Monday, December 15, 2008

It's METATRONIC!


After some busyness (read: real life shit) Metatronic is back in the severely diminished form of a BLOG! And until you give us more money that's the best we can provide.

Back issues of the zine are still available at Beep Beep for a mere DOLLAR.

Exit your mind, down your spine, and out your behind.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Rest in Power

I remember when we started Beep Beep out of the old Oakhurst house 3 years ago I went to galleries like L'Avenue, Youngblood, and Eyedrum. We were still making new issues of Metatronic and pushing them on all the art cats we knew. When L'Avenue became Beep Beep I started frequenting places like YoYo, Foundation One, New Street, and Rabbithole, and as things progressed more and more spots were springing up (Mint, Get This!, Opal). While all these galleries certainly comprise a fairly specific local scene (that being the young "indie" Atlanta art world), it meant that there was a lot going on. I felt like there were shows I wanted to go to every weekend if only to show support for friends you know?

So now in those 3 years YoYo, L'Avenue, Foundation One, New Street, and from what I hear now Rabbithole have all closed. And what's even worse is that many others in town have closed as well during this time. I even thought that YB was going to close before they found their new (and infinitely better) space.

What's even more interesting is that the economy has nothing to do with any of this! People are always asking us about the economy "So how's art business in this economy?" or I bet people aren't buying art in this economy?" Yeah it's true times are definitely rough for all of us in the arts, but who gives a shit? I'd definitely like to have more money to spend on repairs, advertising, a mailbox etc, but that wasn't the reason we or any of the aforementioned galleries got into this biz. A lot of them hung it up to change cities or focus on their art, music, whatever. That's the beauty and tragedy of my favorite kinds of art spaces: it's all out of love, the love of art and the love of connecting people to it. The only real struggle is keeping things interesting so that the love doesn't get stale or get in the way of your life.

I guess I write all this not to whine or to pat Beep on the back for lasting this long (2 1/2 years what an eternity) but rather hopefully to get more people opening spaces! Anybody can do it! We started a gallery with one month's rent and a bucket of Kilz. Same with Youngblood, Mint, and others. Fuck the money, grab some love and come on.

Coffeeshops, house shows, and similar spots are rad too but we've been there. Restaurants lack control (lighting, space, management) and houses lack accesibility (one night shows, directions/location, people fucking live there the rest of the time). We need more galleries stat! We're tired of hogging all the good artists! Haha

Please check out KRK Ryden's show in December which will unfortunately be Rabbithole's last joint. Hopefully it's like Jay-z's retirement and they'll come back in 6 months.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Creative Confusion

So I like top check out the local art blogs to read about what's going on around town and whatnot, and one website I used to check out was Neda Abghari's Atlanta Creatives Project which at some point was profiling local artists (where'd you go Neda?) So when I saw stickers around town I thought "Man, Neda hangs out in a lot of dude's bathrooms." That is until today when I found ATL Creatives which is a totally different site with an extremely similar goal to the aforementioned Atlanta Creatives Project: "Introduce the world to Atlanta’s creative community." Now both have some great content as well as admirable intentions, and I could care less about which one came first, but what's the deal here?

Furthermore what does it say about Atlanta that these two creative websites share basically the same name? Is it enough to imply that the talents that various organizations (Beep Beep included) represent or spotlight will shine through without some glossing? Does this make your artists or whatever more accesible or more generic? For example if you were to call your group simply "The Art People" would that be interpreted as "awshucks we're humble and unpretentious" or would it be interpreted as "we're not very original so we picked some Google words that people would associate with easily." I mean we're all looking for easy words to get people to remember us by (YES WE CAN!) but c'mon! If I were interested in Boston arts and there was a site called Boston Art Stuff I would assume is was a high school web designer's B+ project.

I'm not saying our's is the most original, magnificent, and ball bustinest art flavored moniker ever :) but I do personally believe that dumbing it down to reach a broader audience should be reserved for daytime television and not for the purveyors of local arts culture.

But perhaps this is a different strokes for different folks kind of thing.

RANT

P.S. Props to great names and peeps who represent our fair city: Rabbithole Gallery, Eyedrum, Burn Away, Thought Marker, Dry Ink, Bare and Bitter Sleep, Youngblood and a ton of others.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bean Video Boy


Beep Beep alumnus BEAN has a show coming up at Get This! Gallery this Friday. Seems as if he's made a video for every day. Check them out on his youtube page.

