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December 3, 2002

Collected Evidence First Exhibition at Artspace in 2003

Richmond, VA - Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond, is pleased to announce the exhibition Collected Evidence, opening on Friday, January 3, 2003. Curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter (Richmond), the exhibition presents artwork by six artists from Maryland and Virginia who address the process of collection and/or accumulation of the peculiar evidence of humanity's existence and activities. The public is invited to the First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, January 3 from 7-10 pm. The exhibit will close on Sunday, February 2, 2003. Artspace is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 12 to 4 pm. You can learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org

All of the art in Collected Evidence displays the compulsive nature of collecting. Multiples abound in the mixed-media work. Photography, a tool of documentation, is a common ingredient in the artists' presentations. Also common is the notion that a collection is more than just a finite set of objects, but evidence of a curious but common activity and a means for exploring theories about art, religion, science, families, and sexuality.

Jennifer Blazina (Kensington, MD), combines photography with sculpture with her silkscreened images on glass that portray family photographs taken out of context and renewed into modern narratives. In her mixed media artworks, K. Johnson Bowles (Farmville, VA) focuses on autobiographical information and storytelling through commonplace and familiar objects, such as aprons, hair, purses, and rosaries. Caryl Burtner (Richmond) examines both the fascinating coincidences and deliberateness of word play in definitions and illustrations printed in dictionaries. Susan Eder (Falls Church, VA) similarly works with manmade meaning in her photographic installation of images of deities as well as representations of artists' eyes throughout history. With his chromogenic prints of thrift store merchandise, John Lehr (Baltimore, MD) reveals both the beauty and ugliness of human consumption and sentimentality. Richard Roth's (Richmond) selection of anonymous artists' palettes presents this normally intimate tool of artists as the finished artwork, to touch upon the intuitive and unintentional properties of creativity.

Curator N. Elizabeth Schlatter is Assistant Director of the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia.

 
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