Opening May 27, 2016
Richmond, VA - artspace is pleased to present five new exhibitions opening Friday, May 27, and continuing through June 19, 2016. The work of 10 area artists invited to show by a select group of artspace members will be in the Main Gallery. Digital photography and handmade books by Dawn Gillis will be on view in the Frable Gallery and The Lady Octavia will present two-dimensional collage illustrations and three-dimensional collage & assemblage pieces in the Helena Davis and smallspace Galleries. A group show by area artists will be exhibited in the Suzanne Foley Gallery. An opening reception, which is Free and Open to the Public, will take place on Friday, May 27, 2016, from 7-10pm. A closing artist talk for the May/June, 2016 artists will take place Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 2:00pm. This event will also be Free and Open to the Public.
The Main Gallery will show the SHAREDSPACE INVITATIONAL, with work by ten artists selected by artspace members Michael Pierce, Paul Terrell, Mary Anne Hensley, Annette Norman, Elisabeth Flynn-Chapman, Michelle McGrath, Dan Mouer, Santa De Haven, Alice Anne Ellis and Robin Ryder. Featured artists Diana Detamore, Jeffery Deane Hall, Llewellyn Hensley, Carol Meese, Chet Naylor, Michael R. O’Neal, Henry Stindt, Nancy Strube, Kevin Thrasher, and David R. White will show a selection of paintings, photography and other media.
In the Frable Gallery, Dawn Gillis presents SHIFTING FOCUS, digital photography and handmade books. Gillis writes, "My photographic and craft works focus on flowing forms of flowers; delicate, ruffled edges of feathers; and, complex veining patterns of leaves. To highlight these natural elements," she continues, "I use a limited palette, often no more than two close value colors. My photographs are extreme close-ups and are referred to as macrophotography. The images are abstracted yet still hint at the organic original. In my books I also use a reduced palette when presenting abstracted natural structures." Gillis uses a "process-oriented approach, which allows for repetitive tasks. The repetition is rewarding in both the calm it grants me, and the meticulously created end result. My imagination wanders as my hands are engaged in stitching pages for hours or when I am shooting a range of digital photographs. Within these media, I experiment with different techniques to create variety within my work and to build my skill-base as an artist and an art teacher."
The Helena Davis and smallspace Galleries will feature The Lady Octavia's PHANTOM LIMBS & DECIDUOUS APPENDAGES, two-dimensional collage illustrations and three-dimensional collage and assemblage pieces. Artist, seamstress, photographer, and fusion vaudeville-circus sideshow performer, these are but a sampling of the areas of creative expression The Lady Octavia is exploring, bringing her unique style and flair to each. She picks apart the, "elements of Victorian and vintage fashions and ideologies, mixing in a little sideshow carnival mystique, and coming from my deep connections to ancient tribalism, I weave together coherent and entertaining stories that resonate on a universal level." PHANTOM LIMBS is a showing of two-dimensional collage illustrations. "created using a variety of vintage and antique paper sources including novels and storybooks, encyclopedias and dictionaries, textbooks and reference sources, and other found and salvaged pages. Images are painstakingly cut by hand using a variety of small blades, and lovingly arranged and blended with hand-inked lines." DECIDUOUS APPENDAGES is a showing of three-dimensional collage and assemblage pieces, which are created using a variety of vintage and antique ephemera and oddities. Reflecting on her exhibits the Lady Octavia writes, "The echo of what you know should be there, the vague lingering sensations that are rippling from ancient events you cannot even comprehend, and our primordial connections with our universe...these are our phantom limbs. The courage to let those things fall away that have served their purpose, the tenacity to move forward in the face of absurd existence, and the inner fortitude to turn and to leave behind what is no longer needed...these are our deciduous appendages."
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature COMMON GROUND, works in all media by Richmond artists.
May 27 - June 19, 2016
Diana Detamore | Jeff Hall | Llewellyn Hensley | Carol Meese | Chet Naylor | Mike O'Neal | Henry Stindt | Nancy Strube | Kevin Thrasher | David R. White
Artists invited to participate by artspace members Michael Pierce, Paul Terrell, Mary Anne Hensley, Annette Norman, Elisabeth Flynn-Chapman, Michelle McGrath, Dan Mouer, Santa De Haven, Alice Anne Ellis and Robin Ryder.
Digital Photography and Handmade Books
The Lady Octavia
Two-dimensional collage illustrations & three-dimensional collage & assemblage pieces
Helena Davis and smallspace Galleries
Mixed media works by Richmond artists
Suzanne Foley Gallery