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The Arts Issue 2011

Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:28 pm EDT

Paco was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He is a designer, artist and musician living in Atlanta.
His work is minimalist in nature with bright colors and geometric forms favoring small details such as dots and patterns. You'll get a great sense of his clean lines and direct aesthetic by checking out his site. Paco's box now lives in front of Beep Beep Gallery - 696 Charles Allen...

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A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 pm EDT

For this year's arts issue, we talked to seven of Atlanta's most captivating creative minds working in everything from theater, comedy and photography to literature, dance, filmmaking and B-movie style stop-motion animation samurai movies. Plus, an oral history of pioneering underground art and music space Eyedrum and the people and projects to watch in the coming year.

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 03:34 pm EDT

Oliver Cesair is a self-taught artist who listens, looks and learns from other artists. While living in a loft
community with Georgia State and Georgia Tech artists, Olivier was birthed as an artist by picking up a paintbrush after being asked by another painter/published artist to paint.

His first painting is titled “Power,” and was inspired by seeing the pain of other artists selling...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 02:42 pm EDT

Jesse “Commence” Jager has been part of the Mindzai team for nearly five years and he comes and
goes as frequently as the CSX cars he hops. Although not formally trained in art, Jesse found inspiration
in the urban street art and BMX scenes, and that can be seen in his personal designs, as well as his paid
commissions. Jesse pretty much flies below the radar but has been part of several...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 01:06 pm EDT
Aside from being an art school dropout, hip-hop flunky, tour DJ and proud father, Sam manages Mindzai Creative's screenprint operations, designs apparel and is the mastermind behind the illustrations of Mindzai's quarterly Hell Naw! event. This guy finds inspiration around every corner and believes a truly high-end vodka is about as rare as a white whale — and we’ll toast to that! This box... | more...

The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 12:34 pm EDT

For this year's arts issue, we talked to seven of Atlanta's most captivating creative minds working in everything from theater, comedy and photography to literature, dance, filmmaking and B-movie style stop-motion animation samurai movies. Boom!

Comedian Jamie Ward kills with weapons of mass hilarity.

Filmmaker Eric Haviv conquers Cannes with serious shorts.

Animator Takuro Masuda...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 11:17 am EDT
Orange County-born fine artist and self-confessed street artist, Chris Hobe is also known by the underground pseudonym HOBE. In this work for CL, he created a box for the world to think outside of. Through usage of vibrant color combinations within eclectic themes, his works are painted with oil, acrylic and spray paint, and applied to custom crafted wooden canvases that Chris makes by hand.... | more...

The Arts Issue, Theater

Thursday October 20, 2011 10:48 am EDT

DadsGarageTV, the on-line annex of the irreverent Inman Park playhouse, has debuted some viral videos, including the puppet-based "Batmannequin and Robin Episode 1" and a six-episode reality series "Inseminating Sydney" (starring Sydney Ellis Gaskins). Here's a new message to members of the Occupy Wall Street movement from "The 1%" (Matt Horgan):

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 08:54 am EDT
We wish we could say we knew where the hell he’s from or what it is he does when he’s not in the Mindzai Creative office, but we didn’t even know he was designing one of these boxes until he showed up with one in hand. If you can get your mitts on any of his works of art, count yourself lucky because you’ve successfully snatched up a little piece of ATL street art history folks. Love this box?... | more...

5 Things to Do, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 08:00 am EDT

Pierced Arrows: Caroline (live) from Sami Sänpäkkilä on Vimeo.


1. Pierced Arrows play the Earl
2. CL exhibits our latest art boxes at Beep Beep Gallery
3. Sonia Leigh plays Variety Playhouse
4. Loose Change lit mag hosts a reading from Matt DeBenedictis, Laura Straub, and others at the Arts Exchange
5. Hammonds House hosts Wine and Words with three emerging authors

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A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 05:00 am EDT
How a series of scrappy loft art parties helped incite Atlanta's underground art scene | more...

A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 am EDT

In the late 1960s, Dustin Hoffman transformed the idea of big-screen leading men when he parlayed his Oscar-nominated turn in The Graduate to heavier performances like Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy. With the right levels of energy and commitment, an actor you'd peg for humor could carry drama, romance and villainy.

