Horrible Adorable, a joint exhibit from local artists Olive lynch and Travis Knowles, shows two approaches to dealing with the gap between truth and perception. Lynch, through a series of framed prints and installations, shows her views on the 'tumourous failure' of art to communicate intention: "Definitions and concepts compound upon themselves until they are so complex that they lose relevance to the audience-but still retain traces of the idea. I can only trace the outlines. But there is something mystical in the impenetrable: like darling, malformed, monstrous children."
Knowles uses contrastingly dark, and vibrantly colorful paintings, as well as large wooden sculptures to show these gaps through the lens of the supernatural. "Whether through ancient creation myth or modern day superstitions, humanity is constantly trying to explain gaps in knowledge and understanding with fantastical creatures and grandiose situations. I try to access the same humanity that caused our ancestors to name constellations after gods and create rituals in fear of angering local animal spirits. I assign Spirits to humerus bones and make colorful Mystic priests out of newborn babies."
Lynch, an Atlanta transplant, graduated from Georgia State in 2011 with a B.F.A in printmaking and currently works as a graphic artist. She uses a variety of mediums for this exhibit, but focuses on printmaking and painting. She has most recently exhibited in the Georgia State "Spring BFA Exhibition." More info can be found on her website (www.olivelynch.com)
Knowles studied at the Atlanta College of Art and graduated in 2006 with a degree in Painting. He currently freelances as a painter and artist and is active in the Atlanta music scene. More info can be found on his website (traviseldon.blogspot.com)
For a preview of the show, click here.