And in other Bean action, he edited a nice little time lapse of a Sam Parker and Joe Tsambiras colab from their upcoming show @ Beep Beep. Peep it out:

Majestic Hours

Sunday, October 5, 2008

huh! Beep Beep is like totally the best.

I know, I know. .. so whens the next show? OCTOBER 11th dude.  8-11pm. totally rad man, totally rad. 

(P.S. nice kicks James)
(p.p.s. its KEMPF...FFFFFFFF!)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

This Saturday

I know you'll dearly miss our drunken freestyle battles at all the hipster bars this weekend but we're off to Nashville to check out Twist Art Gallery's opening. We're partnering up with them in the upcoming year to bring some Nashville artists to Atlanta and some of our local favorites up there.

Don't worry, we'll be true to our school. Just like we would to our girl or guy.

Check out twist - http://www.twistartgallery.com/

Monday, September 29, 2008

Me/We Collaborative show.

We've got a cool show coming up at Aurora. 20 artists have started pieces and then traded pieces with other artists which they will then finish. Images to come, but until then here's the list of artists followed by the artist completing their piece:

Dosa Kim - Joy Phrasavath

Shaun Thurston - Michi

Mike Germon - Born

Zarlacc - Harrison Keys

Harrison Keys - Zarlacc

Meta Gary – Aubrey Pope

Ben Goldman - Stephanie Howard

Bryan Westberry – Jason R. Butcher

Sten Mostrom – Sat Kirpal Khalsa

Baxter Crane – Mike Germon

Ann-Marie Manker - J.R. Schulz

Joy Phrasavath - Dosa Kim

Jason R. Butcher - Baxter Crane

Sat Kirpal Khalsa - Stenvik Mostrom

Michi - Shaun Thurston

Aubrey Pope – Meta Gary

Stephanie Howard – Metatronic

Born – Ben Goldman

J.R. Schulz – Ann- Marie Manker

Metatronic – Bryan Westberry


Not quite as much variation as the first Me/We which we did in our house a couple years ago, but there are definitely a lot of interesting combinations. The show opens November 7th @ Aurora Coffee. More to come...



Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Warning Phase 1 (In Progress)


A version of this is actually Metatronic's first entry for the ME/WE show, which is being finished by Bryan Westberry. On another note, Bryan's been working on a hilarious new cartoon called Oxmar. Check out the website for more info.

Fresh New Kicks!

Vik Singh, you are my hero.


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I've never owned shoes I didn't buy at Target, Payless, or some other knock-offery, so I definitely don't know how to rock shoes like these.
Do I need special pants? Socks? Some kind of unique facial hair? What colors?

HELP!

Love,
James

Monday, September 22, 2008

Chris Devoe at Highland Inn Tonight!

Aside from being an awesome guy, Chris is also an amazing musician and DJ. Check him out tonight @ Highland Inn:

One night only Audio Visual clash from David Moore (Eyekiss Films) and Chris Devoe, featuring a mix of Downtempo, Breaks, Chill Hip Hop, and Progressive Beats by Arepaz Reoords artist Chris Devoe.

Em's Munny


No it's not the subtitle for City Slickers 3, it's a toy / sculpture by Beep Beep intern Em Kemph which was featured in last Saturday's Munnybrella show over at Mint Gallery. Em is what they call a "polymath", one whose knowledge is not restricted to one subject area (thanks for the vocab Em.) You can learn all about her various art and music excursions over at her blog notaglumalot.

Check check it!

Warning Signs

Lately I've been really obsessed with warning diagrams and have started working on some pieces featuring them.

There's something really fascinating about an image that has to convey some deadly accident in the simplest form possible without using words. Don't let baby drown in the paint bucket!

The ones without people are the best, especially the "shield your eyes. lasers in operation." sign I have in my bathroom (not pictured). I also really like this one from the air conditioner behind Aurora that looks like an electric shock warning for Masons.
I'll upload some of the drawings as they progress.

Welcome!

Howdy! There's plenty going on at Beep Beep outside of what's actually in the gallery. Collectively we're involved in all kinds of stuff including curating, zines, street art, music, our own art, djing, and much much more not to mention all the things that our friends are stirring up.

Hope you enjoy!
Beep Beep Crew