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 sure...it 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. 

Electromagnetograms

                                          



Liz Liguori and Jessie Mann    Hokusi     Gelatin Silver Print

March 2 - April 16, 2017 


Electromagentograms
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

OPENING RECEPTION
FRIDAY JANUARY 27, 2017
5 - 7 p.m.

Great ART
Great MUSIC by Eric Lanoue
Light Refreshments

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Help us to celebrate what is Great.



Friday, January 13, 2017

Part I: Weathering the Seasons




In 1937 Squires Hall was built on this site. 
It was named after John Houston Squires, a brilliant scientist who donated $10,000 towards its construction.



When completed the original building looked like this in the summer.


            
                  Getting into and out of the building was a workout in any season.


                                                   
 In 1966 the first renovation began .  
So....off with the stairs. 



 ...and off with the back wall: 



             Welcome late 20th Century Modernism.
 Squires, c.1970

                                                   
                                                                           
     
                                 
                         Welcome students.                                       


And Datsun 240 Z's



...and Christine
 (she's got to be in there, don't you think?).



In 1970 Thomas Butterfield,  a recent Virginia Tech graduate in education and architecture, was hired to oversee arts programming at Squires.  He opened an art workshop where students could create crafts and sell them in an area near what is now the Breakzone.  Perspective Gallery was also integrated into this new renovated Squires on the second floor.  In order to get to the back of  Squires, though, you had to pass through the gallery, helping to guide students to art they didn't know was there.

It was 1970 and Perspective Gallery was the beginning of the Arts at Virginia Tech.

Do you have a photo of the gallery during this time?  We are looking for images to add to our archives.  Please contact us 

























Monday, January 9, 2017

Call for Entries Deadline for Submission January 16




Twelfth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior         Community Art Exhibit
January 24 – February 26, 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. Here are the details:

  • ·       Open to all age levels
  • ·         Participants do not need any art experience
  • ·         Art may be created in any two-dimensional medium (paint, pastel, pen and ink, pencil, mixed media)
  • ·         Use 12” x 18” piece of heavy white paper 
  • ·         The theme of the exhibit is “Hope” and all artwork created should represent what you are hopeful for in our world today. 
  • ·         Essays are also encouraged and may be handwritten or word processed for submission.
·         Submitted work does not need to be framed.
·         Contact information on the back of the artwork must include:
o   Name of creator
o   Email address
o   School/Grade if applicable
o   Name of teacher if applicable

Deadlines:

  • ·         January 16 Artwork delivered to Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech,  Second Floor Squires Student Center
  • ·         January 27 Art Reception 5 – 7 p.m. Perspective Gallery

  • ·         February 25 – March 1  Art pick up at the gallery

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Installation Shots for Aviva Rahmani's "Coda: Blued Trees"

Entrance

Detail: Blued Branch with Fungus




Long View: The banners hung ghost-like just above the floor.
5 tree limbs were directly on the wall 
Wire suspended the blue tree limbs from the ceiling, seemingly tenuously.

Projected shadows visually connected the phrases on the banners. 
Banners created by Brynn Busher Four Design Student @ Virginia Tech used text from the legal framework Aviva Rahmani developed with her legal team for The Blued Trees Symphony.


Each branch came from the Appalachian forests and had fallen off of trees. They were each individually selected because of their simple yet beautiful forms.  

The  paint was created with ultramarine blue pigment and thick, creamy buttermilk . Added lavender oil helped the sulphur-based pigment to smell a bit sweeter.



1810 Patrons visited this exhibit November 8 - December 17, 2016