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"Courting Disaster: Katherine Taylor, Hilary Wilder, Donna Mintz"
2006-04-21 until 2006-06-03
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Atlanta, GA, USA United States of America

For Courting Disaster, three accomplished artists delve into themes related to natural and man-made disaster and catastrophe. Each artist's exquisite technique belies the chilling, haunted and always compelling images of the aftermath of disaster, from hurricane and wild fire ravaged neighborhoods to sunken ships and sunken civilizations. All three artists have dealt with these issues in their artistic practice for some time, but the exhibition is particularly timely in the wake of the catastrophic events during and following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The effects of storms, fires, and earthquakes can be counted by observation of landscapes and civilizations; there are no easy answers but Courting Disaster: Katherine Taylor, Hilary Wilder, Donna Mintz offers starting points for discussions about the human role in the natural environment. As humans are part of nature, are our actions not part of the natural order of things?

During the run of the exhibit each artist will discuss aspects of their work with visitors. Hilary Wilder presented an artist's talk on April 21, immediately preceding the opening reception. Donna Mintz will discuss her work on Wednesday April 26 from 6:30 - 8 pm; and Katherine Taylor will present on May 17 from 6:30 - 8 pm.

On May 24, clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Weyermann will lead a panel discussion titled "The Human Factor: Influence and Response" The discussion is intended to explore regions of experience that are often unacknowledged, such as society's role in the occurrence of the event itself and the long term affects on the environment and on those that experience trauma. Joining Dr. Weyermann will be Patricia McIntosh, Vice President, Coast, Georgia Conservancy and artist Katherine Taylor.

Katherine Taylor is an artist and educator born in Biloxi, Mississippi. She received her MFA from Georgia State University. Currently, Taylor is an adjunct professor at the Atlanta College of Art where she teaches in the drawing and painting departments. Her work is exhibited and collected nationally and has been included in museum exhibitions in Albany, GA, and Tallahassee, FL. New American Paintings recently featured her work on the back cover of volume #58. Taylor is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery.

Hilary Wilder was born in 1973 in North Conway, New Hampshire and currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. In 2004, she completed a two-year fellowship as both a Visual Artist resident and a Critical Studies resident in the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She has recently exhibited work at the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston, and the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art. Her videos have been screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Art in Motion II festival at the University of Southern California, and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. In addition, she has written catalogue essays for exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Rice University Art Gallery. Wilder received an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 2001.

Donna Mintz was born in Gainesville, GA in 1956. Her evocative paintings are recognized for their contemplative,atmospheric study of anonymous spaces. She is influenced by her naturalist studies and by the convergence of art with poetry, history, and science. Her work is exhibited nationally and is widely collected in private and corporate collections. She lives and works in Atlanta, GA and is represented here by Sandler Hudson Gallery.

Katherine Taylor
Untitled Sketch, 2006

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