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Opening October 24, 2014
artspace pleased to present four new exhibitions opening on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 7-10pm and continuing through Sunday, November 23, 2014. The Opening Reception is Free & Open to the Public. A free Gallery Talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, November 23 at 2pm.
"Exquisite Abnormalities" is a group exhibition of Richmond-based visionary and abstract painters, including Dana Frostick, Dee Glazer, Jessica L. Sims and Roman Zelgatas, in the Main, Frable and smallspace Galleries. "Exquisite Abnormalities" includes solo work by the featured artists as well as collaborative pieces by them and other local artists. While there are some stylistic differences between the four main artists of this exhibit, their similarities encouraged them to show as a group: all focus on work that is hand-crafted, with no concern for replicating imagery that is found in reality, and all use exquisite detailing in the creation of their abnormal visions.
The Main Gallery will feature individual work by Dana Frostick and Dee Glazer. Dana Frostick's "Elaborate Doodles" are the result of her communications with her paintings; repeated patterns fill spaces that are defined by an automatic drawing process, allowing them to become what they want to be. Using layers of Sharpie and acrylic, the paintings evolve and emerge as Frostick makes her marks on the canvas, turning the pieces from time to time throughout the process.
Frostick studied sculpture at VCU from the early to mid '80's. Exhibiting her paintings extensively in solo and group shows in Richmond, around Virginia and in venues located in New York, Omaha, and Washington, D.C., she is also the winner of multiple juried awards. Frostick has been a member since 2000 of artspace, where her work has frequently been on view, and where she was recently elected President of the artist-run non-profit. www.danafrostick.com
Dee Glazer's work most notably plays with the relationship between the natural and the industrial, or the organic and the inorganic. Morphing natural forms with mechanical elements, she creates quasi-landscapes that further distort the distinction of this dichotomy. Toying with the subjects of philosophy and science fiction, she presents these abstract notions of contemporary thought in a fundamentally playful manner.
Glazer received a BA from the University of Richmond in 2013. She was recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the 5th installment of radius250 at artspace gallery and participated in the 2013 Street Art Festival. Glazer has just begun a Masters Degree program at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. www.deeglazer.com
Jessica L. Sims presents twenty recent works in the Frable Gallery. These abstract acrylic paintings reference pallets and sentimentalized items of her youth, re-imagined with a new visual vocabulary. The works are poured, cracked, encrusted and glossed, creating a grotesquely candied surface.
Sims received her BFA from VCU in 2002, her MFA from UNC-Greensboro in 2005 and recently completed her term as President of artspace. She was the juror for "Emerging," 2013 Rawls Museum Arts Juried Exhibition and will have a solo exhibition at the University of Mobile in August 2014. www.jessicalsims.com
Roman Zelgatas is a visionary painter inspired by the religious experience and dimensional travel. Using repeating and interlocking organic patterns, he depicts inner and outer chaos, bringing mankind's spiritual awareness into harmony with the universe. Zelgatas' work will be featured in the smallspace gallery.
Zelgatas is a self-taught painter who has made a name for himself as an ambidextrous artist. He has done live painting at events for Art 180 and Gallery 5 in Richmond, several 2-day art shows called "Contrast" in New York, and a promotion for a tequila company in Las Vegas. www.romanzelgatas.com
"Artist Conspiracies," an exhibit of collaborative work by the Dana Frostick and featured artists will be presented in the Helena Davis Gallery. Other artists participating in the collaborative show include: Shawn Everette Jones, Nutchild, Browning Keister, Sarah Frostick, Jean-Baptiste and more. "Artist Conspiracies" will be curated by Dana Frostick.
The Suzanne B. Foley Gallery will feature "Object Lessons," mixed media works from Richmond artists.
artspace’s new fundraising exhibition, "artroulette" opens simultaneously in the Project Space Gallery, the halls of Plant Zero, from 7-10pm on Friday, October 24. 100 pre-selected artists were randomly assigned to 25 teams of 4, with one month to create collaborative artwork in any media. All works are to be awarded to winning raffle ticket holders, with raffle tickets on sale at the gallery or online, $5.00 per ticket, now through November 28, 2015. More info about Artroulette at www.artspacegallery.org/artroulette
Also opening October 24, "EC, Exquisite Corpse Paintings by JTCC Painting Students." Curated by Michael Pierce, EC features exquisite corpse paintings from his Watercolor I & II classes taught at John Tyler Community College. Exquisite corpse is a Surrealist technique in which a group of artists collaborate on the same artwork unaware of the work of one another.
EC is a fundraiser for artspace and the JTCC Art Club. The exhibit is on display in the Plant Zero Project Space Hallway/Event Space Gallery. Silent bidding closes November 28.
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