9.29.22 - 10.2.22



Mary Henderson | Being Together
Season Preview
Kim Anno
Robert Chamberlin
Steven Charles
Joanne Mattera
Joe Peragine
Robert Sagerman

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 29
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Marcia Wood Gallery
764 Miami Circle NE
Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30324

Atlanta Art Week Hours
Thursday     11 AM - 8 PM
Friday          11 AM - 8 PM
Saturday     11 AM - 8 PM
Sunday       12 PM - 5 PM
Mary Henderson  Pause  2021  Oil on Panel 16x16

Marcia Wood Gallery is delighted to introduce Philadelphia-based Mary Henderson in her first exhibition in Atlanta.

Stunning photo-realistic paintings of crowds of people in public spaces capture instances of personal connection and synchronicity in saturated color.

Marcia Wood Gallery will also present a preview of artist showing in the upcoming season including Kim Anno, Robert Chamberlin, Steven Charles, Joanne Matter, Joe Peragine, and Robert Sagerman.

The opening reception beings at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 29th.

About the Gallery

Inside the gallery  Marcia Wood Gallery represents artists of merit who are making notable contributions to the field of contemporary art. The roster encompasses exceptional young artists at the onset of their careers to internationally established masters. The criteria for artists represented is a consistent commitment to work of a powerful individual vision, a depth of content and a mastery of craft. In dialogue with an ongoing focus on painting, the gallery presents a diverse program of media including video, installation, digital media, sculpture and photography. Marcia Wood has been working in the arts in Atlanta since 1983. Marcia Wood Gallery was founded in 1995.

About the Artists

The influence of abstraction and abstracting something remains prominent in Kim Anno’s practice, with resulting work that remains “open, playful, and engaged with a difficult ephemeral beauty.” Anno collaborates with other artists and musicians, integrating video, sculpture, sound, and interactivity in performative installations such as Jose Navarrete, Debby Kajiyama. The spectrum of Anno’s work ranges from evocative abstract physical paint, to a rearrangement of 19th century steel engravings lavishly painted on metal and wood. Her paintings imagine the landscape as a result of a changing climate. The photography and videos wrestle with adaptation in disaster, and occupy an arena of irony, empathy and loss. Anno looks at the heart of Western idealism in nature and tinkers with it. Her brushwork is both tender and adoring, and it is dystopic. Viewers are left with the blushing dilemma of desire and regret.

Anno is an environmental activist and is also passionately devoted to expanding the function of art in society. She recently founded a non-profit named Wild Projects with the mission statement "Wild Projects collaborates with communities world wide through fearless art, film, and performance productions to inspire resiliency in the face of adversity.” Anno intends to sponsor and incubate projects that agree with this mission statement in their work, and to be mutually supportive of artistic production in a variety of fields.

Born in Los Angeles, Anno has had exhibitions and screenings at the 14th Annual New Media Festival, Seoul, Korea, Kala Art Institute,Berkeley, Goethe Institute in Johannesburg, the Durban Municipal Gallery, South Africa in the “Don’t Panic Exhibition”, Flux Projects, Atlanta, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, 6 channel video installation, Windows Project, Atlanta, Sky Dive Gallery, Houston, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, Seeline Gallery in Los Angeles, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, Sue Scott Gallery, NY, Site Santa Fe Biennale: One Night Stand in New Mexico, the King’s Art Center, California Retrospective, the Varnosi Museum in Hungary, DC Dusseldorf International Expo (Germany), Pulse, Miami, and the Berkeley Art Museum, the Denison University Museum, and Noel Art Museum. Anno’s work was recently acquired by the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Crocker Art Museum. Recipient of theWallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award and the Eureka Foundation’s Fleishhaker Fellowship, Anno has been a professor at the California College of the Arts since 1996. She was recently awarded a fellowship by the Zellerbach Foundation and the Open Circle Foundation in 2012-13 as well as a Sustainable Arts residency at Kala Art Institute in support of her new interdisciplinary work. In Fall 2014 Anno was a recipient of a Berkeley Film Foundation Award and published her second artists’ book with the poet Anne Carson.

Robert Chamberlin is a conceptual artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. He received his MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University and holds a BFA from the Ernest G Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University. Working across media (photography, performance, ceramics etc.) to express ideas and promote conversation. Robert is often at the focus of his work. Tackling projects that channel a contemporary socio-political issues like surveillance, sexuality, and domesticity through a personal lens.

Joanne Mattera works in a chromatically resonant and compositionally reductive style that she refers to as “lush minimalism.” She has had solo shows in New York City at the Stephen Haller Gallery (1995), OK Harris Works of Art (1996, 2007), and Odetta Gallery (2019), where her 35th career solo, From Dawn to Dusk, took place. She shows regularly with American Abstract Artists in New York City and elsewhere.

Writing and curating
In addition to her studio practice, Joanne writes regularly and curates occasionally. Her memoir, Vita: Growing Up Italian, Coming Out, and Making a Life in Art, was published in 2019 by Well-Fed Artist Press in New York City. In a recent interview with Deanna Sirlin in The Art Sectionshe reveals some additional biographical details. Through her Joanne Mattera Art Blog she reports on exhibitions and art fairs in New York City, Miami, and elsewhere.

