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, Birmingham, Al.