PREVIEW OPENING: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 (6-8PM)
FIRST FRIDAYS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 (7-9PM)
EXHIBITION DATES: NOVEMBER 3 - 26, 2016
ADA GALLERY, 228 WEST BROAD ST. RICHMOND, 23220
HOURS: WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY (12-5PM) AND SATURDAY (12-4PM)
Rooted in single-channel video, Drummond’s current practice extends into photography, sound, printed matter, and installation. While his early video works deal with gender/sexuality within media and architectural environments, his recent works have evolved into broader explorations between people and place. Areas of inquiry include suburban development and cultural migration, manufactured landscapes and global economics, industry and vernacular culture, and sensory deprivation and solitary confinement within the architectural (physical) and philosophical (psychological) infrastructure of the prison industrial complex.
Today, 49 Shades of Grey marks the premiere of a collection of works Drummond produced between 2011 and 2015. Traveling across the USA to capture footage of incomplete, foreclosed, and abandoned subdivisions throughout 49 States—Drummond developed an archive of source material that collectively, foregrounds landscape as a mechanism to visualize the somewhat abstract nature of the 2008 economic collapse. Selections from this archive of source material have been transformed into 4 interrelated projects in 35mm slide projection, digital photography, 16mm film, and found images: Grave Architecture, Today, 49 Shades of Grey, Death 24x a Second, and Aloha. As a whole, these interrelated works not only speak to the contemporary American condition, but to the complex infrastructure of global economics in the twenty-first century and the often-obscured relationships between history, economics, culture, and landscape.
Jeremy Drummond was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew-up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He now serves as Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Richmond and divides his time between Richmond and Toronto.
Drummond’s work has been exhibited in festivals, galleries and museums worldwide. His films and videos have received awards such as the National Film Board of Canada award for Best Canadian Film or Video Maker at the Images Festival of Independent Film, Video and New Media (Toronto), Best Experimental Video at the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, The People's Choice Award at the New Forms Festival (Vancouver), and the No Budget Award at the Cinematexas Texas Festival of International Film & Video (Austin). He has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
His project entitled 65-Point Plan for Sustainable Living was featured in Prefix Photo (Toronto) and Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture (Brooklyn). His work has been critically examined in publications from Rutgers University Press, the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia, Skol Centre for the Arts Actuel, and the Dunlop Art Gallery. Reviews of his work have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Des Moines Register, Edmonton Journal, NRC Handelsblad, Canadian Architect, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music (SEAMUS).
Drummond’s film and video works are distributed internationally through the Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam), Videographe (Montreal), Video Out (Vancouver), Video Pool Inc. (Winnipeg), and Vtape (Toronto). His printed works are available through Art Metropole (Toronto), Printed Matter Inc. (New York City) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York City). He is represented by ADA Gallery (Richmond).
When growing ficus indoors, it is important to maintain a relatively high humidity around the plant. And if you don't believe us, we suggest you come and visit. Stay Up All Night to enjoy the sunset with your ficus tree (often featured as shelter from danger) while debating on both real and romantic ideas of the inherent and potentially inherent attributes of naturally occurring phenomenon in our universe.
Always check the top of the soil when expecting a miracle. If the top of the soil is wet, do not water as this means they have enough moisture. Give yourself a shot of this every 9 days for achieving greater symbiotic balance and happinesses in you and your botanical partners.
Leaf drop is a ficus tree’s standard reaction to stress but struggle is nature's way of physically and metaphysically strengthening it. Careful observation is the only key to true and complete awareness, and that knowledge is gonna eat you alive from the inside out.
Matt Spahr, a sculptor from California (among other places), and Valerie Molnar, a painter from Cleveland, investigate the transfer of energy and the dynamic exchange within nature with color, form, and complex time based installation. The collaboration began in 2012 as their work collided through their friendship and mutual love for plants. They both teach at Virginia Commonwealth University. Matt earned his BFA from California State and Valerie from The Cleveland Institute Of Art, they both made their move to Richmond for their MFA's at VCU. The duo received a VMFA Professional fellowship this year, they attended Mountain Lake's Art Lab Residency last summer, and have recently returned from this year’s residency at Wave Pool Gallery in Cincinnati Ohio.
EXHIBITION DATES: SEPTEMBER 2 - OCTOBER 1, 2016
SPAHR/MOLNAR statement: We as a collaborative team investigate the transfer of energy and the dynamic exchange within nature with color, form, and complex time based installation. Through plants, residual haunting, sculpture, and painting we experiment and debate on both real and romantic ideas of the inherent and potentially inherent attributes of naturally occurring phenomenon in our universe. We work together to think about and create environments for the happiness of plants and people while researching botanical care and theory. Exploring the idea of home and space for these ‘houseplants’ we ask questions to our domesticated friends about what they might be missing from their native homes. We imagine things that could help with their happiness like being with more mature partners, sunsets, fresh air, bugs, rain showers, and more metaphysical ideas like healing springs water, nonpercussive music and purple tesla plates. We are also interested in assisting plants’ human counterparts to be better partners in order to reach greater symbiotic balance and happinesses. Some of our social outreach projects have included learning to meditate with your plant, dancing with your plant, and exercising with your plant which raise happiness levels in humans creating positive environments for thriving while also producing essential CO2 and humidity through breathing and moving. Or, plants and their people can enjoy a sunset together indoors.
Come see the tent & have a reading with artist James Leonard in front of ADA gallery
(or inside in case of rain) Saturday July 23, 2016 (12-6pm)
228 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23220
It can be hard to face a future we fear. Divination has been used by cultures throughout the world to help people navigate difficult futures. Artist James Leonard adapted Tarot cards to help others process what he calls “overwhelming climate anxiety.”
This summer he’s traveling the country, making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. The tent’s exterior looks like a cross between a post-apocalyptic wigwam and a children’s blanket fort. The rainbow interior is made of brightly colored recycled clothing. Detailed tea-colored ink paintings of different plant and animal species—each reportedly affected by climate change are pinned to the outside.
James Leonard is an internationally exhibited artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. On July 23 from noon – 6 pm, Leonard will be in his tent in front of ada gallery offering free climate change readings.
This project invites the general public to consider their own rapidly changing landscapes. Readings last approximately 15 minutes each, on a first-come, first-served basis.