The Main Street Gallery, in Association with Walton Gallery Inc., presents “Let the Light Shine Brite.” This is a group exhibition, curated by Eric Walton, Director- Walton Gallery, is exhibited in honor of Black History Month. The show is comprised of twenty-two African American artists from Virginia. Please visit The Main Street Gallery at the newly renovated Main Street Station in downtown Richmond.
On view are Chinese textiles from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), circa late nineteenth century-early twentieth century, and includes a range of silk objects: robes, rank badges, clothing, panels, and children’s apparel.
Wood Woman will feature a variety of large and small works that exemplify artist Barbara Dill's equation in a variety of woods. Her art includes sculptures and functional pieces. The exhibit will also provide a glimpse into the artist's studio, including one of her lathes and other working materials, and a process timeline created by curator Lora Beldon.
"Transient" is an experimental archive of a single place. Mixed-media sculptures are situated alongside intricately woven images of clouds and dislocated photographs of rock formations in an ongoing exploration into the fragile way that memories and places become bound together.
In process and form, the abstract paintings of Sarah Irvin explore “the abilities and limitations of the mind and the simultaneous power and shortcomings of language.” Irvin initially writes phrases derived from family memories and her daughter’s first words in ink on non-absorbent paper. She then smears the cursive text with squeegees, wiping away any meaning the signs might suggest. While traces may remain, the “hidden words” are transformed into streaks and fields of color.
Julie Wolfe’s installations address “the means by which we communicate” and the ways meaning is composed. A blend of photographs, drawings, assemblages, abstract paintings, and wall installations balance realism and abstraction, the manmade and the natural, suggesting “the patterns that govern our interdependence” and the complex systems that compose the natural and human worlds.
Candela Gallery presents its first solo show with Virginia-based photographer, Morgan Ashcom. The exhibition coincides with the release of Ashcom’s recent book, What the Living Carry, published by MACK Books.
Born and raised in Free Union, Virginia, Ashcom chisels his work out of the rural Americana of Hoys Fork – an amalgamated fiction of a small town, nestled in the South.
Rob Browning’s vibrant paintings combine portraiture and architecture in fantastical compositions that often depict autobiographical narratives.
Christopher Peter’s mixed media portraits present "a painting within a painting and a story within a story" in the traditional silhouette form.
For more than forty years, Sally Mann (American, born 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Mann has long written about what it means to live in the South and be identified as a southerner. Using her deep love of her native land and her knowledge of its fraught history, she asks provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings considers how Mann’s relationship with this land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South—as both homeland and graveyard, refuge and battleground—continues to permeate American identity.
Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Thursday, March 8; 5 - 8 pm
A coin flip offers a quick, absolute, but equitable means for settling disputes. It amplifies hope and changes fortunes. This transformative promise inspires King’s latest series combining elements of collage and image transfer using vintage Montgomery Ward catalogs and Eastern iconography.
The upstairs galleries at Reynolds Gallery will hold the 2017-2018 VCU Fountainhead Fellows’ exhibitions, presenting work by Ryan Lucero (Painting+Printmaking), Jeanne Medina (Craft+Material Studies), and Sara Stern (Sculpture+Extended Media).
Lucero balances delicacy and rawness in his repetitively patterned paintings, capturing a haunting beauty in his show Jumping from an Imaginary Explosion. In Ancestral Offerings, Medina weaves together materials from various cultures, presenting themes of decolonization and identity through monochromatic textiles works. Through video, performance, and installations, Stern overlaps digital and physical spaces in Foundation Vent, dissecting established social and political systems.
Open House & Artist Reception: Friday, March 16, 2018 6pm - 9pm
All-Media Show, Members Show - Bon Air Artists Association, James River Art League, Focus Group Camera Club, Wednesday/Thursday Independent Painters
Plus food trucks, music, magic, and more!
From myth and legend to warfare, sport, and transportation, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. Wealthy Greeks belonged to the social class of knights and hunted to develop skills for fighting in the cavalry. Horses were among the earliest subjects explored by Greek artists and remained the most commonly depicted animal in the Archaic and Classical Periods. Artists and writers celebrated horses as symbols of wealth, power, and prestige but also as cherished companions of humans, heroes, and gods.
In the second volume of The Black Photographers Annual, editor and publisher Joe Crawford included an interview with P. H. Polk (1898–1984), the official photographer at Tuskegee University for nearly 50 years. Accompanied by a portfolio of Polk’s photographs, the entry began with this quote: “A number of students at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama told The Black Photographers Annual that looking at the works of P. H. Polk was like a study in Black history.” It was Chester Higgins, a student at Tuskegee, who introduced Polk’s work to the Annual.
