November 2022 All Media Show

Vivian Chiu Jury and Notes

Juror Vivian Chiu

Vivian Chiu was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in creating objects and the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA '11 Furniture Design) and Columbia University (MFA '19 Sculpture). With an aptitude for problem solving and a sensitivity towards materials, Vivian creates optical sculptures to explore ideas of visibility and perception.

Vivian has attended residencies such as Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Sculpture Space, Haystack Mountain School, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Center for Art in Wood. She was awarded a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture and was a Distinguished Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts in 2022. Vivian is currently teaching in the Craft/Material Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. www.vivianchiudesigns.com

 2D

This category (2D) was extremely difficult to jury. My decision was based on aesthetics, technicality, and concepts.  The depth and breadth of work submitted was incredible. I chose “Blue Dichotomy “for first place as it struck me immediately in an emotional way. I appreciated the craft and techniques involved in the abstraction of these flowers. “Home” is another piece that I thought was very well done. The serenity and maternal love of the artist definitely came through. “Just Kidding” is such a great piece, with such humor and relevance to our political climate. I wanted to give an honorable mention to “Playing the Xylophone, Northern Ghana” and its vibrancy, fun and display of craftsmanship!    Well done artists!

1st Place: #117

Alissa Van Atta “Blue Dichotomy”

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 40x30x1.5 $1,750

Something Happened….  Then a pause full of possibility, then what follows can change everything. 

This series marks a personal “happening” for me as this past year has been full of learning.  These works are a change in medium from acrylic to oils as to signify the change and add volume to the works. My aim is something “happens” when the viewer experiences the texture and layers that tell a story left for the viewer to finish.

Artist Statement:

Art is a visual language that one creates, one you hope resonates with the viewer.  I explore the qualities of paint on the surface and how it influences feeling and emotion. The unfinished, visceral quality brings authenticity to the artwork.  The emotion of the work, the vulnerability of showing all the perceived flaws is what makes the works “perfect” after all, I use old sewing patterns my late mother had used as the foundation to the paintings.  They provide a framework and a ritual in the creation of the piece.  Often times they become the background or base and may be completely painted over, but still aids in adding texture to the work.  Texture has always been a significant in my work, and after exclusively painting with acrylic over the years, I returned to oils as they have provided the volume and depth I am seeking.  Abstraction is beautiful with its ability to be open to multitudes of interpretations, the context not always necessary. My hope is the viewer absorbs the layers, embrace the surface “imperfections” and have the work mean something to them on a personal level.  My aim is that the viewer is more enriched by the work, that viewing the artwork becomes an experience unto itself. “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”-Edward Hopper

 

2nd Place: #135

Asia Anderson “Home”

Watercolor on Arches paper, 7”x9” $350

I enjoy exploring emotional states with watercolors. I tend to use limited palettes to create expressive paintings. In Home, I explored the idea of home with my daughter. She was napping after a long day. She is swaddled in patterns and textures and has an expression of comfort and peace.

Artist Statement:  I primarily use watercolors to tell narratives

3rd Place: #88

Sarah Fishbein “Just Kidding”

Glass Mosaic, 36x36x1 $5,500

2022 has been a challenge for women. You're Kidding is a women expression of frustration to what is happening to women without a choice.

Artist Statement:

 Pop allows us to challenge social norms in a way that is fun, bright, loud, and bold. It allows me to challenge our perceptions of gender roles, women empowerment, sexuality, masculinity, passion, and fun. Glass art and mosaics is a medium that embraces the colors, textures and for me, the freedom to push boundaries. I often use reflective, colored mirrored tile and glitter glass in my works, allowing them to change and dance with brilliance, as the day’s light moves throughout the room. I cut and position each piece of glass by hand and deeply feel each character coming to life. The romantic comics from the 50-70’s were filled with emotional drama and gender stereotypes.  My works are inspired by this era of graphic art, as I challenge the thoughts and issues of today.

 

Honorable Mention #79

Babs Mohammed “Playing the Xylophone, Northern Ghana”

Mixed Media: Textile on Wood, 23x33.5

This artwork portrays musicians playing on instruments from Northern Ghana, including the traditional xylophone, made from calabash gourds, and central to many cultural traditions in the Upper West. I am submitting on behalf of Jiotto, a friend and artist in Ghana.

Artist Statement: Babs Mohammed grew up in Northern Ghana, in the city of Tamale. As a boy, he often spent time away from the city in his grandfather’s village where he learned to appreciate the traditions and cultures of his people. Later, Babs joined the Center for National Culture in Tamale, Ghana and learned traditional drumming and African dance, which he performed throughout Ghana. After immigrating to the United States in 2011, Babs used his paintings to continue to remember and celebrate the cultural traditions of his homeland. His artwork celebrates traditional African dance, music, village life, hard work, and family.

 

3D

This was a small but tough category. I chose “Burfell” for first place because it’s a beautiful, elegant piece and I appreciate the craftsmanship and technique of bringing out the beauty of the wood grain in this simple form. Second place goes to “Sturgeon Moon”. This piece quietly crept up and up and I couldn’t ignore its peaceful resilience. The moon slowly reveals herself and gives you a very grounding feeling. Third place goes to “Sheba” whose clay body and vibrancy was hard to miss. I appreciate the playful coloring and the fantastical journey of this figure.

Honorable Mentions do to “Red Rack” for its playful interpretations of Memphis Design history!  Well done artists and sculptors!

1st Place: #84

David Bushman “Burfell”

Hackberry and African Blackwood 6” Tall x 7.5 Diameter $350

I primarily create lathe turned hollow and open forms in wood from native Virginia trees. I prefer to work with green wood and often let the changing shape of the wood as it dries influence how the final work appears. The design of many of my pieces has been influenced by the numerous flowers that grow in our gardens. I like to embellish my work with various carving techniques and wood burning.

