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Virginia MOCA will Exhibit the Imaginative Worlds of Critically Acclaimed Artists; Trenton Doyle Hancock, Andrea Deszo, and Amanda McCavour
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) August 11, 2015 — The galleries at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will transform into metaphoric, and literal, tunnels of visual discourse; beckoning guests to visit lands brimming with colorful characters, paper dioramas, and diaphanous day-to-day objects, by four highly-regarded contemporary artists for their fall exhibitions; September 11-December 31, 2015.
Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin & Bones, 20 Years of Drawing chronicles the evolution of Trenton Doyle Hancock’s prolific career. The exhibition is the first in-depth examination of the artist’s extensive body of drawings, collages, and works on paper. For over two decades, Hancock has immersed himself in drawing, testing the elasticity of the medium with a keen sense of humor.
Trenton Doyle Hancock has gained renown through epic art narrative and self-generated mythology. The “Mounds” and a cast of colorful—and not so colorful—characters populate his fantastic, invented landscape. This narrative highlights a grand battle between good and evil. And, while the ongoing storyline appears to be self-contained, there is a clear critique of contemporary life through the lens of the artist. Symbolism, metaphor and parable all play a critical role in making meaningful contextual associations with real life. Hancock’s use of vivid imagery and mythology has earned him both national and international recognition.
MOCA is the fourth stop in a national tour of Skin and Bones, which included Akron Art Museum in Ohio, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. The exhibition is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at the *Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, who will moderate a public talk with the artist at the opening reception of MOCA’s fall exhibitions on Thursday, September 10th.
Andrea Dezsö: Dreamtime peeks into the imaginative world of this artist, and Transylvania native, where craft traditions, folk tales, and interests in space or entomology meet. MOCA will present a selection of Dezsö’s “tunnel books,” as well as a large scale installation, a giant tunnel book, and diorama. Dezsö is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and residencies. Her illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Time magazine, Newsweek, and recently in The Complete First Edition Original Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, translated by Jack Zipes.
Amanda McCavour: Inside/Out documents the world around this Toronto based artist, who draws with thread. McCavour suspends thread drawings of domestic objects and organic forms from the ceiling. The resulting installation is light yet feels solid, evoking both the ethereal and profound nature of memory. Two of McCavour’s installations will transform MOCA's galleries, inviting visitors to recall their own memories of home, place and time.
Heather Bryant: Grasp features flecked watercolors, deep and intense; suggesting a connection with the cosmos by Norfolk based artist in MOCA’s Community Gallery.
Looping daily in the Price Auditorium is the return of what MovieMaker Magazine says is one of the country’s “coolest film festivals,” the Disposable Film Festival (DFF). The DFF was created in 2007 to celebrate the artistic potential of disposable video—short films made on non-professional devices such as cell phones, point and shoot cameras, webcams, and other lo-fi,
readily available video capture devices. Free with museum admission.
MOCA invites the public to celebrate the opening of their new exhibitions on Thursday, September 10th, from 6:30-9:30pm with fine fare, entertainment, and a chance to meet the artists. Trenton Doyle Hancock will speak about his work at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.VirginiaMOCA.org
or at the door. MOCA members plus one guest are free. Memberships can be purchased at the reception.
For more information on MOCA’s fall exhibitions and associated programming (including an Artist Talk and Master Classes with the artists) please visit the museum’s website: www.VirginiaMOCA.org
About MOCA: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, is a non-profit that exists to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. MOCA is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). As Virginia's only museum dedicated solely to the exhibition of contemporary art, MOCA encourages visitors to discover and explore art and to engage in hands-on art experiences.
MOCA is located at 2200 Parks Avenue at the entrance of I-264 in Virginia Beach. The Museum is open Tuesday 10am-9pm, Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm.; Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays. Admission is $7.70 for adults; $5.50 for seniors/65+, students (includes children 5 and up) and military. MOCA members and children 4 and under are admitted free of charge. 757-425-0000. www.VirginiaMOCA.org.
*Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing is organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Anonymous, Brad and Leslie Bucher, Burning Bones Press, Sara Paschall Dodd, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Cullen Geiselman, James Cohan Gallery, Lester Marks, Judy and Scott Nyquist, Lea Weingarten, Peter and Linda Zweig and donors to CAMH's Major Exhibition Fund. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Trenton Doyle Hancock, ...And Then It All Came Back to Me, 2011, mixed media on paper. 9 x 8 inches. Collection KAWS, New York.