Contact: Dana Frostick, Administrator
Phone: 804.232.6464/ Fax: 804.232.6465
Address: artspace @ Plant Zero
Hours: Wed.-Sun., and by appointment
Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions @ artspace
Exhibitions: Angela Willcocks
Seven deadly American sins
7 postcard size screens, 7 small animations
Mark Shepheard & Deirdra McAfee
Helena Davis Gallery
Pastel paintings and photographs
Reading by Deirdra McAfee at
*Exhibition details follow*
4 x 6 inches
Exhibiting in the Frable gallery is Angela
Willcocks. Willcocks is a new
American Immigrant becoming increasingly aware of
frequently in group and solo shows in cities across the country including
Image from Mark Shepheard & Deirdra McAfee's collaboration
Featured in the Helena Davis gallery, Emigrants is a meditation on the dead: a poet, a
scholar, and a gardener. Built on previous work in "Black Boxes"
(2002) and "Margin" (2000), "Emigrants" continues the
collaboration between Richmond Visual artist Mark Shepheard and writer Deirdra
McAfee. The exhibition uses motifs
from nature in mixed media and writing to "correspond" with the
departed. The writing draws on Eastern beliefs, on ideas of the 17th-century
English philosopher Sir Thomas Browne, on the poetry of T. S. Eliot, and on the
Sakuteiki, the world's oldest gardening guide.
The border between art and words continues to intrigue Shepheard and McAfee. They've maintained a collaboration unusual in its freedom. Neither discusses or modifies the other's work; they simply begin with shared ideas and keep each other informed. The process is full of surprise and discover. The product is powerful, a striking and provocative combination of the visual and verbal.
The artists met in a class on making artists' books. Shepheard, a graduate of VCU (BFA), has been particularly interested in printmaking and monotypes and has a substantial exhibition record. McAfee, a graduate of The New School (MFA, fiction) has been widely published; she teaches creative writing at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. McAfee will read at on opening night.
"Truth Betrayed By Innocence"
58 x 38 inches
Presented in the Main gallery is Barbara Rachko’s Domestic Threats. This series of pastel paintings (on sandpaper) and photographs uses cultural objects-- Mexican masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys--in a lively blend of reality and fantasy.
Rachko uses these objects not only as surrogates for human actors, but as potent symbols: an amalgam of childhood memories, half-forgotten dreams, and images encountered in literature.
The series has been evolving for more than a decade. Although the imagery is very personal, it is
rich in universal associations.
Barbara Rachko was born in
"Portrait of Woman"
Green and Blonde Alabaster
13 x 10 x 7 inches
Featured in the Members’ gallery is
a Retrospective of works
by Artspace Member Emeritus, Shirl
Tandlich. An accomplished
sculptor, her work is focused on stone carving which she frequently combines with metallic attachments. Shirl is a founding member of Artspace Gallery and an active member
is a non-profit art gallery dedicated to the understanding and awareness of
contemporary visual and performing arts. Founded in 1988, Artspace is a
member-run organization. Artspace is open Wednesday through Sunday, from
to and by appointment. artspace is
located at Zero East 4th Street within Plant Zero,