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Jack Dingo Ryan, Color Spectrums Diptych (2007) Archival print

Affiliated Events:
Closing Weekend:
Sunday June 1
2:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Art Talks &
Panel Discussion

2:30 --
J.W. Mahoney, artist, independent curator & D.C.'s corresponding editor for Art in America presents a slide lecture:

The Transmodern Mycelium

3:30 - Beth Lilly discusses her

'Oracle @ WiFi project' website.

4:00 - Charles Winstead

[Charles Winstead, Tessaract (2005),
52' x 52' oil painting]
On Art, Science & Mysticism
Post Notes: In his fascinating talk he sited an amazing 'map of science' that featured overlapping paradigms, which you can access here.
He also mentioned the 'outsider' physicist' Garrett Lisi.

Stefani Byrd, Like it was Carved in Stone (Barbara's Grave) (2007),
Single Channel Color Video

4:30 - Panel Discussion moderated by J.W. Mahoney, with artists Avantika Bawa, Stefani Byrd, Beth Lilly, Trevor Reese, Charles Winstead, the curators Rebecca Ray Brantley & Mike Calway-Fagen.

5:30 - Closing Reception with
refreshments by Mama's Boy.



Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 12,
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Including a one-night-only, sequenced, outdoor light performance with super bright construction lights by Amanda Wiles and Rachel Dove
Goodies & libations donated by:

Thursday, April 24 -
Saturday, April 26th
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Beth Lilly's
Oracle @ WiFi project
comes to Athens

Lilly uses
her cell phone camera as a method of divination. Her site now has the results of the 3 days she roamed Athens' streets, as well as links to her entire project, begun in 2006.
- You can still participate in the general project on the 7th of every month. Ms Lilly will give a presentation on her project as part of our closing events June 1.

Saturday, May 17
8:00 p.m.

Striking Mechanism
CD Release Concert:
Quartet Solo Series

An evening of experimental
music by
Jonathan Chen, electronics; Andrew Dewar, saxophone; Marina Peterson, cello; and Phillip Schulze, electronics.
See Flagpole Magazine feature!

$6 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program

Sunday, May 18,
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Meet The
Striking Mechanism Composers
An opportunity to meet the Striking Mechanism artists and see a demonstration of their compositional processes. Includes a short performance consisting of a collaborative composition created and performed by all four composers.

Thursday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.
Transcendence Research
by Ohio artist Joe Meiser
with Still Smoking and Happy
by Michael Oliveri
This 70 minute, 2006 documentary on sensory deprivation tanks features interviews with 30 participants, as well as the artist himself.

UGA Digital Media professor Michael Oliveri will conduct a Q&A after the screening, as well as screen his 10 minute short on a Havana street performer.
Note: Not at the gallery,but at Ciné.
Tickets: $6.00

Saturday, May 24
Rick Franceschini's Adventures in Mysticism
Magic Show

An ATHICA Benefit*

4:00 - 4:30 pm - Matinee Children's Performance*
8:00 - 9:00 pm- Adult
*Mr, Franceschini is donating his services

$13.00, suggested donation,
but no one turned away for lack of funds.

*If attending with an older child, child caretakers & children under 3 free to 4:00 p.m. show
Mr. Franceschini has practiced the magical arts for over 30 years. He learned and honed his skills in New York, a hub for conjurers....his local client list includes The Classic Center, Oglethorpe County Recreational Services, Bear Hollow, State Farm Insurance, Care Medical, Athens Montessori, Athens Toyota and more...his work is centered around pure sleight of hand. He uses no gimmicks, gaffs or trick boxes. With dexterous fingers, a keen sense of psychology, and a healthy wink, Franceschini defies our senses. Cards, coins, rope, and other common-place objects become objects of enchantment and the strange.

He has 10 years of elementary school teaching in the Athens-area under his belt, his performances for children play on their sense of wonder and curiosity... as ATHICA Director Lizzie Z. Saltz can attest "The kids are mesmerized, as well as amused by his great sense of humor…the patter is half the fun!"

Closing Weekend Events:
Saturday, May 31
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The Adventures in Mysticism
Music Show

selected by John Fernandes
Performers: BadLand Bad Boy,

John Fernandes,
Divided Like A Saint's

$9.00 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Saturday, April 12th, 2008 - Sunday, June 1st, 2008
Adventures in Mysticism
Curator: Rebecca Ray Brantley | Co-Curator: Mike Calway-Fagen
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Detail from Nate Larson's photo essay, How I Came to See the Virgin Mary (2005) Darren Jones Nebula (2007) Horseshoe crabs, mirror ball
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  • ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce its spring exhibition, Adventures in Mysticism, which brings together the work of seventeen national and regional artists and artist teams who explore transcendence, religion, and the preternatural. The selected artists deal with the topic in a variety of ways, and work is based on personal experience, critical looks at contemporary culture, and the urge to translate abstract concepts into visual art. Despite the variety of perspectives included, all of the artists deal with a notion that is by its very nature unseen. The word "mysticism" derives from the Greek term "seeing with the eyes closed," and it is the problematic notion that underlies the work included in this exhibition.

    Participating Artists
    Featuring photo-essays by Nate Larson of Chicago, site-specific installation by Trevor Reese of Brooklyn, NY & sculpture by Malena Bergmann of Charlotte, NC.
    as well as paintings, video, sculpture, photography
    and more by:

    Avantika Bawa/Scott Carter (Atlanta, GA), Malena Bergmann (Charlotte, NC), Stefani Byrd (Atlanta, GA), Julia Cross/Eric Lunde - Team Crunde (St. Paul, MN), Rachel Dove/Amanda Wiles (Brooklyn, NY & Asheville, NC), Dennis Harper (Athens, GA), Jeremy Hughes (Oswego, NY), Darren Jones (New York, NY), Wade Kramm (Providence, RI), Nate Larson (Chicago, IL), Beth Lilly (Atlanta, GA), Trevor Reese (Brooklyn, NY), Jack Dingo Ryan (Nashville, TN), Lindsay Sathcell (Detroit, MI), Jill Storthz (San Francisco, CA), Adam Taye (Brooklyn, NY), Charles Winstead (Bolinas, CA)

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