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Opening August 28, 2015

artspace is pleased to present five new exhibitions opening on Fourth Friday, August 28, 2015, from 7-10pm, and continuing through Sunday, September 20, 2015. Featured artists include Anne Burlock Lawver, Phillip Counselman and Santa Sergio De Haven. The Opening Reception is Free and Open to the Public. A free gallery talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, September 20th at 2pm.

artspace will also be open Friday, September 18, 2015, from 7-9 pm for the opening of Bicycle Stories - illustrations, a collaboration with Richmond Young Writers in the Plant Zero Project Space and a closing reception for the current gallery exhibitions.

"Indelible," photography by Anne Burlock Lawver, will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery. In a series of photographs taken in the Gun Metal Ink tattoo parlor, located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, Lawver shares with the viewer striking and touching images that show the range of emotions felt during the intimate process of tattooing. Focusing on the ever-evolving configurations formed by the tattoo artist and the client, she captures individual reactions to the closely guarded moment of having an indelible and meaningful mark inserted intentionally, and directly, onto the skin. Lawver’s photographs capture the experience of obtaining tattoos. "Each person," she writes, "responded differently; for some the experience was minor; for others it was physically extremely painful. Watching the tattooing process for me, as a photographer, was visually as lyrical and beautiful as ballet. My desire was to take photographs that communicate those intimate moments I saw through the lens."

In the Frable Gallery, Phillip Counselman presents mixed media sculptures in "Diffraction/Refraction: reflections from the Gulf Coast." Counselman began his "exploration in sculpture with wood, creating pieces that referenced architecture, landscape, and the human body to explore ideas associated with identity and domestic life. Disillusioned by the reality of domesticity, I became more concerned with specific physical changes in modern society: obesity, artificiality, and our diminishing natural environment. I needed to move away from the appropriately confining wood structures I was creating, to a medium with more fluidity that could represent the transformations of nature. My wood squares, spikes, and blocks gave way to spirals, spiraled ceramics and spiraled metal. Spirals gave way to spouts and holes as I began incorporating undersea forms into larger ceramic pieces. The holes and spouts allowed me to distort a piece (in form and meaning) to the point of becoming void of all seriousness. Constructed through playful experimentation in various mediums, these sculptures verge on the absurd - the only constant of humanity."

The Helena Davis Gallery will feature "Moves," drawings and collages by Santa Sergio De Haven. "The energy expressed in my current work grew from an opportunity to ‘draw from the dance’ at Sunday morning rehearsals of Dogtown Dance Company in Richmond, Virginia," says De Haven. "The work reflects the simultaneous focus and abandon needed to capture flashes of grace and nuance and deliberate force of movement. The ‘line’ that evolved from hours of pulling pencil and charcoal over paper now spills over into collages that have opened up to embrace a consideration of line and pattern in all their iterations."

Santa Sergio De Haven will also be presenting "E-collages" in the smallspace Gallery. De Haven writes, "These collages are influenced by a recent move from a large home that allowed the collecting (aka accumulating/hoarding) of stuff over decades and confronting the stuff my parents accumulated over the better part of the 20th century. Some of them are call-outs to important parts of my visual life and the ‘visual DNA’ I inherited from my father. All of them are timepieces and contain elements of my long and continuing search for connections."

The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "Around the Block," works in all media by Richmond Artists.

artspace will be open Friday, September 18th, 2015 7-9 pm
For the Opening of BICYCLE STORIES - illustrations in a collaboration with Richmond Young Writers
in the Plant Zero Project Space and Closing Reception for current Gallery Exhibitions
Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, September 20, 2015
2:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

August 28 - September 20, 2015

Anne Burlock Lawver



Main Gallery

Santa Sergio De Haven


Drawings and Collages

Helena Davis Gallery

Phillip Counselman

Diffraction/Refraction: reflections from the Gulf Coast


Frable Gallery

Santa Sergio De Haven



smallspace Gallery

Around the Block

Mixed media works by Richmond artists

Suzanne Foley Gallery

Future Exhibitions

September 25 - October 18, 2015

Friday, October 18, 2015, 7-10 PM

Fourth Friday Opening Reception
Free and Open to the Public

Music by: Robin Payne, Classical Guitar

Michelle McGrath


Painting and Mixed Media

Main Gallery

John Heroy

Not By Accident


Helena Davis Gallery

Betsy Yost

Repetition As Metaphor

Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media

Frable Gallery



smallspace Gallery

Points and Connections

Mixed media works by Richmond artists

Suzanne Foley Gallery

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, October 18, 2015
2:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

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