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Biographical Information

Angela Bortone is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the artist collective Living Melody. She combines text with abstract ink painting to represent ideas floating in cloud of thought. Born in the Dominican Republic, Bortone was raised in Brooklyn and spent nearly a decade abroad in Germany before moving to Atlanta in 2002. She earned a BFA in studio art with a concentration in drawing, painting and printmaking from Georgia State University in 2010. 

Artist Statement

“Anytime a memory came into my mind, I painted over it with black ink” – Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

My art deals with confession and censorship, particularly in media and the internet. Influenced by the process of writing, I take visual cues from marginalia, a pen that skips and calligraphy. Embracing what is lost, in my work I record, rewrite and paraphrase bits of impassioned moments. This also belies my interest in the anonymous user baring their soul in the comment forum. Erasing ties to names or place, I often sanitize found text and treat it like a classified document released to the public. What remains is the content, cut from context. I focus not on the truth or the fiction but the way the story is told, received and believed.

 

Currently, Angela Bortone is an artist employee at Mosaic Art Supply and has been since 2015. 

Curriculum Vitae
 

EDUCATION
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Studio Art, December 2010

Awards

C4 Training Hatch Intensive, 2017

Wonderroot CSA Program, Season 7, 2015

WCA GA Art of Nature Grant, 2015

Group Exhibitions

2017

Flat Rate Box Show, Modified Arts

EngageMINT Auction, Mammal Gallery

Dear Atlanta, Big Tree Arts

Hispaniola: A Celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic with Selections from the Dion Kohler Collection, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (forthcoming)

2016

Wonderfarm, presented by Wonderroot at Armour Yards

BECOMING hu-MAN, Mammal Gallery

Dear Bear Wolf's Second Birthday Bash, Downtown Players Club

Love/d & Sex/ed, Mammal Gallery

2015

The Variety Show: Ladies First, Downtown Players Club

Small WondersPecola

MOCA GA Pin Up Show, Tula Arts Center

Exhibition 5, The Farm's Womb

EngageMINT Auction, Mammal Gallery

When the Stars Come Out, Hodgepodge Coffee and Gallery

Monster Drawing Rally, High Museum of Art

Sunday Nite Video, MINT Gallery

Short Shorts Film Festival, curated by Rachel Reese, Whitespace Gallery

Leap Year Applicant Show, MINT Gallery

BFF Art Show, 386 Ponce

Art of Nature, Blue Heron Nature Preserve

2012

What’s Not to Love?, Youngblood Gallery

MOCA GA Pin Up Show, Tula Arts Center

2011

Bomb the Moon, Wonderroot

I Love Atlanta, Wonderroot

Park Grounds Art Show, Park Grounds Coffee

2010
BFA Exit Show, Ernest G. Welch Gallery'

Poles Apart, Arts Exchange Gallery

MOCA GA Pin Up Show, Tula Arts Center

Thought Begins In the Mouth, Youngblood Gallery

2009

ASU Art Stroll Group Show, Granite Room

String Theory, Cage Space

ExLucis Pin Up Show, Georgia State University
 

Press

Review: Downtown Players Club Makes a Raw Debut with Ladies First  by Amy Stufflebeam, published on ArtsATL

 

Critical Writings

Review Round-Up: “Hop, Skip, Jump” at Poem 88, “Floral” at Hodgepodge, “Here and Now Here” at Whitespec and Sasha Fletcher’s “It Is Going To Be a Good Year”, published on ArtsATL

Review: Tinsley’s “Double Distance” is emotional, Faust’s “incongruent ilk” is elegant, published on ArtsATL

Review: #BuyNathanSharratt vs. #StealNathanSharratt — art as action and reaction, published on ArtsATL

A conversation with MINT’s Candice Greathouse about accessibility and finding community, published on ArtsATL

Dashboard Dishes on its Future, published on BurnAway

Art Burn: Capsule Reviews of Weekend Events, Weekend of November 6-8, published on BurnAway

Art Burn: Capsule Reviews of Weekend Events, Weekend of October 16-18, published on BurnAway

Art Burn: Capsule Reviews of Weekend Events, Weekend of October 9-11, published on BurnAway

Art Burn: Capsule Reviews of Weekend Events, Weekend of October 2-4, published on BurnAway

Art Burn: Capsule Reviews of Weekend Events, Weekend of September 25-27, published on BurnAway

© Angela Bortone 2017