|UTA Artist Space Atlanta is pleased to announce our next pop up exhibition with artist and filmmaker Braden Hollis. This will be the fourth exhibition ahead of launching UTA Artist Space’s new gallery in the city’s Midtown area in early 2023, marking its second permanent location outside its native Los Angeles.
In Paradise, Hollis will present a new body of work conceived at her studio in Los Angeles. The work meditates on themes found in Alison Rose Jefferson’s “Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era,” which examines the development of leisure sites and practices in Southern California shaped by Black communities in the early 20th century.
Braden’s new paintings are a result of this research–depicting divers, swimmers, and beach scenes, rendered in oil with a pastel-like touch. The work continues Hollis’ interest in the interior lives of Black people and events often lost in public memory. Through lone figures, families, and couples participating in leisure, sporting events, or moments of solitude, the work seeks to reimagine what small but significant instances took place along the stretches of beach synonymous with Southern California.
ABOUT BRADEN HOLLIS
Braden Hollis (b. 1998, Los Angeles, CA) is a painter and filmmaker. Much of her work pulls from the mundane – the space where creativity has the best footing. Her paintings reference images, things she has dreamed up, emotions she has felt and stories that she overhears and gathers together. People are often depicted alone, in pairs or trios, mid-motion against blue skies and backgrounds. Her subjects are shown participating in leisure activities or competitions. No matter the game they are playing or the stance they take, the subjects’ represent an attempt at self-actualization. The interior lives of Black people are also central to the work. She is equally guided by what can be learned from careful observation and solitude. Hollis received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2020. In 2019, Hollis was the recipient of the Sylvia Appelman Painting Award.
ABOUT PULLMAN YARDS
This historic, 27-acre Atlanta property has been at the forefront of technology and innovation since it was originally built by Pratt Engineering in 1904 and remains true to its roots by serving as the backdrop of major motion pictures, television shows and renowned art exhibitions today. Initially used for the production of fertilizer bombs during WWI, and then to develop and patent liquid carbonated gasses, it was partly owned by The Coca-Cola Company before The Pullman Company purchased the property in 1926, expanded it, and used it to repair passenger and cargo cars. The Pullman company was one of the largest employers of African American men during segregation, and “The Pullman Porters” formed the nation’s first African American labor union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, founded by civil rights activist A. Phillip Randolph. As rail travel died down, the abandoned site became a popular destination among local street artists and as a filming location. In 2017, the site was purchased by Atomic Entertainment, who redeveloped the site as an entertainment destination of the south, with rotating exhibitions, two on-site restaurants, and Emory’s Science Gallery.
ABOUT UTA ARTIST SPACE
Since the establishment of its flagship Beverly Hills location in 2018, UTA Artist Space has been committed to showcasing art by globally recognized talent. With the announcement of a second Atlanta location, to open in 2023, UTA Artist Space will bring its impressive vision and reach across the United States. The original location has presented notable exhibitions with interdisciplinary artists and creatives, including Enrique Martinez Celaya, Mandy El-Sayegh, Conrad Egyir, The Estate of Ernie Barnes, Essence Harden, Larry Clark, Ferrari Sheppard, Amanda Hunt, Mariane Ibrahim, Arcmanoro Niles, The Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery, The Haas Brothers, and Ai Weiwei, among others.
All visitors will have to acknowledge both the health and safety guidelines and their health status before they visit. Hand sanitizer will be available on site for guest usage. Restrooms will be closed to guests and the Artist Space will be deep cleaned on a regular schedule following the close of business each day.
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