Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2018
"Chilly-O" A Photography & Slide Show
Curated by Arnika Darkins
Exhibition design—Carolyn Carr
Castleberry Hill Art Stroll
Friday, September 14th
from 6-8 pm
Sunday, September 16th,
Cold Chicken with the Artist (while it lasts)
Come out and see us either on Friday or Sunday.
All sales of the work will go directly to the artist.
Michael and I first met Chilly-O 22 Years ago when we got our building on Peters Street. He was out front selling his ATLiens T's from the back of his truck. Just before, I had been living in Jamaica and painted shirts to sell to tourists so I appreciated Chilly-O's way. Michael is into bikes, so they immediately connected on that level. That was in 1996. As he told someone during a dinner party a few years ago- 'Carol and Mike' are real friends. Our paths may seem different; but, we are part of the same creative people who support fellow artists bridging the gaps in Atlanta's creative scene and lift each other up. When we opened Garage Projects, it was natural to invite him put together a show. He brought in Dax, Freako, Olive. It was a huge show.
Over the years, Chilly-O’s personal artwork has involved shooting intimate settings in the studio and street life shots lately influenced by Japanese street photographers Daido Moriyama, Eikoh Hosoe, and Araki.
This year we proposed a solo show to him of his photography for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. I have designed the show to have his infamous truck parked inside with him selling photographs out of the back, while a slideshow projects his images on the media wall (designed by architect Nicholas Storck). Because we are close, it was hard to select the images- especially since so many of the faces are people we care about there's little objectively. Quietly, I sent his pictures to Arnika Dawkins who is generously going through his photographs to curate his first solo exhibition.