Jonathan Bouknight: Nightingales
2014/2015 Working Artist Project (WAP)
Opening: July 17th, 2015 at 6:30
Exhibition dates: July 18 – September 12, 2015
Film Screening and Artist Talk on August 18th, 2015
Reception at 6:00 // Film Screening at 6:30 // Artist Talk at 7:30
MOCA GA 2014/2015 Working Artist Project selected by Siri Engberg, Senior Curator of Visual Arts Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Jonathan Bouknight’s work presents us with an interdisciplinary mix of video, performance, sculpture, and drawing. His recent project, which will continue its development during his MOCA GA fellowship, draws from an interest in obscure histories, a careful attention to process, and an openness to allowing chance to guide him. The results promise to be compelling and refreshingly unique.”
About Johnathan Bouknight
Jonathan Bouknight is a film maker and multi-media artist living in Atlanta, GA. He is a Working Artist Project fellow with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and was previously part of the Studio Program of the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. Jonathan was an artist-in-resident at Maquis Projects, in Izmir, Turkey, in 2015, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2012, with funding from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Jonathan has been a recipient of grants from Idea Capital and the Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs. He has shown in galleries and universities throughout the southeast and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Whitespace, Maquis Projects, and the University of Georgia.
Working with a cast of skilled performers, Jonathan Bouknight has created the film Nightingales, a durational meditation on one’s continual reach for ideals beyond physical limitations. Themes of metamorphosis, beauty, desire, and failure are explored within the earnest attempts of the performers to become something more than themselves. Created and shown in tandem with the film are a series of mixed-media works by the artist. Nightingales was created over the course of the one year during Bouknight’s Working Artist Project fellowship with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.