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The Volatile Parts residency cycle is closed. Residencies are now hosted in Montezuma, GA, on a weeklong basis at Volatile House


SUNDAY, Nov 15, 2020, 3 - 6 PM. Hear & There by Mary Stuart Hall.

You're invited to the exhibition and book pick up of Hear & There, by Mary Stuart Hall. Mary Stuart devised this installation made of sound, sculpture, and images, from March - November of 2020. The show will be on Sunday, November 15, from 3 - 6 PM. We'll be limiting the occupancy of the house, but you are welcome in the garden, driveway, and porch, and there'll be plenty of time to walk through. We are also releasing the accompanying book, created in collaboration by Mary Stuart and (Bureau) Christopher Knowles.

We'll have potato chips, beers, maybe bourbon, and lots of room. Masks are required. [If it rains, we'll get back in touch.] Also, we're grateful to the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs for funding Volatile Parts and making this project possible. Books will be for sale for $30 - profits are divided 50% to Mary Stuart Hall, 25% to Bureau Christopher Knowles, and 25% to Volatile Parts. There are 24 available for sale. We can also mail a book to you if you want one but are unable to make the event.
Through a process of research that involved observing the environment over a matter of months, Hall documented the social, architectural, and natural elements that comprise the heart of the space. She takes it slow with the house, noting the rhythms, transcribing the porch sounds sirens, birds, ee-eeeee e-e-e-e-e, ee-eeeeee e-e-e-e-e-e, crunching of leaves. The inside and the outside play peekaboo. There is a way in which the inside and the outside create each other by becoming one through the contrast with the other. By inverting the relationships that we assume to be static, Hall asks us to reconsider binaries and the infinitude of the world around us -- what our world is really made of.

On a personal note, I'm moving out of 1460 Desoto shortly after this event -- so please help me bid the house, and the project in its current iteration, farewell and a happy future. Volatile Parts may evolve, or it may not. If you have ideas / thoughts, please tug my ear. I'd love to have conversations about imagined futures with each of your big brains.

It would be an honor to see you. We also understand if you are not taking risks with public gatherings at this time.

SUNDAY, Feb 9, 2020, 4 - 8PM. Words for Water by Danielle Brutto.  

You’re invited to Words for Water by Danielle Brutto this Sunday, Feb 9, from 4-8p. Words for Water concludes Danielle Brutto’s Volatile Parts residency. The work is paintings and sculpture: shredded, heartfelt, and baroque.
The center of the space holds a fountain, and Danielle’s paintings cascade within the room. Danielle’s writing, which accompanies the installation, asks about sadness and time; sadness over time; in phrases, dreams, and phone poems.

I am starting to be happier here than i ever was
And i know this is only the up swing.
I feel an elation building that could
make my me
dig my nails in deep  and never let go

When did you last feel the water in your body? When did you last feel the water in your own cells, sloshing against your thin cell walls like a bucket in the back of a truck? Come by 1460 Desoto Ave SW 30310 from 4 - 8pm for Words for Water. Stand on a porch in February, drink something wet, talk about the work. An accompanying artist book will be for sale, and tips for drinks are appreciated.

Danielle Brutto is a multi-media artist from Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design in New York, NY in 2011. After graduating, Brutto returned to Atlanta, Georgia where she has participated in shows at Mason Fine Art, Mammal Gallery, MINT Gallery, was a 2015-2016 WonderRoot Walthall Fellow, and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Serenbe Art Farm. She will attend the Arctic Circle Residency Fall 2020, and is a founding member of the design company Brutal Studio.

This show is in a home, and the program is supported in part by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. All are welcome.

SUNDAY, Nov 10, 2019, 4 - 8PM. Sensory Borrowing, by Arianna Khmelniuk

Arianna Khmelniuk, the olfactory artist behind Zapah Lab, asks how we talk and think about smell. How do memories and smell interact, enhance, and overwrite each other? How does language fail us, and why, when we try to describe the evening air? What is inherited, learned? What cannot be taught?

Khmelniuk has conducted olfactory artistic research for several years, with a sensitivity that is both poetic and rigorously analytic. At Volatile Parts, she is externalizing that research, presenting ekphrastic takes on smell, which, cumulatively, emphasize the futility of trying to describe it. The challenge of adequately documenting scents invites comparing them to movement
to years
to nouns
to shapes
to flavors
to textures
to people
to colors
to the place where they are felt in the body
And so, describing scent is surrounded by feelings of enormity and insufficiency, a bit like trying to hand-write the news every day in its entirety. 

