Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Photos

 Lydia Moyer and Sierra Bellows

 Glow-in-the-dark installation under the stairs by Sierra Bellows

 Looped video by Lydia Moyer

 Glow-in-the-dark piece by Sierra Bellows

 Looped video by Lydia Moyer

Link to Sierra and Lydia's artist statements: here

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Lydia Moyer

These pieces are a variation on a series of animated installations called The Tear Drinkers. The title for The Tear Drinkers is taken from a relatively recent discovery by biologists that some tropical moth species drink the tears of sleeping birds. The series plays with how technology can be used to re-animate non-human creature caught in the still-death of photographs, transforming them into ghost-like, man-made approximations of the real thing.

Sierra Bellows

My mother built a house with discarded plastic sheets and scavenged wood in Oregon. My father went back-to-the-land in Northern Alberta where hardly anything grows. My mother spent almost a year in a teepee. My father hasn't lived in a house for longer than two years since he moved out of his own parent's home when he was 18.

As a child, my family lived in countries that were not our own and I felt then that we were a small nation unto ourselves. For a long time, I didn't equate houses with homes and I couldn't tell you what town I was from.

And now I am learning that home is something that can be invented. It can pop up almost anywhere. It can be carried on our backs if necessary. It can be constructed out of almost anything if it has a little light in it, as long as it keeps the night at bay, pressed against the windows.

Monday, April 9, 2012

April Photos

Kaki Dimock and Virginia Rieley

 Kaki Dimock


  Virginia Rieley

Link to Virginia and Kaki's artist statements: here

Pardon the Easter weekend delay and enjoy your April!

Friday, April 6, 2012


This month we are proud to welcome Kaki Dimock and Virginia Rieley to the Shuckster!

Virginia Rieley

Virginia was born in a hospital on Jefferson Park Avenue in Charlottesville. She currently resides in an apartment on Jefferson Park Avenue in Charlottesville. These collages all depict familiar local scenes, re-imagined with a combination of watercolor and original photographs. Commissions are also welcome, if you don't see your favorite hangout featured here!

Kaki Dimock

Kaki explores how the animal world and the human world interact, influence each other and compete; sometimes she likes to imagine that the animal world has the upper hand.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March Photos

Thomas Dean (left) and Patrick Costello (right); background by Patrick Costello

Link to Patrick and Thomas' artist statements: here

Friday, March 2, 2012


This month we are excited to welcome Thomas Dean and Patrick Costello to the Shuckster space!
Patrick Costello
(visual artist statement)

Thomas Dean

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

February Photos

 Maggie Stein

 Andrew Salmon

Link to Maggie and Andrew's artist statements: here

Friday, February 3, 2012


This month we are happy to welcome Andrew Salmon and Maggie Stein to the Shuckster space!

Andrew Salmon

Fascinated by the removal of mountains, the emergence of new fungi, and what happens when the wild has come to an end, I create to catalogue such events as well as imagine potential futures. I roam the myth of the landscape in mourning and jubilation. These sculptures archive my most recent wanderings.

Maggie Stein

First, let's discuss the different steps involved in making a quilt.
1. PIECING - Sewing small pieces of cloth together to make a quilt top. Sometimes there are blocks with a repeating pattern. Sometimes pieces are separated by long strips called sashing.
2. LAYERING - Stacking the quilt back (usually a solid piece of cotton cloth), the batting (fluffy center of a quilt, made of wool/cotton/bamboo), and the quilt top (perhaps with a border added) - this is sometimes called a quilt sandwich.
3. QUILTING - Stitching through all three layers of the quilt. This serves three purposes (thanks, Wikipedia):
- to secure the layers to each other
- to add to the beauty and design of the finished quilt, and
- to trap air within the quilted sections.
4. FINISHING - A final border, called binding, encloses the unfinished edges along the perimeter of the quilt. After this, a quilt is usually washed, an slight shrinkage in the cloth creates the wrinkles often associated with a handmade quilt.

I promise this will be useful in a moment.

The hexagon chip quilt was hand-pieced, then machine-quilted. Yes, this means that every single hexagon was hand-stitched to the hexagons surrounding it. The quilt is unfinished on purpose -so that you can look inside and see the stitches between hexagons.

I love hand-piecing a quilt because, until the final stages, the work is portable. For over a year, I would stitch hexagons during meetings, while watching television, and on public transportation. Once you learn the rhythm of the stitches, it takes very little attention.

The paint chip quilt was machine-pieced, then hand-quilted. Assembling this quilt top was much more about playing with color than learning a new technique, and I believe it took less than a week to assemble.

At this time, a friend offered to teach me how to hand-quilt, and I thought the uneven stitches and chaotic lines of my first attempt would add some close-up visual interest to this piece.

These are my first and third attempts at full-size quilts - the second lives in Kentucky with my nephew.

Also on display at the Shuckster this month:
- a visual tutorial for hand-piecing hexagons;
- a small piece representing one late night's foray into color and pattern; and
- one section from my latest endeavor, a cathedral window pattern, which not only combines piecing and quilting into one step, but includes a significant amount of what I'd call origami.

More Photos to come!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January Photos

Rachel Singel

Brendan Fitzgerald

"Viewing Instructions:
1. Select a doorbox, and point it towards a light.
2. Peer through the peephole.
3. Return the doorbox to its original place.
4. Select a new doorbox, and repeat 1-3."

visual experience simulated for above 6 images

Link to Brendan and Rachel's artist statements: here