Jon Arge, or Arge, has made an impact on Atlanta’s art movement for nearly 20 years, from creating flyers for the once popular parties he promoted at the now defunct Metro to unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that hang from the walls of galleries and the homes of close friends and other art lovers.
“When [my pieces] moved from the bathroom to the kitchen to over the mantle, I knew I had made my mark,” he jokes while sitting inside his bedroom, which also serves as his studio.
Arge, 42, whose real name is Randall Jonathan Baker, truly struggled to find his place in the art world. After receiving a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design (in Savannah), he learned the professors there didn’t want him to really draw in his style anymore. A battle of wits ensued as Arge refused to give up his own method and he was eventually asked to leave.
This weekend was full of LGBT events and gatherings. The GA Voice was on-hand at several events, including the Fenuxe Launch Party and benefit for The Kid in all of Us, ‘Monsters’ at Kai Lin Art featuring the work of “Best of Atlanta” award winner Jon Arge and a community picnic in Piedmont Park held to discuss public safety in the wake of the bias crime against Rev. Josh Noblitt, social justice minister at St. Mark United Methodist Church.