round tables and tours
CURRENT will offer visitors the opportunity to sit down for intimate conversations with members of the Richmond art community who are working on collaborative projects. Grab a drink with the organizers of Curriculum Lab, Pattern Language for a Social Fabric, VALET, and more to learn about projects in Richmond that bring artists together for a common purpose.
Each day of the fair, visitors can walk through the booths on guided tours with collectors and arts organizers. Experience the fair from the perspective of community members who are highly engaged with artists, galleries, and the greater art world.
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Friday, September 29
2 PM - Fair tour with Francis Thompson, Art Program Project Manager at JLL
2:30 - 4:30 PM - Round Table Discussion with Brooke Inman and Jesse Goldstein, Pattern Language for A Social Fabric
About Pattern Language for a Social Fabric: Pattern Language for a Social Fabric is an experiment in open-printing as a means of developing a creative practice that calls into question any possibility of isolating singular contributions within a collaborative whole, while still allowing artists to engage the work as primary creators. Images have been collected from a wide network and preliminarily burned into screens. During 5 x 5 Summer Sessions at 1708 Gallery in 2016, open-printing sessions where the public joined the artists in printing on large pieces of paper and fabric, learned the basics of screen printing, and viewed the partially finished works on the gallery walls were held. As the various images are repeated and layered upon one another, an intricate and impossible-to-predict social fabric emerges, offering a poetic and abstract window into a collective psyche.
Saturday, September 30
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Round Table discussion with Jonathan Lee, Organizer of Curriculum Lab
About Curriculum Lab: Jonathan Lee, Genesis Chapman, Tom Condon, Brooke Inman, Sarah Irvin, Aimee Joyaux, Bizhan Khodabandeh, Blythe King, Ron Lee, Matt Lively, Katie McBride, Andrea Owens, Michael Pierce, Michael-Birch Pierce, Leigh Suggs, Sayaka Suzuki, Nathan Tersteeg, Tyler Thomas, Katie Wood
Curriculum Lab was initially created as a project for 20 artists, each tasked with creating artwork inspired by discarded library materials from Virginia Commonwealth University's Curriculum Lab Collection of juvenile books. Each artist received a package with an instruction card and a minimum of 20 3.5x3" card pocket fronts to draw on, cover, cut, manipulate, combine, or add to in any way they choose. The rules: the artwork can be any depth but must remain 3.5x3" and should be inspired by the text on each card. The completed works will be displayed in a series of grids and sold to support the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s ELLA program, which brings arts-integrated literacy into lower income Pre-K classrooms across the greater Richmond area.
During the exhibition, there will also be series of workshops and activities inspired by the same materials. The workshop exercises are hands on/minds on activities that use art practices to teach visual and information literacy skills; focusing on critical thinking, problem based enquiry, awareness of personal biases, and research/discovery techniques. Through art-making and discussion, participants will take a deeper look at the relationships they have with words and images in order to create effective visual narratives that best convey what they want to say. Many of the workshops and activities were tested over the summer at sites like the RPAA and Richmond Young Writers.
There will be an exhibition preview and round table at the 2017 Current Art Fair, Saturday September 30 from 2:30 to 4:30 at Main Street Station. Curriculum Lab runs November 1 – 19 at Studio Two Three, with an opening reception and full day of activities on Saturday November 4. There will be additional workshop opportunities and other events on November 12 and 19.
Sunday, October 1
2 PM - Fair tour
About Francis Thompson: Over the past decade, Francis Thompson has managed a team responsible for maintaining and expanding a contemporary corporate art collection installed within office buildings throughout North America. During the early part of his role with the collection, he lead the curatorial development of its rotating exhibition program which has grown to between seventy and eighty shows a year. On display within the corporate offices, these exhibitions brought in artwork from non-profit art organizations, local museums, university art departments, and corporate employees.
Francis has worked as Assistant Gallery Director for the Ellipse Art Center in Arlington, VA, assistant coordinator for the Mountain Lake Workshops with director/producer Ray Kass, and as Gallery Coordinator for the Virginia Tech Armory Gallery. A native of Virginia, he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with concentration in painting and drawing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA.
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Round Table discussion with Miranda Wagner of VALET and Aimee Joyaux of Art in Action
About VALET: VALET is an artist-run venue invested in community involvement, diversity, and cross-disciplinary ventures in the metro Richmond area. Supported by a small group of passionate individuals, VALET aims to create an inclusive space for emerging and experimental artists to showcase their work.
About Aimee: Aimee Joyaux is an artist and educator based in Petersburg, Virginia. Past exhibitions include The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Center for Book Arts (NY), and Nexus Press in Atlanta. Examples of Aimee’s work are held in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College, Indiana University East, Penland School of Crafts, and locally at Dominion, Capital One, Try-Me Gallery, Candela Gallery, and Quirk Hotel.