Recent Press:

Burnaway, July 1, 2015
"House Ki: InKyoung Chun at {Poem 88} "

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 18, 2015
"Korean-born artist's work comments on art making "

Burnaway, February 20, 2015
"Zuzka Vaclavik’s Cosmic Maps at {Poem 88}"

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 16, 2015
"Review: Zuzka Vaclavik explores pattern, color in sensuous “Thirst,” at {Poem 88}"

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 26, 2014
"A holiday-priced art show with a contemporary vibe", November 26, 2014
"E.K. Huckaby’s Magical South at MOCA GA", October 13, 2014
"Meditating on Nature: Steven L. Anderson &
Susan Hable Smith at {Poem 88}", October 10, 2014
"Quirky objects and tone define E.K. Huckaby’s solo show"


Creative Loafing, October 7, 2014
"E.K. Huckaby explains ‘Anhydjinnic Molassicism’", September 30, 2014
"Review: Steven L. Anderson, Susan Hable Smith celebrate nature to very different effects, at Poem 88", September 30, 2014
"Review: Steven L. Anderson, Susan Hable Smith
celebrate nature to very different effects, at Poem 88", July 3, 2014
"Bookshelf: Making Pictures That Take You Places"


Creative Loafing, Sept 2013
Best Gallery in Atlanta, 2013

about us
{ surprise! }


Decals: Brendan Carroll

Opening reception: Friday, September 11, 6 - 8 pm

On Friday, September 11, Poem 88 will host the second solo exhibition, Decals, by Atlanta artist Brendan Carroll, An MFA graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Carroll has become a mainstay in Atlanta’s burgeoning community of young painters. He is a co-organizer of SeekATL, an artist-led critique program.

His new body of work titled Decals references a sticker once placed on home windows to help firefighters identify children’s bedrooms in an emergency. Ultimately, the decals were dispensed with for their apparent redundancy: firefighters would check every room in a burning house regardless of the decal.

Carroll’s paintings, made by layering acrylic paint and rubber cement, have hyper-energized, richly-colored surfaces. The figure (from the decal) of the firefighter is sometimes readily visible and at other times it dissolves away through his aggressive process. Likewise, the words “Tot Finder” come in and out of view. In this way, the paintings address tradition and modernity and the collision of these two ideas either through obscuration or the surprising pentimenti as well as through the clash of our romantic hero-worship with our experience of reality. Finally, this body of work marks Carroll’s first experiments with text as a formal element.

Saturday, October 3 at 1pm
Julie Püttgen:
Inner Beauty Pilgrimage Project to the Sacred Ordinary Everywhere