Weekend Arts Agenda: 'Heavy Mental' March 28 2014

"The pieces breathe and seethe."


  • Courtesy Greg Mike
  • Greg Mike, "Organized Chaos," acrylic on canvas, 58x46 in.

Artist, designer, and ABV gallery owner Greg Mike has a new show opening: Heavy Mental is "by far his most personal and vivid collection of work to date" (according to the event itself). And also: "Heavy Metal is alive. The pieces breathe and seethe, they scream out with emotion and invention, barreling forward deep into the unknown." Remember when Mike made a pyramid? With a reception from 7-11 p.m. on Friday. RSVP online for free entry; the first 250 people are eligible to win some free art.

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Mason Murer is opening Old Friends and New Faces, "new works on canvas" from Lynn Boggess, Valerio D'Ospina, Karen Hollingsworth, Virginia Parker, Elizabeth Rickert, and Alexi Torres. "We will also be welcoming new mixed media artist Jenny Henley in addition to sculptors Ronald A. Westerhuis and Leonid Siveriver," the gallery announced. With a reception from 6-9 p.m.


PSA: It's the first day to Animation at the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, in partnership with Atlanta's International Animated Film Association. Saturday screens Saturday Morning Cartoons at the Plaza. Robin Wright, playing a "washed-up" version of herself, follows on Sunday. Really. More info here.


  • Courtesy Beep Beep
  • Dorothy Stucki, "Death's Release"

Bo Orr and Dorothy Stucki exhibit Suspended Absolutes at Beep Beep. As the gallery explains in a release, "For the past two years, Atlanta based couple Dorothy Stucki and Bo Orr have collaborated on a series of intricate drawings that emphasize dichotomy, both in their illustrative styles and themes." The pieces sometimes feature absurd visualizations and sometimes not, but black edgings recur, setting off the individual elements (a leaf; a jaw) from the background in a technique reminiscent of classic cel animation. Opens at 7 p.m.



Hammonds House will screen Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust, the 1991 independent film about several generations of Gullah women in the early 1900s that remains, 20 years later, a fountainhead of of intersectional educational currency - taught in film, women's and African-American studies classrooms alike. And it's good. At 2 p.m., with a community discussion; hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.



  • Justin Newton

The Sketchbook Project - "a global, crowd-sourced art project where participants from all walks of life are sent a sketchbook ... to fill the pages and return it" - is coming to the Goat Farm, from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. (The submissions are also housed in a permanent exhibition in Brooklyn.) When they say anyone, they mean it. See for yourself.