Atlanta isn’t exactly known for its art scene. Sure, there’s the world-famous High Museum, but even locals can have a hard time figuring out where to go beyond that. That’s a shame, because it’s in the small, local galleries where Atlanta’s art scene truly shines.
The owners of Paperish Mess just want to make art accessible to their Ukrainian Village neighbors—and maybe grab a beer with an outgoing artist or two.
Much of the artwork on display in the National Veterans Art Museum’s exhibit Esprit de Corps feels incomplete. That’s not to say that a piece like Benjamin Suarez’s dark Self Portrait - The Vietnam Vet is merely a work in progress. Rather, it’s to acknowledge the raw, unsettled sense of urgency engendered by a work like Suarez’s, which the artist returned to time and time again between 1974 and 1989. Elsewhere in the gallery, Jerry Frech’s four Iraq war journals exhibit a similarly unpolished aesthetic. The partial sketches from his soldier days are overlaid with notes the MFA student scrawled in bright-red ink just months ago.