Daily Inspiration: Meet Michael Barringer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Barringer.

Hi Michael, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was born in Granite Quarry, NC. Both of my grandfathers, Arthur and John, were creative – talented as blacksmiths, stonecutters and farmers. I think that creative impulse came down to me through the family heritage.

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June 9, 2021
 

Yale University: New Acquisition: Rewriting History by Fabiola Jean-Louis

The Beinecke Library is delighted to announce its acquisition of Rewriting History by Fabiola Jean-Louis; the series of 12 photographic prints document Jean-Louis’s wearable paper sculptures in tableaus devised by the artist. The acquisition includes “Marie Antoinette Is Dead” pictured here (see detail images of the featured paper sculpture below); the complete set of prints can be seen on Fabiola Jean-Louis’s website.

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April 28, 2021

Artholics: Meet the Artist Bob Landström

Please tell us a little about where you are from? And what is your background as an artist? 

I was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA. It’s a suburb on the Southern side of Pittsburgh. My family rented three rooms on the upper floor of a house there.

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May 31, 2021

Bob Landström is an artist who primarily works with crushed, pigmented volcanic rock. His abstract paintings, with their highly granulated texture and color combinations, only achieved through such a medium, reconsider our relationship with “primitive” art by elevating the iconography of ancient languages, science, religions, and mysticism.

April 13th, 2021

Bob Landström è un artista astratto americano che realizza dipinti fatti interamente con rocce vulcaniche pigmentate frantumate in minuscoli pezzetti. In questo modo, egli si riconnette con la natura e sviluppa la propria interpretazione dello stile dello Haute Pâte, in cui il colore incontra materiali di vario tipo.

April 6th, 2021

In Studio With: Pascal Pierme

FATA MORGANA part two, Pascal Pierme talks to us about his sentimental drink of choice, love for the New Mexico landscapes, studio playlists, and more! 

March 30th, 2021

In Studio With: Betty Merken

In honor of her two person show with Pascal Pierme, FATA MORGANA, we talked to Betty Merken about her dream dinner with Matisse, guilty pleasures, and which contemporary artist she's keeping an eye on

March 25th, 2021

Dress Codes: Black and Brown Women Artists Fashioning Identity

This curated online group show, “Dress Codes: Black and Brown Women Artists Fashioning Identity,” explores and reveals the myriad ways Black, Black Latinx, and Indigenous womxn flex our style sensibilities. 

March 20th, 2021

How This Atlanta Artist’s Dark Paintings Explore The Resiliency Of Black Americans

If you’re looking for mixed-media artist Michi Meko, the first place you should check is his Atlanta studio. He may be there studying the paintings on the wall as he strums his ukulele. That’s because his predominantly black works—often dolloped with blue, ticked with gold or marked with orange—are never approached without careful rumination.

February 10th, 2021

In Studio With: Greg Eltringham

We spoke to Greg Eltringham about his artist pet peeves, thoughts on his most recent show, and some theoretical biopic casting options that we will leave for you to decide. 

February 10th, 2021

In Studio With: Bryce Hammond

In honor of his current show Second Chance; we reached out to Bryce Hammond for a look into his personal life, from his work to where he can be found when he visits us in Atlanta

November 6th 2020

Suzanne Kasler Creates a Family's Ideal Home in Their Favorite Place

Meaningful materials give the newly built family getaway a passed-down-through-generations feel

August 14th 2020

Creating In Isolation - Katarina Janeckova Walshe

The lockdown has presented us all with significant time in isolation in contained spaces. Many of us have had to change our routines and our daily rituals, the way we do the things we love and how we work. As much as one can feel solitude during quarantine, the fact of the matter is that we have all been alone together in this new normal.

July 30, 2020

5 Black Creatives Who Helped Shape American Art, Architecture, and Design

Black creatives have long been influencing American art, design, and culture with their talent, ingenuity, and unique perspectives. Unfortunately, so many Black artists, architects, and designers have been silenced or exploited because of the color of their skin for most—or even the entirety—of their careers. Our nation has missed out on the opportunity to know and celebrate their skills. And that needs to change. We asked Fabiola Jean-Louis, an interdisciplinary artist, and Michael Henry Adams, a historian and author, about Black creatives the world needs to know.

