Jason Kofke | Mike Germon
CenterForm - Atlanta, GA
July - August, 2017
Photos by Brandon English
Press: Coverage by ArtsATL
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Compendia was an exhibition of new and existing work from artists Jason Kofke and Mike Germon.
This was Twin Radius’s second of three projects in a year long partnership with CenterForm.
Compendia Artist Talk with Jason Kofke and Mike Germon
Saturday, August 26th, 2-3:30 PM at CenterForm
ABOUT JASON KOFKE
Jason Kofke understands a culture through images of what has been abandoned, discarded, or abrogated. He uses art as salvage ethnography to attribute meaning to events and artifacts of the past. His projects empathize with communal historical experiences and attempt to make sense of the present through a re-exploration of a common history.
Kofke is a recipient of a 2015 ELEVATE (Atlanta) Award, a 2011 Artadia Grant and a 2009 Idea Capital Grant. He has been awarded residencies at The Canadian Wilderness Residency Program in Yukon, Canada, The Creative Project in Atlanta, Georgia, The Arctic Circle Project in Svalbard, Norway, Milkwood Residency in the Czech Republic, ARCUS Project in Japan, Odysseys Residency in Costa Rica, Long Stories Project in Perm, Russia, ArtPrint Residence in Barcelona, Spain, Living Walls Conference in Atlanta, USA, the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, and the Elizabeth Foundation in New York City.
Kofke’s work has been exhibited at the A4 Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia, the HIGH Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA,, FLUX projects in Atlanta, Kai Lin Gallery in Atlanta, The Elizabeth Foundation in NYC, Fuse Gallery, NYC, The Gallery of China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, Arthouse Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC, ARCUS Studio in Moriya, Japan, Artspace Gallery in Richmond, VA, and RED Gallery in Savannah GA.
He earned his BFA in 2005 and MFA in 2010 from The Savannah College of Art and Design as well as a Visiting Scholar Recognition from the China Academy of Art. Though Kofke's studio is based in Manhattan, he travels frequently for residency programs and photography expeditions abroad.
To connect with Jason, visit: jasonkofke.com
ABOUT MIKE GERMON
Atlanta native Mike Germon’s collages look to have been found in an old drawer in which they did not belong. His pieces include elements that reference scientific themes ranging from astronomy and biology to theoretical physics while addressing topics of mythology, science fiction, and magic.
Having earned his BFA in Art (digital media) from The University of Georgia in 2005, Germon has since worked as a props person in the film industry while showing his art around Atlanta, including three solo exhibitions and numerous group shows.
Mike Germon sees collage as a vehicle for combining and juxtaposing aspects of different cultures, philosophies, and practices to create new narratives. This idea expands beyond the physical act of cutting and reassembling paper elements into more conceptual applications, such as a ouija board “for scientific purposes” with a periodic table instead of an alphabet.
To connect with Mike, visit: mikegermon.com
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