artspace is pleased to present four new exhibitions opening on Friday, February 28th, 2014 from 7-10pm and continuing through Sunday, March 23rd, 2014. The Opening Reception is Free and Open to the Public. A free Gallery Talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, March 23 at 4pm.
Jonpaul Smith will exhibit his large paper constructs in "Essentially Yours" in the Main Gallery. His large, tactile woven wall-pieces use prints, paintings, smoke transfers and everyday household items as material. Cut into strips, the non-traditional weaving materials are meticulously shaped into complex compositions. He is inspired by the "complex relationships of systems and patterns that control and dictate" our world, approaching his crafted, three-dimensional wall pieces with the processes of disassembly and reassembly in mind. Smith’s tapestry-like artworks "construct" and "make use of, and in a sense, refine pop culture imagery" through their use of specific material. An international exhibitor, Smith received his M.F.A. and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Recipient of numerous grants, he has completed a residency in Budapest, Hungary, frequently serves as a visiting artist and is included in the collections of Purdue University, the Kyoto Woodprint Association and the Hungarian Multicultural Center.
Both the Frable and Helena Davis Galleries will feature "TENFROMTEN: An exhibition of collage and assemblage, curated by Chuck Scalin." This exhibition features ten students from the last decade of collage and assemblage courses at the VMFA Studio School. Curator Chuck Scalin selected these students from a pool of over 200 "based on recognizing their creative spirit and inventive personal artistic directions." The resulting body of work is inventive, surprising and includes a broad variety of materials that expand the definition of collage. Artists featured include: Heidi Alvarez, Cindy Gantnier, Charlie Harper, Cecilia Lewis, Kathleen Markowitz, Jeanne Minnix, Brooke Neer, BethAnn Romeo, Ann Rudy and Julie Wolfe.
In conjunction with 'TENFROMTEN," the smallspace Gallery will feature local educator and Richmond artist Chuck Scalin and his exhibition "Looking Back: 30 Years of Collage." Professor Emeritus and Former Assistant Chair of the Communication Arts & Design Dept of VCU, Scalin retired from VCU ten years ago and began to teach at the Studio School of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Since receiving his MFA from Pratt Institute, Scalin has participated in over 250 exhibitions, with works in the permanent collections of the VMFA, Bayley Museum of Art and Muscarelle Museum. His exhibition at artspace will include "a wide range of directions he’s explored during the past 25 years" and will expand upon on his artistic role as "a gleaner and a collector."
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "Play it Forward: From Idea to Sketch to Final," works in all media by Richmond artists.
February 28 - March 23, 2014
curated by Chuck Scalin
Helena Davis and Frable Galleries
Looking Back: 30 years of collage
Play It Forward: from idea to sketch to final
work in all media by Richmond artists
Suzanne Foley Gallery
Closing Artist Talk for February/March Exhibitors
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 4 PM
Free and Open to the Public