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Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us on Thursday, February 20 for the opening reception of our next exhibitions featuring new work from Suzanna Fields (Main Gallery) and Allan Rosenbaum (Pink Gallery).

Suzanna Fields, Morphology

Main Gallery

This work centers around my experience of Florida during a Key West residency at the start of 2019. The content of my paintings is largely informed by process in the work and here that extends to paintings made in anticipation of a place, the layered realities of the actual experience of that place and subsequent reshaping of that experience through memory. I am interested how we use the natural world to mediate and idealize our experiences, even while spending more and more of our time detached from our own physical world. My idiosyncratic Florida landscape is filled with dense natural habitats and fragments of worked-over artifice. The paintings have a submerged and dream-like quality, populated with accidental transplants, constant visitors, intrepid blow-ins, and highly adaptive invasives. As a part of my ongoing exploration of precarious systems, this work focuses on ideas of excess, depletion, coexistence, belonging and how they create constant, uneasy change.

Suzanna Fields grew up in Appalachia, where the strange beauty and adaptations of nature seeped into her paintings. Suzanna received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and resides in Richmond. Her dense and layered work invites viewers to participate in multiple possible interpretations. Solo and two-person exhibitions include the Eleanor Wilson Museum, Hollins University, (Roanoke VA), Quirk Gallery, (Richmond, VA) Heurich Gallery (Washington, DC), Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA , and Second Street Gallery (Charlottesville, VA.) Group exhibitions include ArtFields, (Lake City, SC,) The Swan Coach House Gallery (Atlanta, GA), the Weatherspoon Museum of Art (Greensboro, NC), the New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC, the Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA), the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (Laurel, MS), the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (Virginia Beach, VA.) Honors include a Bethesda Painting Award, a Liquitex Purchase Prize, a Studios at Key West residency , a Virginia Center for the Arts Fellowship, a Style Weekly Women in the Arts Award, and and a Trawick Prize finalist. She has been recognized in the Washington Post, New American Paintings, the Roanoke Times, Art Papers Magazine, and the Atlanta Constitution Journal. Her work is in the collections of the Eleanor Wilson Museum, Capital One, Bill and Pam Royall, Retail Data, LLC, Phillip Morris and Shepard and Amanda Fairey.

Suzanna Fields' images courtesy of Taylor Dabney

Allan Rosenbaum, Memento

Pink Gallery

I see my practice as a visual inquiry in which I contemplate beauty, memory, presence and form. I am interested in juxtaposition—colors, ideas, patterns, and textures.

This body of work was initially inspired by a desire to repurpose a collection of neckties and fabric scraps that once belonged to members of my family. The scraps, accumulated over decades, were an uncanny memorial—to the time spent on selection, the labor of execution (quilts to clothing), and the memory of use. As the project developed, I realized that the fabrics possessed the power to tell specific stories, but I chose instead to focus on the creation of meaning that would move beyond my personal associations. I utilized online resellers to build an expanded palette of fabric selected from vintage dead stock and estate fabric collections from around the world. I incorporate the palette into works informed by sources that have aroused my curiosity—ranging from tattoos to microscopic photography, the body, and folk art quilts.

The project has evolved in unexpected directions. However, I continue to celebrate qualities in craft—material, touch, repetition and surface—that have long been central to my artistic production.

Allan Rosenbaum is a studio artist and former Professor of Ceramics at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts in both Craft and Sculpture and is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Art. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in public collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, the City Museum of Varazdan, Croatia, Arkansas Art Center Decorative Arts Museum; Madison Art Center in Wisconsin, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, the City of Richmond Public Art Commission, and the Kamm Teapot Foundation.

Allan Rosenbaum’s images courtesy of Taylor Dabney

A special reception for Allan Rosenbaum's show will be held on Wednesday, March 25 as part of the programming during the NCECA 2020 conference.

These exhibitions will be on view February 20 through March 29.

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