This month we welcome Moriah Harris and Joanna Mullen to the Shuckster space!
For me, encapsulating plant life in glass is about stimulating the mind and sense to a study of the visual essence in plant life - the delicacy of stems, leaves, and petals, the variety of shape and form, and the subtlety of color and texture. While more traditional terrariums consist of closed glass containers filled with moisture loving plants, modern terrariums embrace succulents in open glass containers as well. One is self-sustaining through water condensation and release, while the other allows for long periods of time between watering, which makes them both easy to care for. Both provide a stunning visual that offers the viewer insight into worlds of lush succulent landscapes, wet mossy woodlands and dry earthy deserts. I have included both in this collection. Please enjoy.
A native Virginian, who was raised in Pennsylvania, Joanna Mullen currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. Though, she is likely best known for competing in both men's and women's figure skating at the 1940 and 1944 Winter Olympics. She placed 4th in both. It was then that she realized that sports were so pedestrian and she was part of a dying breed... like people who could name all fifty states. The truth hurt. Oh sure, maybe not as much as landing on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurt. So began her epic journey into the world of collage. Tonight she has prepared some work that will illuminate the mind and dazzle the eye.
This month, we welcome Hannah Barefoot and Warren Craghead to the Shuckster space!
Craft(ing) objects are important to me. I work with handmade
paper, etchings, woodcut and recently welding. Attention to a work's creation
becomes part of the work. I believe objects must be carefully and lovingly
formed. I’m trying to create objects that are emblematic of my hope for a
future communal existence, one where we are attentive and self-aware.
The pragmatism of craft extends into my life in the form of
a gardening - I garden with others because people respond positively to
watching their own work grow and tending to something that is both sustaining
and alive. Both crafting and gardening reach towards a utopian existence. The
work I do in the garden is integral to the work I do in studio - both extend
into the future. I hope for a world where people know what they take and give.
The etching is of a beast that I envision as a harbinger of
utopian/future existence where gardening and concern for other folks and self
is so intuitive no one even talks about it anymore.
While watching the live feed from Egypt's Tahrir Square last spring, I was so taken by how brave and crazy the people were that I started drawing just to do something. Those drawings led to more images of Tunisia and Libya and the recent Occupy movement. One reason I draw things is to react to what is happening in the world around me—my kids being nuts, things I see while driving around, a car race, a trip. In this case, the events were exciting and complicated revolutionary movements that, I hope, will turn out well. Almost all these images I've only seen though a TV or computer screen. Drawing them is one way to make them more real and immediate. I'm not pretending to know all or even much of what is going on in these complex situations, but I think, maybe naively, that by drawing them I can make some tiny connection.
My work explores the absurd idea of how to be everywhere. It insists that art can be accessible, cryptic, and beautiful all at the same time. My drawings, collages, paintings, book and mail art are inspired by my experiences in the ordinary world. They contain spontaneous "without thinking" narratives that process and encode everyday life and the written word into discrete, pictographic, nonlinear stories that can be encountered everywhere: a sticker on a pole, a booklet in a newspaper, a postcard in the mail, an image on a website, a collage in a gallery.
Warren Craghead III lives in Charlottesville, VA, with his wife and two daughters. He likes to make pictures, and has exhibited his work internationally. He has also published many works, including the Xeric Grant winning Speedy and several collaborations with poets and writers, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. He received an MFA in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin, a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1993, and attended the Skowhegan School in 1993.
This month, we welcome Maureen Lovett and James Ford to the Shuckster space!
George Binsted spent most of his adolescence and early, twenty-something years assuming he'd spend his career in the skies as a pilot. At my age, he realized he would never make a second home in the air. He had to find a new vocation.
George became a bricklayer by trade and turned the rest of his careful attention to crafting model airplanes. After his workday was over, he found his home among hundreds of opened and unopened kits, complicated instructions, airbrush paints and display shelves. Crouched over near a desk-lamp-turned companion, George has spent more than sixty years giving himself to the meticulous, repetitive care of his craft.
Here is my grandfather's model airplane, an object full of care and yet some disappointment. Likewise, here is a ship that is full of adventure but will never go to sea. Here are the epic books I haven't finished. I'm allergic to this grass. These chandeliers are covered in dust. These banners aren't hemmed. Only one of these curtains made it onto my window.
But I want all of these things - with all of their imperfections and nostalgia - to by my home. Bless this house - the real one, covered with glory and filled with defeat.
James Ford was born in 1982 and grew up in Charlottesville, VA. He has an undergraduate degree in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts. He has lived in Charlottesville for the past 5 years, where he now runs the last remaining independent movie theater in town. He often DJ's in bars, at house parties, between bands, and on the radio. He has been designing concert posters and flyers for local music events since 2006. He is also an amateur music journalist and, on rare occasions, a concert organizer.
All of the images in this show were colleged together using x-acto blades, scotch tape, and color and b&w xerox machines; there were no computers involved in making this artwork.