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Wade Mickley: Terribly Wonderful

May 30 - August 18, 2013
Wade Mickley draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including comics, books, magazines, the internet, the news and friendships with other artists. Many of the works shown here are called “assemblage,” which is a 3-D composition constructed from found or gathered objects. Mickley’s sculptures reference folk or “outsider” art and feature materials that have a rough or weathered look. In addition to shaped and painted wood, there are broken roof tiles, vinyl records, rusted bits of metal, and signs. Wade Mickley is a Hampton Roads native who currently lives in Newport News.  Read more about this exhibit in MOCA's Gallery Guide.  MEDIA:  AltDaily Magazine Daily Press AUDIO STO…

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Wade Mickley: Terribly Wonderful

The Disposable Film Festival

September 13 – December 30, 2012
Selected by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the world's "coolest film festivals," the Disposable Film Festival was created in 2007 by Carlton Evans and Eric Slatkin to celebrate the democratization of cinema made possible by low cost video technology: everyday equipment like mobile phones, pocket cameras, DSLRs and other inexpensive devices. Through screenings, workshops, competitions, panels, and other events intended to educate and inspire, the Disposable Film Festival promotes experimentation and helps build the track record needed for a new generation of filmmakers to enter and change the industry. Disposable kicks off in San Francisco every March before traveling to cities around the worl…

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The Disposable Film Festival

sayaka suzuki

july 21-december 30, 2011
Sayaka Suzuki has an intimate relationship with nature. Hunting and gathering in woods and forests is a long tradition in human history. Suzuki collects the evidence of the cycles of life that take place all around us, all the time. Using glass-making and fabric techniques, she fashions things like bones and bird's nests into visual poetry. Sayaka Suzuki is a Richmond-based artist who works and teaches extensively throughout the region. She is currently an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Sayaka Suzuki will teach a Master Class at MOCA on Saturday, October 15Visual Pull of the Canvas: Three Layers of Glass to Create a Painting Members $50 / Non-members $65 This master c…

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sayaka suzuki

Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit

January 31 - April 19, 2015
Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit explores the creative process of a Virginia Beach native and artist.  In 2009, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) commissioned a work inspired by the museum’s collection. The result is a 16-panel painting containing 200 icons that reference works from the VMFA.  We now have an opportunity to see how McGinness conceived and created this stunning work. There are three parts to this exhibition. The first provides a glimpse of McGinness’ studio practice. Listen to his favorite playlist as you see the artist screenprint the final work! The second shows early artworks he made while growing up in Virginia Beach. Finally, you can see some of the objects McGinn…

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Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit

MOCA Satellite Gallery: RJ Clark

April 18 - June 28, 2013
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (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 Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor. Exhibitions will rotate every three months featuring work from local and regional artists, some available for purchase. Exhibitions will be organized by MOCA Curator, Heather Hakimzadeh and Director of Exhibitions and Education, Alison Byrne. The first exhibition will showcase the work of Virginia Beach artist RJ Clark who …

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MOCA Satellite Gallery: RJ Clark