Curatorial projects include Textility in 2012 at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Summit, which she produced with the institution’s curator, Mary Birmingham; A Few Conversations about Color at DM Contemporary in Manhattan in 2015; and Depth Perception in 2017 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts, which she curated with Cherie Mittenthal in conjunction with the 11th International Encaustic Conference. In 2007 she curated Luxe, Calme, et Volupté , a meditation on visual pleasure, for Marcia Wood Gallery.

Joanne's work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Connecticut College Print Department; University Collections at the University of Albany; Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.; the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.; and institutional and private collections internationally. Her work is included in Geoform, an international online project focused on contemporary geometric abstraction. An illustrated resume can be seen here.

Joanne is the founder and director emerita of the International Encaustic Conference, an event devoted to a contemporary medium with a historic past. Relatedly, she is the author of the first commercially published book on encaustic in half a century, The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax (Watson-Guptill, 2001).

Joanne divides her time between Manhattan and Massachusetts.

Throughout his varied subject matter, Joe Peragine explores questions of strength and vulnerability, power and impotence. Since 2010 much of Peragine’s studio practice has revolved around an interest in the cultural and environmental aspects of natural history dioramas and taxidermy. In his prior exhibition “Little Creatures” he mined the great natural history dioramas made in the 1920-40's, when the animals and environments were already in peril, often from excessive hunting. Believing the animals would be gone in twenty-five years, the goal was to get their skins before the animals went extinct - perversely ensuring their destruction.

Joseph Peragine's work has been presented in galleries, contemporary art spaces, and museums throughout the country and internationally. Peragine's public art installation of red ants in Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is a favorite of millions of travelers. The scope of Peragine's multi-disciplinary practice encompasses public art projects and commissions, including exhibitions at Art in General in New York City, Islip Museum of Art, West Islip, NY, Sunken Garden Park, Atlanta, and the permanent installation for the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, for which he was also awarded an Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for Public Art, as well as being noted one of the best public art projects in 2001 in Art in America. In 2001 Peragine was invited to exhibit his work and participate in an international symposium on art and science in Beijing, China, hosted by Tsing Hua University and the National Museum of Fine Art of China. Peragine's animations have been exhibited at the Palm Beach ICA, Florida, the Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX and the Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival, among others. His paintings, drawings and sculpture have been exhibited in galleries including Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Atlelie397, Sao Paulo, Brazil, David J. Spencer Museum at the CDC, Atlanta, Agnes Scott College, Dalton Gallery, Decautur, GA, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, the UA Museum of Art, and Kress Gallery, Tucson, AZ, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.

Joseph Peragine was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1961. He is the Director of the Ernest G.  Welch School of Art & Design at the Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. He completed his undergraduate work in fine art at the University of Georgia, Athens, and in 1995 received his MFA in painting from Georgia State University, Atlanta. He recently completed a prestigious five year studio residency at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

The sensual, physical presence of a Robert Sagerman painting is derived from both the brilliantly colored mass of assembled dabs of oil paint, and the conceptual foundation of the artist's contemplative process. Using intensely colored paint that he mixes himself, Sagerman adds "mark" upon "mark" of thick paint to create a painting as much as 3 inches deep and made up of thousands of marks, resulting in work that crosses boundaries between painting and sculpture. The color field paintings are painstakingly documented as they are created by the artist, who counts and records each mark of each color and the time spent applying them. The titles of the final paintings represent the total number of marks, for example, "12,902". From the beginning of his practice, Sagerman, who earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University in 2008, has been inspired by medieval Jewish mystics who engaged in a form of meditation through counting, that the kabbalists believed could bring the meditator to a state of divine clarity and transcendence.

Robert Sagerman earned his M.A. in Painting and M.A. in Art History from the Pratt Institute in 1998, his M.A. in Religious Studies in 2000 from New York University and his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University in 2008. Sagerman has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and art fairs since 1993.

Mary Henderson is a visual artist living and working in Philadelphia. She teaches painting and drawing part-time at St. Joseph’s University; she is also a co-director for the Philadelphia site of the nonprofit network of artist-run spaces, Tiger Strikes Asteroid. She received an AB with honors in fine arts from Amherst College in Amherst, MA, and an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Recent shows include her solo show, Public Views, at Lyons Wier Gallery (New York, NY), as well as group shows at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Mesa, AZ), Wilding Cran Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), the Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia, PA), and the Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL). She was a finalist for the 2019 Bennett Prize and has been awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a PCA SOS grant, and residencies at the Jentel Foundation and the Hambidge Center (where she was the Nena Griffith Distinguished Fellow). Her work has been featured or reviewed in Harper's Magazine, L’Espresso (Italy), New American Paintings, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Art in America, among other publications. In 2017, Her recent curatorial projects include Sagas at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), Anachronism and Liberation at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA) and LOCUM, at University City Arts League (Philadelphia, PA).

"I make group portraits that explore the subject of collective identity. Although the events of the last year have recontextualized the work, my primary thematic concerns remain the same: group allegiance, power, and the public vs. private self...

Shown in an unguarded moment of vulnerability and reflection, the subjects of the painting exist in a state of suspension between individual and collective identity.

My work examines the ways in which we are primed as humans to make quick decisions, and to assign in- and out-group status to people we encounter, based on very subtle signs. As a means of interrupting and interrogating that process, I present the subjects of my portraits out of context, with minimal visual cues regarding location. I am interested in the ways people communicate shared identity in the absence of clear markers, and in competing theories of the crowd (as unified organism versus an aggregate of individuals)." --Mary Henderson

Photos Courtesy of Marcia Wood Gallery