A few questions with Mark Basehore and James McConnell
On the eve of Beep Beep Gallery’s fifth anniversary, we caught up with the founders to talk about the evolution from throwing house parties to establishing themselves as one of Atlanta’s destination galleries for emerging artists
- MIKE GERMON
- Opening night at Beep Beep in 2007 for Evereman’s Table Show
On Saturday, Beep Beep Gallery will exhibit ME/WE, a group of collaborative works from Alex Kvares, Ann-Marie Manker, Michi Meko, and a list of others that reads practically like a laundry list of young artists you need to know from Atlanta. It’s a fitting exhibition for the occasion - Beep Beep will be celebrating their fifth anniversary that night - featuring some of the up-and-coming artists that have made the gallery what it has become over the years.
The story behind Beep Beep’s founders Mark Bashore and James McConnell is one that has come define a large portion of the emerging art scene here: they threw some parties, put some art on the walls, their friends showed up, and, after some thought, decided to make it legit. As Atlanta’s arts establishment is finally starting to make notice of the groundwork that galleries like Beep Beep have been laying for years, we thought it would be an apt opportunity to catch up with Basehore and McConnell to talk about the evolution from throwing house parties to establishing themselves as one of Atlanta’s destination galleries for emerging artists.