Time: October 30, 2015 at 6:30pm to November 25, 2015 at 5pm
Location: Abernathy Arts Center Gallery
Street: 254 Johnson Ferry Rd. NW
Website or Map: http://fultonarts.org/index.p…
Event Type: exhibition, workshop, outreach, artist, talk
Organized By: Leisa Rich
Latest Activity: Oct 29, 2015
Leisa Rich has selected several international, award-winning artists for an exhibition that showcases art informed by a variety of hidden disabilities the participating artists face.
Many people live with a disability that impacts their everyday lives. A “hidden” or “invisible” disability is defined as a serious, on-going, medical or mental health challenge that impedes a completely normal existence but does not usually “show” on the outside. Rich’s own deafness -- the most challenging of her many medical issues and something she pretended didn’t exist for most of her life -- began insinuating itself into her creative art practice a few years ago. Exhibitions showing this work are rare and it became a personal imperative to create a space for this conversation so it wouldn’t be “secret” any longer. We know that artists incorporate and heal via the work they make. But do we know how many?
This exhibit invites the participating artists -- from South Africa, the U.S. and Canada -- to revel in this challenge and show how it informs their work, whether obviously or in a more conceptual way. It celebrates uniqueness and positivity in the face of adversity. All of the artists in this exhibition lead what can be perceived as fully “normal” lives: as educators, professional artists, mothers, and business people. Every day they privately contend with needles, drugs, treatments, hospitalizations, erroneous assumptions, misperceptions and more, because they ‘pass’ as normal. The artists in this exhibition have Diabetes, Deafness, Hepatitis C, brain damage, Funnel Chest, Bulimia, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Bipolar/Social Anxiety Disorder and other. Through a variety of techniques and mediums such as drawing on paper, thread on plastic, 3D printing, diabetes test strips on canvas, yarn and weaving, metal, ceramic, installation and more they make works and make public their feelings and seek to create a conversation about the beauty of living and using art to move forward!
There will be a workshop, outreach tours and an artist talk.
Brooks Harris Stevens- U.S., Associate professor of Fibers, Eastern Michigan State U
J.Penney Burton- Canada, artist, art educator, art writer
Linda Wallace- Canada, Artist: hand woven tapestry, writer
Leisa Rich- U.S., (Canadian) artist, art educator, art writer
Michelle Urbanek- U.S., school teacher, artist
Katherine Soucie- Canada, fashion designer, artist, educator, writer
Leah Owenby- U.S., gallery assistant, artist
Kathy Abernathy Meliopoulos- U.S., artist
Lynne Lomofsky- South Africa, artist
Julie Sims, U.S., visual artist and photographer
Rea, U.S. Studio Artist/Educator
Lauren Sandler, U.S. , artist, teaches at Skidmore College
Rachel Blythe Udell, U.S. artist
Kelsey Simmen, U.S. artist, jewelry designer
Jason Thomson, U.S. artist, gallery assistant
****Opening Reception October 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 31 10 a.m.-12 p.m.