Things are heating up around here as summer unfolds, so, of course, we’re offering four cool shows “Hermosas Criaturas: Ceramics and Drawings From Julio Del Rio,” “Moving Right Along: The Work of Lisa Reed,” “New Kids on The Block” and “Wrapped Up In You: NIAD’s Quilts” are on view June 5-27, 2015 at NIAD’s galleries, 551 23rd Street in Richmond.
Hermosas Criaturas: Ceramics and Drawings From Julio Del Rio
For the last several years, Julio Del Rio has been creating some quite amazing beings in clay; one might even call them “beautiful creatures.” Del Rio explores not just the human form, he also build objects based on the animal kingdom. And because we live in the post-modern era, he also creates sculptures based on objects built by other contemporary and modernist artists (like George Condo and Roy Lichtenstein). Del Rio has a universe of references in his work, but the connecting thread is his love of humanity
“Hermosas Criaturas” offers an in-depth look at the Del Rio’s sculptures as well including a few related drawing and prints by the artist for context.
Moving Right Along: The Work of Lisa Reed
Maryland artist Lisa Reed begins her paintings with a generous and energetic Helen Frankenthaler-esque staining of the unprimed, un-stretched canvas. Staining the cotton duct fibers with acrylic colors brings the threads to life. Once the canvas is stretched, she uses pattern, color, line, and form to articulate ambiguous and conflicted spaces. Movement is also key to making her collaged spheres. Reed methodically chooses, tears, and collages illustrations from repurposed children’s books. In the process, the images become obscured and the patterns of gestural, printed lines exposed. “Moving Right Along” will feature a selection of her paintings and orbs.
An artist and educator, Lisa T. Reed earned a BFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia where she participated in the Temple Abroad in Rome program. Reed earned her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California. Currently, she lives and teaches near D.C. and exhibits regionally and nationally.
New Kids On The Block
We have a few new artists in our stable and we want to show you what’ve been up to. “New Kids On The Block” features brand-spanking new work from many of them, including Jessica Codromac, Emanuel Diaz, Aisha Ivery, Donzell Lewis and Maria Dalisay.
Wrapped Up In You: NIAD’s Quilts
Under the direction of artist Jan Mignaud, the Art Center has a very dynamic fiber department. And one of the more beautiful objects created there are our quilts. “Wrapped Up In You” will feature more than a half-dozen of our latest – from geometric to figurative. The show will coincide with “Telling It Slant,” an exhibition of NIAD craft organized by Courtney Eldridge at the Richmond Art Center.