Andrew Benator plays a similar role in Atlanta theater. Skinny, balding and...

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A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 am EDT

By day, Takuro "Tak" Masuda crunches numbers as an accountant working to get his C.P.A. license. In his off-hours, he's more likely to crunch puppets and simulated body parts as an animator, filmmaker and special-effects creator.

As a member of Atlanta's Big Party High 5 film collective, Masuda has collaborated on projects such as Disabled But Able to Rock, Blake Myers' documentary about...

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A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 am EDT
A little more than two years ago, dancer and choreographer Helen Hale moved back to Grant Park, the Atlanta neighborhood where she grew up. This hadn't been part of her plan. Hale had gone north to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied dance, but had been plagued by chronic shoulder dislocations. Eventually, she decided to have surgery and move back to Atlanta, where she... | more...

A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 am EDT
Comedian Jamie Ward compares the stand-up stage to the rodeo ring, and he should know, having ridden two bulls for a collective 4.5 seconds at an Ohio bull-riding class. "Being in the chute in the rodeo is like being in the green room at the comedy club," Ward says. "You nod to the bull handler that you're ready, or you step into the spotlight on stage ... and then you're so aware of everything... | more...

A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 am EDT
When an artist uses a camera to make art, it usually qualifies her as a photographer. By that rubric, describing Atlanta-based artist Nikita Gale as a "photographer" is technically accurate but misses the point. Gale is a conceptual artist working with ideas about advertising, technology, and language and, at various points in her creative process, a camera is used as a medium for portraying or... | more...

A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 am EDT

Young film director Eric Haviv and his colleagues at Atlanta's FUGO Studios had a simple goal when they entered the 48 Hour Film Project for the first time in 2010: silence.

At FUGO's pristine office near Midtown Promenade, Haviv recalls the team's approach to the made-in-two-days short film. "We noticed that many people try making dramas for the contest, but they unintentionally turn into...

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A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 04:00 am EDT
A few months ago, the Atlanta Book Exchange closed after 35 years of buying and selling used books. The store had been tucked into an old cottage on North Highland Avenue, like a musty altar to literature, forgotten by the endless line of customers waiting for popsicles on the nearby corner. Publisher's Weekly ran an obituary. It was just the latest closing in what seems like an endless... | more...

A&E Feature, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 20, 2011 03:59 am EDT
A list of 'Don't Miss' events and artists from local tastemakers | more...

Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Tuesday October 18, 2011 07:59 pm EDT
Samuel Parker has lived and worked in metro Atlanta as a professional artist and tattooist since 1995. Sam finished his MFA in drawing and painting earlier this year at Georgia State University. His current work deals with the artist as an individual of potential influence within larger social spheres. Sam currently works at Memorial Tattoo in Cabbagetown where he happily tattoos some of... | more...

Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Tuesday October 18, 2011 05:57 pm EDT

Mario Schambon is a Colombian-born artist and musician currently living and working in Atlanta. Recent projects have included multimedia art installations in Wicker Park Chicago, a US tour with Atlas Sound, and Performances in New York, NY, Portland, OR, Indianapolis, IN, Orlando, FL Chicago, IL and San German, Mayaguez, San Juan and Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

In addition he has performed with...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Tuesday October 18, 2011 03:50 pm EDT
Originally from the panhandle of Florida, I've been living in Georgia for what only seems like forever. Course that doesn't mean I love it any less. Having garnered a penchant for dragon slaying and art I decided to go with the ladder and cultivate my abilities at the Art Institute of Atlanta. 3 to 4 years later I graduated, found some work, lost some work, found some more work and the lost it... | more...

Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Monday October 17, 2011 08:41 pm EDT

Adam and Amanda are obviously the most awesome couple in Atlanta. They met while Adam was doing an off-color stand-up routine in front of a crowd of three rednecks at Twisted Taco. Amanda was smitten. Adam was drunk. The rest, as they say, is boring. They live and paint and sing in Midtown, and things couldn't be better.

Adam Pinney is the Multimedia and Graphic Artist at Dad's Garage...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Monday October 17, 2011 06:39 pm EDT

After years of working as a web designer and freelance illustrator, Ben Goldman returned to college to receive his BFA from Kennesaw State University, and then his MFA in painting and drawing from Georgia State University.

