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Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Jack Michael’s White Trash Mountain

The Bakery is proud to present White Trash Mountain, an exhibition of new works by Jack Michael that includes some of her most ambitious work to date Michael’s work investigates garbage, consumer culture, labor, and sustainability from a lowbrow ecofeminist perspective, and interrupts the factory-to-landfill pipeline through acts of mending, recycling, and ornamentation. By juxtaposing textile aesthetics and mending traditions against ostentatiously bling leftovers of modern life, Michael calls for a return to more conscious (and less conspicuous) consumer habits.

The works in White Trash Mountain stem from sources as diverse as Arte Povera, Southern quilting, Dada, and socioeconomic impacts of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. In her minimalist wall-mounted works, Michael uses the language of textiles to reference labor-intensive craft traditions: weaving, sewing, Japanese kintsugi, and patches adorn faux-tufted surfaces made from recycled paper pulp. Damage is lovingly mended, and found materials and objects are harmoniously worked into the surface of each piece. Alongside these subtle works is the show’s gaudy, glamorous namesake centerpiece. Heaped high and dazzling with diamond dust, the high-gloss garbage of White Trash Mountain simultaneously overwhelms and enchants.

Jack Michael teaches printmaking at Georgia State University, and earned her B.A. in Art from Sewanee: The University of the South. Before coming to GSU, Jack specialized in fine art and commercial printmaking in New York City and across the Southeast. She also nurtures a curatorial practice focusing on emerging artists, and guest teaches printmaking at independent schools and residency centers in Georgia and Arizona. Her recent accolades include international coverage of a transnational weaving on the US-Mexico border fence, a studio teaching residency at The Central School Project, dual-coast solo shows, numerous national group shows, and several merit-based project grants and awards.

During the opening will be an installation by art criticism platform VOLATL. The installation invites viewers to contribute their reviews of the show, which will then be published on its site.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6pm–9pm
Mending: Saturday, March 16, 1-4pm
Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Thursday, March 28, 7–10pm
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 12pm–4pm [and by appointment]