"RITUAL # 9 " Group Exhibition Curated by Shana Robbins.
Gallery hours are Tue & Thur from 4:00 to 7:00PM
Showing Now through March 28th

Featuring art works from Shana Robbins, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Alberto Roman, Kirstin Mitchell, Orion Crook, Stephanie Pharr, Solongo Monkhooroi, and Thomas Fletcher.

Contemporary art protocols and rituals sustain inclusive, immersive, and transformational practices. Putting forth a heterotopic environment in which resonances emerge between various art methodologies (music, painting, performance, sculpture, dance/movement, word, optics) novel forms of ritualized space emerge. In proximity, and in service to perennial concerns around love, death, sex, identity, and the social, art tribes make possible aesthetic, personal, and philosophical breakthroughs. Of relevance, is an expansive exploration of the term “Habitat” which passes through non-human species to the Cosmic.


Shana Robbins is an Atlanta-based artist and curator who works with multidisciplinary processes that cross a spectrum of performance, drawing/painting, film, video, and installation. Over the past few years she has engaged in a variety of practices, rituals, and earth-based cosmologies that provide a recontextualization of human embodiment and time through shamanic worldviews. Drawing on her own experiences as a student of Butoh movement, Robbins explores methods of movement and storytelling that pull from ancient narratives of birth, death, identity and transformation.

Robbins has exhibited her work or performed at Prospect 3+, New Orleans; Marrickville Garage, Sidney, Australia; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Rowan University Art Gallery, New Jersey; Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center; Monkeytown, Brooklyn; Mobius, Boston; Winslow Garage, Los Angeles; Beta Pictoris, Birmingham; Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, FL, and at Atlanta galleries including Whitespace, Sandler Hudson, Beep Beep Gallery, and TEW Galleries. In 2012, she received a full fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency. In 2014 Robbins work was featured in two books, Viriditas: An Anthology of Contemporary Women Artists, United Kingdom and the Contemporary Performance Almanac, New York.


Orion Crook is a contemporary Renaissance man. He got his MA in Psychology at University of West Georgia in a program that operates from a Humanistic, Existential, and Transpersonal approach in 2011 and is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Throughout his college years he took ceramic classes and studied horticulture like a botanist. Since then he has begun a gardening company called Bio-philia(.com), and started working in private practice at Orion Psychotherapy(.org). He is working on getting fiscal sponsorship to offer therapeutic residencies to transgender individuals on scholarship and was just awarded the Ignite Scholarship though C4 Atlanta. He engaged in residences at Sassafrass, Hostel in the Forest, and as a collaborative artist with New Evolutionary Movement, GloGuild, and the Back Pockets. His long-term goals are to be a therapist in residency working alongside artist, to become a supervisor for younger clinicians, and to begin practicing out of his own office studio space where his Expressive approach can thrive. For Orion art is in its expression, between the way we relate with others, in the meaning and therapy behind the work, and represented in the ways one sculpts their own life form.


Alberto Roman has degrees in psychology and philosophy. He is a musician, artist, and has activated various projects involved with meditation, ritual theatre, and ceremony in the United States and abroad. Alberto has studied with Bradford Keeney, Ram Dass,  Joan Halifax (Roshi),  Babatunje Olantunji,  Jose Campos, Mathew Fox,  Balinese baleans,  Costa Rican shamans, Buddhist Tantrics, Native American healers, Pachakuti curanderos,  and many other gifted creatives around.  He has collaborated in two experiential documentaries and a book exploring  transformational and healing arts: The Shaman and Ayahuasca  and Talking with Spirits.


Kirstin Mitchell is a performance and multi-media artist with shows in Atlanta, New York and Italy. She recently was chosen as a Dashboard Artist 2015 and will be showing in New Orleans in May and at Art Basel (Miami) in December. Currently, Mitchell is working on "Big Deep", a project including performalist self-portraits and sculptures. In 2013 Mitchell performed in the streets of Soho for a Franklin Furnace project, "In Pursuit: A HUNT NY" with Laura Cooper. She also participated in the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and with Rob Andrews at Gowanus Ballroom (Brooklyn). Kiki Blood, her most notorious guise, has served as a heroine for her performances over the past several years. In 2011, "Contestant #12," in association with "Love Like a Devil's Handshake," hosted at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, received a Fulton County Arts Grant. She has performed at the Omissis Festival (Italy) and Premio della Performance (Italy). The latter was the centerfold in "Flash Art" magazine.


https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifAUBREY LONGLEY-COOK:
Aubrey Longley-Cook is an Atlanta based artist.  He received a BFA from the Rhode
Island School of Design and was honored with a 2014 Emerging Artist Award from
Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs. He was a 2013/14 Walthall Artist Fellow and has
shown work at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, Barbara Archer Gallery, Erikson Clock,
Chastain Art Center, Ponce City Market, the Swan Coach House, Gallery 72, MOCA
GA, and MINT. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Art Papers,
Hyperallergic, Journal of Modern Craft, OUT, Slag Mag, Atlanta Magazine,
BURNAWAY, Creative Loafing, and Stitches Magazine.


Solongo is an Atlanta based illustrator originally from Mongolia. After receiving her BFA in Painting, she moved to Atlanta to pursue Illustration and received her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Her illustrations are in fantastical settings, inspired by folk tales, myths and imaginations. Solongo enjoys illustrating for editorial illustration, advertising and children's books.


Stephanie Pharr is an Atlanta based performance artist, photographer and archivist who has performed throughout the United States and exhibited internationally. Their work engages symbolic and ritual space through intuitive play, gesture and task-based action.  They reflect on the possibilities and boundaries within relationships, identity and desire in the context of personal and collective modes of expression. Pharr has been named one of Atlanta’s top 30 under 30 artists by ArtsATL and has become one of twelve Walthall Fellows for 2014-2015.  They are currently the Performance Committee Chair for LadyFest Atlanta and have recently founded an artist residency and sanctuary in Dahlonega, Georgia.


Thomas Fletcher is currently finishing his BFA at SCAD Atlanta, working primarily in painting, illustration and sculpture. He with his sister spent their former years in Athens, GA raised by his well-traveled retired grandparents, exploring the woods and creeks that surrounded their kudzu covered home. The interior spaces were filled with an over flow of souvenirs, clothing, animals and worlds which they composed within the hoarded mess. 

His work reunites him with an old sense of make believe—the foggy gray space that once encompassed his life before a distinguished white and black, right and wrong, real and magic became ingrained.  Thomas’s exploration of desire and fear guides his interpretation of myth in our natural world.

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