Friday, July 20, 2018

The Peace Project



Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech is launching its next social practice exhibit to be installed in the gallery fall 2019.  Social practice art involves community interaction through dialogue and art participation to enact social or political change. The Peace Project is a dialogue about peace, both verbal and visual, where participants discuss peace and create writing or an artwork of that vision on a blank puzzle for inclusion in the Perspective Gallery 2019 exhibit. 

The interlocking puzzle pieces complete the whole picture...just as individuals working together create a whole community.  The project concept is a play on words (peace and piece) as it takes all of us to create world peace

 The 2019 installation will be a community collaboration representing a broad and individualistic view of world peace. 

Project Description
As global citizens, we have a responsibility to uphold kind and civil behavior and develop empathy towards one another and our natural environment.  How we do that and what that looks like is imperative for world peace.  The Peace Project is an artistic approach to building a peaceful and just world.


Objective: Participants will draw, paint or write their thoughts of peace using a stream of consciousness approach.  This method of creating art allows multiple feelings and thoughts to be expressed without self-criticism or editing in a free-flowing, process-oriented manner.  A gallery installation with contributions from people of all backgrounds will link multiple concepts of peace into a visual dialogue.  Creating art will connect community members to a common objective: recognizing what peace looks like to different people and learning to accept those differences.  Through this recognition of others’ needs we can work to build peaceful societies and environments. Artwork created will be donated to Perspective Gallery for a community created social practice installation fall 2019.

Resources on peace:


If you are interested in participating in this project please contact us. The Perspective Gallery Art Reach students will present the program at: 

  • Floydfest in the Children's Universe July 25 - July 
  • Blacksburg Farmers Market on Wednesdays weather permitting
  • SEEDS Blacksburg Nature Center on Thursdays 3 - 5 p.m. this fall. http://www.seedskids.org/naturecenter.html




  






Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Perspective Gallery Summer Exhibit : John Wiercioch Honoring the Path

John Wiercioch  Chrysalis 36 x 32 inches Mixed Media on Panel
June 8 – July 28, 2018
       Free and Open to the Public

         Roanoke artist, John Wiercioch creates paintings with a compelling presence and  inner harmony .  His abstract mixed media art integrates plasters from his work as a custom wall finisher and include the essence of colors, soft pencil marks and delicate glazes to create a reconciliation of earth and spirit. Each work evolves out of an astute observation of light, place, and detail of moment. He sees the paintings created as songs without lyrics that embrace the interconnectedness of all of earth’s inhabitants.

John earned an M.F.A. from Radford University, and held the position of director of education for the Art Museum of Western Virginia for several years.  Since  2000 he has been the sole proprietor of his company specializing in residential wall painting of custom finishes.  Visit his website to learn more about his work. http://www.johnwiercioch.com/


John Wiercioch  The Thaw 12 x 12 inches Mixed Media on Panel


Summer Hours:

June 8 - July 8: Tuesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

July 9 - July 28: Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

July 29 - August 2: Closed for Installation

August 3 - August 17: Tuesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.








Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Community created art in "What Color is Water?" Exhibit


Visit the gallery Tuesday - Saturday between 12 - 9 p.m. and Sunday between 1 - 5 p.m. to see the artwork created by the community.  Each piece explores the color of water.  



If you participated, see if you can find your piece. 

Free and open to the public.  Now through June 2. 

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.
                 
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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 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.