I Am Both

I Am Both

Featuring: Sonya Yong James & Trevor Reese

January 18 – March 9, 2019

Opening Reception: January 18, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Artist Talk: March 2nd, 2:00 PM

Chastain Arts Center is pleased to announce I Am Both, a two-person exhibition.


Sonya Yong James: A sculptor and multi-media artist whose work for the past several years has focused on the exploration of the idea of physical devotion and ritual experienced through the process of repetitive labor intensive making. The sculptures utilize animal hair, including sheep wool and plant-based material. Her current work is focused on the duality of form representing opposing sensations and active emotional tensions. This is shown by contrasting visual textures such as gentleness and violence, animal and wood, and beauty and the abject.

The works in “I Am Both” were created especially for this exhibit and continues to explore the notion of duality by combining the past and the present in the artist’s life and work.  The work combines geometry with the organic and vintage materials with the newly made.

Trevor Reese: This body of work starts with an interest in idioglossia, the creation of a personal and unique language. The sculptures take the form of a binary relationship in that the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet are made of wood and paired with a variety of specific objects. Accompanying text furthers the idea of creating one’s own unique language and successfully communicating in it.

He considers his work to be about the viewer and their various relationships to the objects and situations he creates. In addition, he often incorporates text to expand on more emotional and conceptual elements within the work. Trevor seeks to understand how we navigate daily life with the things that surround us and how we process this information. He is fascinated by what we choose to keep, how we self-identify through things and how we communicate with each other through objects. Similarly, can a specific object or text create a sense of anticipation, potential, possibility, or absence?

Within Trevor’s life, he found himself navigating an increasingly complex index of interpersonal and ‘mechanical’ connections. For instance, He relates to his car, employer, and son in very different ways. He often relies on this sort of pairing within his work. To this end, can two items that appear to support each other express a feeling of sincerity?
It is the relationships between objects and the viewer that Trevor hopes to generate more nuanced perceptions.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Artist Talk: Saturday, March 2nd at 2:00 PM

Chastain Arts Center & Gallery

135 West Wieuca Road, NW | Atlanta, GA 30342