Adana Tillman

23 September – 29 October

NicholsAtlanta is delighted to announce a solo-exhibition featuring the contemporary fiber/textile artist Adana Tillman (b.1985). Tillman was born in Akron, Ohio and is now based in Atlanta, GA.

Tillman is exhibiting large, medium and small works using textiles and found fabrics to create portraits that represent the vastness of the Black diaspora.

Her very detailed quilt-making skills and the appreciation of it were acquired by her mother. To better understand her passion and vision, it is best to obtain it from the artist’s own creative words: “When creating I usually start with rough gesture drawings, playing with movement and composition. Then comes pattern drafting. I work in scaling and placement of the figures or position of portraits. The next phase is most exciting through mixing and exploration of fabrics until a cohesive palette is obtained. I use a combination of hand sewn techniques such as embroidery and beading. A combination of acrylic paint and hand carved stamps to create depth in my work. Inspiration comes from all around me. I am an observer and take from my surroundings. The movement of dancers and pedestrians all serve as inspiration. The vast style of the African diaspora is shown through fashion, hair, and style which can be seen throughout my work. I wish to showcase the beauty of my culture using the traditional art of quilting. Into the future, I would like to focus on scaling my work for public installations, and delve deeper into the textural surface design.”

Tillman has had solo exhibitions at the MINT Gallery, Atlanta, and at the Summit Artspace in Akron. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Prizm Art Fair, Alfred Dupont Building, Miami, FL; Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta; Create Magazine’s “Healing From Within,” Online; among others. Residencies have included the Tila Garden Fellowship (2019), Hambidge Center Of Creative Arts Residency (2021), and Akron Soul Train Residency (2021). Currently, she is preparing for a six-week residency at the Barr Residency in Berlin, Germany. In addition, Tillman’s work has been featured in various publications including Akron Beacon Journal,Preservation Magazine, and Luxe Interiors+Design.

Demetri Burke exhibits paintings in this show with a focus on Black masculinity, showcasing the everyday magic and vulnerability of those under said theme. Digging deeper, the paintings aim to provide a biological and historical narrative of Black males in America.

Burke received his BFA in Studio with a concentration in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. He has had a solo exhibition at the MINT Gallery, Atlanta. His work has been included in group exhibitions at NYC Culture Club, New York; Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta; New York Academy of Art, New York; YoungArts Gallery, Miami; among others. Residencies have included The Hambidge Center, MINT Gallery Leap Year Residency (2021-2022), and the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program (2021 Mellon Summer Academy, High Museum of Art). Along with exhibiting throughout the U.S., his work has been featured in various publications including New American Paintings South, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and ArtsATL.

José Ibarra Rizo’s portraits document individuals and their diverse experiences as migrants or children of migrants in the American South, aiming for the work to humanize an experience that is often misrepresented in the media and rarely found in fine art.

Rizo received his BA in Studio Art from Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA. His solo exhibitions have included Atlanta’s Airport Atrium Gallery and the MINT Gallery, Atlanta. His selected group exhibitions consist of exhibiting at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; Arts and Entertainment, Atlanta; and Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta. Some of his awards consist of Finalist in the Aperture 2022 Portfolio Prize; Lensculture B&W Photography Awards, 1st Place Single, Amsterdam; Artist Grant Recipient, IDEA Capital, Atlanta; and he was selected into the 2022-2023 Class of Leap Year Artists at MINT Gallery. His work has been recognized in such publications as Group Vine, The Guardian, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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