Savannah GA Art Galleries: Location Gallery Hosts Hype!

Slogans such as “Just Do It” are designed to be clear and succinct, with no ambiguity in their message. But just because catchy slogans inherently have meaning doesn’t mean they aren’t open to reinterpretation.

Location Gallery is hosting “HYPE,” an art exhibit featuring more than a dozen local artists visually reimagining popular slogans like “Have a nice day” or “There’s no me on the team.”

“Hype” was conceived and curated by Location Gallery director Peter Roberts, who reached out to several established Savannah artists, including Stacie Jean Albano, Chariton Alexakis, Lino Azevedo, Jenny Eitel, Maxx Feist, John Harkins, Rob Hessler , Deborah Sherron Miller, Melody Postma, Adam Stafford and Michelle Stafford.

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“I felt it was important to update some of these ubiquitous mottoes, phrases and sayings that have been with us for a long time and refresh them in some way,” Roberts said. “See if the artists themselves can make a piece that speaks so powerfully without the text actually in the piece.”

Mediums represented include paintings, sculpture, drawings and mixed media. Trying to convert a piece of text that has been ingrained in the public consciousness for decades is no easy task, but the artists were able to capture the essence of the words in exciting new ways.

Lina Azevedo’s “The Truth Is Out There,” for example, features a UFO sighting in the style of a Renaissance painting. Melody Postma’s “Go Big or Go Home” is a twist on pop art stencils and comic book iconography. Michelle Stafford’s vibrant “Keep Calm and Carry On” features a spiritually enlightened dog meditating among happy daisies. And Stacie Jean Albano moves the suspended kitten “Hang in There, Baby” into a cubist landscape à la Paul Cézanne.

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“There are definitely some where I didn’t see it coming, but they’re really great,” Roberts said. “It’s also a bit of a wobble effect for the viewer because they see the art and then they see the title. So ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ becomes something completely different.”

'Hang In There Baby' by Stacie Jean Albano

Each artist had the opportunity to produce three pieces. Roberts himself produced three works based on the phrases “Keep America Beautiful”, “Give Peace a Chance”, and “This is Your Brain on Drugs”.

“One, of course, relies on my usual pun stuff and the other two are more, for lack of a better word, expansive and not as silly,” Roberts said. “It was hard not to put text into the work.”

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Proceeds from HYPE will go to support the League of Women Voters of Coast Georgia, a smart choice given their mission to protect and empower voters, and present politics in a way that goes beyond the campaign poster slogan.

“I was having a little trouble deciding which nonprofit to use, and then I realized what the League of Women Voters does is they cut the hype, which means they have candidate debates and have very relevant questions that you’re not going to hear in a campaign ad,” Roberts explained. “It’s real-time answers. It’s necessary for people to make the right choice. and vote knowingly. I like that they are non-partisan and spread information in a way that doesn’t always happen.

HYPE opens Friday with a reception from 6-8pm and will remain on display in the main gallery until mid-July. With the midterm elections looming on the horizon, HYPE provides a great opportunity to support the democratic process.

“It’s also a way for people to get original art at a good price,” Roberts added. “I think that’s important too. We’ve all seen the “Keep Calm Carry On” poster tirelessly, but to frame it and hang it on the wall, you could have had an original piece of art and supported a local artist.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO

What: Hype! By various artists

When: Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Location Gallery @ Austin Hill Reality, 251 Bull St.

Cost: Fr

Info: locationgallery.net

Mildred D. Field