Last year, a brand new event blazed through the Atlanta underground art scene. Art League Atlanta was a unique event that combined a party atmosphere with club performers and a live DJ. Mix together free alcohol, dancing, and attendants that frequent the Atlanta underground club scene, and you have a veritable club night with art. It is no wonder that Art League Atlanta is back in 2011 for an all new season.
This year there will be more artists, more venues, and more of everything that fans love about this event. Slated future venues will include the Cornbread Gallery, and the semifinals are scheduled to take place at The Shelter, a favorite spot of the Atlanta underground club scene. Season 2 of Art League Atlanta kicks off this Saturday, February 12 at dooGallery, located at 205 Holtzclaw Unit J 30316.
Art League Atlanta is the creation of local writer, artist, and event promoter Jinx Strange. It has a regular volunteer staff and a roster of local competing artists that changes each season. It is regularly attended by a very diverse crowd, from both the underground and mainstream art communities, art collectors and enthusiasts, and fans from the music, fetish, and underground club scenes who all come out to support their favorite local artists.
Originally intended as a remedy for the fledgling art scene, Art League Atlanta has become its own entity. The event features live art battles in which pairs of artists compete head to head, creating on the spot art pieces in front of an enthusiastic audience. Artists work in a variety of mediums, and they are not informed in advance of what theme they are to use or other surprise twists that will be thrown into the challenge. After the audience has selected the winners, a live art auction takes place. Lucky high bidders take home pieces that were just created live before their own eyes. How often do you have the opportunity to collect a piece of art that you have actually seen the artist create?
The winners from the battles go on in the competition to the final showdown with the current champion to play for the coveted Art League Atlanta Bronze Baby trophy. (That’s right, these artists believe that bronzing isn’t just for baby shoes–it’s for actual babies too…or dolls.) See slideshow picture.
The season two opener is promised to be “jaw-dropping”, featuring three intense matches:
Stephanie Anderson vs. Jarrett Turner
Stephanie Anderson (aka Mama Dragon) lit up Season 1 with her blindingly-fast painting and beautifully improvised work. She will now take on Jarrett Turner, and ALA newcomer but a veteran in graffiti art and bodypainting. The two share a love for the human canvas, and now they will find out who loves winning even more.
Kris Pilcher vs. Angie Mickel
Kris “Py” is a well-versed artist with experience in surrealism paintings, mixed media, and large installations. Angie Mickel is an equally versatile professional portrait and mural artist with an enormous portfolio of colorful abstract paintings. There is no telling what they will create!
Jennifer Barclay vs. David Lane
An accomplished designer that has shown in several national galleries, Jennifer Barclay is a seasoned artist versed in a wide variety of mediums. David Lane subscribes to chaos theory, and it is his easily adaptable and evolving nature that seems to thrive in the unknown territory of art league challenges.
DJ Sean Morrisey will be spinning to keep the party atmosphere going. It might be useful to help ease the tension of the art battles, which will no doubt be incredible!
Season 2 of Art League Atlanta will take place at dooGallery from 8pm until 12am. A $10 door donation covers entrance to the event and free drinks.
Art League Atlanta does not have regularly scheduled events and locations. To stay updated on the event schedule, be sure to like Art League Atlanta on Facebook. You can also bookmark the Art League Atlanta official website coming soon, and join the Facebook group.
For a brief history on Art League Atlanta provided by event creator/promoter Jinx Strange, continue reading below.
In the Spring of 2010, Atlanta’s underground art scene was struggling. Dozens of talented artists were hanging at sparsely attended shows. Few people were making money, and morale was low. Jinx Strange had recently befriended, through some of these shows, the newly formed body painting duo of Neon Armour, consisting of Erick Jara and Stephanie Anderson, as well as art scene prodigy Danny Simanjaya.
Strange began to fantasize about who might win in hypothetical art duels between these great talents, and with some encouragement from Neon Armour and his fiancee, artist and performer Sarah Radtke, Jinx proposed the idea of a competitive art league to his new friends.
They were immediately supportive, and with the help of Heather Royal, December Mercy, Thomas Norris, and Gin Sanders, the group got about the business of promoting this crazy new art show format.
On October 9th, unsure if anyone would even care about local artists competing, Art League Atlanta opened the doors at the dooGallery on Holtzclaw to roughly 30 curious fans. Six weeks and three shows later, they had packed the house. The capacity crowd was hooting and laughing along with MC Heather Royal, cheering and applauding Erick Jara and Stephanie Anderson as they walked out and took the floor at their easels for the final battle for the trophy, and they spent their money generously at the auction afterward.
And now Season 2 is ready to begin!