REFLECTIONS: Celebrating 50 years of Creativity at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
November 1, 2013 – January 2014
January 24 – March 7, 2014
Tom Condon’s work blends his interests in painting and photography with his own personal history, making a visual experience out of Braille. “I love the symbolic elements of language,” Condon states. “Most languages are visually rich apart from their content.” Condon suffered from impaired vision and temporary blindness when he was in his early teens. An onset of Idiopathic Pseudotumor Cerebri, caused by an excess of spinal fluid, meant that he would spend the latter half of his childhood in and out of military hospitals.
Condon’s latest series began as a simple digital documentation of a Braille textbook. Removed from its context and rendered functionless to its original intended audience, the tactile language creates a visual landscape. Traces of fingerprints left on the most read sections of Braille inspired Condon to make each print a unique piece. After printing the photographs, he applies an encaustic wax directly to the surface. Carefully melting the wax with a hand torch, he mixes in metallic powders and pigments to the surface to create a finished image that, like the internal mechanics of photography and vision, is ultimately dependent on light. www.thomasjcondon.com
Speaking in Tongues, 2012, archival pigment print on velvet paper, infused with cold wax and metallic powders, 30″x 20″
Touch the Show, 2012, archival pigment print on velvet paper, infused with cold wax and metallic powders, 30″x 20″
Slipping Transmission, 2013, archival pigment print on velvet paper, infused with cold wax and metallic powders, 40″x 30”
Susie Ganch and the Radical Jewelry Makeover
April – June, 2014
This comprehensive exhibition focuses on the multifaceted career and work of Susie Ganch, Assistant Professor and Head of the Metals/ Jewelry program at Virginia Commonwealth University and Co – Director of the Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) division of Ethical Metalsmiths. An accomplished jewelry artist featured regularly in Craft in America, Metalsmith Magazine, and Art Jewelry Forum, Ganch has staked a unique career with trifold contributions to the field of Craft. As a university educator, she trains the next generation of jewelers and metalsmiths; as a practicing artist, she pushes the boundaries of jewelry making in material, design, and function; as a director of the Radical Jewelry Makeover project, she creates community events that encourage our consideration of the social and environmental impacts of mining and jewelry production through the creation of innovative jewelry made from recycled sources.
Image: Susie Ganch, bracelet, 2012, steel, collected trash
June – August, 2014
The annual summer [WORK] exhibition offers the public an opportunity to view the diverse, professional work created by the dedicated leaders of the Visual Arts Center.