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For Immediate Release
June 22, 2002
6 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.782.8672 / Fax: 804.782.9880
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Meditative and Abstract Aspects Influence July Exhibitions at Artspace

RICHMOND, VA - Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street, invites the public to the "First Friday" Reception on Friday, July 5, 2002 from 7:00-10:00pm for exhibitions by artists, Geronimo Chang, Ken Krafchek, and Ann Marshall. (See below for list of coinciding events.) The exhibitions continue through Sunday, July28, 2002. For more information please call 804-782-8672. Artspace is open Wednesday - Sunday, from 12 - 4pm or by appointment, and is free and open to the public. You can learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org.

Chinese born artist, Geronimo Chang, presents new works in the Skylight Gallery photography exhibition, "Illusions." His statement explains, "If there is no light, there will have no color, form, and emerge no beauty - Illusion." As he is intrigued by light, he investigates this concern through two bodies of work - industrial sites and lamps. Though these two subjects differ, they both convey architectural design. Sexually implicit and organically shaped illuminations are hard to identify. Urban landscapes - industrial sites around the Washington, DC area - provide the viewer with much different a scene to meditate on. Chang has taught photography and Chinese calligraphy, as well as exhibited his own works in Taiwan, Germany, New York and Washington, DC.

Arlington-based artist and Maryland Institute College of Art illustration professor, Ken Krafchek, presents a unique body of work in the series, "Meditations: A Dialogue," appearing in the Main Gallery of Artspace. Krafchek's series includes paintings and individually mounted texts. His works are about reaction, just as much as the actual creation of the work itself. His process is unique in that he 'starts with raw canvas, folded and tucked in random patterns, immersed in a shallow pool of water. He pours a mixture of diluted paints into the pooled recesses and watches as they separate into constituent parts, lightly staining the raised surfaces and settling thickly into the depths.' After letting the canvas dry, he explores the piece, meditating over the cloth, searching for areas that speak to him. Ultimately, he "finds" a natural, unique and intimate painting. The outcome appears much like a black and white abstract photograph. Krafchek describes his process as "an exercise in Zen - a self-prescribed Koan of sorts - designed to confront my logical, discursive mind...It cancels out my preconceived notions of good and bad, self and other, and permits an awakening to that which both encompasses and transcends temporal concerns." The mounted text panels were written by, poets, curators, religious scholars, and visual artists, in response to the work.

As a junior at Collegiate School, local young artist, Ann Marshall, completed a yearlong independent study with Richmond mixed media artist, Pam Anderson. What resulted was the installation "Your Name Here." Artspace is pleased to present "Air Signs," an updated site-specific installation by Marshall for the Helena Davis Gallery. Mentoring with Anderson is evident in Marshall's work, but her own voice clearly comes across in this massive undertaking by the high school senior. The walls are draped with 9 by 25 foot drawings of charcoal on tissue paper. Organically shaped "stomachs" are suspended from the ceiling and are scattered on the floor. Shapes spiral out of control, much like the emotion evocated by the claustrophobic space created, and a sense of loneliness overwhelms it. An undertaking such as this, at her young age, is testimony to a future artistic career by Marshall.

Special Events Coinciding with Ken Krafchek's "Meditations"

"Art and Poetry"
Friday, July 5 from 6:30-7:30pm - Free
The responses to Ken Krafchek's paintings, by local writers, are read aloud before the "First Friday" opening reception.

"Art and Perception: A Buddhist Dialogue"
Saturday, July 13, 12:00-4:00pm - Suggested donation: $15; Seniors/Students $10; Couples $20
This talk, meditation, and public discussin is facilitated by the Venerable Claude d'Estree, Buddhist Chaplain at George Mason University and newly appointed professor at the University of Denver. For more information on Claude d'Estree: www.tonglenfoundation.org. The public is encouraged to participate. Experience in the meditative arts is not required.

"Art as Community"
Saturday, July 13, 7:00-10:00pm - Free
Poets, artists, composers, and performers from Richmond, Washington, and Baltimore, present their written and visual responses to the artist's work, and exchange ideas about art, community, and issues of spirituality. The public is encouraged to participate in this gathering.


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