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July 18, 2002
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Governor's School Professors Present Collaborative Artwork in Second Installment of Series

RICHMOND, VA - Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond, is pleased to announce the premiere of "The Powers of Three2." featuring Gary Colson, Chris Stephens and Paul "Buddy" Terrell, and "Photographic Compositions by Eliza Bulla." The public is invited to the First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, August 2 from 7:00-10:00pm. Both exhibitions close on Sunday, September 1, 2002.

"The Powers of Three2" is a collaborative exhibition by three Virginia artists, and teachers, who have been working together since 1996. Gary Colson, Chris Stephens and "Buddy" Terrell met while teaching at the Virginia Governor's School for the Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Richmond. Highly motivated and dedicated to the creative process of making and teaching art, these artists have nurtured a lasting friendship by way of artistic vacations motivated by collaborative art making.

The Artspace exhibition by the "Powers of Three", as they have become known, is the second in a three-part series. Each "installment" will focus on a different region of the state, with the Richmond exhibit highlighting work created while visiting the mountain region of the commonwealth. One of the main elements of the show will be a collaborative mural, featuring sections from each artist. The concept of the mural came from an exercise first executed by the surrealists, called the "Exquisite Corpse." An artist begins a drawing, covers what he has created, and then another artist continues the drawing without knowing what already exists. The unexpected imagery to come out of their collaborative works harnesses the energy they inspire.

Though the focal point of the Artspace installation will be the collaborative work, individual works will also be on display. Gary Colson, art teacher at Liberty High School in Fauquier County, presents abstract figurative pieces in soapstone. Paul "Buddy" Terrell, art teacher at Midlothian High School in Chesterfield County, creates assemblages out of found wood with the addition of clay. And Chris Stephens, Artist-in-Resident at Front Royal School in Warren County, is a landscape painter who captures feeling and movement through his exceptional use of color.

Richmond photographer, Eliza Bulla traveled around the country, for six months shooting images throughout her journey. Upon settling in her new home of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she found that all of her photographs were ruined due to a (unknown) broken camera. Though horrified by the loss of her images, she was eventually inspired by the importance of memory. Realizing that "beauty is everywhere, and you just have to open your eyes to it," she transcends her travel experiences by way of a new body of work presented at Artspace. "Photographic Compositions" is an appropriate title for Bulla's transient series, which includes images of urban and natural decay. Reminiscing on her travels, and investigating her new home, she incorporated images of dumpsters, walls, billboards, and sidewalks, into postmodern snapshots. She hopes that these abstract compositions appear crisp and lush, like photo-realistic paintings. These captured memories might be all that is left from a travel down the block, but the feelings liberated are everlasting.

Artspace is a nonprofit gallery for the visual and performing arts, promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts. The gallery is open Wednesday - Sunday from 12:00 - 4:00pm, and by appointment. Learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org.

 
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