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August 2, 2014 
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UPCOMING SOUTHERN CONSTELLATIONS EVENTS

Elsewhere will hold two upcoming process talks entitled “Constellations and Conversations” with current Southern Constellations fellows, Hillerbrand Magsamen, on Friday, August 8 from 5:30-7 p.m and Martha Whittington on Saturday, August 16 from 8:30-10p.m. The events will feature a Q & A with the artists and showcase new works in-process created in the museum. 

Hillerbrand Magsamen are a collaborative husband and wife visual artist team made up of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Based in Houston, Texas their work draws upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video art and everyday objects. Expanding their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess which they call “suburban fluxus”.

Martha Whittington is a multidisciplinary artist based in Atlanta, Georgia with a particular interest in objects and devices that reference industrial factory production and labor. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally with shows at Moot Gallery, Hong Kong, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Florida, Museum  of Contemporary Art Georgia,and the AMOA-Laguna Gloria Austin Texas. Her work is held in  the collections of Jim Leedy of Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Susan Bridges, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia and Savannah College of Art and Design. Ms. Whittington is a Professor of Foundations Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Constellations embeds fellowship artists into Elsewhere’s artist residency for the production of site specific projects and participation in dialog on the conditions of experimental art production.

Now entering its second year, the program seeks to bring in artists specifically from the South to create experimental site-specific artwork using Elsewhere’s extensive “Collection” of materials. There are six 2014 Southern Constellations fellows who will participate in process talks, exhibitions, member events, public studios and First Friday events at Elsewhere. The program will culminate with a gathering of regional curators, artists and returning fellows to discuss connections between art and experimentation in the South. This year’s program was collaboratively designed and curated by Jina Valentine — an artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill — and Elsewhere’s Production Curator, Jennie Carlisle.

Constellations and Conversations is open to the public and free with $1 museum admission. Attendees are invited to stay for dinner immediately following the event; the cost of dinner is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members.

More information on Hillerbrand Magsamen can be found at http://hillerbrandmagsamen.com

More information on Martha Whittington can be found at http://www.marthawhittington.com.

More information about Southern Constellations can be found at http://goelsewhere.org/south