Art Papers x Temporary Studios

Oneness That Is, Too

Art Papers is teaming up with Temporary Studios to present an exhibition curated by Art Papers editor + artistic director Sarah Higgins alongside open studios featuring some of Atlanta’s premier artists: Scott Ingram, Fredrik Brauer, Antonio Darden, Jill Frank, Michi Meko, Michael Reese, Brandon Sadler, Ellex Swavoni and Mark Wentzel. Temporary Exhibitions will launch its gallery program with Oneness That Is, Too, an exhibition curated by Art Papers editor + artistic director Sarah Higgins

Oneness That Is, Too [September 29–October 22, 2022] explores ideas of the allegorical beyond: nature, wilderness, cosmos as metaphor for an internal or spiritual journey. Featuring artists Michi Meko, Elizabeth Porcel, Hasani Sahlehe, and Sergio Suarez, alongside animal participants courtesy of the Fruit Feeder at Canopy Lodge, and microbial participants courtesy of Julia Skinner and Root Kitchens, the exhibition includes works that address and dissolve binary divisions between interior/exterior, human/animal, culture/nature. Together, these works and cross-species collaborations propose the disintegration of such barriers by acknowledging that the mythological other is a potent reflection that mirrors the self—we look outward to the unknowable in order to locate, and perhaps understand, our internal wilds.  

Guests can also purchase current and archival issues of ART PAPERS magazine, shop for editions and merch from Art Papers and The Temporary Art Center, and collect small works by participating artists and creators in the Temporary Pop-Up Shop.

This event will take place as part of the inaugural Atlanta Art Week.


Atlanta Art Week Hours
Thursday, September 29: 12 – 6 PM (Exhibition Only)
Friday, September 30: 12 – 6 PM (Exhibition Only)
Saturday, October 1: 12 – 6 PM (Open Studios + Exhibition) 6 – 8 PM (Exhibition Reception)
Sunday, October 2: 12 – 6 PM (Exhibition Only)

This event is free and accessible by car, ride-share, or MARTA via the Lakewood Station. Limited parking is available on site.
Masks are recommended indoors, but not required. KN95 masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

Temporary Studios
1910 Murphy Ave SW 
Atlanta, GA 30310

About Temporary Studios
During the pandemic ART PRODUCTS, LLC and The Temporary Art Center recognized a clear need in our community for artists’ studio spaces. The Temporary Studios settled into a beautiful 13,500 sq. ft building at the southern edge of the Sylvan Hills neighborhood in Atlanta, across the train tracks from the new Tyler Perry Studios. We went to work designing and building 11 artist studios and an exhibition space.

Current studio artists include: Michael Allman, Fredrik Brauer, Antonio Darden, William Downs, Jill Frank, Scott Ingram, Michi Meko, Michael Reese, Brandon Sadler, Hasani Sahlehe, Ellex Swavoni, and Mark Wentzel. Studio appointments can be made with the individual artists. 

Temporary Exhibitions will open in October 2022 with Atlanta Art Week. The first exhibition will be curated by Sarah Higgins, editor + artistic director of Art Papers magazine.

Open Studios Artist Bios

Scott Ingram has a diverse practice that includes painting, drawing, sculpture, collage as well as producing furniture and design products. All are connected by Ingram’s process of abstracting the real, reducing his subjects to their most essential elements, which he reflects in a combination of color and line.

Modernist architecture is one of his favorite subjects as he deconstructs its forms to the most essential elements. Cast concrete, cinder blocks, steel I-beams, glass: materials that were so essential to the period become the subject matter as well as the material vocabulary of his practice. Modernist designers also come under his scrutiny as he studies their sinuous, aerodynamic lines.

While his admiration for his Modernist predecessors is evident, Ingram’s work is often infused with irreverent humor, particularly in his use of materials. In his hands, a solid concrete block can turn into foam, a line drawing can be made out of nail polish, and the facade of a house can be covered in automobile paint. In this transformation, Ingram solidly roots his work in the present. 

Ingram was born in Drumright, Oklahoma and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. Since 1995, he has exhibited throughout the United States as well as Spain and Canada. In 2011 he was a resident at the MacDowell Colony and in 2013, he was awarded a Working Artists Fellowship from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. His work is collected by numerous private and corporate collections, as well as the High Museum of Art. Scott lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fredrik Brauer was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. His work considers the formal aspect of the built environment in his daily practice as well as his artistic projects. Fredrik’s work has been published internationally and was last on display in the exhibition Project at the Temporary Art Center (2019), in the Edge Award Finalist Exhibition at Swan Coach House Gallery (2021), and at Sandler Hudson Gallery (2022).

