Here, winter brings Camellias and time spent indoors. The works chosen for ‘Winter Bloom’ depict domestic spaces and objects that consider identity, desire, and femininity. Carr’s work reflects the liminal space between interior and exterior. The varying shapes and sizes of the sculptures are indicative of their own personalities, like a family constellation— restrained, robust, refined. Graham’s windows teeter between abstract and representational. The paintings explore the visual language of privacy and subjectivity. By leaving room for ambiguity the work remains open to interpretation and embodies the precariousness of the constructs we build around ourselves. From within domestic spaces, Tarver’s paintings address the complexity and invisibility of black female identity throughout history in the American landscape. The work draws parallels between the impulse to look, the desire to own and the yearning to become.
Carolyn Carr (b. 1966) is a multi-media artist based in Atlanta, Georgia whose work addresses the battle and attendant healing inherent in the struggle to establish personal identity within a cultural landscape. This exploration evolves through research, and a slow making process, whether that be paintings, digital photography, pinhole cameras, short films, artist books, or clay sculptures--hand built or on the wheel; Carr deliberately creates through reenacting traditions of her native south. Through this meditative process, and embedded in her culture, she reconsiders this rich history to illustrate how cultural histories profoundly influence narratives enacted in daily, ordinary domestic life and the stories we tell.
Carr received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Her work, exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia and Europe including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; BIG POND Artworks, Munich, Germany; Artists Space, New York, NY; 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; Marisa Newman Projects, New York; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. has been critically received and reviewed in numerous publications.
Christina Graham (b. 1989, New York City) uses apertures, obstructions and mirrors to explore the effect of the built environment on our perceptual experiences. She graduated with a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and has been artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Trestle Art Space and Cuttyhunk Island Artist Residency. Her first solo
exhibition, Ridgewood Reflections, was written up on Artnews, Juxtapoz, and Whitewall Magazine online. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at chashama, Trestle Art Space, Wayfarers Gallery, and The Cooper Union, among others. This is her first exhibition in Atlanta.
Adrienne Elise Tarver is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from Boston University. Tarver has exhibited nationally and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY; Victori+Mo in Brooklyn, NY; BRIC Project Room in Brooklyn, New York; A-M Gallery in Sydney, Australia, and Art Matrix Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. She was selected by ArtNet as one of “14 Emerging Female Artists to watch in 2017” and has been featured in online and print publications including Brooklyn Magazine, Blouin Art Info, Whitewall Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ingenue Magazine, among others. Tarver is currently the Director of Art & Design and Director of the HSA Gallery at Harlem School for the Arts in Harlem, NY and Residency Advisor for Trestle Art Space.