April 6 – May 7, 2023
Solo: New Works by Heather Deyling
Curated by Jon Vogt
Reception: Saturday April 22, 6-8 PM
ATHICA’s Spring 2023 exhibition features the work of Atlanta-based artist Heather Deyling, whose colorful and playful sculptures, wall works, and installations animate the gallery. Her “invented hybrids” live together in a world where plants and animals are undifferentiated and freely swap characteristics. Her use of materials creates a sense of wary approachability, in which these creatures gaze back while inviting the viewer closer. Deyling states that “The ‘Invented Hybrids’ are imagined variations and combinations of flora, fauna and fungi. They represent an alternative future in which species have merged to create new life forms, an adaptation required by the changing conditions of our planet.”
The exhibition is the latest installment of the Solo Duo Trio series, which provides opportunities for individual artists to exhibit their work at ATHICA and its satellite location, ATHICA@Ciné. Deyling’s work was selected by the ATHICA Exhibitions Committee with additional curation by Exhibition Committee Chair and ATHICA Board President Jon Vogt.
According to exhibition curator Vogt, “We are so pleased to have Deyling’s work in the gallery, following up on other recent exhibitions in which artists are exploring fiber and also environmental change. We were excited to learn that Deyling’s work was just featured in an exhibition ‘Soft Adaptation’ at Gallery 621 in Tallahassee, Florida with Kelly Boehmer, an artist whose work was on view in ATHICA in 2022.”
More About Heather Deyling
Heather Deyling is an artist whose current and ongoing body of work, the “Invented Hybrids” series, includes sculpture, installation, and works on paper and glass. Her studio practice is inspired by research and observation of natural forms, eco-fiction and climate change. She earned an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a BFA from Kent State University. Deyling has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC, a two-person show at 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL and group exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA and the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA, Day and Night Projects in Atlanta, GA and Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC. Deyling lives and works in Atlanta.
Solo: New Works by Heather Deyling is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation, The Georgia Council for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.
Press Release: https://mailchi.mp/athica/deyling
Gallery Guide: GalleryGuide_Solo_Deyling_April_2023