Before The Solstice Inspired by time, death, mystery, energy, duality, and hope, Before the Solstice combines lyrically-rich songs with a melodic and dynamic soundscape.
Among the myriad of Atlanta-based musicians, Before the Solstice inadverdently connected through their respective escape from cult religions. Channeling their experience through their instruments, a unique, powerful and bittersweet sound arises, filled with symbolism and conviction.
Damon Moon and The Whispering Drifters This project has been a long time in the making for singer/songwriter Damon Moon. Spending over a year tucked away in a secluded home studio in the hills of North Georgia, Damon Moon has written, recorded, produced, and engineered a whole slew of slow motion freak-outs that he released as his debut record "Meridian Road." A two year stint with The Silver City Rustlers, and a few months on the road with Ocha La Rocha, and a few of his own full US tours under his belt, Damon is quite the seasoned musician. Recently, he has been seen supporting the likes of Jana Hunter, Spindrift, Sleepy Sun, Dead Meadow, and The Warlocks, to name a few. Damon Moon takes listeners for quite a strangely dark, but extremely interesting trip. There's no light at the end of this tunnel, but something in this music tells you that this is a ride you need to take. It's not all too often that a truly unique sound comes from of the historic hills of North Georgia, but let me remind you, this is a unique time.
Stokeswood The 5 members of Stokeswood woke up one day in a black van with a trailer full of equipment and not one one of them knew how they got there. Stokeswood’s independent release, Carassia is like a sonic excursion between the lines of a poet’s story-telling prowess. Thoughtful introspection on the human condition is amplified and challenged by the layered accents of electroacoustic guitars, pianos, synths, strings and drums. The soulful and captivating vocals of Adam Patterson carry each melody flawlessly through the rhythms and musical harmonies of each track.
From start to finish, the album sparkles with intelligent musicality and impressive originality that sets Stokeswood apart from any other band out there right now.
The Royal Wigs, NYC, 2007. Archival digital print.
New Jersey-based artist Chung (Fanky) Chak’s exhibit, The Boxes Project, features 40" x 40" digitally manipulated photomontages depicting hectic urban environments. Each photomontage includes hundreds to thousands of window pictures taken from different cities around the world. The resulting collection from each city highlights stereotypes and personality we associate with each respective city or region.
Chak arrived in the United States in his early 20s and was fascinated with storefronts and beautiful windows on Broadway in New York City. He was "looking from the outside, imagining the inside." The stereotypes he learned from TV helped him fantasize about the stories behind the windowpanes.
This led to The Boxes Project where Chak used stereotypical associations to construct narratives in his montages, and leaves it up to the audience to decide whether the stereotypes are true. Chak's work also reveals more than intended about human nature and urban life. Images from this series were taken in NYC, New Mexico, Berlin, Montreal, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Chak is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the College of New Jersey. Chak's work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and internationally.
Artist Talk: 5pm
Opening Reception: 6pm
Also on this night, the 'Atlanta Box', a montage of YOUR Atlanta photographs will be unveiled. Participation in the Atlanta Box pin-up show is open to the public. Bring your unframed 4x6 photos of Atlanta spaces, buildings and unique features (no portraits or pets, please) on January 2nd & 3rd during gallery hours 1-6pm. Gallery volunteers will montage the photos to reveal our image and possibly more.
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special Dance Truck: 'On a Budget'
6:00PM - 6:30PM Price: FREE
Featuring visiting artists Tahni Holt from PDX and Elizabeth Ward from NYC. Eyedrum parking lot at the loading dock.