He regularly shows in galleries and museums around the Atlanta area. His latest bodies of work include; a body of work about stress and modern life which involves self...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Monday October 17, 2011 05:37 pm EDT

Tori Tinsley is an artist, art therapist and licensed professional counselor who lives and works in the East Atlanta Village.

Although originally from Atlanta, Tori earned her BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. After college, Tori obtained a Masters of Art in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently works as an...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Saturday October 15, 2011 12:12 pm EDT

Originally from Boston, I moved to Atlanta and received a Bachelor's in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech. After graduating, I worked in marketing and branding for a while, designing for print and web mostly, but also worked in multimedia, video, and supergraphics.

I've worked in and around Atlanta for the last decade as a freelance designer and have worked on some cool projects with Titan...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Friday October 14, 2011 06:10 pm EDT

Ann-Marie Manker was born in Long Beach, California and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA at The University of Southern California, Los Angeles and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University.

She teaches full-time at SCAD Atlanta in the Painting and Foundations Department. Manker founded and directed ArtSpot gallery from 2001-2004. The gallery was awarded...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Friday October 14, 2011 04:06 pm EDT

Esperanza is a burgeoning Atlanta-based apparel and design company started in the mid 2000’s by Bart Sasso, Daniel Barbalho, and Eric Kelly. Through unrelenting passion, determination, and self-reliance Esperanza has quickly risen to prominence in an emerging scene of Atlanta creatives.

What began as hand-printed t-shirts and an uncanny knack for self-promotion eventually paved the way for...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 13, 2011 05:47 pm EDT

You may not be familiar with the name R. Land, but his work should be recognizable. His style has graced the cover of the New York Press, covered the walls of local restaurants like Righteous Room and even been featured on an Aqua Teen Hunger Force DVD.

The reach of the Jacksonville native may have been most felt with his “Lost Cat” flyers which wandered the streets of Atlanta and all the...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 13, 2011 04:43 pm EDT

Allen Taylor grew up away from the mean streets of Atlanta in the suburbs on the mean streets of Lawrenceville.

He’s been drawing for a long time but never really meant end up on this path. “I used to be a writer, but somehow drawing took over my life,” Taylor says. He’s only taken two art classes since middle school but still finds art consuming his time. He is the main designer for Double...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Thursday October 13, 2011 03:37 pm EDT
Nica and Edgar A. English met each other while making coffee. Their love for Os Mutantes, Manu Chao, French films and river dancing brought them together. It was clearly love at first cream and sugar. Their friendship grew so strong that they started to dress alike. During the summer of 2009 (a time of Trader Joe's wine, tree climbing and biking), they started to make art and decided to share... | more...

Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Wednesday October 12, 2011 06:15 pm EDT

Tedwood Richard Strong II is a product of Colorado Springs, Colo., but New Hampshire is the place he calls home.

He enjoys watching terrible movies, pretending to be an intellectual, and window-shopping in meat markets despite his vegetarianism. That’s just how he rolls. The inspiration for Strong comes from an experience during his youth in which he was forced to watch his family being...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Wednesday October 12, 2011 05:12 pm EDT

Lucha Rodriguez was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She earned a BFA in graphic design from the Art Institute of Atlanta, and an MFA in printmaking from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

She has produced various “pink projects,” ranging from etchings, monoprints, serigraphy and immersive surreal environments. Rodriguez develops a series of organ-inspired “Creaturettes,” which...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Wednesday October 12, 2011 04:01 pm EDT

Baxter Crane has lived in Georgia all her life, growing up in Paulding County and eventually pursuing a BFA from Kennesaw State.

It took some time, but Crane eventually moved into the metro-area (with help from some friends) and found a gallery (Beep Beep!) to share her vision with the city. Crane also belongs to a group called Dashboard, a fast-growing Atlanta artist collective created by...

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Living Walls, The Arts Issue

Wednesday October 12, 2011 03:37 pm EDT

About once a quarter, Creative Loafing puts out a call to Atlanta's artists to help us decorate our boxes. The artists are allowed to apply whatever materials they'd like to the box, and have very few requisites other than including the CL logo, and the logo of a sponsor (not every art box series is sponsored).

To ramp up to our next series of Art Boxes, we'll be profiling the artists...

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