Looking for an excuse to get some mountain air and enjoy world renowned photography? The Look 3 Festival of the Photograph is happening this weekend in Charlottesville and offers all of the above. To take place on June 13-15 2013, the festival features gallery shows, outdoor exhibits, nightly projections, and on-stage interviews.
Kristi Totoritis is an artist--or so she claims. She's a waitress too, working at Bellytimber on W. Main St. In some ways, she's the embodiment of the artistic cliché: waiting tables while she realizes her dream, her creative goal. However, Kristi is actually an artist--and a damn good one at that. She mainly works with glass, but also makes jewelry and paints. Glass, though, is her passion, and is what she sees herself doing for the rest of her life.
Dreamscapes: Art and Design, a group exhibition featuring work by fine and decorative artists with a surrealist slant, opens at Ghostprint Gallery on Thursday, June 6th. The aim of surrealism, as described by Andre Breton in the first Surrealist Manifesto, was “the future resolution of ... dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality.” To this end, surrealist works often incorporate bizarre juxtapositions between objects that seemingly have no relationship to each other.
A clash of childhood dreams and the reality of adulthood takes place in every image that Dave MacDowell produces. Battles between ideals, icons, and wild drugged-out scenarios fill in his canvases, and it can be disturbing. But his paintings are more statements than resolutions; they present no particular message, merely offering a glimpse into the madness that comes from being alive in a media driven, consumer driven world. We spoke to Dave recently and got a glimpse into his own personal madness.
Famed environmentalist and photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in an exhibition opening at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News on Saturday, June 1. The exhibition, named Fragile Waters, focuses on the theme of water, and its vitality and value. Along with Adams, the exhibition will also feature photographs by Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly.
A popular blog based out of Boooklyn (and Richmond, sorta), TheBLAAAHg.com, is in the process of raising money through the seemingly ubiquitous Kickstarter crowdfunding site to release a print version of their online publication.
Benjamin Løzninger is quite the renaissance man--the French-born artist, who currently resides in Brooklyn, also makes music, directs videos, and works as a sound engineer, among many other things.
Local artist Norberto Gomez Jr.‘s latest exhibition, The Occult Nature of Style, will premiere at Gallery A with an opening reception on Thursday, May 16, from 5 to 9 PM. Gomez describes the opening reception as "an inter-geographic rite of style," and has asked patrons of the exhibit to come wearing black, preferring jeans and t-shirts.
Based out of Atlanta, painter and VCU alumnus Dane Jefferson has been working hard to bring his rough brush realism into the gallery world after a long layoff. He stopped by the RVA office on the way to his newest show, “An Ocean Narrative,” at Air & Eau Gallery in Orient, New York. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.
Ever go to Wikipedia and look up what happened on this day in history? You can find some weird stuff on there. For example, while working on this article, I discovered that Friday, May 3, 2013 is the 35th anniversary of the first email spam ever sent.
1708 Gallery’s newest exhibition, Still Action!, features contemporary photographers who are investigating performative and scenographic aspects of image-making. Presented by Paul Thulin and Travis Fullerton, both VCU MFA students in Photography, Still Action! will be on view starting with the opening reception this Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. with a curator’s talk at 7:30 p.m.
This weekend, the National Poster Retrospecticus comes to RVA's own Gallery 5 for one night only. Making its appearance this Saturday, April 20, the Retrospecticus is a massive display of hand printed concert posters featuring work by leading lights of the field such as Daniel Danger, Aaron Draplin, and Aesthetic Apparatus. The exhibit presents posters originally created for such artists as Modest Mouse, Ty Segall, Neil Young, and many more.
The will to create is uniquely human, and art is a natural right for all of us. It inspires competition, romance, and change. Art is a luxury for both serious and amateur collectors.
Chris Visions is a freelance artist based in Richmond. A VCU grad, he has tremendous style and his range is incredible. In particular, I am drawn to his ability to convey action and provide his illustrations with an abundance of emotion. I think he’s a phenomenon, and I can’t wait to see where his talent takes him.
I’ve been working on my first novel, Trailer Park Trash & Vampires, for years now, and I had always envisioned releasing it as an illustrated version. I had tried unsuccessfully to find an artist who was up to the challenge, but when RVA Mag’s publisher, Tony Harris, put me in contact with Chris Visions, I knew he was the man for the job. He absolutely killed the illustrations for my book. He did an amazing job of interpreting the material, and the images he provided represent a superb addition to the manuscript. Sometimes when I would stop to examine the artwork he sent my way, I had to wonder whether or not the dude was psychic. It was like he was could see exactly what I was describing, and anyone who has ever been involved in a collaboration knows how hard that it is to achieve. It’s not just that the atmosphere in his work is so rich or that the characters are so vivid, either. A big part of it is the simple fact that his wealth of talent allows him to adapt to the subject matter with ease. Chris is a guy who specializes in everything.
In 1980, the audacious art scholar Slim Stealingworth wrote: "Many critics have described Tom Wesselmann as the most underrated painter of the American Art world of the 1960's." The funny thing is that Slim Stealingworth IS Tom Wesselmann. Frustrated at being ignored by the art world establishment, Wesselmann created an alternate identity to write a book about himself.
Spring is here, lent is over, Easter has passed, and the weather might actually have figured out that it's time to warm up! So maybe this First Friday it'll actually be pleasant walking-around-outdoors weather. Wouldn't that be nice?
Charles Berger is a tattoo artist who plies his trade at Heroes and Ghosts in Carytown. We’ve known Charles for some time, and watched his talent grow immensely over the past few years. His work was featured in the Valentine Richmond History Center’s recent exhibition, History, Ink: The Tattoo Archive Project. This project featured the tattoos of current Richmond VA residents, and documented the importance of tattoo art in the artistic culture of RVA as we know it today. We caught up with Charles to talk about a number of things, from tattooing in Richmond to Victorian Futurism.
1708 Gallery presents their annual art auction, Mixology, with honorable chair Shepard Fairey, this Saturday, April 6, at 8pm. The 23rd annual fundraiser features both a live and silent auction of over 60 artists.
For all those that have been wondering, The Richmond Mural Project has been postponed until the end of summer.
Morgan Herrin is a Richmond-based sculptor who uses his background in wood crafting and carpentry to help his wooden sculptures more successfully evoke the human form. Herrin's works, which take months (if not years) to complete, are intricate, life-size wood carvings based on archaeological finds that date back thousands of years.