Your Guide To The Arts In Atlanta

Fahamou Pecou: "All Dat Glitters Aint Goals," 2012. Acrylic, gold and silver leaf, oil stick on canvas,

Fahamou Pecou’s “All Dat Glitters Aint Goals” (2012)

Scott Ingram, Fahamu Pecou and E.K. Huckaby are the winners of the 2013-14 Working Artist Project grants, given by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. The news was announced at a reception at the museum on Tuesday evening, with almost all of the 15 former Working Artist Project fellows in attendance.

Franklin Sirmans The juror was Franklin Sirmans, contemporary curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He reviewed 94 submissions and made six studio visits over the past few days. “It’s not a prize for emerging artists but one for artists who have an ongoing commitment” to their practice, Sirmans explains.

The award includes a $12,000 stipend, a paid studio assistant for up to 300 hours, and a solo exhibition and catalog at the museum. Inaugurated in 2007, WAP is funded by the Charles Loridans Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sirmans is no stranger to Atlanta. He curated the 2003 Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, was awarded the 2007 David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art, attended Morehouse College for a semester, and his mother lives here.

Scott Ingram: Case Study #9, 2013, latex, tractor enamels, MDF, wood, mirror.

Scott Ingram’s “Case Study #9” (2013)

Despite the absence of a woman among the three winners, there is diversity in the artists’ ages and styles. While Pecou (born 1975 in Brooklyn) works firmly within the representational, Ingram (born 1968 in Drumright, Oklahoma) and Huckaby (1957 in Thomaston, Georgia) tread the territory between abstraction and representation. Sirmans was somewhat familiar with Pecou’s and Ingram’s work, but he described Huckaby’s as “a revelation.”

Ingram and Pecou are included in “Drawing Inside the Perimeter,” now on view at the High Museum, and Huckaby had a solo show in December at {Poem 88}. Pecou also has a strong showing in Texas right now, with exhibitions at Conduit Gallery in Dallas and BLUEorange Gallery in Houston.

E.K. Huckaby: "Stars of the Western Hemisphere," 2011. Powdered glass and varnish on panel.

E.K. Huckaby’s “Stars of the Western Hemisphere” (2011)

Sirmans issued a statement on each of the artists:

“E.K. Huckaby makes dark and delirious paintings layered with his own handmade varnishes and placed within frames of his own making. At times a tad maudlin, the pictures are nevertheless trafficking in timeworn ideas of beauty and the painted image.”

“Scott Ingram has been committed to the history of minimalism in a modernist trajectory for quite some time. Often employing a tight monochromatic sensibility in paintings and drawings, recently he has taken on architecture and design to make reliefs and objects that float freely in the signs of furniture and/or sculpture.”

“. . . Fahamu Pecou is squarely in the ever-increasing database world of digital images. Though he is using the old mode of oil on canvas painting, he does so with the structure of other media, including the moving images of film and video, in addition to photography.”

View a photo of the winners at the reception, and more images of their work, here