Wednesday, September 26, 2007

An Emphasis on Drawing from Fouth Friday @ Plant Zero

Below you'll find several Fouth Friday exhibitions which emphasize drawing as a mode of personal expression.
Amie Oliver, Brad Birchett, Bill Fisher, Janet DeCover, Michael Pierce and more are all showing collections of new work or included in a drawing exhibition in galleries located at Plant Zero in the Manchester District of Richmond. (across the James from Shockoe Bottom)

Fourth Friday receptions operate from 7-10 pm near the corner of Fourth and Hull Streets. Free parking is avaibable in the Plant Zero lot.

You are invited to the opening reception for Amie Oliver's "Walk the Walk" at Plant Zero in Richmond, VA on Fourth Friday, September 28. The artist reception is from 7-10pm and is part of the Fourth Friday Artwalk, located at 0 E. 4th Street in Manchester and is free and open to the public.

"Walk the Walk" consists of Oliver's most recent paintings, drawings and bookworks, many of which originated in France during her 2006 residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France. In Auvillar she discovered a parallel between her interest in figurative work and the French landscape. This collection of Portraits, Sunflowers and Stormy Weather features a catalogue with an essay by Howard Risatti and will be on view in the Project Space Gallery at Plant Zero until December 23. This exhibition in three acts will be underscored by a performance/reading on Friday, Oct 26 at 7:30pm and the premiere of her latest video work on Nov 2.

Oliver moved to Virginia from New Orleans, LA in 1986 and has maintained a studio in Richmond, VA since 1988. She has studied or worked in artist residencies in Paris, Germany, S. Korea, Virginia and Vermont. Her work has been exhibited from Maine to New Orleans and internationally in France, Turkey, Germany and Scotland. For more information on "Walk the Walk" please visit For more information on Project Space at Plant Zero please visit

Walk the Walk and Oliver's other bookworks will be available at the reception on September 28 or can be ordered by contacting her through her website.

A portion of the sales from "Walk the Walk" will be dontated to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Also on view in Manchester @ Artspace, part of the Plant Zero Art Center:

Let's pretend we're bunny rabbits
September 28 through October 28
Frable and Helena Davis Galleries

'Untitled' by Michael A. Pierce
oil pastels, graphite, and wax on paper

"I'm using oil pastels, graphite, and wax on paper, some mounted on panels and some framed under glass. I'm trying for sensuous, aggressive images with sweet colors...a bit of eye candy.

The installation of the work in this show has been heavily influenced by my recent experiences with bookmaking. I've installed the work as diptychs - or in the language of books - "two-page spreads."

It's the content that's important here. Each diptych consists of one square image based on a close-up photo of a man's face and a second identically-sized square image based on a close-up photo of a rabbit's face. My goal is for the juxtaposition of these images, each two-page spread, to cause you to consider the concept of male identity, beauty and sexuality; at the same time I want you to question just how safe (or unsafe) you feel examining these issues." For more info on my work please click here.

- Michael A. Pierce, July 2007

Michael will donate a portion of his sales to Equality Virginia.

New Drawings at INK TANK:

other drawing shows to see: Leaded closes at University of Richmond on September 30 - this Sunday!

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