July 30, 2020

In Studio With: Zachari Logan

Canadian mixed media artist Zachari Logan expands on his gravitation to the arts, timeless work ethic, and how he forms his mindscapes.

July 30, 2020

In Studio With: Bob Landstrom

Bob Landstrom is without a doubt, a skilled craftsman. But, what truly makes him unique is his use of pigmented volcanic rock as the base for all of his paintings. Now combine that with his extensive background in engineering and fascination with glyphs and language.

July 30, 2020

Sumptuous and Seductive: Zachari Logan and the Art of Drawing

There was a time, not too long ago, when Zachari Logan would have been considered an emerging Canadian artist. Born in 1980 in Saskatoon, where he received both his BFA and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, he currently makes his home in Regina. Logan remains devoted to his roots in central Canada, despite the fact that his practice now takes him regularly to other places, including Montreal, Edmonton and New York, as well as London, Vienna and Milan. 

September 27, 2019

In Studio With: Darien A-Johnson

Have you ever become hyper-aware of the subjectivity of your own memories? Can a photo truly capture an experience? How reliant are we on technology as a source of nostalgia? In this metaphysical interview, Darien A-Johnson expands on the epiphany that led to his current work, how living in Denmark changed his worldview, and the story of how he met his wife.

September 27, 2019

In Studio With: Margaret Bowland

Known for her hauntingly beautiful portraits, Margaret Bowland opens up about her childhood, experiences in the art education system, and symbolism behind her paintings. She currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art as a painting instructor, and is largely influenced by the artistic and literary masters of the past, such as James Baldwin, Diego Velazquez, and Johannes Vermeer.

July 09, 2019

In Studio With: Michi Meko

This month, we chat with Alabama-raised, Atlanta-based artist Michi Meko about his narrative, inspiration, and belief systems. His powerful concepts and symbolism yield dark and intriguing pieces that coax the viewer to look both inside and out.   

May 07, 2019

In Studio With: Sharon Weiner

This month we'll be interviewing the talented Los Angeles-based painter, Sharon Weiner. Sharon's introspective nature paired with her relentless spirit foster dynamic, mysterious paintings that leave viewers searching for details. 

March 30, 2019

In Studio With: Jennifer JL Jones

This month is all about Jennifer JL Jones! Not only does she have a fabulous exhibition up at Alan Avery Art Company through April 13th, she is this month's In Studio With artist. So, join us as we immerse ourselves in mixed media world of Jennifer JL Jones. 

February 28, 2019

Modern Luxury interviews AAAC artist Jennifer JL Jones: Nature's Child

Former Atlanta resident Jennifer JL Jones hits the town for a solo show at Alan Avery Art Company. Professional mixed-media artist Jennifer JL Jones remembers spending countless hours... 

March 01, 2019

In Studio With: Peter Roux

We are starting off the new year with a great artist interview! Learn about Peter Roux's childhood, his inspirations, and get a sneak peak at his new work! 

January 24, 2019

In Studio With: Jiha Moon

This month for In Studio With, we are getting to know Korean-born, Atlanta-based artist Jiha Moon. Moon's sculptures and paintings take cues from historical and cultural references infusing them with American idioms and iconology. Her exhibition Where Serpents Change Their Skin is currently on view at Alan Avery Art Company. 

December 12, 2018

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Cultural collision and cuteness abound in Jiha Moon’s solo show

Atlanta-based, South Korean-born artist Jiha Moon’s paintings look like contained explosions, the world blown to smithereens. There’s the suggestive tang of gunpowder in the air and billowing smoke seems to dissipate as we contemplate her manic miasmas of color and form....

December 12, 2018

Alan Avery Art Company listed in the 10 Must-See Galleries and Museums on the TravelChannel!

10 Must-See Atlanta Art Galleries and Museums. Art world sensation Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition is in Atlanta. But don't forget to also check out these local art galleries, museums (and restaurants) while you're there.

