Dec
8
to Jan 12

Leap Year Artist: Crystal Desai

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MINT is pleased to present small enough to hold, an exhibition of works from Leap Year artist Crystal Desai, opening December 8th and on view through January 12th (note: MINT is closed December 23–January 1). There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on December 8th from 7pm–10pm.

Of the exhibit, Desai comments: “small enough to hold is a call to awareness of the emotional wounds within our collective psyche through a personal mythology made up of real and imaginary beings, including skyfish, lachrymice, goddesses, and a glass pony. The artist begins her poetic narrative with a haunting scene of broken starfish washed ashore. She explores the question, ‘How does something living break apart so easily?’ by touching on themes of mental illness, ancestral wounds, and environmental damage.”

Crystal Desai is an artist working out of her in-home studio in Decatur, GA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2012 and remains dedicated to the arts in her hometown of Atlanta. She primarily works with acrylic paint and ink, and often includes mixed media elements such as collage, crayon, nail polish, and eye shadow. Introspective by nature, she views her work as a way to develop her personal mythology, touching on topics of loneliness, self-discovery, and spirituality.

Desai is one of five 2018 Leap Year Artists. Leap Year, a residency program facilitated by MINT, supports emerging artists through studio space, mentorship, a stipend, and opportunities for public art and community service. This exhibition is the culmination of six months in his Leap Year studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Other artists in the 2018 cycle are Angela Davis Johnson, Alex C. Kerr, Steve Morrison, and Hasani Sahlehe.

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Leap Year Artist: Steven Morrison
Oct
6
to Nov 2

Leap Year Artist: Steven Morrison

MINT is pleased to present Easier Prey, an exhibition of works from Leap Year artist Steve Morrison, opening October 6th and on view through November 2nd. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on October 6th from 7pm-10pm.

Of Easier Prey, Morrison comments: “When I was a young child, my uncle sent me a mysterious birthday gift. I believe it was the only thing he ever sent me, adding to its cryptic significance. This singluar item he chose to bequeath upon me was a VHS tape entitled Dinosaurs and Other Strange Creatures. I watched this tape until it was worn out and wobbly, astonished by the stop-motion creatures fighting and dying before my eyes— in particular, a poignant scene featuring a giant ground sloth and a saber-toothed tiger. The sloth is the painter, a bewildered mascot for a medium of slowness and trying to learn how to adjust. It is the figure of the out-of-place and the desperate, too dim-witted and sluggish to adapt to a fast-paced, dynamically changing world. It is all of us as we awkwardly adapt our primitive paleolithic bodies and brains to navigate hyperreality and the Cloud. Its bulky bones lie under our feet today. This poor lumbering beast captured my imagination, and as I’ve painted this character over the past year it has come to represent many things to me.” Easier Prey delves into the relationship between the ancient past and the modern present, Morrison has created animated landscapes—using the soil, leaves, and mud of the megatherium’s habitat to make living drawings in the earth.

Steve Morrison received his BFA (Illustration) in 2006, and his MFA (Painting) in 2015. His studio practice explores transformations and breaks between evolving forms, creating cycles of growth, decay, and regeneration. Much of his work deals with overlapping scales of time—the rise and fall of mountain ranges, species, civilizations, loaves of bread dough, and breathing lungs become the same movement performed at different scales. Using paint, animation, digital processes, and sculpture, his art enacts a tragicomic theater of impermanence. Morrison received a grant from Idea Capital in 2017, and was awarded a Walthall Fellowship by WonderRoot in 2016-2017 (curated by Sarah Higgins of the Zuckerman Museum of Art). In 2015, he was a finalist for the Working Artist Project (MOCA-GA), curated by Siri Engberg of the Walker Art Center. Morrison is a professor at the University of West Georgia and lives in Atlanta.

Morrison is one of five 2018 Leap Year Artists. Leap Year, a residency program facilitated by MINT, supports emerging artists through studio space, mentorship, a stipend, and opportunities for public art and community service. This exhibition is the culmination of six months in his Leap Year studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Other artists in the 2018 cycle are Angela Davis Johnson, Alex C. Kerr, Crystal Desai, and Hasani Sahlehe.

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Leap Year Artist: Alex C. Kerr
Aug
18
to Sep 22

Leap Year Artist: Alex C. Kerr

MINT is pleased to present Gruesome Grin, an exhibition of works from Leap Year artist Alex C. Kerr, opening August 18th and on view through September 22nd. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on August 18th from 7pm-10pm.

Death often creates a void for those who are left behind. Existence with this void and the grief that surrounds it can lead to a personal restructuring where in which we return to our lives transformed by loss. Gruesome Grin examines how memorial objects become stand-ins for the deceased and act as reference points for grief and memory. The objects presented in Gruesome Grin are a transformation of traditional funerary objects and reflect the reconstruction we experience returning to life after a death.

Alex C. Kerr is originally from Norfolk, VA, and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. He received his BFA from Georgia State University in 2015. His work examines notions surrounding status, power and excess in popular culture. He has participated in exhibitions at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, GA), The Mason Scharfenstein Museum of Art (Demorest, GA) and The Blue House (Dayton, OH).

Kerr is one of five 2018 Leap Year Artists. Leap Year, a residency program facilitated by MINT, supports emerging artists through studio space, mentorship, a stipend, and opportunities for public art and community service. This exhibition is the culmination of Kerr’s six months in his Leap Year studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Other artists in the 2018 cycle are Angela Davis Johnson, Steve Morrison, Crystal Desai, and Hasani Sahlehe.

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