 

2nd Place: #144

Mel Titus “Sturgeon Moon”

Raku Clay 10 Inch Round $110

Native Americans referred to the full moon in August as the Sturgeon Moon. Giant Sturgeons were readily caught during this part of the summer. A farewell to summer.

Artist Statement: Whether my work is functional or sculptural, each clay piece is designed to honor the beauty and mystery we all share through Nature. Nature is my boundless inspiration that challenges my creative spirit to see and express into an organic and whimsical world.

 

3rd Place: #76

Kimberly Clarke “Sheba”

Clay 9.5”x7”x4” $400

Artist Statement: Playing with a ball of mud (clay) when I was very young started it. From the beginning transforming clay has struck me as magical. Clay is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole through the looking glass and out again. Over the years, that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to professional artist and ceramics teacher. Ceramics fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity and has proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality. But basically, I create my figures because I am compelled to!

I fashion my sculptures from the inside out influenced by the creations of contemporary artists Frida Kahlo, Tim Burton and Beatrice Woods. I work deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques. However, my subconscious is the undisputed project manager. The joy of this work elevates my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accident and grace to influence the finished project.

My imagination drives me in the creation of figurative sculptures of a whimsical, out-of-this-world-existence. They go through a process of metamorphosis as they evolve from strictly human forms into the essence of the story they tell. I create my figures with high fire clay. Finishing them with colorful glazes, englobes, and underglazes bringing their images to life. I form my figures based on stories in my mind. My intention is for my patrons to be inspired to create their own tales.

 

Honorable Mention #66

Charles Sthreshley “Red Rack”

Pine and Plywood 35x22x9 $498

Magazine and bookcase made in the Memphis Post-Modern style.

Artist Statement: I make art to communicate. I specialize in art furniture because it functions visually, conceptually, and physically.

 

Photography

The photography category was a difficult one as you could tell that the artists were incredibly well trained and skilled at their craft. First place goes to “Ghost Cactus” which is just a very well composed and detailed image. Bringing out the essence of the plant but also transports you to a different almost macro place. Second place goes to “Lost at Sea”. Again, the composition, the moodiness, the strength of the tree against the water was a powerful image. Third place goes to “Mono Lake”, just a beautiful, peaceful, well composed image with a lovely play on reflection of the sky on the water.  Honorable mention goes to “Evergreens, at rest” which is a very dramatic image. I appreciated its ‘campiness’ and theatrical flair.   Well done photographers!

 

1st Place: #152

Patricia Munford “Ghost Cactus”

Photography 20x16 $215

" It’s the ripple not the sea, it’s the pebble not the stream, not the garden but the stone”.

These words by composer Stephen Sondheim serve as an inspiration and challenge for me to look closely, to find and capture the fragment that expresses the whole. Forgoing color for black and white appealed to me to reveal the organic structure in the subject. In this, I strove to focus attention on the coiled pale shapes set off by the lethal dark spikes. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more deeply at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.

 

I have been influenced by my life in the theatre which, like photography, requires attention to detail and to make visible a world within a frame.

 

Following a career in professional theatre, Patricia relocated to Richmond from Milwaukee Wisconsin.  In Wisconsin her work appeared in juried exhibits including the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) and the Museum of Wisconsin Arts.  In Richmond her work has been in solo exhibits at Artworks and the Main Richmond Public Library and in numerous juried exhibits including  Artworks, the Crossroads Art Center and the Glave Kocen Gallery. 

 

 

2nd Place: #161

Stan Maupin “Lost at Sea”

Photography 20x16x1 $175

This photo was taken just after dawn after a night of chasing the Milky Way. The tide was coming in and the lonely tree looked like it was drifting out to sea and reaching out for the shore.

Artist Statement: Stan Maupin spent most of his career as an entrepreneur founding and supporting new businesses and organizations in industries as diverse as genetic microbiology and used auto parts. He even published a magazine about new and emerging ventures (see The Long Version). But he didn’t think of himself as creative until he re-discovered his interest in photography while working from home due to COVID-19. Today, he still considers himself a beginner, but his photographs have been selected for exhibit by two local galleries and have won awards including third place in the 2022 Washington Post Travel Contest.  

If you ask Stan about a photograph he took, he is more likely to talk about the experience he had in taking it than about the settings of the camera he used. He’ll talk about the weather that day, or the person he met while taking it. Like a fisherman, he will also talk about the “one that got away.”

“I want my photos to make you feel like you’re there. I want to create experiences, not just record them”, he says.

3rd Place: #8                                                                                                                                       

Bob Speelman “Mono Lake”

Photography 16x20 $200

Artist Statement: When I look through the camera lens, I see more than the image and am fascinated how it can be seen as another art form, whether in color or monotone.  That choice creates an image that can be extraordinary and unexpected and its own statement.

 

Honorable Mention #150

Patricia Munford “Evergreen, At Rest”

Photography 20x18 $200

" It’s the ripple not the sea, it’s the pebble not the stream, not the garden but the stone”. These words by composer Stephen Sondheim serve as an inspiration and challenge for me to look closely, to find and capture the fragment that expresses the whole. This image was taken at Evergreen Cemetery, a historic African American cemetery founded in 1891.  As the original association made no allowances for perpetual care, the cemetery is now overgrown and returned to the forest.  Here I found delicate light highlighting just one of the thousand of gravestones hidden among the tangle of trees and vines. I was drawn in by the contrast between the epitaph “At Rest”, and the surrounding restless forest.   My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more deeply at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.