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satellite gallery: jason stick: night shift

October 19, 2017 - February 10, 2018
Opening reception: Oct 19, 5-7pm. Free admission! 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 t…

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satellite gallery: jason stick: night shift
Jason Stick. Courtesy of the Artist

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
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, and artist teams Kranitzky and Overstreet and Robin and Julia Ro…

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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

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

Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
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 has been in several exhibitions including at Fleda A. Ring Artw…

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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise
Toobz Muir at Virginia MOCA. Photo by Fresh Look Photography