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Now Showing Through September 21, 2014
artspace is pleased to present three new exhibitions opening on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7-10pm and continuing through Sunday, September 21, 2014. The Opening Reception is Free and Open to the Public. A free Gallery Talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, September 21 at 2pm.
Monstrous Optimism, to be held in our Main, Frable and Davis Galleries, is a fundraiser in memory of Kerry Talbott, a much admired and loved Richmond illustrator, comic book artist and educator. Talbott lost his battle against cancer last October and his family has been burdened with medical bills since his passing. More than 60 of Richmond's best artists and illustrators have created and are donating work specifically for this show to fundraise for Talbott’s family.
The content of the work will pay homage to the type of work Kerry loved so much and did so well: robots, giant monsters, super heroes, aliens and otherworldly fantastic creatures. There will be some original art available for purchase; however, the majority of the work will be affordable, high quality prints.
Exhibition participants are gallery artists, professional illustrators and comic book artists, some of whom were cultivated under Kerry's guidance as his students, and fellow colleagues from VCU's Communication Design Department. A partial list of the contributing artists: Stephen Bissette, Sishirprithvi Bommakanti, Melissa Duffy, Josh George, Patrick Godfrey, Nicole Hamilton, Sterling Hundley, Cathryn Hutton, Bizhan Kohdabandeh, Jeff Love, Robert Meganck, Eric Pfeiffer, Richie Pope, Tin Salamunic, Jamie Tarantino, Chris Visions, Sally Vitsky, Jeremy Wilson and Shawn Yu.
Please save the date for a night of fun, friends, and fantastic art created with love and community.
Local educator Brigette Newberry presents her quilted works in "Trees in an Urban Landscape" in our smallspace gallery. Taking disparate patterns, Newberry stacks, sheds, stitches and layers fabrics to create vibrant landscapes. Both painterly and tactile, Newberry’s method addresses craft as art and the idea of translating pictorial imagery into three dimensions.
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "For the Record: Acts and Actions Captured" an exhibition of mixed media works from Richmond artists.
Opening September 26, 2014
artspace is pleased to present five new exhibitions opening on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 7-10pm and continuing through Sunday, October 19, 2014. Also on September 26, from 6-7pm, comedian Tom Via hosts a special pre-opening event to kick off our new fundraising project, artroulette. Watch as team leaders spin a Wheel of Fortune to randomly select artists for collaborative teams. The Opening Reception and the pre-opening event are Free and Open to the Public. A free Gallery Talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, October 19 at 2pm.
Paul Terrell, Jennifer Terrell Myer, John Terrell & Matthew Terrell will present their group exhibition "Separate Together," featuring the work of four Members of the Terrell family, in our Main Gallery. The Terrell home was and is a place where art is the common denominator. Paul is a retired Art Educator, current adjunct VCU Art Ed and artist, Jennifer is an Art Educator, John a painter and Matthew a Museum Preparator and aspiring Art Director who recently returned to school at the VCU Brandcenter.
As a family they will present personal and collective processes that work together and separately. Their individual media are: Paul: Raku-fired ceramics; Jennifer: mixed-media collage; John: acrylic paintings and Matthew: drawings and serigraphs. Though not exhibiting work in this show, Linda Terrell, has been making quilts for the family for the past forty years. Her quilts are functional, graphic and therapeutic. Like pieces of patchwork, the Terrells combine their individual media into a family quilt. Their personal squares create a pattern that, like their family, has a structure that integrates random and control.
"This is Just Mail Art" will be on display in our Frable Gallery, featuring work by 75 artists from 25 countries. Mail Art/Correspondence Art/Postal Art was pioneered in the 1960s by avant-garde artist Ray Johnson, founder of the New York Correspondence School. Mail Art is the work of a world-wide network of artists often associated with Neo-Dadaism and the Fluxus movement--essentially a form of anti-art that focuses on individual creativity shared for the sheer sake of sharing among a network of other artists, without regard to or concern for the art world's formal conventions. Mail art is created and enjoyed without the mediation of gallerists, curators, critics, collectors, or concerns for financial gain. A work of mail art is a gift, not a commodity.
This exhibition, with its self-effacing title, shows all of the works received by the show's coordinator, artspace member Dan Mouer, that were sent specifically in response to Dan's "Call for Mail Art" distributed through the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA) between November 2013 and June 2014.
Kyujin Lee, winner of the radius250 2013 "Best in Show" award returns to artspace with her exhibition "I See You" in our Helena Davis Gallery. In the "spirit of Surrealist automatism," Lee starts her mixed media process by "creating spontaneous marks on paper or canvas," following this process with drawn narratives containing versions of "characters from children’s stories such as Pinnocchio or the Little Mermaid." The spontaneous and playful qualities of her work are meshed with beautifully executed compositions. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee has both a MFA and a MA, exhibits nationally and currently teaches art in Washington, D.C.
In our smallspace Gallery, Richmond-artist and former VCU professor Dan Mouer is presenting "Gone Postal," a selection of documentary images of some of the work that he sent to his correspondents during his "Call for Mail Art." Dan's original works now reside in private collections around the world in at least 25 different countries. The conventions and ethics of the postal-art networks require that senders and receivers document works so that they can be widely shared among network participants and by others who attend exhibits such as this. Mail artists often use nicknames, by which they become known on their network. Dan's nickname is "Gone Postal," suggesting the mindset of one who has become irrational, gone off the rails, no longer playing by the rules of the game, very much the spirit of mail art.
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "On the surface – and drawn under," mixed media works from Richmond artists.
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