Opening Reception: February 15, 2024, 6 PM – 9PM
Artists Talk: March 16, 2024, 2 PM – 3 PM
Spruill Gallery announces “Through Lines” opening February 15, 2024. The exhibition features the work of Atlanta artists Amanda Banks, Gavin Bernard and Amberly Hui Hood and runs through March 29. The opening of “Through Lines” marks the beginning of the Spruill Gallery exhibition season and the Gallery’s new vision “to provide artists with space and opportunity to introduce new, experimental, and rarely seen works,” said Shannon Morris, Gallery Director.
“Through Lines” brings together three Atlanta-based artists, Amanda Banks, Gavin Bernard, and Amberly Hui Hood, whose abstract works explore cultural lines, intersections, and the construction practice of stitching and the formal element of line. While similar in concept and design practice, the artists employ different materials and colorways to create their works.
Self-taught mixed media fiber artist Amanda Banksresides in North Georgia. Their work depends on and responds to the environments they inhabit.
Amanda uses their surroundings as a source of materials- trash from the street, second-hand yarn and fabric, boxes of forgotten things, or treasures foraged in the woods. The intentional gathering and holding practice guide the timing and process of her work and allows the materials to act as a catalyst for creativity and exploration.
Amanda leads workshops privately and in collaboration with educational institutions. They have most recently exhibited at Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta Contemporary Museum, East Tennessee State University, Slocumb Gallery, and in Rome, GA, where she curated and exhibited in Protest & Power (February 2023) and We Been Here (February 2022) in celebration of Black artists from her region.
Amanda is an alum resident at Stove Works Gallery in Chattanooga, TN, Stay Home Gallery in Paris, TN, and an upcoming resident at the Arrowmont Pentaculum in Gatlinburg, TN (January 2024).
British-born artist and designer Gavin Bernard has called Atlanta home for over 25 years. His work explores the power of subtlety through meditative and durational practice, creating multi-layered geometric installations through weaving and sewing. His work magnifies singular and small details to create expansive sculptures.
As an artist and educator, he presents his works for WonderRoot, Wanted Design, Dance Chance, Dashboard, Atlanta Beltline, Modern Atlanta, SXSW EDU, and Blue Heron Nature Preserve. He holds a residency at The Creatives Project and a studio at Echo Contemporary in Atlanta.
Amberly Hui Hood
The colorful works of Atlanta-based artist Amberly Hui Hoodexplore living life with no shame. Amberly creates work in her contemporary rubber pieces using a fun and bright color palette while calling on her Korean heritage and the traditional Korean textiles of “pojagi.”
She holds a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2017). She most recently exhibited at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Swan Coach House, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, and Westobou Gallery. In 2023, she received the Asian Cultural Empowerment Grant.
Amberly is the founder and owner of Studio 23 Atlanta, located in Smyrna, GA, which offers a wide range of classes for students of all ages and skill levels, including a Neurodevelopmental Art Program designed for youth and adults with disabilities.