The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia has announced the winners of its 2011-12 Working Artist Project grants. They are Brian Dettmer, Gregor Turk and Martha Whittington. Each will receive a stipend, a studio assistant and a solo exhibition at the museum, accompanied by a catalogue.
Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art, and MOCA GA Director Annette Cone-Skelton made the selections based on applications and studio visits.
Dettmer has achieved an international reputation for objects that begin as books (example below). Intricately carved and otherwise manipulated into sculptural shapes, they become meditations on time, knowledge and the vulnerability of printed matter in the digital age.
Turk’s expansive practice encompasses ceramics, sculpture, public art, works on paper and decorative arts (example below). An interest in mapping threads through his oeuvre, expressed in his explorations not only of its particular language of signs and symbols but also its larger meanings and issues, such as place-making, information conveyance and the fluidity of “fact.”
Whittington is a sculptor whose wide-ranging materials include sound, time, space and motion, as well as plant material and found objects. The themes she explores in her installations (example below), both in- and outdoors, are equally varied, from playful memories to sober rituals.
Now in its fourth year, the Working Artist Project was founded as a way to help make Atlanta a viable community for mature artists. Alumni of the program have described it in glowing terms. For Matt Haffner, it was an opportunity to experiment with ideas without worrying about their saleability and to execute them on a scale that had not been possible.
The program began under the auspices of the Charles Loridans Foundation, which continues to support it with a major grant.