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Wayne White: MONITORIUM

September 16, 2017 - February 11, 2018
Opening Reception Friday, September 15, 6:30pm In September, MOCA will present MONITORIUM, an exhibition by Wayne White exploring unique historical events in Hampton Roads. In 1862, the Battle of Hampton Roads took place and the first ironclad ships met in combat on the James River. One of those ships, the Union Navy's USS Monitor sets the stage for White's dynamic exhibition. Here, the focus is on the intimate, human side of this story. White will create a multi-media installation including monumental-sized puppets. It will feature the special individuals who helped to shape the Monitor's history. Props and puppets will carve out White's unique perspective on this game-changing moment of U…

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Wayne White: MONITORIUM
Wayne White: MONITORIUM logo, courtesy of the artist

Small Works, Tall Tales

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception, Friday, September 15, 6:30pm This fall, Virginia MOCA celebrates regional artists with Small Works, Tall Tales an exhibition of narrative sculpture presented on an intimate scale.  Each featured artist is an able storyteller. They infuse their work with sharp wit and a complex interpretation of our world. Different materials and approaches resulting in distinct styles. Yet, all share a penchant for creating engaging work of a personal, approachable size. As a sculpture projects into concrete space, it draws the viewer down into a fantastic, diminutive world. The artists included are Aggie Zed, John Tobin, Wade Mickley, Deborah G. Rogers, Tracey St. Peter, a…

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Small Works, Tall Tales
Kranitzky & Overstreet. Blind, 2015. 5.5"x 2.75"x.625". Mixed media. Courtesy of the Artists

Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception Friday, September 15, 6:30pm Artist Toobz Muir is known best for his murals, surreal paintings and detailed graphite drawings. His colorful work references his early fascination with graffiti and street art as well as his challenges from being color blind.  Primarily using spray paint, Muir freehand renders his work directly onto surfaces creating fantastical imagery that in his words is “both edgy and playful while also emerging from a personal place.” His subject matter ranges from allegorical to darkly satirical themes while distorting his figures’ features to evoke extreme emotional states. Muir is currently located in Roanoke, Virginia. His work h…

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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise
Toobz Muir. I Felt It's Time, 2017. Spray paint and acrylic on panel. 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Satellite Gallery: Ashley Sauder Miller: There’s Always a Lull

June 15 – October 7, 2017
Artist Ashley Sauder Miller focuses her attention on a familiar object – the chair. An heirloom rocking chair in need of restoration inspired Miller to teach herself to cane, which evolved into an ongoing series of paintings and mixed media works investigating the forms and textures of chairs.  These are not simply chairs, but symbols of a complex and ongoing narrative for the artist to explore. Chairs have immediate and personal connections to our everyday lives. They can be functional and efficient, a place to rest, a place for conversation, a place to eat, or a treasured heirloom that evokes and preserve memories. Miller’s work personifies these chairs, each with its own feeling or p…

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Satellite Gallery: Ashley Sauder Miller: There’s Always a Lull
Ashley Sauder Miller. Fixer Chair, 2014. Acrylic, oil, oil pastel, woven paper and plastic on canvas. 36" x 36". Courtesy of the Artist

Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)

on display YEAR-ROUND
MOCA recently partnered with Richmond-based artist Matt Lively to create  "27 Beecycles" on the back of the Stark and Legum Menswear shop in Norfolk's NEON District. According to the artist, "The 27 Beecycles capture the single-mindedness of bees, flying in one direction, as one unit, and with one purpose.  The evolution of an attached bicycle wheel stems from my interest in man using science to change nature.  The “27” is for each year that the MOCA has been operating in it’s current form - plus one year.”  Matt Lively will have a solo exhibition at MOCA's Satellite Gallery in the VIBE Creative District at Towne Pavilion II opening in April 2016.   ABOUT THE ARTIST (in his …

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Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)
Matt Lively, 27 Beecycles. NEON District Mural. Commissioned by Virginia MOCA. Photograph by Glen McClure. October 2015