Jeffrey Whittle, Artist and Gallery Director of Agnes Scott College appearing at Linda Matney Gallery

Jeffrey Whittle, A Celebrated Artist and Gallery Director of the Dalton Gallery of Agnes Scott College will be appearing at Linda Matney Gallery during the opening reception of his exhibit
Both Sides Now: New Works by Jeffrey Whittle and Crisha Yantis

Curated by John Lee Matney
Artist's Statement: BOTH SIDES NOW

The title of our exhibition comes from the song by Joni Mitchell, in turn inspired by Rudyard Kipling, by watching clouds, and by
understanding the duality and self doubt of her inner eye.

"I've looked at life from both sides now,
from win and lose, and still somehow
it's life's illusions I recall.
I really don't know life at all."

My recent paintings explore beauty, love, and an expansive sense of time, By juxtaposing the ephemeral (flowering plants) with the
infinite (star-scapes) my desire is to represent of both day time and night time simultaneously as well as the eternal/fleeting temporal
experience. Twin figures are represented in the form of floating turtles, swimming/dancing elephants,disembodied blossoms and
ghostly birds. Love is in the air and marks the map to self awareness and creative growth.

Altered maps are prevalent and like paintings, maps create a world parallel to our own. A map can both tell us where we've been
(or at least, where we think we've been) and help us to figure out where we want to go. . But the destination is as often as not a figure of
pure imagination containing the hopes and fears of the artist as well as the culture in which the artist works. In this sense, a map provides
a unique canvas on which to explore the ways in which we structure our sense of place while searching for ways in which to imagine
something else entirely different.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Jeffrey Whittle is an artist, educator, curator and runner living in Athens, Georgia. He received his MFA in Painting from Cornell University and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of numerous artist's grants, residencies, and awards. In 2004 he was invited to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain and recently he was selected 100 UNDER 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art by Oxford American Magazine. He teaches studio courses at the University of Georgia and is the Gallery Director of the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.

"My new sculptural works remain consistent in similar themes I've explored in the past on the human condition but with a focus on some specific elements. These elements include playing with form, color, and placement to communicate different experiences of attachments, progressions, humor, vulnerability and absence." Crisha Yantis

Crisha Yantis grew up mostly in Olympia Washington. After many years in Seattle she relocated to Athens Georgia where she received her BFA in Ceramics at the University of Georgia. Her time in Georgia included working on clay sculpture, enjoying the southern community of clay workers, watching rainstorms, and dodging mosquitos. She completed her graduate studies in ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she spent summers enjoying the amazing bike trails and splendid cloud filled skies of Lincoln. She just relocated to Gunnison Colorado where she is navigating several new roles including - making a new body of work in clay, learning printmaking, balancing life as a new mother, and teaching part time for Western State Colorado University.

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