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SCAD grad’s solo show collides Nascar, Evel Knievel with European history painting

"Ice Gold," (2020), acrylic on panel by Evan Jones is one of the paintings by the Atlanta artist featured at Buckhead's Thomas Deans Fine Art.
Courtesy of Thomas Deans Fine Art

“Ice Gold,” (2020), acrylic on panel by Evan Jones is one of the paintings by the Atlanta artist featured at Buckhead’s Thomas Deans Fine Art.
Courtesy of Thomas Deans Fine Art

Credit: Handout

Credit: Handout

Did you cat nap in seventh-grade American history? Then maybe you missed learning about the famous battle documented in Jones’ uproarious painting “American History T-REX.” Like the Trapper Keeper doodle of a bored preadolescent boy, the painting depicts a snarling T-Rex and soldiers in Napoleonic uniforms in a fierce and bloody battle. The flatness, which Jones renders the action along with the ludicrous derring-do of the toy-like soldiers who fly through the air like Superman, is a nod to how painting cements imagination into ideology. And yet Jones’ crazy fantasies like a Prussian soldier in “See 7 States” cajoling visitors to “See Rock City” is not too far off from our crazy hodgepodge reality

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Come Collect Your 1-Up From Julia Wachtel and Wendy White’s New Show

For artists Julia Wachtel and Wendy White, inspiration doesn’t need to come from much further than a Google Image Search. In a new show at Washington D.C.’s Von Ammon Co., titled Airlok or Gazing Into The Void, both artists culled generic depictions of familiar emotional states for those who are living, ahem, in these trying times. For Wachtel, that image was of a man with his head in a hole, representing at once feelings of shame, of isolation, of frustration, which she painted as a single-motif in several different styles. For White, that image was a more hopeful one: pixel art of an extra life from a video game in the shape of a heart, which she sculpted in steel and placed on a hanging mobile along with other ubiquitous, flat images that have existed for as long as the internet has. 

Though these interpretations of

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The NOTO Art Center’s ‘Art from the Heart’ show showcases local artists

Love is in the air at the NOTO Art Center. 

During the month of February, the art center’s new exhibit, “Art from the Heart,” will be on display in the Morris Gallery. It includes pieces from a variety of artists and businesses located in the arts district. 

The exhibit opened Friday and will be up until the end of February. The art center, located at 935 N. Kansas Ave., is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 

Artists who have pieces in the show include Gwen McClain; Barbara Waterman-Peters, owner of Studio 831; Larry Peters; Kathy Pflaum; Lisa Underwood, owner of Glass Station; Michaela Butterworth; Dave and Gloria Horn, owners of Donaldson’s Jewelers; and Denise Selbee-Koch and Jennifer Woerner, owners of Compass Point. 

This "Garden of Love" piece is on display as part of the "Art from the Heart" exhibit in the Morris Gallery at the NOTO Art Center.

The artwork that is part of the exhibit is mainly small pieces of work that “somebody could take as a forever

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Plains Art Museum show features Picasso, Chagall, Renoir and more

Still, when Andy Maus, director and CEO of the Plains Art Museum, says a new exhibit has some “rock stars,” it’s an understatement.

As the names indicate, “From Renoir to Kostabi” doesn’t just have rock stars — it has the monsters of rock. The exhibit includes the titans of the last 140 years in art, featuring Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.

Pablo Picasso's 1959 linocut print, "Bacchanale au Taureau Noir." Photo courtesy of Park West Museum / Special to The Forum

Pablo Picasso’s 1959 linocut print, “Bacchanale au Taureau Noir.” Photo courtesy of Park West Museum / Special to The Forum

“It’s basically a journey through European and American modernism over 100 years,” Maus says. “It’s creativity through the ages.”

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The show follows the development of art styles from the late 1800s into the 2000s, from Renoir landscapes to contemporary New York artist Mark Kostabi’s sociopolitical commentary.

While the 59-year-old may not be a household name, his work is in the collections at the Metropolitan

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