Friday, January 26, 2007

Ledelle Moe: Artist Talk

Come and meet artist Ledelle Moe next Friday, Feb. 2, when she will
speak about her work and sculpture
installation at 1708 Gallery.
Admission is free.
Following the talk, there will be a First Friday opening at 1708 and Broad St. galleries.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Present, Past and Future Tense

Lately I've been contacted by the 1708 staff regarding images, facts and figures of early events at 1708. The secret is out... we don't throw things away in our house! Style Weekly is in the process of producing a special anniversary 25th Anniversay issue and 1708 is also looking back so we can look forward and plan accordingly... 1708's 30th Anniversary is on the horizon!

As 1708 and Style undertake their missions we've been asked to dig through the Oliver/Kollatz archive. Harry proudly produced this in five minutes flat:

If you click on the image it will zoom large enough for you to read it. There aren't many photographs of this controversial window, installed at 1708 E. Main in 1990 by Carlos Gutierrez-Solana.

My sources tell me that the photographer from the Richmond Review DASHED to Shockoe Bottom to take this photograph before the window was censored by local authorities.

I don't think I am the only one who misses Lydia Douce, the acclaimed critic who wrote this piece. Lydia, where are you? I MISS you!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Ledelle Moe and Greg Streak's exhibition Drift opens this week at 1708 Gallery. The reception on Friday night will be from 7-10.
We will also be open on First Friday, February 2, from 7-10 and there will be an Artist Talk the same day starting at 5pm at the gallery.

Ledelle and her assistants installing the very large concrete and steel sculptures.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ledelle Moe and Greg Streak

1708 Gallery kicks off its 2007 exhibition schedule with a powerful installation of sculpture by Ledelle Moe and video by Greg Streak. These artists create a protracted engagement with South Africa’s social and political identity.

Immediately following Moe’s first New York solo show at Axis Gallery in November, 1708 Gallery’s exhibition features the artist’s colossal, figural fragments sculpted from large gauge steel and concrete. Cavernous and enveloping, these pieces form part of Moe’s continuing series Collapse IV. Raw concrete becomes supple skin, weighted forms become psychological elements in a landscape, while crushing orbs of steel gently collapse into relationship with ground.

Ledelle Moe’s resume of shows is extensive and features solo shows at Axis Gallery, NY, G Fine Arts Gallery, Washington DC and the Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University. In 2002, Ledelle Moe was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Currently, she teaches sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her MFA from VCU Arts in 1996.

Greg Streak’s video are a hypnotic slowing of time – through subtle use of color, they bring about dramatic events that vacillate between liminal and subliminal apprehensions of image and meaning. Streak says, “This conscious disruption is a device to counterbalance the prosaic manner within which most of us accept the status quo as given. The work is about questioning systems of hierarchy on a macro and micro level.” Streak lives and works as an artist, writer, and curator in Durban, South Africa. He has exhibited, published, and organized exhibitions internationally. His submission in June to the 27th Durban International Film Festival received a special mention jury prize for documentary.

This Exhibition is sponsored in part by
Brooke and Mason Hearn and McKinnon and Harris, Inc.
High Resolution Images available upon request.