Michi Meko at MOCA GA in Atlanta

 Detail of new work by 2017-2018 Working Artist Project Fellow, Michi Meko. Image courtesy of Michi Meko.

Detail of new work by 2017-2018 Working Artist Project Fellow, Michi Meko. Image courtesy of Michi Meko.

 Detail of new work by 2017-2018 Working Artist Project Fellow, Michi Meko. Image courtesy of Michi Meko.

Detail of new work by 2017-2018 Working Artist Project Fellow, Michi Meko. Image courtesy of Michi Meko.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) announces the opening of It Doesn’t Prepare you for Arrival, new works by 2017-2018 working artist project fellow Michi Meko Friday, November 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM at MOCA GA.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) announces the opening reception for It Doesn’t Prepare you for Arrival, new works by 2017-2018 Working Artist Project Fellow Michi Meko. The opening and exhibition will take place in the upper level galleries at MOCA GA. Exhibition dates are December 1, 2018 – January 26, 2019. The opening reception will be on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. About the Artist: Michi Meko

Multidisciplinary artist Michi Meko (b. 1974, Florence, Alabama) The work incorporates the visual language of nautical wayfinding, the objects of buoyancy and navigation combined with romanticized objects of the American South as a means to communicate the psychological and the physical. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of North Alabama. Meko’s work has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at Dodd Galleries, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Recent grants and awards include a Joan Mitchell Award, Artadia Award, MOCA GA 2017-2018 Working Artist Project Fellowship, DashBoard Co- Op Residency Grant, a Flux Projects Grant, a Wonderroot CSA Grant, and a residency at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Meko lives and works in Atlanta and is represented by Alan Avery Art Company.

The Exhibition: in the artists’ own words

It Doesn’t Prepare You for Arrival is an exhibition that seeks silence and the comfort of solitude. The wilderness can provide this solitude. However, there are countless reasons black people have felt unwelcomed in natural spaces. For some African Americans, spending time in rural spaces and areas that preserve the natural environment, such as State or National parks and campgrounds can trigger long-held anxieties about safety in the great outdoors. These phobias are wrapped in the blanket of White Supremacy. There are the fears of discrimination, the effects of segregation on the leisure habits of Black Americans, and the history of wilderness as a site of trauma for black bodies.

The mental calisthenics it takes to prepare oneself for arrival can be a wearisome exercise. The overexertion of thought can lead to fatigue. The mental strain of fear can block the opportunity to relax, forget it all, and connect to the natural world. This exhibition offers a pause, a moment to search for the transcendence that exists at the edge of day, before the sky falls into blackness.

It is a love letter.

Michi Meko selected by guest Curator Joey Orr, for the 2017-2018 Working Artist Project Fellowship

Joey Orr joined the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in 2017 as the Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research, part of their Integrated Arts Research Initiative. His recent curatorial post was as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where his major project aligned three exhibitions around artistic inquiry (Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, MCA Screen: Camille Hennrot’s Grosse Fatigue, and Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination). Specifically trained in hybrid and artistic research methods, he received his MA in Visual and Critical

Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed a practice-based, interdisciplinary PhD as an Arts and Sciences Fellow in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University.


ABOUT MOCA GA’S WORKING ARTIST PROJECT

MOCA GA’s Working Artist Project (WAP) was developed in support of mid-career or established artists in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. Each year the program is funded by the Charles Loridans Foundation and the Antinori Foundation with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. An artist account is provided for each winner by Binders Art Supplies and Frames. The WAP fellowship program has supported 33 Fellows over the past 11 years. As a museum that is dedicated first and foremost to supporting Georgia’s contemporary artists, it is MOCA GA’s goal to encourage these artists to remain in our city to establish Atlanta as one of the best cities for launching a viable career in the arts.


About MOCA GA

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant, contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. To place its artists in a broader context, the Museum's exhibitions include Georgia artists and artists from around the world. MOCA GA’s programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. MOCA GA is located at 75 Bennett Street in the MOCA GA / TULA Art Complex. Admission is free to members, Veterans and US Military with ID, $8 for non-members and $5 for students and seniors (65+). For more information, call 404-367-8700, visit www.mocaga.org or email info@mocaga.org. MOCA GA is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm, closed Sunday and Monday. Major funding and support for MOCA GA is provided in part by

Major funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support is provided by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.


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