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.

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.

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!

A Temporary Thing

Bring an artist is one of the toughest things anyone can do. For a variety of reasons. Almost everyone would admit this too, regardless of their big picture view of the art world itself. The last two years I’ve made street art. I went into this eyes wide open, so I expected my work to be tagged, weathered and painted over. I still think the solution to the art “problem” is weak. Check out these images of the location where my art once was.

More Loyalty Lies In Atlanta

A couple of weeks ago I added more of my Lies brand posters. Here are some images. I’ve already been painted over and torn down. When it comes to this kind of street art, it’s the nature of the beast. All posters are along the Beltline on Wylie Street in Reynoldstown, Atlanta. Just a couple of blocks east of the famed Krog Street tunnel.

Lies: Loyalty Above All Else.

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Loyalty Lies In Atlanta

Back home in Atlanta, I decided to take on the notorious metal wall again. The one along the Beltline on Wylie Street. This is the wall I used last summer for three large scale works. This time, the ridges of the wall were not an issue because I was working much smaller than before.

So here are images of the first 25 posters I pasted up in Atlanta. I have more, there will be more coming up in the very near future. Maybe even tonight.

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LIES: Loyalty Above All Else

Loyalty above all else will result in lies of one kind or another.

My latest body of work is a series of posters promoting a brand called Lies. The slogan for the Lies brand is Loyalty Above All Else. This is an idea that was conceived and specifically made for the streets. This series is intentionally more straightforward than the non-sequitur based imagery I typically create.

These posters are intended to be a sign of the times. Direct statements about the culture we inhabit in 2017. They are statements that critique our political culture and consumer culture. This statement belongs on the street, not in a gallery.

In our political culture, facts are more often being manipulated beyond recognition. Beyond that we have a leader that doesn’t know how to lead. A man that values loyalty over honesty and integrity. In our consumer culture, manipulated facts are accepted and commonplace. Brand loyalty is what matters most.

At this point, the Loyalty Lies series includes 8 different posters that serve as advertisements promoting the Lies brand. The Lies brand logo comes in two versions (as seen in the first photograph). Background photos are my own (taken straight from my Instagram page). The future is wide open in regard to where this concept goes next.

Lies: Loyalty Above All Else.

 

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