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Open Studios with David B. Smith, Charlie Watts, Ileana Tejada, 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


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.

Atlanta-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.