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Open Studios with David B. Smith, Vanessa Albury, Charlie Watts and Brigitta Varadi

David B Smith makes fabric-based photo-sculpture that explores fantasy, loss, commodity, and connection in American culture. To gain access to the back-end of cultural memory, he playfully rearranges iconography using pseudo programming code - comprised of digital and analog fragmentation, accreditation, and reorientation. He isolates patterns, crosses wires, and entertains poetic interpretations, making the once familiar strange and unsettling, yet oddly cozy. READ MORE

Vanessa Albury (b. 1978, Nashville, TN) lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University. She is currently a visiting scholar there. Ken Johnson of The New York Times calls her work “haunting.” Her solo show Arctic, Future Relics opened the fall season at Nurture Art in Brooklyn, NY and was reviewed in Candid Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine and Nylon. Other solo shows include A Stilled Cascade of Image at Window Box Gallery curated by Thale Fastvold (Oslo, Norway; 2012); In Waves curated by Jan Van Woensel at Monty ABN (Antwerp, Belgium; 2012); and The Distance That Keeps You at Silverman Gallery in San Francisco (2007). Recent shows include Nor Any Drop to Drink at Grady Alexis Gallery curated by Adam Zucker, 6 Degrees at 184 Project Space, SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2017 and her two-person show Collect Light with Hedwig Brouckaert at Murray State University.

Brigitta Varadi was born in Hungary, currently she lives in Co.Leitrim, Ireland . She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including, UK, Ireland, France, Finland, Sweden, Hungary and the USA. Her work is found in many public and private collections including a commission by the Office of Public Works for The Department of Education and Science, Athlone, Ireland. Brigitta’s latest solo shows were held at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2015), Ireland, Serbian Church Gallery (2015), Hungary, Textile Arts Centre, (2014), New York. Brigitta Varadi participated in the New York Foundation for the Arts, IAP Mentoring Program (2016) NY, been awarded fellowships by the Wassaic Project (2016), NY, the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2015), Ireland, the Textile Arts Centre (2014), NY, the LOCIS, European Cultural Program (2014), and TRADE (2011), Ireland.

tlanta-based queer artist Charlie Watts seeks to create images not of this world, to use photography as a stepping-stone to the unknown realm just past the peripheral edge of consciousness. She creates images to bring imagination into fruition and provide a visual escape from the mundane to the fantastical. This spring, Watts finished an MFA program in photography with the San Francisco Art Institute after graduating with highest honors and a B.A. in art history and visual arts at Emory University. She has been a member of the Dashboard CO-OP and a resident with The Creatives Project, through which she teaches photography in underserved neighborhoods.