ATLA December 2011 : Page 66

…continued 12. Poet A.E. Stallings at home in Athens, Greece 13. The center of Daniel Biddy’s “Myopic Zygotic” 14. “The Guardian” by J. Adam Stewart 15. Clockwise from top left: Detail shots of “Just Before” by Carylon Killebrew; “Infinity” by Fonde Taylor; “Morning Muse” by Kristopher Meadows; and “Passages” by Helen DeRamus, all at dk Gallery in Marietta 12. The $500,000 Muse 13. Place Your Bids 14. Paper Trail Decatur poet A. E. Stallings was recently honored with a $500,000 “Genius” award from the MacArthur Foundation, for her inspired use of forms and characters from antiquity to shed light on modern themes. Her poems draw heavily on classics, ancient myths—particularly of the underworld —nature, motherhood, children and domestic tension. Now living in Athens, Greece (she did attend UGA and jokes about going from Athens to Athens), her inspiration comes at odd times, “When I am doing something else… as I wait for a bus, or in a line at the bank, or at some other fortress of bureaucracy.” “Daniel Biddy is young, cool and talented. His work hasn’t reached mass consumption yet, and it’s generally purchased by people like gallery owners and curators for their private collections.” — overheard at an art opening in midtown Daniel Biddy’s been getting a lot of buzz in the Atlanta art scene as of late—for good reason. His evocative large-scale collages mix bold hues with meticulously layered images from old books and magazines (which he says come from friends or “the garbage”), resulting in pop culture-saturated masterpieces. As for his artistic process, Biddy explains, “I really did learn evening I needed to know in kindergarten.” continued… 66 | | December 2011 stallings photo by milos bicanski J. Adam Stewart, a 35-year-old, self-taught painter and Georgia native, prefers to house his surreally real subjects within—and on—lacquered wood. His newest collection, Creases & Folds II: Paintings of Paper on Paper captures intricate origami birds, beasts, boats and butterflies in oil, and are on view at the Westside’s Inherent Design Lab in early 2012. Can’t wait that long? Drop by No. 246 in Decatur for a cocktail and a gaze at Stewart’s commissioned piece. You can’t miss it. 996 Huff Road, 404.997.3586,, 15. Taming of the New It’s not easy for a gallery in Marietta to rival metro area art spaces, but dk Gallery does. Known as the premier OTP art gallery, owner Donna Krueger says it comes down to accessibility. “Everything we do, from our events to our ambiance, is to be accessible.” The space hosts a monthly party to kick off the gallery’s new theme—patrons can view works based on motifs such as “Resolution” in January and “Anticipation” in February. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta, 770.427.5377

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