Annual Juried Exhibitions at MINT ATL

MINT's mission to make Atlanta a destination for the arts: a cultural hub where artists thrive, patrons experience transformative work, and communities are activated and engaged

"Junior""The (In)exhaustibility of Memory" (2020-07-11) by Robert Chamberlain, Spencer Sloan, Jackson Markovic, Myani Guetta, and Alex MariMINT

2020 

MINT's seventh Annual Juried Exhibition seeks to showcase the work of some of the most dynamic and innovative emerging cultural producers currently working in the United States. Participating artists include Libbi Ponce, Amina Daugherty, Robert Chamberlin, Sydney Daniel, and Spencer Sloan.

"Wreath for the Tomb of the Unknown Queer Soldier""Junior" (2020-07-11/2020-08-15) by Robert Chamberlin and Jackson MarkovicMINT

Curated by Sarah Higgins

Sarah Higgins is Editor & Artistic Director of Art Papers. She received her B.F.A.in Sculpture and Printmaking from Atlanta College of Art. and her M.A. in CuratorialStudies, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. From 2015-2018 she was Curator atthe Zuckerman Museum of Art. There, she produced catalogs and exhibitions includingTomashi Jackson: Interstate Love Song, Gut Feelings, and A View Beyond the Trees.She has curated over 45 exhibitions for institutions such as the Southeastern Centerfor Contemporary Art, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies at BardCollege, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.From 2016-2017, She worked with Hughley Artist Fellowship as a Curator and Facilitatorin Atlanta, GA. From 2013-2015, Higgins was Graduate Program Coordinator at the Centerfor Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She was also Exhibition Coordinator for the 2013MFA Thesis Exhibition, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College; and amember of the curatorial team for 199A-199B, a retrospective of works from the 1990sby Liam Gillick in the Hessel Museum of Art. She was Community Arts Director andCurator of Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Harris House in New Smyrna Beach, Floridafrom 2007-2011. There, she developed multidisciplinary arts and residency programs,as well as community outreach and educational programming. Prior to 2007, she workedas an Educator at Artpace, in San Antonio, Texas.

"The (In)exhaustibility of Memory" (2020-07-11) by Alex Mari and Myani GuettaMINT

Semblance

There is a conversation within and between these works about identity as a complex interplay between the internal/private/personal and the communal/collaborative/externally determined. Credit: Robert Chamberlin

"The (In)exhaustibility of Memory" (2020-07-11) by Libbi Ponce, Alex Mari, and Myani GuettaMINT

Semblance

Although not all works reference the figure, those that don't speak strongly to desire, memory, and ways in which circumstances - whether economic, social, historical, or otherwise - inform the construction selfhood. Credit: Libbi Ponce

"Deja Vu" (2020-07-11) by Sydney Daniel and Spencer SloanMINT

Semblance

These works engage with identity construction as personal yet collective, intimate yet external, invented yet also imposed. Artworks in this exhibition allow these often divergent truths to coexist. Credit: Sydney Daniels

"Deja Vu" "Thanksgiving Porch" "What Does A Raven Look Like?" (2020-07-11) by Sydney DanielMINT

Sydney Daniels sews threads through the surface to explore our deceptive relationship with memory. The implementation of expired Polaroid film is a vehicle to represent degraded memories over time. The thread is representative of when one attempts to recall a memory. It obscures the picture plane and adds a textural element that is attempting to add new information, but instead it is modifying the image (or memory) with every puncture.

"It would be my privilage" (2020-07-11) by Daniel KornrumpfMINT

Daniel Kornrumpf’s paintings are autobiographical, biased, and imperfect visual transmissions of the people and objects that are a part of his personal story. These objects act as vehicles for connection; a connection to shared values, to the spaces we inhabit, and act as a connection to understanding his own sense of existence.

"The individual is the only reality" "Transformations" (2020-07-11) by Daniel KornrumpfMINT

Daniel Kornrumpf's paintings speak to his existence, and the key objects in the paintings represent each and every single chapter of his life. The vivid colors emulate the energy that was felt at the time, and he perfectly captures and relives it through his paintings. Each and every single object is so meaningful, and it holds so many memories in one substance.

"Junior" (2020-07-11) by Jackson MarkovicMINT

Scratchers by Jackson Markovic is an ongoing series of quilts modeled after scratch-off lottery
tickets, found in downtown Atlanta’s sidewalks and corner stores. The transformation,
laborious and precise, is a commentary on the neoliberal failure of social service. The
lottery tickets as a symbol, discarded and ripped apart, are the remains of a system
that has not yet fallen.

