1. Artist Caroline Lathan-Stiefel created ‘Project Atrium’ after her father’s encephalitis caused temporary damage to his speech — she thought about how the brain can be damaged and then “regrow” itself, like a plant. Watch this behind-the-scenes video to hear the artist's perspective.

    Project Atrium: Caroline Lathan-Stiefel is on display at MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, from July 26 through October 26, 2014. Details are available at mocajacksonville.org.

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  2. Photographer Angela Strassheim illustrates transitional points in our lives—particularly the precious, fleeting nature of childhood and adolescence. The large-format prints, some as big as seventy-five inches wide, can be viewed from all three floors of the monumental Haskell Atrium Gallery where they are hung salon-style.

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  3. Tallahassee-based artist Joelle Dietrick transforms data, particularly the errors and glitches in data systems, into pulsating site-specific paintings of architectural fragments and forms. Interested in the complexity of global economic systems, the artist finds inspiration in geolocation data for cargo ships and shipping containers at the local Jacksonville Port Authority (JaxPort). Through a precise layering of paint and strategically cut adhesive-backed fabric, Dietrick manipulates her statistical findings into a glitch art aesthetic for the multicolored floor-to-ceiling mural in the Atrium Gallery.

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  4. Vibrant and materially inventive, Shinique Smith's signature bundles of tied clothing hang in MOCA Jacksonville's forty-foot-high Atrium Gallery against a backdrop of painted calligraphy and mirrored surface. Made with fabric, paint, found objects, and used clothing, "Quickening" incorporates elements of graffiti, Japanese calligraphy, and collage. The energetic patterns and rich textures conjure tactile sensations and emotional connections based on our relationship with clothing. As the cascading sculptures twirl and perform like dancers, the intersection of material, motion, and reflection creates a thought-provoking visualization about personal identity and individual style. Blossoming into the space, Smith's installation radiates energy outward to the rest of the Museum.

    Because dance, choreography, and gesture are interwoven elements in Smith’s practice, "Quickening" afforded an opportunity to evolve previous dance collaborations by recruiting the talent of a local silk aerialist. In a collaboration with aerialist Tempestt Halstead of Bittersweet Studios, located in Jacksonville, Florida, The suspended bundles and painted gestures were activated with a site-specific performance as part of the members’ preview. Twirling in the space, her body became a tight-knit bundle before transitioning into a dramatic gesture, mimicking Smith’s graphic line. This routine explored how the body is as an extension of Smith’s creative process, and marks the artist’s first collaboration with an aerialist performer.

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Project Atrium

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Project Atrium, MOCA’s bold series, features site-specific and site-sensitive installations by emerging and mid-career artists. The unique placement, dimensions and scale of MOCA’s Haskell Atrium Gallery provide a compelling challenge to the chosen artist—a…


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Project Atrium, MOCA’s bold series, features site-specific and site-sensitive installations by emerging and mid-career artists. The unique placement, dimensions and scale of MOCA’s Haskell Atrium Gallery provide a compelling challenge to the chosen artist—a call to reinvention and active collaboration with the architecture of the museum on a monumental scale.

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