Antonio Darden was born in a small town near Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of seven, he relocated with his family to a suburb outside Atlanta, Georgia. Darden went on graduate with his BFA from Georgia State University in Three-Dimensional Design with a concentration in Sculpture in 2006.  He and fellow artist matt Sigmon created the artist collaborative, The Art Officials, in 2009. Darden is also the Creative Director for Radha Durante Design, launched in 2011.  He has curated a number of exhibitions and has been included in shows in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Antonio Darden currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jill Frank is an Atlanta-based artist and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Georgia State University. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art Forum, Art in America and The Paris Review. She has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. She studied art and photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bard College.

Jill works primarily in photography and video to explore the struggle to present one’s identity within unstable environmental, political, and social contexts. Diverging from traditional documentary forms, Jill uses sound, scale, repetition, and staging to record conquests and games, where representation plays a decisive and transformative role.

Michi Meko is a multidisciplinary artist whose works engage metaphorically and abstractly with the paradoxes and contradictions that have shaped his personal history and the shared history of Black Americans, particularly in the American South.

Meko nearly drowned in 2015—an experience that continues to resonate within his studio practice today. He says, “Inviting this life-changing event’s influence into my studio practice, my recent paintings and sculptures focus on the African American experience of navigating public spaces while remaining buoyant within them.”

The work creates a transformative and transcendent space in which viewers experience the weight and pressure of feeling threatened, while simultaneously encountering a romanticized psychological and physical space that feels creative and full of possibility.

Michael Reese is an artist, photographer and educator.  His work explores themes of identity and history; using past and current photographic processes as a base. With a fascination in cosmology and celestial science, he has created conceptual bridges between astronomy and the fight against human bondage. He sees photography as the perfect vehicle to stay curious about the world around him. Reese was recently selected by The Montresso Art Foundation for an art residency at Jardin Rouge in Marrakech, Morocco. The work created in the residency will be exhibited as part of 1-54. The 1-54 is the first leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Reese continues to exhibit regularly through the traditional gallery system and the broader reaching visibility of public art.

Brandon Sadler (b.1986) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Atlanta Georgia, and graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A in Illustration. Sadler is renowned for his public mural works and his solo and group exhibitions have brought him accolades as one of Atlanta’s most prolific artists collected by individuals as well as the High Museum of Art. 

In addition to activating the fine art and public art worlds, Brandon’s creative studio Rising Red Lotus has also worked with several major brands to successfully bring his unique vision into the commercial space. Major mural projects for the Atlanta Beltline, and internationally acclaimed work on the set of MARVEL Studios’ Black Panther have brought great attention to Sadler’s work in recent years. Recognized for his work in the film and career to date, he was awarded SCAD’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Ellex Swavoni is a self-taught sculptor from Louisville, Ky. She studied graphic design at Campbellsville, where she acquired a bachelor of science in 2014. Swavoni has developed a narrative-based art practice focused on examining humankind’s relationship to god, technology, and sovereignty through figurative and abstract works. 

She is currently living and working in Atlanta, Ga, where she has conducted multiple traveling and permeant public art installations. She is an exhibiting artist in galleries and museums such as the Atlanta Contemporary and The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, in addition to speaking engagements at universities as of late.

Mark Wentzel is a multi-disciplinary visual artist living in Atlanta, Georgia and a native of Detroit, Michigan. His work represents a diverse set of topics from Modern iconography, human ideology, consciousness, perception, and individual motivation. In 2009, Mark presented a solo exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center entitled Morale Hazard, a comment on the crisis in the US auto industry, in which he suspended a 1965 Ford Mustang from the ceiling. He received international attention for his work XLounge, an artistic modification of a set of Eames Lounge chairs that were included in the 2008 SCOPE NY exhibition, and won an award at the 2010 Artprize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His XLounge works were shown at the CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum in an exhibition entitled Consequential Matters considering obesity and contemporary aesthetics. In 2018 Mark’s work BIOID: A Bio-Marker Patent Generator was included in the Venice Architectural Biennale and traveled to V&A Museum for London Design Week and later the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. In the Spring of 2019 Mark collaborated with Atlanta’s Freedom Park Conservancy on the DWELLING project in Inman Park inspired by his 2015 Flow Fields proposal for the Goat Farm Art Center.  Mark has received several grants from the CDC and other public health institutions applying creativity to public health issues. He maintains ongoing collaborations with scientists and researchers to inform his sculptures, drawings, large-scale installations, and public art projects addressing human perception and behavior.