Chapter One: Collections, Memories and Other Assorted Objects
Katelyn Chapman, Jarrett Christian and Caleb Jamel Brown
April 11th - May 5th, 2019
The Mast is proud to have present the solo exhibitions by Charleston based Katelyn Chapman and Atlanta based Jarrett Christian and Caleb Jamel Brown. The show will be up from April 11th to May 5th and the opening reception will be Thursday, April 11th from 6-10pm.
Come Back When You Can Stay Longer
Katelyn Chapman is an artist currently living in Charleston, South Carolina whose work explores episodes of working-class life and culture in America’s rural South. Katelyn’s paintings show collections of objects, often beer cans and trophies of hunting that are signifiers of culture and class. Through the lens of her family and friends in the Midlands of South Carolina, Katelyn uses both history and storytelling to celebrate southern rural culture that is embedded in the traces. She sees her paintings as celebrations, honoring and showing reverence towards the customs and traditions of the working-class. These paintings are an endeavor to generate and archive a selection of personal memories, anecdotes, and experiences that may not be remembered if they were never replicated.
Katelyn Chapman (b.1992) received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in 2018 and a BFA with an emphasis in Drawing from Clemson University in 2014. While at UGA Chapman was awarded the Wilson Center Graduate Research Award and was a two-time recipient of the Looney Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Her work is inspired by her deeply rooted familial and rural ties to the American South. She was the youngest finalist for the inaugural Hopper Prize in 2018 and was also awarded 3rd Place for her painting Dirt Rich at the 30th Anniversary Juried Exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC. Most recently, Chapman was selected by juror Barry Schwabsky, as one of ten finalists to exhibit work for the 2019 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award in Oxford, Ohio.
We Are Not These Hands
Jarrett Christian is an artist from Atlanta whose photographic practice is embedded in the tradition of traveling the open road in search for enlightened moments in southern towns. His photographs often depict subjects in-between the banality of the everyday and the stage created for the photograph. The places photographed often appear familiar; showing cities or towns you may have visited before. Divergent elements such as remnants of mythology and references to history, art and politics often accumulate into new realities that are both separate and apart from what he’s actually depicting. The narratives that are created are fictionalized, leaving open-ended stories for the viewer to piece together. He uses these photographs as collectibles, objects that amass, that are re-contextualized into repetitive fractions that lead to larger cultural truths. His collages are made similarly to his photographic practice, in that each object is collected and assembled as larger themes appear.
Jarrett Christian (b.1982) received his MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016 and a BA in Art and Visual Technology at George Mason University in 2005. He currently has work traveling with the exhibition Reimagining the Four Freedoms organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. He is a current Idea Capital grant recipient, which in part funded this body of work. He has shown his work at Mason Murer in Atlanta, Georgia at Look3 in Charlottesville, Virginia, New York Historical Society in New York City, New York and at the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum in Washington D.C.
Caleb Jamel Brown
Notes On Family and What They Want You To Remember
Caleb Jamel Brown is an Atlanta-based artist working in the mediums of photography, printmaking, and sculpture. By using archival photographs and paintings of family members, Brown’s work investigates familial history, memory and black identity. Caleb’s installation straddles the line between the domestic and the industrial. A clothes hanger suspends delicately sewn fabric and altered prints that wrap around two shovels set in concrete. The result is a statuesque form that suspends time for moments of recollection.
Caleb Jamel Brown (b.1993) was born in Atlanta, GA as the youngest of 4 children and the only son. His mother owned a group home for teenage girls, while his father worked as a plumber. Working with both of his parents at a young age created a duality in character that is essential to his personality and his work. He curated visual and sound exhibitions at his live/work space at 368 Ponce. He received a BFA from Valdosta State University and is currently a Leap Year Artist through MINT.