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Zero East 4th St.
Richmond, VA 23224
2nd Entrance at: 31 East 3rd St.
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Opening Friday, September 27, 2019

Richmond, VA artspace will open five new gallery exhibitions, featuring a mixed media installation of large scale work by Baltimore artist Kim Rice, abstract oil paintings by Virginia artist Kathleen Craig, a painting and installation collection by Baltimore artist Giulia Piera Livi, 1,461 oil pastel on paper drawings by St. Louis artist Martin Brief, and a group exhibition of work by artspace Artist Members, entitled Decisions, Decisions. Exhibition dates are September 27 October 20, 2019. An Opening Reception for the Artists will take place on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This event will be Free and Open to the Public. A closing talk by the artists will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. This event will also be Free and Open to the Public.

Presented in the Main Gallery is Kim Rice's mixed media installation, Inheritance. Using common materials, Rice creates large-scale works as a meditation on institutional racism and the policies that continue to affect American society today. Materials found around her home, such as academic references, photographs, redlining maps, court documents, and furniture create a space where both the past and present reside. Her installations dismantle and reconstruct the dissonance we experience in our engagement with truth. Kim earned her BFA in Sculpture and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been shown throughout the country including the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Northern Illinois Art Museum, the Delaware Museum of Art, the 22ndNo Dead Artists at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, and Prospect.4 Satellite. She has received multiple awards, including the McNeese Grant for Socially Engaged Practice. Born in Kentucky, raised in California, educated in Oklahoma, loved in New Orleans and now home in Baltimore, Kim's work is influenced by her two children and the pile of books by her bed.

Featured in the Helena Davis Gallery is Abstract Imagery, oil paintings by Kathleen Craig. Kathleen says, "Today, I would like to develop my work in two directions complexity and darkness - without losing sight of what I am already doing." She loves the way each painting suggests not only a new direction, but also seems to tell her to do it better next time. Her process starts with some loose, expressive drawing keeping the basic tenets of composition in mind. When time allows, she tries to reach a resolution of the whole painting in one go, and then she revises and revises. Craig originally earned a living working as an editor. She didn't get started as an artist until finally being persuaded to try a drawing class at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She soon found herself enamoured with all aspects of the art world. Shortly after moving to Virginia, she swapped out her day job in order to dedicate herself to the practice and her children. Now, with her children grown, she can spend all her free time in her studio.

In the Frable Gallery, Giulia Piera Livi presents Come Sit, a painting & installation collection. Livi's work focuses on the acute and the polite, the domestic and the utilitarian. She works to understand how we find art objects to be aesthetically pleasing, and how we choose to live among them. She interposes objects of the everyday to distort our sense of space, explore our ability to inhabit rooms, and merge the dreamlike with the rigid. Her geometric objects and paintings focus on materiality to investigate light, form, and the weirdly functional. Giulia earned a BFA from Penn State University and an MFA from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has exhibited both nationally and internationally with recent solo shows at 13|U Art Windows, VAE Gallery, Arlington Arts Center, and School 33 Art Center's Project Space. Livi received an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2019 and the Trawick Young Artist Prize from the Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2017. Currently, she is a Gallery Manager at C. Grimaldis and an Adjunct Professor at MICA. Originally from Philadelphia, she now lives and works in Baltimore.

smallspace Gallery features Hope (20172019), 1,461 oil pastel on paper drawings by Martin Brief. Brief defines hope as "a thought process that removes us from this moment and clouds our ability to clearly see what is right in front of us." These drawings allude to the idea that hope is accepting and appreciating the unknown future while still acting in the present. Each piece begins as a carefully executed drawing of the word "hope". It is then smudged until the word is transformed. By physically reworking the oil pastel, the drawing remains materially the same but visually different. Martin's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York, Paris, Zurich, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and St. Louis. He also has work in several public collections, including the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in Honolulu, Hawaii. He recently received fellowships from the Howard Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. Brief was born and raised in Chicago and he currently lives and works in St. Louis where he is an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University.

