Quirk’s current exhibitions include work from Atlanta artist, Sally King Benedict and VCU MFA candidate, Harris Johnson. On Wednesday, March 25, Sally will be joining us at Quirk for a special artist reception from 5 to 8 pm. Ten new large scale paintings of hers will be on display in our Main Gallery. Harris Johnson’s completed body of work for his current Shop Show and Vault exhibitions will be on view as well.
Sally King Benedict is an abstract artist whose work strives to reflect the balance between color, form and line in a beautiful and exciting way. She has many influences and inspirations in her life, and chooses to explore a number of subject matters and mediums throughout her process. Sally has been featured for her work and style in various publications including in Garden & Gun, Domino Magazine, Elle Decor, Southern Accents, Southern Living and many more. Her work has warranted numerous solo shows across the region.
After starting her career in Charleston, SC, Sally lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their son.
“Gamut. I wanted this showing to represent just that, a range or series of related things.
The work relates because it has one creator, and the work is varied because that creator is a saturated artist with more ideas than she knows what to do with. The breadth of my work and mind are ever changing, and demonstrating a scope can be an excellent way to retrieve a reaction from the viewer whether it show positive or negative. These pieces represent the honest working cycle in my studio: starting with an abstracted, intuitive approach in creating a subject matter that travels from figurative to landscape to complete abstraction and back again, becoming what they are after achieving balance in line, color, and composition.”
Harris Johnson was born in 1986. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Painting in 2009 and a certificate from The Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. His paintings have been displayed in local and overseas exhibitions, featured in online publications, held in private collections, and featured as an editors pick in New American Paintings #112. He is currently a second year MFA candidate in Painting at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“My work simply starts with a decision to make and communicate. Some of these decisions come from lived experience, some from my experiences with others, and some from art history. It’s often a translation of my own experiences that takes various forms. I would rather struggle with or be surprised by the things I make, than work out of expectations and certainty. I am more excited by unknowns, unclear and unpredictable things. I draw from anxieties and pleasures about what it means to be in the world today.”