"I drive down the road and see a place or a name that triggers a visceral response. These locations are always in rough condition: messy, dirty, rusty and in forms of disrepair. The geography is never perfect. Most are in Northern Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina and all have a history. I am compelled to make a visual record (although abstracted) of those sites. Sometimes these responses are immediate, and other times stored and ruminated on. Maybe even researched. I always have to look at the underbelly of those places and convey it in my work.
The primitive scratch marks are the foundation to begin the layout procedure. The applied paint refuses to stay in the lines. Colors bleed, scar, overlap, spread and stain. My marks are strong and expressionistic and gouge the surface. These marks recur as an intuitive reflex after new layers of paint are applied. The pigment gets lost in the crevices. The salvaged shapes remain monumental, with layered and overlapping raw borders. The process is a struggle and can occur over a period or several months, with layer and layers of decisions and paint applications. It is never straightforward and full of surprises."
Skidaway Island, Georgia
Randy Akers is a visual artist working in his studio on Skidaway Island, Georgia. Gallery exhibits include an NEA funded show at the Stables Art Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, as well as the University of New Mexico's Harwood Foundation. He has also shown at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Anchorage Art Museum, the University of Northern Colorado, Valdosta University Art Museum, the Masur Museum of Art, SUNY Genesseo, and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. His one-person show, Road to Canaan, at Jaxport Gallery was part of the VIVA Florida 500 celebration in 2013. His work was selected by the Office of the Governor for a 2014 show, The Art of Georgia, at the Georgia State Capital, sponsored by the Georgia Council of the Arts. Most recently his work received first place at the 2015 North Carolina Arts Council exhibition, Earthy Abstractions. Akers also received an Arts Residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming for Fall, 2015.
In his past career, Akers directed and designed international television commercials, movie titles, music videos, and print for Fortune 500 companies. He has been affiliated with Curious Pictures (NY), R/GA Digital Studios (NY), Broadcast Arts, (NY), Yarra Films (Singapore), Kessler-Irish Films (Toronto), and AFI Films (Miami). Akers is a member of the Director's Guild of America, the Broadcast Design Association, and served as an advisor to the Delphi Conference exploring the convergence of art and technology. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Cazenovia College. He received his M.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art and Design; B.F.A, Chouinard Art Institute, California Institute of the Arts; additional academic work at Art Center College of Design, California State University Northridge and University of Oregon.