December 06, 2018

Two AAAC Artists Named Finalists for 2019 Hudgens' Prize

Sculptor, Darien A-Johnson, and mixed media artist, Michi Meko both named as finalists for the 2019 Hudgens' Prize. Alan Avery Art Company is honored to represent both of these talented Atlanta, GA based artists.

December 06, 2018

In Studio With: Jacob Cooley

This month for In Studio With, we interviewed North Carolina based painter Jacob Cooley. Learn about the inspirations that have led him on his artistic journey and the aspirations of where he wants to go. 

November 14, 2018

ArtsATL: Jiha Moon explores hybrid identies in her first Atlanta exhibition in five years

“Identity is a mutation,” says Korean-born, Atlanta-based artist Jiha Moon. “It’s a hybrid of two to three things. Like if you’re foreign, a woman and a person of color, those characteristics bond together to create something else. That new creature, that’s what I’m interested in.” Throughout her body of work, Moon has explored the sense of displacement, of purgatory, that she says she often feels when she returns to her native South Korea. Despite the influence her heritage has had on her work...

November 05, 2018

Aeqai: Kevin T. Kelly at Alan Avery Art Company

Kevin T. Kelly has created a new body of paintings for this exhibition at Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta, and they are his most complex, his most biting, his most urgent in his long career as one of this country’s foremost painters.  Long associated with a neo-Pop style...

October 07, 2018

In Studio With: Kevin T. Kelly

Last Friday, Kevin T. Kelly wrapped up his opening for Kicking Against the Pricks at Alan Avery Art Company. In light of the show, we realized what better time to feature this amazing artist then our latest installment of In Studio With. 

September 27, 2018

Art Week Features Kevin T. Kelly Exhibition

Art Week Features Kevin T. Kelly Opening Reception and Exhibition. Kevin T. Kelly's paintings are a wry, complex admixture of sardonic social commentary, the six o'clock news and the Sunday funnies. His work is infused with a postmodern sensibility and contemporaneous subject matter. 

September 18, 2018

WhiteHot Magazine Features Fabiola Jean-Louis

Fabiola Jean-Louis has always thought of herself as a time traveler. Because she conceives of the artist’s job as responding to and shaping reality, she cultivates an historian’s obsession with the way that narratives are told, and the way that telling the past constructs the present. In her recent and ongoing series Retelling History, the Haitian-born artist celebrates Black womanhood as central to the telling of history, not as incidental to it. 

September 11, 2018

In Studio With: James Verbicky

In this segment of In Studio With, we get to take an intimate look at the life of artist James Verbicky. The newest member to the Alan Avery Art Company family, you can see Verbicky's work on view now at the gallery. 

August 23, 2018

VoyageATL: Art & Life With Peter Roux

I grew up as a military kid, moving frequently until my teenage years when we more permanently landed in the
Boston area. As a child, drawing was my constant- I’d create personal worlds for myself on paper in response to the ever-changing exterior worlds in which I lived. Visual art quickly became the language I felt most comfortable with, and most compelled to use. It calmed me, and the world made more sense through it.

August 07, 2018

Jennifer JL Jones Interviewed by Voyage ATL

After receiving the highest mark from the College Board on my art AP Portfolio in high school, I had my heart set on art college. I didn’t start painting however until my first year at the local community college when one of my brothers decided to give up painting himself and go in to the military. I inherited all of his brushes and oil paints and I was hooked. 

July 10, 2018

In Studio With: Jean Larson

This segment of In Studio With is a delightful treat. Alan Avery Art Company's sweetheart and veteran artist, Jean Larson, gives us a glimpse into her personal life. Don't worry... We are jealous too!

July 10, 2018

In Studio With: Kimber Berry

Alan Avery Art Company's next segment of "In Studio With" is taking a behind the scenes look at one of our beloved California-based artists, Kimber Berry! This month, the painter, photographer, and collage artist was chosen to answer ten unconventional questions about her unconventional art and what is was like growing up in LA.

