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.
MINT is pleased to present Leap Year Exhibition BLU BLAK: Angela Davis Johnson presents renderings and Hollerin sketches, or Blue Holes scraps from the archive, a collection of works opening June 30th and on view through July 28th.
This exhibition is an archived collection of almanac entries, myth making, portraiture & arranged objects pulled from the Blue Hole. BLU BLAK looks at the surfaces & meanings of things lost and discovered in the diaspora. It examines the use of myths as both weapon and shield through the lens of Atlanta’s black women creatives.
Angela Davis Johnson creates paintings, public art installations, and ritual performances that examine universal connections, identity, and historical occurrences through personal symbols. Co- creator of the Hollerin Space, Davis Johnson has created works for Mississippi Museum of Art, Elevate ATL, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and is currently WonderRoot’s first Resident Artist.
In 2015, Davis Johnson was selected as an Alternate Roots Visual Arts Scholar for her art and advocacy. She has been nominated twice for Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship and Painters/Sculpture grant. Davis Johnson, mother of two, lives nomadically but is based in Atlanta, GA.
Davis Johnson is one of six 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 Davis Johnson’s six months in her Leap Year studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Other artists in the 2018 cycle are Alex C. Kerr, Steve Morrison, Crystal Desai, and Hasani Sahlehe.