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Wayne White: MONITORIUM

September 16, 2017 - February 11, 2018
Save the Date: 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-chang…

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Wayne White: MONITORIUM
Courtesy of Dress Code NYC

Small Works, Tall Tales

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception, Friday, September 15, 6:30pm 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,…

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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

Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception Friday, September 15, 6:30pm 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 h…

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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise
Toobz Muir. I Felt It's Time, 2017. Spray paint and acrylic on panel. 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line

March 17 - August 19, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception, Friday, March 16, 6:30pm.  Through her painting, Inka Essenhigh provides an authentic voice. Since her emergence into the art world during the late 1990’s, she has created a path for herself that consistently questions and redefines her relationship with her media. She has moved from using enamel paint to traditional oils and back; creating hybrids of the two. Her substrates have included paper, canvas, and panels. Throughout each phase of experimentation, she created dialogues with her work, navigating how the media and brush interact, sometimes with genuine surprise at the result. It is through this approach that Essenhigh’s dazzling works are borne. …

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Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line
Inka Essenhigh. Fairy Procession, 2016. 78x80 inches Oil and enamel on panel. Courtesy of the Artist