Weekend Arts Agenda: 'Affinities' October 02 2014


  • Carl Martin photograph courtesy Opal Gallery. Chris Verene photograph courtesy Marcia Wood Gallery.
  • From left: Carl Martin, Chris Verene photography

Opal Gallery will open "a visual conversation between Chris Verene and Carl Martin" on Friday night. That is: the pair are contemporary photographers, like documentarians swirled with performance artists — or the kind of people who are brave enough to talk about the world as we understand it and not just how it is perceived. Their shared exhibit, Affinities, is being termed a "visual conversation" which "explores authenticity based on the unconstructed image, the visceral way things just are, the incongruities and the aliveness," according to an official description. "Carl and Chris have, for many years, sort of orbited each other in New York and Georgia. They were enthusiastic about exhibiting their photographs together," the gallery's Constance Lewis told me. With an opening reception from 6-8 p.m.

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The High's Mi Casa, Your Casa continues to pay rich, eclectic dividends. In collaboration with Eddie's Attic, the museum will host a singer-songwriter showcase, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday. Matt Arnett will curate; each performer will take to one of the red houses on the Sifly Piazza with their original material. Sign-up info is here.



Leaves of Grass, which opened a few weeks ago, will welcome artists Steven L. Anderson and Susan Hable Smith for a discussion Sat., at 1 p.m. Anderson's approach differs from Smith's in medium and perspective, but also doesn't. The discussion will presumably allow them to chew on those comparisons and contrasts.



Out On Film, the annual LGBT film festival, returns for eight days at Landmark with two screenings of Patrik Ian-Polk's Blackbird. The full schedule is here, but here is what excites me: The Dog, the Allison Berg/Frank Keraudren documentary about would-be bank robber John Wojtowicz, who would later be immortalized by Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon. But The Dog is a distinctly different kind of imagineering. (And if you see nothing else, check out Del Shores' Naked Sordid Reality for its title alone.)



  • Courtesy Kai Lin
  • Kent Knowles, "Nowhere," acrylic on canvas, 60x71.75 in.

Something that has slipped the agenda's attention was the recent opening of Kai Lin's first solo show, Elsewhere, from SCAD professor/painter Kent Knowles. His work — large-scale pieces to mixed-media sculptures on down to ceramic drawings — convey "whimsy, imagination, and intensity," according to the gallery. And occasionally: a two-headed deer. The exhibit will be on view through Oct. 24.

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