Long will install a forty foot long pile of drawings depicting a mental landscape that is a collection of collections, mental debris, emotional sortings, piles of compartmentalizations. These are drawings that explore what we hold on to.
The exhibition title, Omnium Gatherum, is defined as a “miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons)”. Long delivers with a delightful huge pile of bright and cartoony imagery. Stacks of mundane objects and body parts that are ubiquitous and unremarkable in themselves are assembled as a collection that is humorous and poignant. Apple cores, wood piles, tv sets, push-pins, goofy eyeballs and a pile of fleshy toes are among the items in this exuberant depository of things. This pile of stuff, when so randomly and fantastically thrown together becomes a landscape of mental debris. Banal objects crammed into the junk drawer to be fished out when needed, or set aside in the garage for just in case, when collected together in Omnium Gatherum, accrue a bemusing history of daily life. Personal associations - memories, connections, emotions - are fired as we are invited to wander around in the pile.
The exhibition will also include Long's drawings on paper. Long’s 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.
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 is an active collaborator with artists in visual, dance and performative fields.
Long’s solo and 2 person exhibitions include Flux Projects, Atlanta, the Zuckerman Museum, Kennesaw State University, Space Eight, St Augustine, FL, Gallery One Twelve, Atlanta, Tempus Projects, St. Augustine, FL,Cosms, Dashboard Coop, Atlanta, c, 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, the Zuckerman Museum, Kennesaw, GA, Art on the Beltline, Atlanta, GA, Paco Sas Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 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 theAnnMrrie 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.Annmarie Sculpture Center, Solomons Island, MD, among many others.
Long has collaborated with Spelman University choreographer T. Lang, New Orleans Airlift, Georgia Tech, Lucky Penny, I Fucking LXXX You Too and Sunday Southern Arts Revival.