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NOV. 12TH - DEC. 16TH
691 West Whitehall St.

NOVA showcases the aesthetic exploration of our 2018-20 resident artists: Jessica Caldas, Andrew Catanese, Adam Forrester, Maria Korol, Sara Satamaria, Zipporah Camille Thompson, Kristan Woolford with new works and selections from their residency with The Creatives Project.

VIP PREVIEW + TCP ANNUAL BENEFIT
 SAT. NOV 10TH | 7PM-10PM

We are thrilled to present The Creatives Project (TCP)’s Annual Benefit and VIP Preview of “NOVA”.

Your support of this special event is particularly appreciated as we prepare to expand our residency program via TCP’s “ARTFORCE” housing at the Academy Lofts Adair Park. The first concept of its kind in the city of Atlanta, The Academy endeavors to become a symbol of neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, and community engagement through the establishment of a live/work atmosphere to support creative and cultural enthusiasts from throughout the region.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS & WORK:

Jessica Caldas

Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work connects personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. She concerns herself with issues rendered mundane through their pervasiveness, especially the lived experience of everyday violences. Caldas was awarded The Center for Civic Innovations 2016 Creative Impact award and named Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more. In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women's Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2016 to stop HB 51 in 2017, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses. Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

The issues addressed through my work are those surrounded by stigmas, such as domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, mental health, and incarceration. Stigma prevents many from talking openly about these topics, which increases misconceptions and “othering”: the idea that these things exist only for certain kinds of people in certain kinds of ways. Through conversation, experience, and interaction I can reduce stigmas and destroy the idea of the “other” when it comes to our understanding of these issues and who they affect. My practice strives to create spaces for conversation, opportunities for education and awareness, and actions for change around these subjects. I seek to make these hard topics more accessible, while still honest, and without sensationalization. Doing so creates space for action and change.


Andrew Catanese

Andrew Catanese attended the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained his BFA in Studio Art. He grew up near Richmond, Virginia and currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia from his studio a the Goat Farm. His figurative, narrative paintings are characterized by a neo-gothic style and horror vacui aesthetic. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise, caught in moments of violence and intimacy, and surrounded by the thick,heavy native foliage of the South. The work critically addresses the rigid moral dogmas inherent in many of the appropriated narratives lending Catanese’s work qualities similar to Southern Gothic writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers. Simultaneously, the integration of myth with landscape in the paintings explores the way tying stories to places shapes our our collective.

identity and celebrates the way this strengthens our ties to our homes and to our values.It is my belief that knowledge about our space gives us the power to claim our spaces. So often, we must live in places that never quite feel like home but learning, naming, and finding beauty in every corner of our neighborhoods gives us license to change that. Knowing the plants around us, when they flower, how they flower, what will replace them as the seasons change, connects us to our surroundings in such a way that makes them ours, that makes even the most mundane sidewalk a point of pride. Furthermore, learning how to take knowledge and translate it into creative works provides a therapeutic skill that can be utilized over a lifetime.


Adam Forrester

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Utilizing photography, video, performance, and installation, I aim to examine the interdependence of history and mythos as they both pertain to place. Within many of the artistic projects I pursue, I borrow from narrative cinematic language as I perform and construct my own reality for the camera. By inserting myself into the landscape, I aim to reconfigure my complex relationship with the American South. The actions I choose to undertake within many of these performances are often rooted in failure, futility, and chance. By embracing a notion such as failure, I aim to illuminate a more playful and optimistic perspective of the challenges and futility found in our current era.

Maria Korol

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María Korol was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980 and moved to the United States in 2004. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally in places as far afield as Bogotá, New York, Berlin, and Atlanta. Her work is included in the collections of the University of California-Irvine, Agnes Scott College and numerous private collections. She has been the recipient of scholarships to the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2016 and the Women’s Art Institute in 2015. She ihas been selected as a Hughley Fellow for 2018-19. She is based in Atlanta, Georgia and represented by {Poem88} gallery.

Uprooting and ceaseless change have been constants in my life. I find impetus for my artwork in the metropolis, especially in Latin America, and the yearning to know cities I don’t live in. I try to imbue my drawings with a sense of search and discovery, and the enthusiasm I feel when moving around Latin America. I want an injection of sensorial vitality in my work like that present in the art of Rufino Tamayo, Tarsila doAmaral, Lucio Fontana, and Lygia Pape—to name a few. I see loose, poetic connections between my abstract images and the landscape, architecture, and cacophony pervading Latin America. Each piece grows as an improvisation, as if I am walking lost in a city, appreciating unexpected swerves and unknown spots. My medium, paper, resonates in its immediacy and perceived fragility. I prime it with gesso to be able to work in layers, add and subtract, scrape, and sand as needed. I use mixed media to create a variety of surfaces distinct but cohesive. Repetitive marks create visual paths to reflect the kinesis of my process and its conceptual underpinning.

Sara Satamaria

As an immigrant that has dived in different cultures, my artwork relates to the essence of who we are, where we have come from, and where we are journeying. This approach is a powerful facilitator of culture, identity, and growth. It will help bringing people together across boundaries, increasing understandings across disparate and historically unequal groups, and supporting the underrepresented communities to create, maintain and share their own stories.

Zipporah Camille Thompson

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Zipporah Camille Thompson is a visual artist and sculptor based in Atlanta, Georgia. Thompson explores ritual and alchemical transformations via the unknown and through universals. Metamorphosed, shapeshifters and hybrid landscapes reflect various archaeological, psychological, and ecological affinities, as well as a personal investigation of self and otherness. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia and her BFA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Her work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and Art Papers, amongst others. She has shown at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, TrestleGallery in Brooklyn, Rogue Space in Chelsea, Gallery 400 in Chicago, IL, and Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA, as well as a host of other venues and spaces. Her work is included in numerous private collections. Zipporah Camille Thompson is a 2016 Artadia (Atlanta) Finalist, a recipient of the Zenobia Scholarship Award for residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, a 2018 NCECA Multicultural Fellow, and a 2018 Idea Capital grant recipient. Thompson is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

It is my goal to touch as many people as I can through my work, and to give underrepresented, marginalized people of color, a voice and a vision of hope, advancement, and transcendence. My priorities are to create meaningful work that inspires and uplifts, as well as to create powerful work which serves a visual catalyst for change. I hope to provide a moment of refuge and peace, enlightenment and philosophical reflections upon nature, coexistence, life, and humanity.

Kristan Woolford

The one undeniable truth that I base my work in is that we all have souls, and we are all connected on a spiritual level. I strive to interrogate, explore, and encourage sense-making about how the process of creating more equitable circumstances for all. What I ultimately aim to create are the conversations surrounding social justice and Black experiences in America that begin to percolate among individuals after they have experienced my work.


HEARTFELT THANKS TO OUR EXHIBITION HOSTS & SPONSORS:

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The Creatives Project is supported in part by the Mayor's office of Cultural Affairs. Funding for our programs are also provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

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