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satellite gallery: jason stick: night shift

October 19, 2017 - March 17, 2018

Night time has the power to change our perspective. What might seem ordinary under the harsh glare of daylight, can become eerie and unknown under a night sky. Photographer Jason Stick recognizes the allure held by the cover of night. In the evening, he prowls his own neighborhood, discovering the magical in the mundane. A pile of rocks, a clump of flowers, or a forgotten decoy reveal a luminous beauty under the light shone by Stick’s steady hand.

Just as a painter chooses specific elements to create a landscape or still-life, Stick manipulates dark and light to cut away visual noise. He guides a light to give shape to his composition and to direct our eye. A shift in viewpoint, with a distilled moment of focus, remains. Nature collaborates with the artist. Drama unfolds in the elegant drape of a vine or the push-pull between the man-made bouquet and the crowding leaves. A flowering plant takes on a new persona, its stems jutting out like the towers of a lost city. A stroll through a neighborhood becomes an opportunity to understand its environs in a new way. An alien beauty is revealed.

Jason Stick lives in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife and two children. He earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and studied art at Tidewater Community College. Stick was selected as an artist for New Waves 2017, Virginia MOCA’s annual juried exhibition.


Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for admission. MOCA has partnered with The Runnymede Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum. MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor. Exhibitions will rotate every four months featuring work from local and regional artists, some available for purchase. Exhibitions are curated by MOCA Curator, Heather Hakimzadeh and Director of Exhibitions and Education, Alison Byrne.