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Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

September 11 - December 31, 2015
For almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has developed an epic narrative surrounding the “Mounds” and a cast of colorful—and often not so colorful—characters who populate a wildly fantastic, invented landscape.  The artist’s use of vivid imagery and mythology has not only earned him national and international recognition, but has also revealed a fascination with the foundation of his practice.  What emerges upon further examination is a wide-range of influences including comics, graphic novels, cartoons, music, and film. While Hancock’s paintings have become the focal point for investigation, his drawings–both discrete and monumental–have not been explored in depth bef…

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Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

Sam Hughes: Happenstance

August 7 - November 21, 2015
Opening Reception, Friday, August 7th 5-7pm at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II in conjunction with First Friday ViBe in the new Virginia Beach Creative Arts District.   Sam Hughes has had a love affair with photography for about thirty years. This relationship continues to grow as Hughes trawls through Coastal Virginia, finding joy in the arcane, quirky, and abstract.  Using a 1969 Polaroid Land Camera and a self-invented process, he has included a new element of chance in his latest body of work.  Hughes’ careful eye and inexact process meet to reveal the imperfect and the beautiful. Sam Hughes: Happenstance will be on view at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion I…

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Sam Hughes: Happenstance

Andrea Dezso: Dreamtime

September 11 - December 31, 2015
Virginia MOCA presents work by award-winning artist, Andrea Dezsö. Dezsö works with a broad range of media, creating intricate, detailed realms that hold her own stories, interests and ideas. MOCA will present a selection of her “tunnel books,” as well as a large scale installation, a giant tunnel book and diorama. Through these we will peek into her worlds where things like craft traditions, folk tales, and interests in space or entomology meet. About the artist: Andrea Dezsö is an artist and illustrator who exhibits in museums and galleries around the world. She has created permanent public art installations for the New York City subway system, the US Embassy in Bucharest, Romania a…

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Andrea Dezso: Dreamtime

Amanda McCavour: Inside/Out

September 11 to December 31, 2015
Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour documents the world around her by drawing with thread.  She 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.  McCavour has developed a unique artistic process. She sews into water-soluble material, layering the stitched lines so these thread drawings remain intact when the material dissolves. Two of McCavour’s imaginative installations will transform MOCA's galleries, inviting visitors to recall their own memories of home, place and time. About the Artist: Amanda McCavour holds a BFA in Visual Arts Studio from Y…

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Amanda McCavour: Inside/Out

Heather Bryant: Grasp

September 11 - December 31, 2015
Artist Heather Bryant exhibits a new direction for her work this September at Virginia MOCA. A former Old Dominion University professor, Bryant is most well known for her stark, engaging lithographs. Bryant continues to expand her studio practice and explore new avenues of art making.  In her new work, color takes center stage. Flecked watercolors, deep and intense, suggest a connection with the cosmos. Figures with faces like masks embrace, fight, struggle and grasp. We get the opportunity to share and delight as Bryant explores this facet of her work.  Heather Bryant is based in Norfolk, VA. Bryant has shown her work in galleries and institutions locally and across the country.   …

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Heather Bryant: Grasp