Fahamu Pecou, Danielle Roney, Arturo Lindsay, Rocio Rodriguez and Jody Fausett shot at Simcolifestyle showroom in Midtown Atlanta.
The first volume of Atlanta Art Now, Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, is a satisfying attempt to find some continuity in the diverse and divergent practices and approaches of Atlanta’s, at times, seemingly inchoate artistic community. The brainchild of local arts patron Louis Corrigan and his Possible Futures foundation, Noplaceness, is a seriously academic book of essays crafted by three noted Atlanta-based art critics—Cinque Hicks of Creative Loafing and Creative Director of Atlanta Art Now, Jerry Cullum the Atlanta correspondent for Art News and long-time contributor to Art Papers, and co-founder of ArtsCriticATL.com and past art and architecture critic at The AJC Catherine Fox. Likewise, the book surveys three dozen of Atlanta’s most intriguing artists addressing variations of the noplaceness theme: Sarah Emerson, Jody Fausett, Sarah Hobbs, Gyun Hur, Marcus Kenney, Arturo Lindsay, Paper Twins, Fahamu Pecou, Sheila Pree Bright, Shana Robbins, Rocio Rodriguez, Danilele Roney, Micah and Whitney Stansell and Angela West, to name a few.
So ambitious is the book that each of the five chapters is also translated into Portuguese and Chinese–both as a nod to two of the mega-cities (Sao Paul and Shanghai) most “pivotal in any discussion of the changing nature of space in a global paradigm,” with their mass populations and economies and themes of physical and cultural displacement—and in honor of art dialogues that the book’s creators have already forged with critics in these countries. But perhaps it is Dutch architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas who best articulated the sense of dislocation that the city of Atlanta has specifically engendered in recent history due to urban sprawl, the influx of new immigrants, lack of a city center, etc. Koolhaas famously declared that Atlanta is “a centerless city” and “posturban.”
In honor of this major critical assessment of Atlanta artists, and what is hoped to be biennial publications by Atlanta Art Now, LuxeCrush gathered five of the practicing artists discussed in volume one on Noplaceness (photographer Jody Fausett, installation artist Arturo Lindsay, painter and performance artist Fahamu Pecou, abstract painter Rocio Rodriguez and digital media artist Danielle Roney) for a symbolic photo shoot at Midtown modern design emporium, Simcolifestyle, to celebrate the project and the way in which the book helps place Atlanta artists on the international map. Granted, these accomplished artists are already working at a global level to some degree. For example, Roney is just back from art exhibitions in Croatia and Istanbul; Pecou recently showed in Paris; and Lindsay was one of 15 national artists just selected as an ambassador for smARTpower (a collaboration between the State Department and Bronx Museum of Art) which will pursue global outreach through art–first stop for Lindsay: Cairo.