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Come Rain or Come Shine

Judge Realty in Savannah GaJudge Realty presents “Come Rain or Come Shine,” a public art installation by Savannah, GA-based artist Ben Tollefson and Indiana-based artist Elmer Ramos. The piece is the fourth iteration of Judge Realty’s sponsorship of public art projects and was conceived through the collaborative joining of two distinct art practices. The artwork is a whimsical interpretation of local weather patterns such as short bursts of afternoon rain, common in the summer months in Savannah. “Come Rain or Come Shine” borrows its name from the title of a song by Savannah native Johnny Mercer.

Judge Realty in Savannah GACome Rain or Come Shine” is comprised of numerous low -relief sculptures of elements of weather; clouds and raindrops figure prominently, while a massive rainbow hovers at the top of the composition. The artists combined elements of each of their respective artistic practices in the conception of the project. Ramos, a trained printmaker, employs techniques of the printmaking craft to new and surprising ends. He is known for his blends of vibrant color, which he isolated through the cutting and collaging of bold, abstracted shapes. This use of color and shape informs the simple, but radiant elements in the project. Tollefson, an oil painter, creates images of imagined environments. These environments frequently include clouds and rainbows as sculptures that exist only in the paintings. Like Ramos, Tollefson embraces a saturated color palette. The sculptures are mounted on the thin rods off the facade of the Judge Realty building, creating depth and dramatic shadows in the sunny spring weather, and providing a joyous backdrop for visitors. The project is a bold, vibrant, and playful setting, a bright contrast to the subdued color and dappled sunlight that characterizes downtown historic Savannah.

Members of the public are invited to a free block party to celebrate the opening of the installation on Friday, April 6 from 4 – 7 pm, which includes games, drinks, and refreshment.

Intersection by Will Penny

Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Judge Realty proudly hosts local artist Will Penny as the third annual public art project on the prominent facade of 347 Abercorn Street. Entitled Intersection, Penny will use manipulated light and motion graphics each night from 7-9 PM starting December 8 and running through December 28th. On December 8th, Judge Realty is hosting a block party in front of the office to celebrate the installation and public art in Savannah.Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Intersection, a light installation, will employ three mounted projectors incorporating a series of animations including light and form patterns and two-dimensional abstract designs.

Lori Judge, founder and C.E.O. of Judge Realty, said, “I have been a fan and collector of Will Penny for many years. When I was introduced to his large-scale work I knew we needed to incorporate it into Judge Public Art Projects. I am excited to see the transformation of the facade of Judge Realty into one of his evolving masterpieces.”

Of the name Intersection, Penny said, “It’s really about the intersection of public space and art, it’s about how we could engage the space itself and ask people passing by on the street to take a second to pause, looking at themselves against the scale of it- slowing down, stopping, meditating. It’s a slight homage to the area we all work and live in, then taking it and adding a new psychological layer.”Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Penny also said, “I try to avoid instances of ‘statement,’ but Intersection is also about Judge’s own ideas for the Art Collection, the three e’s: energy, economy, environment. Those are all very important to me as well, so the ‘intersection’ is also about the crossover of Lori’s ideas and my own.”

Intersection also represents a shift in the local perception of what public art can mean. “Right now, the most common recognized form of public art in the city are murals and memorial structures. I want to help expand the dimensional understanding and parameters of what public art can be. I want Judge Realty’s office to be a blank canvas, a means of expression, a place for artists to grow, and something the community can experience together,” said Judge.

In addition to promoting public art, Judge Realty is also using Intersection as an opportunity to support Telfair’s #art912 with a block party on Thursday December 8th. #art912 is a new Telfair Museums initiative dedicated to raising the visibility and promoting the vitality of artists living and working in Savannah through exhibition opportunities, public programs, and outreach.

Please stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street on Thursday December 8th from 7-10PM for the block party or throughout the month of December from 7-9PM to see Intersection.