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.
Opening March 28, 2014
artspace is pleased to present five new exhibitions opening on Friday, March 28th, 2014 from 7-10pm and continuing through Sunday, April 20th, 2014. The Opening Reception is Free and Open to the Public. A free Gallery Talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, April 20th
Katie Lynch Thibault presents The Body That Rises in the Main Gallery. Her ink & water-media drawings on paper and sculptural wall-based artworks draw on "structural elements from historical and model aircraft frames and schematics" and "explore...a human connection to the feats of engineering that grant our bodies access to the possibility of flight." The interaction between the two and three dimensional aspects of her work will be reinforced by the installation, suggesting "a workshop environment" whose "pieces hover in a space between construction and realization." Receiving her MFA from Ohio State University in 2005, she is currently a doctoral candidate in Media Art & Text at VCU. Thibault exhibits both nationally and internationally, has received numerous awards, grants and assistantships, and is currently a Resident Artist at the Arlington Arts Center.
Megan Zalecki and Will Solis present Presence, Absence in the Frable Gallery. Through photography and collage, they both explore human interaction with various kinds of environments, and the mark left on natural settings in human presence and absence. Megan Zalecki’s collages stem from tension and balance in terms of the environments she occupies. Using found images from discarded prints, typography catalogues and fashion magazines, Zalecki creates hybrid environments that combine urban and rural imagery with reality and fantasy. Megan Zalecki, whose reviews of area exhibitions are featured on Richmond Arts Review’s website and in Style Weekly Magazine, received a BFA in Painting from Radford University in 2012. Will Solis explores areas in Central Virginia that are empty and abandoned, forgotten by their former residents and now left untended. The objects left behind create suspended, unresolved narratives that offer more questions than answers and reveal a cultural and social past. Will received a BS in Photography and Environmental Studies from Radford University in 2012, graduating with a "strong desire to combine his passions to help improve the environment through prevention and awareness."
Christie Blizard returns to artspace with her exhibition The Walk Project in the Helena Davis Gallery. The Walk Project is a photo documentation of her newest integration of art into everyday life and environments. She engaged "non-performance or Sisyphean tasks" by taking extended walks through cities such as Lubbock, TX, Columbus, IN and Miami, FL, with a painting strapped to her back. Blizard sees her journeys as "a way to get the work out of the gallery space and surprise viewers that would not see it otherwise." An Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Blizard was a recent artist in residence at the SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland. She is "intrigued by the connective tissues between categories that don’t typically overlap: painting and performance, the heroic and unheroic and the public and private." Exhibiting internationally, her work was also recently featured in the September 2013 issue of Art in America.
Eva Rocha presents Fodder :: Beauty, a site-specific sculptural installation in our smallspace Gallery. A multimedia artist from Brazil, Rocha is interested in "the relationship between concrete cultural artifacts and the ephemeral individual." Her installation will feature sculptural figures with labored, mixed media surfaces; a visual discussion of a condition Rocha refers to as "the slavery of beauty." Her sculptures address society’s enforcement of a "consensual trap...that the natural process of growing old is a curse," as her works "explore tensions through both abstract emotional isolation and narrative representational visualizations." After receiving a VCU Interdisciplinary Studies Degree in 2002, she traveled to the Andes of Peru where she worked as a theater teacher and director for a comprehensive international school. Currently the Director of the Virginia Center for Latin American Art (VACLAA), Rocha’s work has been featured at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Museum of the Americas, and she has been profiled by Belle Magazine.
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "Callbacks: Themes and Refrains," works in all media by Richmond artists.
February 28-March 23, 2014
Helena Davis and Frable Galleries
Play It Forward: from idea to sketch to final
work in all media by Richmond artists
Closing Artist Talk for February/March Exhibitors
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 4 PM
Free and Open to the Public
March 28 - April 20, 2014
Katie Lynch Thibault
Helena Davis Gallery
Megan Zalecki and Will Solis
Callbacks: Themes and Refrains
work in all media by Richmond artists
Opening Reception for Katie Lynch Thibault, Megan Zalecki & Will Solis, Christie Blizard, Eva Rocha, and the artists of "Callbacks: Themes and Refrains"
Fourth Friday, March 28, 2014
Free and Open to the Public