Thursday, January 25, 2018

Highlights from "The Forest" November 6 - December 21, 2017

A Socially Engaged Practice artwork involves a collaboration.  Unlike a work created by individual artists, artists and non-artists alike work towards a common goal to make an artwork or installation.  The outcome is a work that expresses the common idea explored among the group.
Art created using a social practice component often addresses a social issue.  The act of working on the art helps participants understand the deeper meaning of an idea and allows them to connect with a concept at a visceral level.

The Forest was created by the collaborative efforts of Jolie Boucher, Robin Boucher, Meggin Hicklin, Tacie Jones, Pippi Miller, and VT Gallery Intern Megan Nilsson.  VT Marketing intern and gallery attendant Morgan Hutchings  helped us develop our social media marketing platform for this exhibit. 
      Meggin Hicklin's " The Forest Is"  Installation ("Forest of Thoughts"entrance to gallery)
The concept moves the viewer from the “Forest of Thoughts,” by Meggin Hicklin (writing, and whispered voice), through to the “Experiential Forest,” (created by all of us, forest slides by Jolie, Pippi, and Robin, Cloud video by Tacie), to the “Forest Memory,” (Pippi Miller photos, and Tacie N. Jones charcoal drawings). 
(Detail) Meggin Hicklin " The Forest Is"

Tacie Jones  "Sky Video" & Charcoal Trees (back)

"The Forest - Experiential"  

Dr. Mae Hey talks about "The Forest" and Native American culture with  children visiting the exhibit.

Dr. Mae Hey, Inclusive Virginia Tech Faculty Fellow,  honored the native Monacan people who inhabited the land that Perspective Gallery is built upon at The Forest opening reception on Friday November 3.  The tradition of honoring native lands is new to the United States, but is standard practice in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.  #HonorNativeLand.  Read Dr. Mae Hey's acknowledgement at the end of this blog post. 

2017 Gallery Marketing Intern, Morgan Hutchings walks "The Forest" pathway.  

"The Forest" is alive with sprouting mushrooms. (photo Morgan Hutchings)

 "The Forest-Experiential" projected images was a collaborative work by Pippi Miller, Jolie Boucher & Robin Scully Boucher (photos) and Megan Nilsson (video design).

"The Forest" with secret lights (foreground). Pippi Miller's photographs and Tacie Miller's drawings in background. 

                                                         Tacie Jones charcoal drawings.

                                  Pippi Miller photos (side wall).  Tacie Jones charcoal drawings.
                                          "The Forest-Memory" aspect of the exhibit.

                              This immersive exhibit metaphorically moved you through life's stages. "The Forest Is" embraced the early embryonic, ethereal-not quite here, stage of life (forest thoughts). "The Forest Experiential," included the actual trees, rocks, leaves, and videos.  These aspects of the exhibit represented spring, summer, and fall (early to mid-life).  The back of the gallery spoke of  "forest memory" which was embodied in the images of winter trees and represented old age.

              Morgan Hutchings photo of a patron response to the question, "What is the forest?"

                              Patron participation...individual statements on what "The Forest" is.
Mae Hey's Acknowledgement  #HonorNativeLands

Boozhoo kina-awiiya. MaeHey nindizhinikaaz. Nadowewi Gichigami gaye Ininwewi Gichigami nindoonjii. Gaawiin mashi ningikendansin nindoodem. Anishinaabekwe gaye Zhaganashikwe indaaw.

Hello everysomeone. I am MaeHey. I speak first in the language of my ancestors so they can understand how thankful I am to them for imagining a path for me that would lead to a moment of such beauty. It is an honor to be asked to bless this gathering by respecting the Monacan Nation as the first humans to love and care for this place. It is now our privilege to participate in that continued care of this land with those First People.

Our Elders talk of time…       
Remembering how all things spoke…
In common language…
The product of intent listening.

Rock people, plant people…
Winged people, finned people…
Four-legged, two-legged…
Sharing a communication bent on understanding.

Let us think of the energy in Nature…
She shares with us as our first teacher…
Because she loves us…
She is patient and ever-present…

Instructing our toes through the dirt…
Our hearts through the fire…
Our lungs through the wind…
Our souls through the sunrise.

She communicates…
With all that we are…
Through our fluid and…
Interwoven essence.

It is an honor to be asked to welcome you here today to celebrate Nature and how she teaches us to walk in a beautiful way with her each day. I am fortunate to work directly with the original inhabitants of this land and see how they still care for this place.  The Monacan Nation coevolved with this land and flattened the grass on this trail with their delicate steps for our continued persistence with her. Let us give thanks to them for that careful and thoughtful work—work rooted in love that continues today.

Many other Nations have now visited this land and also have fallen in love with her. This land has been shared through time and it is a tremendous blessing to contribute to that layered collaboration.  As part of Virginia Tech, we honor our relatives by continuing to find ways of participating in creation with Nature in ways aligned with her through the teachings she shares with us.

Let us allow these works of art to evoke reflection on our responsibility to and love for our niche within Nature’s systems.

EyĆ”, mii iw. Miigwech bizindameg. That’s all. Thank you for listening

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gallery as studio classroom

Come by and watch as we create the next exhibit The Forest, a socially engaged practice installation.

