Friday, August 26, 2016
OPENING SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 (6-9PM)
MATT SPAHR & VALERIE MOLNAR
Leaf drop is a ficus tree’s standard reaction to stress but struggle is nature's way of physically and metaphysically strengthening it. Careful observation is the only key to true and complete awareness, and that knowledge is gonna eat you alive from the inside out.
EXHIBITION DATES: SEPTEMBER 2 - OCTOBER 1, 2016
SPAHR/MOLNAR statement: We as a collaborative team investigate the transfer of energy and the dynamic exchange within nature with color, form, and complex time based installation. Through plants, residual haunting, sculpture, and painting we experiment and debate on both real and romantic ideas of the inherent and potentially inherent attributes of naturally occurring phenomenon in our universe. We work together to think about and create environments for the happiness of plants and people while researching botanical care and theory. Exploring the idea of home and space for these ‘houseplants’ we ask questions to our domesticated friends about what they might be missing from their native homes. We imagine things that could help with their happiness like being with more mature partners, sunsets, fresh air, bugs, rain showers, and more metaphysical ideas like healing springs water, nonpercussive music and purple tesla plates. We are also interested in assisting plants’ human counterparts to be better partners in order to reach greater symbiotic balance and happinesses. Some of our social outreach projects have included learning to meditate with your plant, dancing with your plant, and exercising with your plant which raise happiness levels in humans creating positive environments for thriving while also producing essential CO2 and humidity through breathing and moving. Or, plants and their people can enjoy a sunset together indoors.
ADA GALLERY 228 W.BROAD ST., RICHMOND VA. 23220
THE HOTTEST NEW ART IN RICHMOND - SINCE 2003
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
AB FAB 3
featuring work by Cece Cole, Chris Mahonski, Robert Otto Epstein, Whitney Oldenburg, Tom Condon, Pinkney Herbert, Arthur Peña, Adah Kanter, Morgan Blair, Katie Baines, Bruce Wilhelm, Jared Clark, Danielle Riede, Steven Roebuck, Michael Brown and Rachel Hayes
opens Friday August 5 (7-9pm) exhibition dates: Aug 5 - 27, 2016
228 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Gallery Hours: Wed.-Fri.12-5pm & Sat.12-4pm
Saturday, July 16, 2016
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.
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.