Saturday, July 16, 2016

SATURDAY JULY 23rd @ ADA, THE TENT OF CASUALLY OBSERVED PHENOLOGIES


JAMES LEONARD, THE TENT OF CASUALLY OBSERVED PHENOLOGIES

in front of ADA gallery (or inside in case of rain)
Saturday July 23, 2016 (12-6pm)
228 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23220





It can be hard to face a future we fear. Divination has been used by cultures throughout the world to help people navigate difficult futures. Artist James Leonard adapted Tarot cards to help others process what he calls “overwhelming climate anxiety.” 

This summer he’s traveling the country, making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. The tent’s exterior looks like a cross between a post-apocalyptic wigwam and a children’s blanket fort. The rainbow interior is made of brightly colored recycled clothing. Detailed tea-colored ink paintings of different plant and animal species—each reportedly affected by climate change are pinned to the outside.

James Leonard is an internationally exhibited artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. On July 23 from noon – 6 pm, Leonard will be in his tent in front of ada gallery offering free climate change readings.

This project invites the general public to consider their own rapidly changing landscapes. Readings last approximately 15 minutes each, on a first-come, first-served basis.

JULY at ADA gallery : PSYCHIC PHONES

Derek Larson, Cindy Hinant and Jakob Boeskov 
July 1 - 30, 2016

JUST MISSED : SCOTT HEWICKER, THOUGHTFORMS




Scott Hewicker
Thoughtforms
June 2016 at ADA GALLERY

San Francisco artist Scott Hewicker showed these works at the ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia alongside his friend and former classmate at Stanford University, Arnold Kemp. It was a joy to reunite these artists through these two exhibits. Arnold Kemp, Fond Farewells bid farewell to Arnold who has moved on from heading the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University here in Richmond to The Art Institute of Chicago. I hope he has a wonderful time in Chicago, We are going to miss him.

JUST MISSED : ARNOLD KEMP : JUNE 2016 @ ADA


FOND FAREWELLS
work by ARNOLD KEMP
JUNE 2016 at ADA GALLERY

Friday, March 25, 2016

UPCOMING : BERNARD MARTIN - THE AUTHENTIC DEATH OF VINCENT VAN GOGH

PREVIEW RECEPTION: 
THURSDAY MARCH 31, 2016 (5-7PM) and First Fridays OPENING FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2016 (6-9PM) 

THE AUTHENTIC DEATH OF VINCENT VAN GOGH


Vincent Van Gogh died early on the morning of July 29th, 1890 of a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The few people of Auvers who had any concern over the death of this extremely peculiar, difficult, and unsuccessful artist were uncertain if the wound was self-inflicted, accidental, or perhaps, even a homicide. Little or no attempt was made at the time to clarify the events leading to his death. Some forty years later, after both public and critical acceptance of Van Gogh's work, Irvin Stone published a fictionalized biography of the artist, Lust for Life, in which a detailed description of his death as a result of suicide was given, This account was, and has continued to be, widely accepted for it seemed an appropriate ending for the emerging myth of an artist, neglected in their lifetime, who becomes recognized as a master after their death. This account was further canonized in 1956 with the release of a movie based on Stone's book in which Kirk Douglas portrayed van Gogh. 
As a result of research for their 2011 biography of the artist Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith were the first to raise serious questions about this reading of the artist's death. 
While it will be forever impossible to know conclusively what happened in that field some twenty miles outside of Paris, I have given my best assessment of this event in a series of sequential paintings, The Authentic Death of Vincent van Gogh. - Bernard Martin Native Virginian and long-time Richmond resident, Bernard Martin is professor emeritus of art at Virginia Commonwealth University where he was the first chair of the Department of Painting and Printmaking. He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout his multi-decade career, including three separate traveling shows of his work organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as two previous exhibitions at ADA Gallery. His work has appeared in over 200 group shows nationally and internationally since 1965. He has been the recipient of awards and grants including two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. His work is to be found in a number of public collections - the National Collection of Art, Washington, DC, the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA - as well as many corporate and private collections. One such is that of his good friend Tom Robbins for whose novel, Skinny Legs and All, he did both the cover and interior illustrations.   - Bernard Martin
Native Virginian and long-time Richmond resident, Bernard Martin is professor emeritus of art at Virginia Commonwealth University where he was the first chair of the Department of Painting and Printmaking. He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout his multi-decade career, including three separate traveling shows of his work organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as two previous exhibitions at ADA Gallery. His work has appeared in over 200 group shows nationally and internationally since 1965. He has been the recipient of awards and grants including two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. His work is to be found in a number of public collections - the National Collection of Art, Washington, DC, the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA - as well as many corporate and private collections. One such is that of his good friend Tom Robbins for whose novel, Skinny Legs and All, he did both the cover and interior illustrations. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

HAPTIC FUGITIVE Tom Condon


HAPTIC FUGITIVE
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Tom Condon 


Maintenance, 14 x 11 inches, silver gelatin fiber print, 2016
HAPTIC FUGITIVE
new direct positives from local artist Tom Condon.
fresh from the darkroom, these one offs are the lensless, witchy offspring of material improvisation and long hours.

Tom received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Tech and his MFA in Photo & Film at VCU Arts here in Richmond. Tom has received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Grant in Printmaking and a recent fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Richmond.

ADA GALLERY  
228 West Broad Street 
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Hours: Tues. - Fri.  12 - 5pm and Sat. 12-4pm or by appt.
contact adagallery@gmail.com  for more information


www.adagallery.com



















HAPTIC FUGITIVE
new direct positives from local artist Tom Condon.
fresh from the darkroom, these one offs are the lensless, witchy offspring of material improvisation and long hours.

Tom received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Tech and his MFA in Photo & Film at VCU Arts here in Richmond. Tom has received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Grant in Printmaking and a recent fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Richmond.

ADA GALLERY  
228 West Broad Street 
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Hours: Tues. - Fri.  12 - 5pm and Sat. 12-4pm or by appt.
contact adagallery@gmail.com  for more information


www.adagallery.com



Richmond, Va. 23220