Arianna Khmelniuk’s Zapah_Lab is a research-based project dedicated to pushing future possibilities of scent in an art context and critique, media-and speculative design that open up from a better understanding of ourselves and the environment. She has recently shown work at Hi-Lo Press, MINT Gallery, MOCA GA, and Swan Coach House Gallery. She is a 2019 Hughley Artist Fellow and Hambidge Distinguished Fellow (2018). 

Come by Volatile Parts on Sunday, Nov 10 from 4 - 8PM for Khmelniuk’s Library. There may be a talk. There will definitely be beer (and a dog). We are also collaborating on a publication which will be available for purcha$e at the event. It’s cool, and it smells real nice.

Feel free to share.

SUNDAY, Sept 8, 2019, 3 - 7PM. Nothing Fits in the Tub, by Jane Foley

Jane Foley has turned the Volatile Parts studio into a resonance chamber, which will be activated by improvisational performances with collaborator Erin Palovick at 4 and 5:30PM. Jane and Erin will respond to images and performance prompts that "range from the physically impossible to the slightly annoying."

Within a room that listens to itself, conversations of visitors become a musical din, footsteps become possible bass lines.

It'll be a slow, hot, noisy afternoon, with gin, potato chips, cold water, underwater microphones, and friends. As always, all are welcome.

Jane Foley is a sculptor, performer, and sound artist living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her sound works explore isolation versus connectivity in public spaces, beginning with subtle repeated experiments in deep listening and reciprocity. She uses sculpture and performance as frameworks for interaction, favoring communication, experimentation, and process.

Jane Foley has created sound sculptures for the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, Portugal and La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, France with Zurich-based Sound Development City, and produced a sound composition that played in taxicabs throughout the 5th Marrakech Biennale in Morocco. Following a 2017 residency at Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz, Austria, she has been composing from field recordings and chasing images of transitional sounds in built spaces. In Atlanta, she has created public works for Flux Projects, the High Museum, the Atlanta Beltline, WonderRoot, and the Goat Farm, among others. Foley currently teaches sculpture at Georgia State University while completing an MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This residency cycle is generously funded by Jason Deck. 

SUNDAY, July 7, 2019, 2 - 6 PM. What If Something Happens, by movement artist Claire Molla.

You’re invited to Claire Molla's performance, What If Something Happens, taking place this Sunday, July 7 / 2-6 PM. This movement-based work is the product of Claire's month-long studio residency. What If Something Happens asks questions about:

The feeling of being seen
The feeling of being together
How to offer and receive
Wordless negotiation
Intimacy / Intensity / Intimidation
What happens when you give more of yourself than someone wants of you
Where is the middle where we meet

The work will be performed continuously, in many iterations, from 2 - 6 PM. Only one visitor will be invited into the space at a time.

You definitely want to see it. With that said, space is very limited, and it's likely that not everyone who comes out will be able to see the work. In which case, please have a drink, listen to Claire's sound installation, dig into the artist book, and hang out with your buds on a really nice Sunday afternoon. We'll be taking names as people arrive, so if you'd like to see the work, please plan to come early. We're not taking any "advance bookings."

We're also releasing an artist book for sale. The book is a collaboration between Claire, Claire's brother photographer Anton Molla, and Volatile Parts’ Jess Bernhart.

Claire Molla works with movement and performance and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been presented by the Atlanta Film Society, Dashboard, the Ferst Center for the Arts, the High Museum of Art, The Lucky Penny, and WonderRoot. She is engaged in a performative practice that is both pedestrian and conceptual. Themes that emerge in her research include the social performance of gender and femininity, cultural standards and measurements of beauty, obscuring the distinctions of a performative act, obligatory competition, and ritual catharsis. She makes work for stage, screen, and the site specific.

This month’s residency is generously supported by Atlanta-based graphic designer and creative director Sarah Lawrence. This is a free event taking place in a private home.

SUNDAY, May 5, 2019, 3PM - 9PM: A Thousand Todays Are Not Enough: TORI TINSLEY

Tori Tinsley is best known for her color-saturated paintings depicting two abstract figures hugging within surreal landscapes. With the use of exaggerated facial features and dark humor, her work explores the layered emotions involved in caring for another. Since 2010, she has produced animations, paintings, drawings, and sculptures around the continued loss of her mother to a rare form of dementia. After receiving a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2016, she has been creating works in response to being a new mother herself and the transitional space between caring for an ailing parent and nurturing a newborn son. Tori is represented by Hathaway Contemporary Gallery in Atlanta, GA.