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The “10 Artists, 10 Bottles” exhibit, which opened May 19, features the work of 10 Atlanta artists who were invited to transform 4-ft. sculpted Coke bottles into unique pieces expressing their diverse styles.
The collection of larger-than-life bottle art incorporates a range of styles and media, from contemporary painting torecycled glass bottles and more. The exhibit is on display in the Pop Culture Gallery until May 2018. Before checking out the gallery for yourself, get to know the 10 artists behind the bottles and their sources of inspiration here:
Demone Phelps, 'untitled'
Painting has always seemed like a natural part of himself, Demone Phelps says. Phelps has drawn and painted since his early childhood – though he notes that it took him many years to develop his signature style, which he describes as “decorative abstract art.” Phelps also has a deep connection to
Dirk Hays, 'untitled'
Dirk Hays says he likes to inject a little whimsy into his work. The goal for his art, he says, is to inspire people to think, have fun and use their imagination when they look – as reflected by the 10 miniature Coke bottles buried in his design. His involvement in the Atlanta art scene runs deep and wide. Since 1982, he’s worked in the city as a visual artist, puppeteer, tattoo artist, prop builder, furniture maker, actor, musician and gallery owner. Similarly, his ties to
John Morse, 'World of
Although he began his career as an artist in his twenties, John Morse’s love for art began as a child in a small town. Each time Morse’s father got his uniform shirts pressed, he would save the cardboard inserts for Morse to use as drawing paper. Consequently, Morse’s signature style is “refashioning common objects and ordinary settings into unexpected results,” as exemplified by his bottle, which he turned into a literal world of
Kathleen Plate, 'untitled'
In 1993, Kathleen Plate was a self-described “broke grad student” who needed a birthday gift for a friend. She designed a pair of glass earrings, launching a career defined by clean, modern style with a unique twist – Plate creates her own raw materials from post-consumer glass bottles. She has been making jewelry for The
Kyle Brooks, 'Bubblin’ Bottle of Good Times'
Also known as BlackCatTips, Kyle Brooks has been creating art featuring his signature “streetfolk” style since 2000. Most of his art concepts “have sprung from the red soil here, and it is the land of
Lee Laney, 'Celebration Dance!'
Lee Laney said he hasn’t stopped drawing since he was issued a pack of crayons as a child. He draws inspiration from cartoons, ink sketching, surrealism and social commentary to create a point of view that is uniquely his own. His bottle design incorporates many global touches, such as flags from around the world – and a few flags that eagle-eyed science fiction fans may recognize as being out of this world. It also includes the word “dance” in a variety of different languages, an idea he credits to his wife, who “hit on the idea based on the tasting room at the World of
Lucha Rodriguez, 'Pop á la Pink'
Since her childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Lucha Rodriguez, also known as Lucha Pink, has loved bright neon colors – pink, in particular. “My style is pink,” she said, “and my goal is to add a breath of pink wherever possible. The design of [my]
Molly Rose Freeman, 'Half of a Gold Moon'
Molly Rose Freeman has been painting professionally for 10 years, though she’s been called an artist all her life. Her work is inspired by color, patterns and geometry. The design of her bottle art is rooted in the shape of the bottle itself, which she says is very feminine and regal. “I approached painting this form like I was dressing a queen, with beautiful purples, lots of layers and rich pattern. I was excited to take on the challenge of transforming such an iconic form into something that was uniquely mine.”
Sally King Benedict, 'From Sun to Moon'
Having lived and worked in her hometown of Atlanta for the last five years, Sally King Benedict credits the city’s dynamic mix of people and cultures as the inspiration for her bottle’s design. One childhood memory proved particularly inspirational: “I will always have fond memories of performing with my elementary school jump rope team on the steps of the entrance to the old World of
Sidney Carter, 'Taste of Symphony'
Sidney Carter says he didn’t choose to be an artist – art chose him. He describes his art as nostalgic, colorful and fun, and musical abstracts are one of his signature styles. His bottle design was inspired by instruments, he said, specifically “using instruments to pour out of the bottle as fizz does whenever a bottle of
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