AN EXHIBITION AND ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT
Exhibition and Silent Auction
February 26 - March 12, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016, 7-10 pm
Music by Happy Lucky Combo
Free and Open to the Public
Live and Silent Auction Event
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 6:30-10 pm
$10 - Admission and Bid Number
Ticket includes refreshments and $10 off any purchase
Music by Ashwin Chetty (piano) and Ben Hubinger (guitar)
Available online and at the door:
Blazing Pallets...and one subdued. - A LinkedIn posting from artspace supporter, David R. White about the current show
Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, February 21, 2016
2:00 pm, Free and Open to the Public
Exhibition Dates: January 22 - February 21, 2016
Mixed Media Collage
FIRE AND WATER - the forces of change along Bottom Creek
Drawing and Painting
Helena Davis Gallery
Tight Not Touching
Mixed media works by Richmond artists
Suzanne Foley Gallery
Now Showing through February 21, 2016
Richmond, VA - artspace is pleased to present five new gallery exhibits, opening on Friday, January 22, 2016 and continuing through Sunday, February 21, 2016. Featured artists are Todd Hale, Genesis Chapman, Inge Strack, and Karen Williams Edelmann, along with mixed media works by Richmond artists. Due to the weather, the Opening Reception is rescheduled for January 29nd from 7:00-10:00 pm and is Free and Open to the Public. A free gallery talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2pm.
In the Main Gallery, photographer and mixed media artist Todd Hale will be showing Cannibal Eyes, mixed media collages combining found animation and hand drawn elements. Hale describes the world today as a, "digital canopy or informational lattice" of flattened experience, resulting from the Internet’s impartial dissemination of massive amounts of information where no one piece of visual knowledge is given more importance than another. He describes it as a "Niagara" of ideas and images that is, "exponentially self-organizing itself into a new form of nature." "Ironically," he continues, "in the presence of this newly visible technological landscape I am, in a sense, a traditional artist, merely manipulating and reflecting back my environment." His process has "evolved into a method of mixed media collage in which I combine and edit elements taken from found as well as hand painted sources. Part of the work in this show is comprised of stills I have photographed from both moving and paused cartoons on a television screen. The stills are then manipulated and rearranged digitally, pushing them further away from their original context. The resulting compositions are then printed as photographs, cut by hand, and then rearranged on a surface with epoxy resin. The painted paper collages further explore the same suggestive forms but remove the digital source of the imagery, and can be viewed therefore as fossils of fossils. I view all of the visual information I work with, whether sampled or ‘created’, as latent imagery merely being coaxed into a perceivable format." Hale lives between Richmond, VA and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He was graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 with a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking.
The Helena Davis Gallery will feature Fire And Water - the forces of change along Bottom Creek, drawings and paintings by Genesis Chapman. Chapman grew up in Bent Mountain, VA, a small rural community noted for its natural beauty. His art aims to examine and investigate his love and respect for this beauty, and his deep sense of loss because of the changes that have taken place in the area during his lifetime, some through slow natural occurrence and others through accelerated technology. "Through drawing and painting, I intimately describe Bent Mountain," he says. "Through meticulous marking, I distill my emotions, observations, ideas and experience to make sense of the changes that have occurred, while attempting to preserve its fundamental essence for future generations. I record the changing dynamics of the mountain in a historical, geological, and personal scale of time. To do so," he continues, "I investigate the genus loci, or spirit, of this place. Historically, this spirit is often represented as a mythological creature, such as a nymph or satyr. However, I choose to represent the genus loci of Bent Mountain in a more tangible form: as a natural force that existed before me, before the mountain, or before life itself. To me, this is embodied in the most basic elements of the land, and the processes that shape the landscape; the actions of weather, air, water, stones and rocks. While these forces act in concert to form the mountain, water is the most important, element to me." Chapman considers water to be not only the most dynamic and life-like element, but also the most primal element of life. "Water is where life begins," he says. "It determines if an environment is habitable, and what organisms can exist. It is only by its continued presence that our own existence is assured. It also has the power to erode mountains and change the terrain of every facet of our planet. I think that this creative and destructive power is embodied in the insignificant creek I choose to draw. The subtle flow of its water, moving across the land contains ‘the spirit’ of my mountain. In my drawings, I depict ‘the spirit’ through the water's action. Stripping out most of the landscape allows me to concentrate on the movements, currents, and flow of the water rather than the effects of light, color or surface reflections." Ultimately, he wonders and asks, "What does it mean to love and identify with a place, to call it home, and to watch it change? Bent Mountain, like it or not, is going to change. Even this small, insignificant creek is an agent of change, which trickles down from the spring outside my bedroom window, taking with it the sediments, soil, stones, bones, ashes and memories." Chapman has a B.F.A in Painting and Printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute, where he graduated cum laude in 2001, and an M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, which he received in 2010. He won first place in last year's Radius250 regional juried event at artspace, the prize for which is this exhibition.
Featured in the Frable Gallery will be Emerging Unknown, paintings by Inge Strack. Described by Washington-based art critic Eleanor Kennelly as, "an abstract artist in the European tradition, who has found, in America, the freedom and confidence to express a wide emotional range, through paint," Strack brings together the two traditions of the early 20th-century Blue Reiter group and post World War II Abstract Expressionism. "My paintings consist of bold colors and a deep sense of emotion," Strack says. "I often paint with a limited palette, rather focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. I am drawn to the drama and the pain connecting us all in our humanity and strive to create beauty out of the most difficult circumstances. I am not attempting to abstract the physical world; I am trying to get to the person behind the mask. Edvard Munch said: ‘Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye. It also includes the inner pictures of the soul.’ I draw my subject matter from inside of myself," she continues, "hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer, but ask." A native of Germany, Strack has dedicated herself to fine art in Virginia, and, after enjoying success in interior design, has committed herself to painting full time, in the fullness of life.
In the smallspace Gallery, Karen Williams Edelmann will be exhibiting Hudson Grays, a series of small works inspired by the Hudson River in winter. Edelmann, has lived and painted on the Hudson River since 1995. She works in oils on paper, board and canvas. "My landscape paintings recall places, but also moments," she says. "I think of them as time, captured in light and shadow, colored by mood and memory, and altered by what I wish to see; the extremes of nature, stacked clouds, dramatic color, roiling storms. To me, painting the landscape is like making the skies, and time, stand still."
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature Tight Not Touching, work in all media by Richmond Artists.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4pm. The gallery is also open by appointment. artspace is partially funded by CultureWorks, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Please contact the gallery administrator at email@example.com, or phone the gallery at 804-232-6464 for additional information. The gallery is located at Zero East 4th Street in Richmond, Virginia 23224, and online at www.artspacegallery.org