Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wearable Inlight

1708 Gallery and The Phoenix invite you to a preview of Wearable Inlight, an illuminated fashion show. The preview will take place on Wednesday, September 3rd at 5:30pm on the bar at Can Can Brasserie in Carytown.

The full fashion show, including 30 light-inspired designs, will be part of InLight RICHMOND on September 5th in the First Friday art walk area of West Broad Street. To find out more, go to www.1708inlight.org.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Matthew Gehring and Rebecca Murtaugh have finished installing the first show of 1708's fall season with Seductions, which will open on September 5, 2008.

"As an artist couple, we always enjoy having two person shows. We share studios and homes and any room on any given day can be full of either of our works in progress. As a result our processes, ideas, and aesthetics are influenced by each other continuously. The words we most often use in response to each others products are juicy, sexy, and hot. We hope you find these qualities in the work and enjoy the show."

To see more of Rebecca and Matthew's juicy, sexy and hot work just click on their names...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

1708 Gallery Presents

More than 40 artists have been selected to participate in the first annual InLight RICHMOND event on September 5, 2008. This juried, light inspired art exhibition and event will take place from sun-down to midnight between the 100 and 400 blocks of Broad Street downtown, and is open to the public. Here is a sneak peak as to what’s in store!

London based architect Peter Culley has teamed up with Eleni Savvidou, a lighting designer with L'Observatoire International in New York. Their piece entitled “Light House” is a life-size architectural 3D “light drawing,” created in real space, which spectators can freely enter and explore. Culley is an associate director at Rick Mather Architects, and serves as the Project Director for the innovative expansion of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Bringing international perspective to the celebration are Sally Rees and Lena Stuart, who have collaborated on a work in photography and sound. Although from Montreal and Tasmania respectively, the two have created a single piece through their communication process, resembling a contemporary version of the “exquisite corpse” method of the 1920 Surrealists. The outcome, “Hiatus,” is a series of photographic pairs which will be projected onto an outdoor wall and accompanied by soundworks created by Jean-Yves Thériault and Matt Warren.

Among the local artist groups participating, Diana Cavanaugh and Worn Gallery bring us “Brilliant Beacons.” Representatives of the gallery will actually wear these miniature, illuminated installations as they roam the area, spending the evening as both spectators and spectacles. Cavanaugh is a recipient of a 2008 VMFA Undergraduate Fellowship in Sculpture.

Other InLight contributing artists include Miriam Ewers, Travis Fullerton, Bruce Hornstein, Christopher Wiedeman, David Grainger, Justin

Lincoln, Henry Gwiazda, Michael Filimowicz, Janpim Wolf, Amie Oliver, Gilberto Martinez, Megumi Akiyoshi, Damian Yanessa, Tatiana Ginsberg, Amy Glengary Yang, Sabrina Cordovana, Arielle Angel, Clay McGlamory, Scott Kyle, Jessica Bauserman, Jackie Mancini, Matt Greer, Linda Sheridan-Nay, John Blatter, Solar Sculptors United Now, Leah Jacobson, Robbie Kinter, Thea Duskin, Megan Vernon, Slash Coleman, Anne Savage, Suzanne Hall, Craig Pleasants, Manica Zander, David Williams, Wearable InLight, the Art Cheerleaders and Michael Lease.

Powered by 1708 Gallery in conjunction with its 30th anniversary, InLight RICHMOND is a light-inspired art exhibition and event and modeled after similar international efforts such as Nuit Blanche in Paris, Rome, and Toronto and Luci d’Artista in Turin. Facades, walls, balconies, rooftops, doorways, parking lots, and median strip have been identified as sites for art installations and performances, providing a very unique event for Richmond and giving the city the opportunity to encourage lively dialogue about contemporary art throughout the Central Virginia region and across the globe.

Altria is the presenting sponsor for InLight, with Venture Richmond and Dominon serving as co-presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors to-date are William A. Royall, Jr. and Pamela Kiecker; CenterStage Foundation; Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau; Historic Jackson Ward Neighborhood Association; First Market Bank; Quirk Gallery; Page and Sandy Bond; Dr. Greg and Deb Lockhart; Mike and Judy O’Connor; Kay and Phillip Davidson; Phoenix; Richard S. Reynolds Foundation; Commonwealth Architects; Baskervill; Johnson Inc.; and 3North. In-kind support is provided by Martin Branding Worldwide; Virginia Bertholet, Cause Content; Sunny Zhao, Dreams Factory; Pyramid Studios; Theater IV; and Virginia Commonwealth University. Community partners include Curated Culture; Richmond Moving Image Co-Op; Richmond Public Library; University of Richmond Modlin Center for the Arts; VMFA Friends of Art; VMFA Teen Studio and Young Audiences of Virginia. NBC 12 and the Richmond Times Dispatch are media sponsors.

Visit www.1708inlight.org to find out more. Contact us if you are interested in volunteering: jgiandomenico@1708gallery.org

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Call for Exhibition Proposals from Artists and Curators

1708 Gallery is seeking exhibition proposals from artists and curators for its 2010 exhibition season. 1708 Gallery is a non-profit space for new art committed to expanding the understanding, development and appreciation of contemporary art. The Gallery provides public exposure and opportunity to emerging and established artists internationally. By showing art that questions, challenges, and redefines the social and aesthetic boundaries of the visual arts, 1708 Gallery offers an opportunity for the public to investigate, discover and be inspired by the most recent developments of contemporary art.

Artists and curators may submit proposals for single or group shows of all media. For an exhibition proposal form, please visit our website at http://www.1708gallery.org/ (under exhibitions and proposals). Next deadline is September 1, 2008.

1708 Gallery is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to exhibitions, arts and education programs.