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will show Decisions, Decisions, works in all media by artspace Artist Members.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Please contact the gallery administrator at artspaceorg@gmail.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, with a second door at 31 E. 3rd St., and online at www.artspacegallery.org.

-- News Release by Aaron Stein, PR Volunteer

>> September/October 2019 News Release (PDF)

Get Ready for ThinkSmall10!
10th biennial international miniature invitational exhibition

Prospectus and Confirmation Form Now Available

Now Showing through September 22, 2019

Beverly Ryan
Drone Zone

Mixed Media Installation / Main Gallery

Bizhan Khodabandeh
The Art of The Little Red Fish

Original Comic Ink Drawings / Frable Gallery

Cindy Mehr

Mixed Media on Canvas / Helena Davis Gallery

Mitzi Humphrey
Another Way

Encaustic Paintings / smallspace Gallery

Sight Lines and Shadows -- artspace artist members

works in all media / Suzanne Foley Gallery

>> August/September 2019 News Release (PDF)

2019 Exhibition Calendar

January 25 - February 17, 2019

Haylie Zapantis—Chemistry of a Color - Main Gallery
Collective Efforts—JMU Art 3D faculty exhibition - Frable Gallery
Kay Franz—Burnt Offerings - Helena Davis Gallery
Maureen McCarron—The Birds - smallspace Gallery
Something borrowed, something new—a new year, a new view - Suzanne Foley Gallery

February 22 - March 9, 2019

Within Reach 2019 Annual Auction - All Galleries

March 22 - April 21, 2019

radius250 2019 - All Galleries

April 26 - May 19, 2019

Because OF: VCU Crafts and Material Studies Department graduate student group show - Main, Helena Davis, Frable and smallspace Galleries

May 24 - June 23, 2019

Morgan Craig—Identifying with Artifice: the Specter of Capitalism - Main Gallery
Naomi Swyers—Richmond Through a Needle's Eye - Helena Davis Gallery
Signal:Noise—Collaborative Composite Works by Robin L. Ryder, William Brian Porter, and L. Daniel Mouer - Frable and smallspace Galleries
Elements - the parts and the whole: artspace members -- works in all media - Suzanne Foley Gallery

June 28 - July 21, 2019

Julie Comnick—Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra - Main Gallery
Tom Monsees—INT/EXT. DAY/NIGHT -THE WOODS - Helena Davis Gallery
Margaret Buchanan—Subterranean - Frable Gallery
Shannon Gilbert—Unprotected - smallspace
Points of Interest—artspace members -- works in all media - Suzanne Foley Gallery

July 26 - August 18, 2019

Adam Bradley—Vulnerable and Predatory - Main Gallery
Nick Candela—Dealing with the Archive - Helena Davis Gallery
Jennifer Printz—Gentle Equanimity - Frable Gallery
Martha Prideaux—Grounded in Water - smallspace
The Hard and the Soft—artspace members -- works in all media - Suzanne Foley Gallery

August 23 - September 22, 2019

Beverly Ryan—Drone Zone - Main Gallery
Cindy Mehr—Celebrations - Helena Davis Gallery
Bizhan Khodabandeh—The Art of The Little Red Fish - Frable Gallery
Mitzi Humphrey—Another Way - smallspace
Sight Lines and Shadows—artspace members -- works in all media - Suzanne Foley Gallery

September 27 - October 20, 2019

Kim Rice—Inheritance - Main Gallery
Kathleen Craig—Abstract Imagery - Helena Davis Gallery
Giulia Piera Livi—Come Sit - Frable Gallery
Martin Brief—Hope (20172019) - smallspace
Decisions, Decisions—artspace members -- works in all media - Suzanne Foley Gallery

November 8 - December 15, 2019

ThinkSmall10 - All Galleries

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