Juried competitions such as the exhibition of Georgia artists at Abernathy Arts Center, on view through June 24, are more about introductions than in-depth stories. Artists show one or two pieces, a foot in the door for further attention. Juried by ceramist Rick Berman and printmaker Stephanie Smith, the exhibit is unusual not only in the number of longtime artists with followings who join the new MFAs and artists toiling in obscurity, but also because a subtheme emerged.
Lauren Bernazza, the center’s program director, has hung in one corner a group of photographs, paintings and a sculpture that riff on ideas of home. Dayna Thacker’s “Implied Agreement by Tenant” (below) makes a metaphorical reading, for example, while Margaret Hiden’s photos deal with homeplace memories.
Curtis Ames’ comedies of middle-class manners, such as ”The Raft of Las Piscininas” (below), were among the intriguing discoveries. For more, read my full review in the AJC.