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Empty apartment becomes DIY gallery for 'The Sofa Show'

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Marissa Graziano is leaving Atlanta. She’ll soon head to Massachusetts to pursue an MFA in Painting at Boston University — but not before she hosts an art opening in her Highland Avenue apartment.

The Sofa Show, conceived in response to the Low Museum’s closing and the temporary stall in MINT Gallery shows, will feature works from nearly 20 local artists displayed in Graziano’s first-floor apartment, including Abigail Justman, Tori Tinsley, Alex Kerr, and Nick Gable, as well as Graziano herself. Expect everything from paintings and photographs to installations and more. The show will also serve at Graziano’s going-away party. “I want to help contribute to the quickly growing DIY atmosphere that artists are establishing throughout the city,” she says.

As part of The Sofa Show, ATL-based artist Katie Troisi will display her first installation piece, which plays off of her Instagram photography project, He Got the Cat in the Divorce. Troisi has used the project to chronicle her struggles with moving out of the house she and a former partner had shared for several years. “Seems an appropriate way to close out the project,” Troisi adds. If you’re looking for an intimate experience that shows just what this city’s DIY art movement is about, look no further.

Free. 7-10 p.m. Fri., July 29. Highland Walk Apartments, 701 Highland Ave. N.E.



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