Now Showing through April 20th
artspace is pleased to present five new exhibitions opening on Friday, March 28th, 2014 from 7-10pm and continuing through Sunday, April 20th, 2014. The Opening Reception is Free and Open to the Public. A free Gallery Talk will be held with the artists on Sunday, April 20th
Katie Lynch Thibault presents The Body That Rises in the Main Gallery. Her ink & water-media drawings on paper and sculptural wall-based artworks draw on "structural elements from historical and model aircraft frames and schematics" and "explore...a human connection to the feats of engineering that grant our bodies access to the possibility of flight." The interaction between the two and three dimensional aspects of her work will be reinforced by the installation, suggesting "a workshop environment" whose "pieces hover in a space between construction and realization." Receiving her MFA from Ohio State University in 2005, she is currently a doctoral candidate in Media Art & Text at VCU. Thibault exhibits both nationally and internationally, has received numerous awards, grants and assistantships, and is currently a Resident Artist at the Arlington Arts Center.
Megan Zalecki and Will Solis present Presence, Absence in the Frable Gallery. Through photography and collage, they both explore human interaction with various kinds of environments, and the mark left on natural settings in human presence and absence. Megan Zalecki’s collages stem from tension and balance in terms of the environments she occupies. Using found images from discarded prints, typography catalogues and fashion magazines, Zalecki creates hybrid environments that combine urban and rural imagery with reality and fantasy. Megan Zalecki, whose reviews of area exhibitions are featured on Richmond Arts Review’s website and in Style Weekly Magazine, received a BFA in Painting from Radford University in 2012. Will Solis explores areas in Central Virginia that are empty and abandoned, forgotten by their former residents and now left untended. The objects left behind create suspended, unresolved narratives that offer more questions than answers and reveal a cultural and social past. Will received a BS in Photography and Environmental Studies from Radford University in 2012, graduating with a "strong desire to combine his passions to help improve the environment through prevention and awareness."
Christie Blizard returns to artspace with her exhibition The Walk Project in the Helena Davis Gallery. The Walk Project is a photo documentation of her newest integration of art into everyday life and environments. She engaged "non-performance or Sisyphean tasks" by taking extended walks through cities such as Lubbock, TX, Columbus, IN and Miami, FL, with a painting strapped to her back. Blizard sees her journeys as "a way to get the work out of the gallery space and surprise viewers that would not see it otherwise." An Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Blizard was a recent artist in residence at the SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland. She is "intrigued by the connective tissues between categories that don’t typically overlap: painting and performance, the heroic and unheroic and the public and private." Exhibiting internationally, her work was also recently featured in the September 2013 issue of Art in America.
Eva Rocha presents Fodder :: Beauty, a site-specific sculptural installation in our smallspace Gallery. A multimedia artist from Brazil, Rocha is interested in "the relationship between concrete cultural artifacts and the ephemeral individual." Her installation will feature sculptural figures with labored, mixed media surfaces; a visual discussion of a condition Rocha refers to as "the slavery of beauty." Her sculptures address society’s enforcement of a "consensual trap...that the natural process of growing old is a curse," as her works "explore tensions through both abstract emotional isolation and narrative representational visualizations." After receiving a VCU Interdisciplinary Studies Degree in 2002, she traveled to the Andes of Peru where she worked as a theater teacher and director for a comprehensive international school. Currently the Director of the Virginia Center for Latin American Art (VACLAA), Rocha’s work has been featured at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Museum of the Americas, and she has been profiled by Belle Magazine.
The Suzanne Foley Gallery will feature "Callbacks: Themes and Refrains," works in all media by Richmond artists.
As a way of saying THANK YOU RVA for your awesome support over the past 26 years, we are presenting a unique, one-time opportunity for you to take home professional artwork for a fraction of the original price.
Abandoned Art Short Sale
artspace on the corner of Third and Decatur
In the Plant Zero building
April 26, 2014
11AM-until its all gone
(During RVA Earth Day Celebrations)
In the last decade we have managed to collect quite a bit of abandoned art; artwork that was displayed but never picked up after the exhibit came down. We don't want these wonderful pieces just collecting dust in storage, they need to go to a good home, like yours. So please come by early for the best deals and to see how our unusual pricing structure for this one time sale will work. Members will be on hand to help answer any questions.
March 28 - April 20, 2014
Closing Artist Talk for March/April Exhibitors
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 4 PM
Free and Open to the Public
Katie Lynch Thibault
Helena Davis Gallery
Megan Zalecki and Will Solis
Callbacks: Themes and Refrains
work in all media by Richmond artists