June 21, 2018

In Studio With: Michael Childers

Have you ever wondered about arbitrary characteristics of an artist? Experiences or traits that may be overlooked by their presumed intellectuality (or lack-there-of). Well, we have too. That's why we've decided to begin a new segment titled In Studio With where we take a behind the scenes look at an artist. Each month, Alan Avery Art Company will choose one of our represented artists to answer ten unconventional questions. 

For our inaugural debut, we chose a photographer who has captured the likes of Andy Warhol, David Hockney... 

May 17, 2018

Asia Shapes Two Art Shows at the American University Museum

East and West converge in different ways in the work of Miya Ando and Jiha Moon, two Asia-rooted female artists who have shows in adjacent galleries at the American University Museum. While Moon’s art includes some conspicuous American ingredients, Ando’s work might seem to be purely Asian.

April 26, 2018

2017 Museum Publication Design Winner: Jiha Moon "Double Welcome"

Superior execution and ingenuity in the graphic design of museum publications are recognized through the Museum Publications Design Competition, the only national juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission, or special features. Judges included graphic designers, museum professionals, and/or publishers.

April 20, 2018

Chicago Sun Times: Artist Fabiola Jean-Louis is interviewed at the DuSable Museum of African American History | Eliza Davidson/Sun-Times

Fabiola Jean-Louis beautifully explores ugly truths via "Re-Writing history" at DuSable Museum exhibit. Watch the interview with Fabiola by the Chicago Sun TImes discussing her work and inspiration in her exhibition at the DuSable Museum. 

March 22, 2018

Fabiola Jean-Louis and Romare Bearden Named of the 13 Black Artists of Past and Present

Black History Month is in full swing and what a time it is to be black--and visible. Social media timelines and threads are flooded with all things that have us loving the skin we are in and celebrating the culture that connects us. Black art has done this long before the digital era. Black artist are the documentarians of black life.

March 22, 2018

ArtsATL Studio Visit with Michi Meko

I was at this event at the museum, and Ebony Patterson walked by. She was like, “Congratulations.” I started freaking out, like, “You know who I am?” The people that I look up to are congratulating me. Now what do I do? There’s that pressure that comes with that, too.

January 22, 2018

How this Brookwood condo went from a big white box to a modern art-inspired home

You have wonderful art.
I have several “master works,” including the Lichtenstein over the credenza in the dining room. It is the crown jewel of the collection, but I also have pieces by Robert Rauschenberg... 

January 22, 2018

Art & Soul: Fabiola Jean-Louis Exhibition featured in The Atlantan

Gallerist Alan Avery does not shy away from provocation or controversy, and his newest exhibit, Rewriting History, from Brooklyn-based artist Fabiola Jean-Louis, is no exception.

November 28, 2017

Michi Meko Awarded Joan Mitchell Grant and Atlanta Artadia Award 2017

Artadia, the New York–based nonprofit organization that supports visual artists through various prizes, has named the awardees of its 2017 Atlanta Artadia Awards: Michi Meko and Clark Ashton. Selected from an applicant pool of nearly 150 artists, the two winners will receive $10,000 each and access to the ongoing benefits of the awards program.

​Meko was also recently awarded a Painters and Sculptors Grant of $25,000 from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. As part of the annual grant process, nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, and in an anonymous process, a jury panel then selects 25 awardees.

November 15, 2017

Fabiola Jean-Louis Awarded an Artist Residency at MAD

Fabiola Jean-Louis, whose solo photography exhibition opens at Alan Avery Art Company in October, was recently awarded an artist residency at the Museums of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, NY. The photographer/fashion designer will be in her studio at MAD every Tuesday educating the public on the process of her paper sculptures. 

September 26, 2017

Highlights of a video lecture with Alan K. Avery, owner of Alan Avery Art Company, discussing the business of being an artist and working with galleries. 

July 27, 2017

Fabiola Jean-Louis, whose solo photography exhibition opens at Alan Avery Art Company in October, was recently awarded an artist residency at the Museums of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, NY. The photographer/fashion designer will be in her studio at MAD every Tuesday educating the public on the process of her paper sculptures. 

September 26, 2017