"FailSafe" (2020-07-11) by Jackson MarkovicMINT

Jackson Markovic creates this faux lottery ticket to represent a personal conflict, as the lottery directly funds his
tuition through a state scholarship. In imagining the ephemeral as an object of
sentiment we are asked to reflect the functions which deny and uplift our privileges. It questions how something so tangible and fleeting can affect so many peoples lives.

"Cara Delevingne at LAX, 07/07/15, II""Emily Ratajkowski on a Boat in Positano, Italy - 6/23/17" (2020-07-11) by Spencer SloanMINT

Spencer Sloan uses his background as, what he describes, "a terrible, horrible, no good, very pop-culture blogger", to explore the obsession with the private lives of celebrities, and issues of ownership and copyright. He approaches that by digitally manipulating paparazzi photographs into abstraction with a series of image-corrupting applications—using a ubiquitous modern device (iPhone), turning the voyeuristic into the inscrutable, creating a postmodern commentary on societal values in relation to contemporary pop culture.

"Food, Identity and Translation No. 2" "Food, Identity and Translation No. 4" (2020-07-11) by Elise ChangMINT

Elise Chang presents her "Food, Identity and Translation" series to draw from the cultural inconsistencies and loss of identity growing up as a Second-Generation Korean-American in the South. Her collection of mixed-media drawings supports the concept of retaining a sense of cultural identity and interconnectedness through cuisine. The communal act of having a meal with one another shows the role that food can play in constructing and retaining our customs and ancestry while living in a country as diverse as the US.

"The (In)exhaustibility of Memory" (2020-07-11) by Myani Guetta and Alex MarMINT

Libbi Ponce uses their sculptures to embody world-building rooted in archival research and memory, disavowing metaphysical concerns allowing for the free transmutation of motifs and un- apologetically generative fictions.

"The (In)exhaustibility of Memory" (2020-07-11) by Spencer Sloan, Libbi Ponce, Daniel Kornrumpf, Myani Guetta, and Alex MariMINT

Ponce applies contemporary aesthetic methodologies informed by ancient Andean ceramics (erotic and anthropomorphic), the virtual realm, and mythology to probe discourse on gender and sexuality.

"The (In)exhaustibility of Memory" (2020-07-11) by Alex Mari and Myani GuettaMINT

Libbi Ponce is also interested in the grid as a plane of existence and as pixels, experimental perspective, ancient works by the Milagro-Quevedo and Chorrera cultures, characteristics ascribed to animals—such as the loyalty of dogs—, Halo 5, and questioning traditional roles of femininity inscribed to artificial intelligence. Currently, Ponce is constructing a physical and digital environment for an interstellar alter-ego. Layering planes of the virtual atop one another results in a multitude of transparencies that produce new forms of vision.

"Marketplace #s 1-44" (2020-07-11) by Ellis CreanMINT

Eilis Crean presents "Marketplace", an ongoing drawing series started in 2014. It is a form of undercover reportage and documentation presenting working conditions at the front end of consumerism in the United States of America. In the context of hourly labor, the series expands on references to time that form undercurrents in much of her work - cyclical and paused, geological and momentary, lost and seized, contemplative and purchased. In the apparent anonymity of market machinations, time is priced. In the context of the current Covid 19 global crisis, these workers’ public positions amass additional poignant layers of meaning, with or without acquisition of value.”

"Paper People 1" "Paper People 2" (2020-07-11) by Jeffrey Wilcox PaclipanMINT

Jeffrey Wilcox presents artwork that represents who he is as an artist. His upbringing in Balibago, Philippines heavily influences his artistic color and several of his mixed media pieces. These aluminum bust covered in colorful paint is among many of the pieces Wilcox has created.

"New Crown I,II,III" (2020-07-11) by Amina DaughertyMINT

Amina Daughtery is an artist that focuses on the history and culture of black people across the diaspora. Her work is an intersection of her passion for history, sociology, African tribal and ceremonial tradition, and pop culture. Her current bodies of work examines the relationships between African and African American cultures in the context of stereotypes by combining historic and contemporary elements of each. Through this collection she aims to trace portions of African American culture deemed negative to their roots in Africa, which were sanitized long ago. In stripping these stereotypes of their negative associations and placing them in historical contexts, She is reimagining them as continuations of the lineage that was so abruptly broken. These works symbolize her belief that certain elements of our culture are manifestations of subconscious memories, previously suppressed by trauma.

Credits: Story

Curator: Sarah Higgins

Artists: Libbi Ponce, Amina Daugherty, Jackson Markovic, Eilis Crean, Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan, Elise Chang, Alex Mari + Myani Guetta, Dianna Settles, Daniel Kornrumpf, Robert Chamberlin, Sydney Daniel, and Spencer Sloan.

Photographs: Charlotte Watts

2020

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