Reception, Friday, March 23, 6 - 8 pm
Artist Talk, Saturday, March 24, 10 am
1708 Gallery is pleased to present In the Purple, a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist SV Randall. Historically, the color purple was rare. Made from a laborious process of crushing and boiling sea snails, the resulting dye was worth more than gold and reserved for the elite. A child born into the wealthy class was said to be “born in the purple”. In the Purple examines the relationship between consumer, commodity, and object transformation. Randall focuses on the symbolism and historical implication of basic consumer objects to identity the notion of obsolescence, visual decay and materiality.
OPENING RECEPTION: March 23, 6-9 pm (new hours)
ARTISTS’ TALK: April 22, 2 pm
Earth Day Special Hours: April 21, Noon-7 pm, featuring music by keyboard artist, Tony Doors
Three new gallery shows: paintings, drawings and installation works by Susan Hensel, a group exhibit by Bluecoup including 22 artists, and a group exhibition by artspace artist members.
Cézanne Portraits is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits. The exhibition explores the unconventional aspects of his portraiture, the role his portraits play in the development of his radical style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters. Rather than accepting commissions for portraits, Cézanne painted them as part of his ongoing experimentation as he searched for a pictorial language to capture his intense perceptions of the world. He rarely painted people he did not know; instead he portrayed himself, his family, his friends, art world admirers, and working-class inhabitants of his native Aix-en-Provence with whom he felt an affinity.
Join us for a book signing & conversation with the artist!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Brandon Thibodeaux: In That Land of Perfect Day
Published in October 2017 by Red Hook Editions
After spending nine years in the northern Mississippi Delta, in a primarily African American space, Thibodeaux's self-proclaimed journey for self-discovery turned into one of renewed trust and determination. In a place mired in poverty and racial tensions, Thibodeaux's work seeks to emphasize the "tender and yet unwavering human spirit that resides within its fabric." The tenacity and the faith of those that he encountered are not just specific to that of the rural black experience, but are a link of commonality between us all, which Thibodeaux says is perhaps the "lesson I was looking for all along." His first monograph In That Land of Perfect Day presents the documentation work he did among these inhabitants of the Mississippi Delta, as he found solace their stories and perseverance in their pain.
Join Maria Chavez for a performance and conversation to open the exhibition Topography of Sound: Peaks & Valleys Series, New Work by Maria Chavez. Reception to follow. This inaugural event for the Richmond Sound Art Festival is free and open to the public, but tickets required.
The University of Richmond Museums presents Topography of Sound: Peaks & Valleys Series, New Work by Maria Chavez. In this exhibition, Brooklyn-based artist Maria Chavez (born Peru, 1980) examines microscopic, physical images of vinyl records and their striking similarities to the topography of mountainous and canyon regions throughout the world. A sound artist and abstract turntablist, Chavez trades her dexterity from physical hand manipulation during her performances to sketching with various densities of graphite, sumi ink, and watercolor. The exhibition features drawings and paintings exemplifying the similarities of microscopic images of vinyl to the traditional approach in landscape illustration from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also presented is a sample of previously recorded performances and publications.
After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1994, Iris Eichenberg worked as an independent artist, art educator, part-time curator, and co-organizer of art-related events. She began teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 1996, where she became Head of the Jewelry Department in 2000. Eichenberg held this position until 2007. In 2006 she accepted an appointment as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and began teaching full time there since. She is regularly invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and give workshops at various art academies in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
With photographs, videos, installations, films, and performances that are focused on his native Palestine, multidisciplinary artist Khaled Jarrar explores the impact of modern-day power struggles on ordinary citizens while seeking to maximise the social potential of artistic interventions. Over the last decade, Jarrar has used the subject of Palestine, particularly the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, as a starting point for larger investigations of militarised societies, including the gendered spaces of violence and the links between economic and state powers that fuel and profit from war or political conflict.
Artist Talk: Friday, March 30 5:30 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Trish Tillman presents an exhibition, Remains (to Be Seen), that explores the visual devises of commemoration. Inspired by iconic and personal mementos of her late grandparents, Tillman’s show distills memorabilia into geometric forms, transforming nostalgia into present-day symbols of ritual, rebellion, family and home. Known for her meticulously crafted sculptures, Tillman combines industrial materials with the aesthetics of hard rock, goth, fetish and kitsch to create a contemporary signature that hems together ideas of fashion, furniture, ornamentation and ritual objects.
Richmond artist Tenley Beazley returns to Quirk this April for a solo exhibition of new work that is largely influenced by the recent passing of her father, Alan Fleischer. Prayers and blessings serve as graceful backgrounds for delicate flowers. Recent discoveries and explorations into abstracted techniques and new materials have made their way into the work as well.
glave kocen proudly presents two premiere solo exhibits that go hand in hand to celebrate the warmth of Spring! April’s “Under the Rafters” installment has Tim Harper’s wanderlust on display with his mixed media found object and organic material wall assemblages.
glave kocen proudly presents two premiere solo exhibits that go hand in hand to celebrate the warmth of Spring! Krista Townsend hailing from the Charlottesville area is bringing us thirty new large scale works that will envelop the gallery with the feeling of wilderness.