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Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail

September 22 - December 30, 2018
Artist Todd Schorr has earned broad recognition as a master painter. The style and influences of his complex narrative painting have been attributed from a multitude of sources from Northern Renaissance to 18th and 19th century Romantic painters. Schorr combines a complex contemporary imagery with an illustrative style. His intricate narratives are both relevant and relatable. Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail takes a closer look at the connection between the synthesis of visual culture from the artist’s childhood and his current pictorial language. Popular culture clearly had a significant impact on young Schorr. From the beginning of the nuclear age, signs, logos, cartoon characters, monster…

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Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail
Todd Schorr. Ape Worship, 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 96 x 120 inches. Collection of Mark Parker. © Todd Schorr

When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan

September 22 - December 30, 2018
Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-pol…

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When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan
Julie Heffernan. Camp Bedlam, 2016. Oil on canvas. 68x104 inches. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery

Andy Harris: A Second Helping of Leftovers

September 22 - December 30, 2018
“My collages read as simple objects.  Articles of trash floating down the street are portrayed in a way that compounds the true nature of their existence. I’m drawn to producing gravity and dimension while creating work that is playful and energetic. I walk, I collect, I produce.” What happens to objects when we no longer want or need them? A tool, a telephone, a fast food wrapper, all discarded and forgotten about. Disposing of objects without much thought has unfortunately become part of our throwaway society. Andy Harris stops to take a second look at these discarded objects and uses them as inspiration and source materials. Harris is a collector of objects.  He shines a light on…

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Andy Harris: A Second Helping of Leftovers
Andy Harris. Poached, 2018. 50 x 40 inches. Mixed media collage. Courtesy of the artist.

Satellite Gallery: The Art of the ViBe

March 30 to September 22, 2018
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a proud supporter of the ViBe Creative District. MOCA’s commitment to local artists and our creative community inspired this exhibition.  This exhibition highlights several of the artists who share their artwork with us in the ViBe Creative District. Each artist plays a significant role in improving, engaging, and innovating within our community. The Art of the ViBe is a wonderful way for all of us to connect, collaborate, and celebrate creativity!   Artists: Marlowe Emerson Parrish Majestic Reba McConnell Cat Peterson / Flydog Ceramics OnieTonie™ by Troy Summerell Allison Termine Victoria Weiss Kelsey Witt Organized by The Virginia Mu…

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Satellite Gallery: The Art of the ViBe
Marlowe Emerson. Printemps, 2017. Mixed media on canvas. 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Maser: Artist Residency

Ongoing
maser artist residency  MOCA and the ViBe Creative District in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs welcomed internationally renowned artist, Maser, for an artist residency in July 2017. Maser created a large mural, titled People and Plants on the back of MOCA’s building (that faces I-264 heading west), a sculptural installation across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center (forthcoming), and a Perfomring Arts stage in ViBe Park on Cypress Avenue between the Virginia Beach Library and Wareings Gym plaza. Originally from Ireland, the artist began using the moniker ‘Maser’ in 1995 painting graffiti on the streets of Dublin. Maser’s ba…

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Maser: Artist Residency
Maser. People and Plants, 2017. Enamel Paint. Photo by Fresh Look Photography