The fine folks at Sulfur Studios have been doing an amazing job of all things art related since they opened their doors in 2014.

In addition to their studio rentals, gallery space and event space, they've recently expanded their offerings to include art services where they work with various local artists to place their work in area businesses. They handle everything from curation, to installation, to the sale of the work. Their current partnerships include In Vino Veritas, ThincSavannah, Sentient Bean, Starland Cafe and Bull Street Labs.

The exhibition currently on view at In Vino Veritas, "Body Language: Figures and Portraits," features work from two founding members of Sulfur Studios' tenacious trifecta, Alexis Javier and Emily Earl (artist Jennifer Moss is the third prong in the Sulfur trident). Though the show has been up since the end of July, the official opening reception is Aug. 10. The exhibition includes a number of Javier's distinctive single line drawings and photographs from Earl's on-going series "Late Night Polaroids."

Earl recently won the APG/High Museum of Art Purchase Award from the High Museum in Atlanta, with seven of her photographs from "Late Night Polaroids" purchased by the museum to add to their permanent collection.

"The origin of this series is kind of random really," explains Earl. "I bought this old 1970s polaroid camera at a yard sale and one night after I got out of work I decided to take it downtown with me to test it out. I was working two jobs, closing shifts at a coffee shop and all day stints at a photo lab at the time, and had bought a pack of black and white instant film. I soon got pretty obsessed with it and being able to blow off steam after a long night at work was great. I finally had time to photograph. I certainly never planned on focusing on this project for so long, but Savannah has endless amounts of material."

Javier's drawings in the show are perfectly complementary to Earl's photos.

"Something that's really great about running the studio together and making our own personal work in the space is that we end up giving each other a lot of ideas and critiques," says Earl. "Which sometimes lends itself to having a bit of conceptual overlap. We both really love people and make work inspired by the brief moments when a real connection is made, so putting these two bodies of work together just made a lot of sense."

"Emily and I collaborate on a daily basis co-running Sulfur Studios," says Javier. "Creatively we are both mirrors. Many of us 'creative types' are. We recognized that our common interest in people and non-verbal communication is reflected in our series 'Late Night Polaroids' and 'Lineaje.'"

"I started to use the contour line technique (one-line) back in 2008 as a way to quickly capture the 'now' with minimal line, but would also provide the viewer with a variety of information," continues Javier. "I started to call it 'Lineaje," a play on words - lineage⦠and 'line' and 'aje', which is another one of my nicknames."

Javier says that his use of a continuous line in his work represents a sort of "path of experiences" along a journey and could be seen as a "reflection of birth and death and the constant connection of life experiences that are made in between.

"Both of our works capture the human experience and human expression," says Javier. "And we both are aware that one's body language sends out a variety of messages that, when interpreted well, can make for interesting and aesthetically pleasing art."


What: "Body Language: Figures and Portraits" featuring work by Alexis Javier and Emily Earl

When: July 27 - Sept. 6; opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10

Where: In Vino Veritas, 102 E. Liberty St.

Cost: Free