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New Waves 2017

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Virginia MOCA proudly celebrates its 22nd juried exhibition, New Waves 2017. This annual tradition presents a small portion of the vast array of artistic talent found in our Commonwealth - over 300 artists submitted work!  MOCA would like to thank juror, Ken Harman, and all the artists who submitted entries. As you move through the gallery, you will see a ballot box asking to vote for the People’s Choice award. Take part in this year’s exhibition by voting for your favorite artwork. MOCA will announce the winner at the end of the exhibition.  Artists:    John AdamsSarah Boyts Yoder  Mickael BrothCaryl BurtnerSiobhan ByrnsCasey CriddleSean DonlonPatrick HarkinAndy HarrisTim Harr…

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New Waves 2017
Megan Wynne, Double Rebirth, 2016. Courtesy of the Artist.

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

January 28 - April 16, 2017
One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft.  Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Featuring more than 30 works created by 14 contemporary artists Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions t…

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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art
Michael Janis Echoes, 2015 Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery 10” x 30” x 4” Photo: Anything Photographic

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

Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Nevet Yitzhak is a video and installation artist as well as a composer.  In WarCraft, she creates a large-scale video installation using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs. The rugs were first created by rural Afghan women as a reaction to the 1979 Soviet invasion. They abandoned traditional patterns and introduced symbols of war: guns, tanks, airplanes, etc. Yitzhak creates her own war rugs from scratch and brings them to life in the form of 3D animations engaged in active battles. WarCraft resembles a video game: planes fly from one rug to the next, dropping bombs that burn holes in the fabric, while tanks fire across screens, creating bullet holes. The battle rages on in endless loops…

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Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
Nevet Yitzhak. Installation view at the Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

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