The Gift exhibition at Zucot Gallery, 100 Centennial Olympic Park Dr SW, in the Castleberry Hill neigborhood of Atlanta opened Friday night. My friend, Golden said they were featuring a couple of dope artists, so we went.
A banner outside of the gallery indicated that this show was part of the City Atlanta's initiative to recognize the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, but I feel like I missed something....
It was also sponsored by Sprite and Amazon.
The work in the show was dope. Featuring the work of Horace Imhotep, Alred Conteh, Michi Meko, Petie Parker, Maurice Evans, Nathan Addley, Michael Reese, collabs between Charly Palmer and D.L. Warfield and Paper Frank, with one woman artist Charlotte Riley-Webb. Why only one woman, Zucot?
I particularly enjoyed the mixed media works using archival ink print by Michael Reese. I have questions for him about his process and his choice of paper. I wonder what his archival practice is like. I also liked ATLiens by Charly Palmer and Paper Frank, but wondered why the boys name was not included in the art label. I think it was the young man with his family standing very proudly in front of the painting having his picture taken. It was also nice seeing Michi Meko's paintings reminding me of intergalactically-based Black nurseries. The color explosion of Charlotte Riley Webb grabbed my attention too. The swirling rounded figures put me into a nice meditative state as I worked to try to understand what I saw. It was nice and felt like a deep visual massage. I would actually buy The Photobombing of Mr. Juicyhand by Alfred Conteh (if I had $40,000 in discretionary funds).
Here are a few photos.