The Message

This message originally came in a fortune cookie and has now been taped to my easel(s) for over 20 years. Its message is still something I have to remind myself of every day. Not just in regard to art, but life as a whole. I know that I’ve come a long way in that regard over those 20 plus years. That feels good, but I’m restless, I still have a ways to go. #thejourneyisthedestination

Opening Night Is Here

Tonight is the night.

Please join me at the opening reception for my exhibition of new mixed media paintings. Opening reception is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The gallery will be open until 10:00 p.m. for the Castleberry ArtStroll. I will be there the entire time. Send me a message if you have any questions.

The exhibition is on display from October 12 – November 16.

Please note, the exhibition will still be on display Friday, November 9 for the next Castleberry ArtStroll (same hours as October 12). I’ll be at the gallery that night.

Also, you all should know, I’d be happy to meet anyone at the gallery during their hours of business, just send me a message. Gallery hours by appointment only, see hours below.

Address: 163 Peters St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Parking: 161 Mangum St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 577-3660
www.besharatcontemporary.com

www.brettcalleroartist.com

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment.

Hope to see you there!

Besharat Contemporary
163 Peters St. SW,
Atlanta, GA 30313
http://www.besharatcontemporary.com

The exhibition runs from October 12 – November 16. Please see gallery website for weekly hours. Here is a prewire of some of the work. It’s all coming together.

Mastering The Art Of Contradiction: Artist Statement

The most recognizable symbol for the United States of America is the bald eagle. The bald eagle has no natural predators. Its greatest cause of death is from drowning in the process of hunting salmon or trout. This happens on occasion when it wrongly estimates the size of a fish and is subsequently pulled underwater by the weight of its prey. When this occurs, the bald eagle drowns if cannot unlock its talons quickly enough.

The bald eagle’s downfall is caused by misjudgments formed through its own overconfident sense of existence. For this reason, the greatest enemy of the bald eagle is itself, just like the nation it symbolically represents.

We are living in an age filled with hyperbole, contradiction and a pervasive sense of tension. These days of overconfidence and insecurity have unsettled the moral and ethical standards of a civilized society. These paintings are observations on this current condition.

The scope of my investigation became smaller during the development stages of the work. Turning inward, I focused on what was happening to me in the moment. This process revealed expansive but raw feelings about my experiences living and breathing through times like these. The results are deliberately reflective but far more autobiographical in nature than I ever expected.

Mastering The Art Of Contradiction

Please join me at the opening reception for my exhibition of new mixed media paintings. Opening reception is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The gallery will be open until 10:00 p.m. for the Castleberry ArtStroll. I will be there the entire time. Send me a message if you have any questions.

The exhibition is on display from October 12 – November 16.

Please note, the exhibition will still be on display Friday, November 9 for the next Castleberry ArtStroll (same hours as October 12). I’ll be at the gallery that night.

Also, you all should know, I’d be happy to meet anyone at the gallery during their hours of business, just send me a message. Gallery hours by appointment only, see hours below.

Address: 163 Peters St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Parking: 161 Mangum St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 577-3660
www.besharatcontemporary.com

www.brettcalleroartist.com

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment.

Hope to see you there!

Besharat Contemporary
163 Peters St. SW,
Atlanta, GA 30313
http://www.besharatcontemporary.com

The exhibition runs from October 12 – November 16. Please see gallery website for weekly hours. Here is a prewire of some of the work. It’s all coming together.

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New Exhibition Opens 10/12!

Just a reminder, I have an exhibition of new paintings opening on October 12. The exhibition is titled Mastering The Art Of Contradiction and will feature a brand new series of paintings. The reception is from 5:00 – 7:00 but I plan on being there til close at 9:30 – 10:00. I will be more specific once I know more information. Hope to see you there!

Besharat Contemporary
163 Peters St. SW,
Atlanta, GA 30313
http://www.besharatcontemporary.com

The exhibition runs from October 12 – November 16. Please see gallery website for weekly hours. Here’s a picture of one of the new paintings. This one is called Sources And Methods.

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Photos of works in progress. I’ve still got a lot to complete.

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Art Studio Songs

Moving past, moving forward, moving beyond. Changes have a way of happening whether you want or need to them to or not. Big change, that’s the music I’ve been facing for a while.

I’ve been hunkered down in the studio for the last couple of months making a new series of art for a big solo exhibition in October. That also means I’ve been listening to music day and night. Listening and feeling music has always been a major part of my creative inspiration. Therefore I thought I’d share a few of my go to songs when working in the studio. I never grow tired of these songs and always want to listen to when making art. Keep in mind, this list is off the top of my head and represent only a sample of those go to songs.

Never More

I’ve gotta get something off my chest.

Bill Donohue has made a career out of judging the behavior of others. He’s disgusted me for years. Once again he is defending the indefensible. The way this man defines degrees of abuse is morally repugnant.

Look, you can believe what you want in regard to your faith. However, no one should financially support the Catholic Church ever again. The Church needs to reform or die on the vine on their own. Support should only be shown with your thoughts and prayers, not your money.

I say this to you as someone that has been educated in Catholic schools (for 16 years). I say this as someone that has personally given a bit of money to the Church over the years. Never more, never again.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/08/catholic-league-on-predatory-priests-its-not-rape-if-the-child-isnt-penetrated/

Hunkered Down

I’m as focused as I can be. Other than seeing clouds as thought bubbles, my imagination is focused on this new body of work. I’m hunkered down, but I’ve still got a million fragments that I’m furiously weaving together into a cohesive visual experience (or something like that). I’ll be hunkered down continuously until October.

I’ve got some things to say, so I keep on fighting!

Dana Milbank

“If Trump is right — and he is so smart that he must be — then this could mean Americans wanted exactly what they are getting right now: a president who burns alliances, insults allies, sides with Putin over the American government, ignores Russia’s abuses and bashes the free press across Europe.

If so, if we Americans really did want this, Trump has proved his point about our intelligence.

As a wise man once said: Stupid is as stupid does.”