Marcia Wood Gallery is delighted to announce the solo exhibition
by Atlanta artist George Long, "Give One's Eye Tooth For".
Long is interested in exploring the fragile process of human transitions
from one emotional state to another. He refers to the state of
yearning as"emotional calisthenics".
George Long's new work addresses the human emotion of wanting,
yearning, pining. His choreographed depictions of individuals expressing
the emotive and physical transformation of time and location, are
manifested in work ranging from mixed media drawings to animation.
He considers the nature of human behavior with delicately executed,
nuanced images of people in a state of transition. The drawings
in ink, graphite and fresco plaster on paper, are derived at through
a series of re-translations. Long makes original drawings of figures
in movement then manipulates the original drawings, through tracing,
stamping, copying and transferring them repeatedly onto the paper.
In the process each generation of the original image is degraded,
and at the same time new information is added. The final figures
fade and shift, repeat, overlap, separate and blend into each other
with wispy, broken and smudged lines. One thinks of dream sequences,
time shifting, fleeting memories.
George Long received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in
1995 and currently lives and works in Atlanta. His first solo exhibition
at Marcia Wood Gallery was in 2004, where he introduced the now
widely acclaimed 8 x 8 series. Long is versatile in a broad range
of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and
metal working. He is also a member of the experimental, Atlanta
based collaborative group, SSAR (Sunday Southern Art Revival).
Long's solo and 2 person exhibitions include the Zuckerman Museum,
Kennesaw State University, Space Eight, St Augustine, FL, Cosms,
Dashboard Coop, Atlanta, Ritos Baldios, Sao Paulo Brazil, Columbus
Museum, Columbus, GA, the University of West Georgia, Carrolton,
GA, the Madison County Art Council, Marshall N.C. the Spruill Gallery,
Atlanta, and Puritan Mill, Atlanta. Group exhibitions have included
the International Kunstler Kolonie Exhibition, Nuremburg, (and
residency), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2007 Biennial
and 2012 "Day Job: Georgia), the Jacksonville Museum of Modern
Art, Jacksonville, FL, Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL, Dalton Gallery,
Agnes Scott College, Georgia, and Brenau University, Georgia, among
others. In 2010 he received an NEA grant for public sculpture and
sculpture exhibitions include the AnnMrrie Sculpture Center in
Solomon Island, Maryland, North River Park, Charleston, SC, and
the Chattahoochie Nature Center, Roswell, GA, Art in Freedom Park,
Atlanta, and Banaroo, Manchester, Tenn. Long has exhibited with
SSAR throughout Atlanta and the southeast in galleries, art centers
and public spaces, including for the city of Atlanta Four Coats
mural project, ELEVATE, Underground Atlanta, Space One Eleven,