Socially Engaged Practice, also known as Social Practice art involves collaboration between people to create art and dialogue.  Often the work has a social justice slant to it and is meant to move a concept forward using metaphor, visual imagery, performance and other media to help the audience connect to the concept. 

Critically acclaimed art critic, Suzi Gablik introduced this concept in her  publication titled The Reenchantment of Art (1991, Thames and Hudson).  Although the term "Socially Engaged Practice" was not used in this text, Gablik discussed the roles of artists being redefined in the late twentieth century and gave examples of artists working outside of the parameters of the studio and gallery in non-traditional roles. 

Between now and October 30 we are actually making some of the art that will hang in the gallery October 31 - December 20.  In this photo, artist Tacie Jones is using charcoal to create her winter trees.  

Other artists participating are Meggin Hicklin and Pippi Miller.  Student artists participating are VT SOVA student Megan Nilsson, and high school student Jolie Boucher. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Last Chance to see...Along the Spice Route on Display until October 15

Along the Spice Route, curated by Paula Golden and Ann Reardon, is an exhibit of 41 wall-quilts designed and created by 41 artists interpreting a spice used in cooking today and showing something about its country of origin.  In addition to the artistic interpretation of a spice, the goal of the exhibit is to provide education on the origins of spices and the importance of early trade routes and the connection between countries.   The quilters represented in this exhibit have diverse backgrounds and for many, this is their first exhibit.  Resumes of the artists are available for viewing at the gallery front desk and illustrate that the creative force can be tapped in all of us. 

Come by the during the last three days of one of the gallery's most popular exhibits .  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Exhibit 2017

Michael Farrar                   Everyone Loves Kimmie                         Mixed Media 
Michael Farrar 

Travelers and Other Nurds

June 2 - August 13, 2017

Opening Reception Friday June 2, 2017  5 - 7 p.m.

Free and open to the Public

The spelling of "nurds" is intentional, a lead-in to the enigmatic quality of Michael Farrar's art work.    The "alternative" spelling of nerds wakes up the viewer before they even get into the gallery because they see it on all of  the exhibit's printed material...and on the gallery window.  

People are thinking before they even see the art..."why is nerds spelled nurds?" 

And...the misspelling creates a pervasive tension which is also perceived in the way in which Farrar composes his paintings.   

Shadowless figures are planted on the ground, yet seem to hover; a push and pull between foreground and background give us the sense that a figure is moving, but we're not all allows us to be involved in the world  Farrar has created through these artworks. 

Michael Farrar's Travelers and Other Nurds include invented characters that are curious and memorable in their actions even if what they are doing isnot immediately apparent.  Farrar's titles lead you a little further into his alternative reality where life is explored through the foibles , missteps and clever irony of the characters he paints.  The often humorous and poignant subject matter offer the viewer a detour from his or her own reality in a refreshing and openly honest manner. 

A native Virginian, Farrar has received more than sixty awards, prizes and ribbons and is a signature member of the Virginia, Baltimore, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies.  He regularly exhibits at galleries, fine arts festivals and juried competitions across the country.  Farrar's work is held in national and international corporate and private collections.  He now works from his studio in eastern Tennessee. 



Liz Liguori and Jessie Mann    Hokusi     Gelatin Silver Print

March 2 - April 16, 2017 

Jessie Mann and Liz Liguori

This dynamic series of photographs created by Virginia Tech Graduate Students, Liz Liguori and Jessie Mann are a study in isolating light, surface, saturation, and rhythm in the manner of abstract expressionism.    Created by exposing photographic paper to diffracted and refracted laser light using prisms, liquid and filters; the paper is then processed by hand using a painterly application of the photochemistry.  The artwork combines traditional methods of darkroom photography with contemporary light exploration. 

The result is an invented photograph, named the “electromagnetogram” by its creators, artists Jessie Mann and Liz Liguori.  In this case, photo chemicals and the purified light of lasers are used for mark making instead of paint. The photos are an effort to explore the essence of the photographic medium, independent of content just as the abstract expressionists explored the essence of painting free of content.

Jessie and Liz were chosen to highlight the work of Virginia Tech graduate students for this year’s Virginia Tech Biennial Student Art Exhibit. Liz is in her final semester at Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts completing her M.F.A. in Creative Technologies. Jessie is working on her Ph.D. in the Virginia Tech Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Program where she is doing research in cognitive neuroscience. Their curiosity-driven, unique photography highlights the excellent work of Virginia Tech students who combine creativity with technology and science in their art.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Exhibit Remembering the Tenth Anniversary of April 16


                                                       Roanoke Times article on exhibit.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Winter 2017 Exhibit "HOPE"

Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech New Walls , New Floors, New Exhibit

Twelfth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Community Art Exhibit
January 24 – February 24, 2017
Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech

“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
                                                                              -Martin Luther King
Invitation to the Community
Please join us in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ legacy of building strong communities through peaceful actions.  We will be hosting an art exhibit created by all age members of our community that celebrates Black History Month

5 - 7 p.m.

Great ART
Great MUSIC by Eric Lanoue
Light Refreshments


Help us to celebrate what is Great.