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Satellite Gallery: blade wynne

February 9 - May 22, 2017
Blade Wynne: Yard Work Blade Wynne’s paintings walk a delicate balance between abstraction and realism. What may at first appear to be a barrage of color and form coalesce to become a whole. A pile of leaves or the edge of a house take shape in our line of vision. When Wynne paints, it is like a dance. He moves between color and form, back and forth, working to discover a visual solution to the different pictorial relationships.  Details push forward and then recede in their competition. Unimportant elements fall away and the essentials remain.  The paintings stand as a colorful relic of the act of creation. Wynne’s palette plays it cool with undertones of pale blues and greens, punct…

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Satellite Gallery: blade wynne
Compost, 2015, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Artist

Animated Minds

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Animated Minds is a series of animated shorts that document the experience of people who live with mental illness. The goal is to dispel prejudices surrounding these types of illness and to shed light on the experience to a broader public. The director, Andy Glynne, is a trained clinical psychologist. He identified people who live with a variety of mental illnesses and willing to give testimony on their experience. The resulting stories are harrowing, poignant and altogether human. The editing process eliminated content which would distress the storytellers. Then, illustrators, animators, and musicians gave stories a rich visual aural narrative and soundscape. The films offer just a small pe…

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Animated Minds

dale chihuly

on display year round.
Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003 Often called "the world's greatest living artist," Dale Chihuly has single-handedly changed the glass world with his elaborate and extraordinary works. His retrieval of ancient glass-blowing techniques and his founding of the Pilchuck Glass School, the most prominent glass-working school in the world, are both groundbreaking moments in contemporary glass art. In his Seattle "hot shop," he and his team of glassblowers push the limits of molten glass, darting across the room like dancers, their movements choreographed by the master. In 1996, Chihuly created 15 enormous chandeliers, placing them under bridges and across the Venetian canals as a tribute to the bi…

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dale chihuly
MOCA's Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003.

Outdoor Sculptures

on display year round.
After you've visited MOCA's exhibitions, be sure to take a walking tour of our outdoor sculptures. Download the Outdoor Sculptures map. #1 Steven LesserOlympia, 2001 Plate steel 2001.46.LTLLES #2 Michael ManjarrisPoetic Object Series: Knowledge, 2001 Negro Monterrey Marble 2001.46.LTLMAN #3 Lila KatzenCurled Up C, 1979 Stainless steel and cor-ten 1979.24.LTLKAT #4 Steven LesserMano Hermano, 1999 Plate steel 1999.44.LTLLES #5 MASAYUKI ODAVoyage, 1987 Mixed media 1987.32.03 HELP US PROTECT THE ART: PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON SCULTPURES.  See more Public Art in Virginia Beach: Download the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Guide.  …

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Outdoor Sculptures
Steven Lesser, Olympia, 2001.

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

October 2015 - TBD
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