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Good luck walking past Richmond, Virginia's ada gallery without stopping for Derek Larson's mirrored wall sculptures, featuring robotic arms wielding cameras that play animations of dancing aliens. In these works (on offer for $15,000 apiece), the Yale grad and former student of Jessica Stockholderblends science fiction with an interest in autoimmune diseases. Intestine-like appendages and eerie alien hands reach out toward the viewer in an attempt to communicate. - Molly Gottschalk
ada gallery is pleased to present four films by Sasha Waters Freyer, on view October 7 -- October 29. Freyer is a moving image artist trained in the photography and documentary tradition, fusing original and found footage in 16mm and digital media. Freyer's works ask the question of how to be an artist and a parent; to make and to nurture; to revolt and sustain; the certainty of death; the project of reconciling the irreconcilable. For more than a decade, her work has revolved around what happens -- psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally -- when one becomes a parent, guided around her own maternal ambivalence. Her work conveys a desperation to evoke meaning from motherhood, the battle between autonomy and subjugation, selfishness and
sacrifice. Since the becoming a parent 12 years ago, she has mined the tension between the subjective and lived experience of mothers--so often without cultural or aesthetic representation--and their fantasies, projections, fears, and mourning. The four short films selected for presentation in Afraid of Everything explore, without sentimentality, this loss of innocence that is both real and imagined, personal and collective. They synthesize Freyer's original 16mm footage (shot on a hand-cranked Bolex camera) with optically re-printed and manipulated nature and history films and the home movies of strangers.
The four films included are: Her Heart is Washed in Water and then Weighed (2006, 13:00, 16mm film loop), premiere: Tribeca Film Festival. You Can See the Sun in Late December (2010, 6:30, 16mm film -> video loop projection), U.S. premiere: Anthology Film Archives, New York. Burn Out the Day (2014, 4:00, 16mm film -> video loop projection), premiere: Havana Film Festival. A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965 (2015, 6:30, 16mm film -> digital diptych, looped), premiere: The Jihlava International Film Festival.
In 2016, Sasha Waters Freyer was the recipient of the Helen Hill Award from he Orphan Film Symposium, and in 2015 received a Media Arts Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her past projects have screened at such renowned international festivals as Rotterdam, Telluride, Tribeca, and IMAGES, in institutions such as the Pacific Film Archives, the Museum of Moving Images in New York, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and are equally active in microcinemas, church basements, and county libraries. Her films and videos have been reviewed in ArtForum, The New Yorker, Variety, IndieWIRE, and Mother Jones. Freyer is a past fellow of The Macdowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Photography & Film at VCU's School of the Arts.
exhibition dates: October 7th - October 29, 2016
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 12 to 5pm and Saturday 12 to 4pm
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Matt Spahr, a sculptor from California (among other places), and Valerie Molnar, a painter from Cleveland, investigate the transfer of energy and the dynamic exchange within nature with color, form, and complex time based installation. The collaboration began in 2012 as their work collided through their friendship and mutual love for plants. They both teach at Virginia Commonwealth University. Matt earned his BFA from California State and Valerie from The Cleveland Institute Of Art, they both made their move to Richmond for their MFA's at VCU. The duo received a VMFA Professional fellowship this year, they attended Mountain Lake's Art Lab Residency last summer, and have recently returned from this year’s residency at Wave Pool Gallery in Cincinnati Ohio.
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.