world around me where I explore the realization of identity using these seemingly impersonal spaces. I am intrigued by the power they possess to evoke a human presence where none exists. Like us, these structures are broken but beautiful containing layers and depth for the viewer to contemplate. The goal of my work is to capture attention, keep it, and then reward it with thought-provoking interest and discussion. http://www.williammizeart.com/
Bio: William Mize was born in Knoxville, TN in 1971. He studied fine art at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. Today, William lives and works in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and three children.
Statement: Through the creation of three-dimensional drawings often enhanced by light, I emphasize obscured elements within recognizable objects and correlate the symbolic with lived experience. My work begins with the search for potential install locations but also in the studio, where I build two-dimensional artworks that inform my sculptural practice. Each composition is comprised of lines expanding and contracting in situ to encourage the appreciation of specific spaces for what they are while also examining their hidden meanings. The completed piece is a multi-sensory experience intended to engulf the visual senses and reawaken the simple intrigue of looking. http://meganmosholder.com/
Bio:Megan Mosholder is a conceptual artist who operates in the real-world setting of the social-political landscape through site-responsive, sculptural installations. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and has received numerous awards from institutions such as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. A variety of publications have featured Megan's work including Beautiful/Decay, Hi-Fructose and Huffington Post and her diverse exhibition history includes participation in No Longer Empty’s Through the Parlor (2013) in Manhattan and an installation in Sirmione, Italy (2014), a body of work that speaks of the lasting impression a place of beauty can leave on an individual. Originally from Ohio, Megan is currently based in Atlanta, GA.
Bio: Ivan Reyes, who has been living in a digital world for a long time, uses technology as an art form to make work about space and identity. Originally from San Francisco, Ivan attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah to study illustration. He is currently based in Atlanta, GA where he continues to make drawings, works that inform his time-based sculptural work. http://overbyte.org/
Bio: Wihro Kim is an artist based in Atlanta, GA, where he received his BFA from Georgia State University. His current work consists of paintings of dream-like spaces that deal with perception and memory. His work has been collected and exhibited in and around
Atlanta. Recently, he was awarded “Local Best in Show” in MINT Gallery’s annual juried exhibition.
Statement: As an artist, Stacie Rose is an explorer and a collector. Extensive travel has influenced her work, prompting a study of our universal sameness. Through exploration, she observes and interprets the relationship between objects, forms, color, humanity and structure. She collects notions of permanence and the effect of uncertain factors on those notions. Her recent work is focused on organized systems and the unpredictable impact humanity and nature can have on those systems. A mixture of gestural mark making, process and hard geometric lines form a dichotomy between the immutable and the ethereal. This visual language is a study in opposing forces and how tension can lead to balance. http://stacierosestudio.com/home.html