Saturday, April 28, 2018


ADA Gallery presents Conveyors, a solo show by artist Derek Larson. Larson’s combination of moving paintings, animations and prints will be on view from Friday, April 6th through Saturday, April 28th, 2018.

Conveyors is an exhibit by Derek Larson which features a series of motorized paintings, screen prints and digital animations that highlight factory conditions, the decline of shopping malls and the golden age of American animation.  Larson’s paintings are motorized with conveyor belts and rollers to move in front of and behind shaped paintings. The canvases move like the background of a traditional animation and suggest factory automation through their hardware and stripped down construction. Larson's animated series "Très Mall" is his first feature-length effort about three artists living in Savannah, Georgia. They encounter real-world writers in cameo appearances who discuss topics in activism, art, consumerism and the environment. The main character inherits a strip mall and his friends join in to witness a slow progression of misplaced ambitions and other hijinks. Accompanying the animation are Acrylic on dura-lar screen prints that mimic celluloid in traditional cel animations, acting as artifacts to Larson’s digitally made animation.

 Larson’s animation Très Mall will also be screening in NYC Times Square via Chashama, at Jepson Center Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA October-April and at Morris Museum in Augusta, GA in September. Larson will also be participating in the MASS MoCA Residency May-June, 2018.
Derek G. Larson received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies. His first feature-length animation "Très Mall" will screen this summer in Times Square New York City and in the fall at the Jepson Telfair Museum in Savannah and Morris Museum in Augusta. He will continue working on this project through the summer as a resident of the MASS MoCA Residency. His work has been featured in ARTPULSE,, Big Red & Shiny, Gizmodo, The Seattle Times and New American Paintings. With prior experience as a video editor at PBS, Larson's work combines animation and video with painting and performance, his current work explores science fiction, autoimmune diseases and malls.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Pleased to announce ADA will be exhibiting at NADA NY 2018!

ADA will be presenting a solo booth of Bernard Martin's work at NADA NY 2018

With De Kooning, acrylic on canvas, 57 x 49 inches, 2016
Born in Ferrum, Virginia in 1935, Bernard Martin is professor emeritus of art at Virginia commonwealth University where he was the first chair of the Department of Painting and Printmaking from 1966-1999.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout his multi-decade career, including three separate traveling shows of his work organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as two previous exhibitions at ADA Gallery.  His work has appeared in over 200 group shows nationally and internationally since 1965.  He has been the recipient of awards and grants including two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship.  His work is to be found in a number of public collections - the National Collection of Art, Washington, DC, the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk,  Va, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA - as well as many corporate and private collections.  One such collector is his good friend Tom Robbins for whose novel, Skinny Legs and All, Martin did both the cover and interior illustrations. 

NADA New York
March 8–11, 2018

Skylight Clarkson Sq. 
550 Washington Street
New York, NY

VIP Preview by Invitation
 Thursday, March 8, 10am–2pm

Opening Preview by Invitation 
Thursday, March 8, 12–2pm

Open to the Public 
Thursday, March 8, 2–8pm

Friday, March 9 12–8pm

Saturday, March 10, 12–8pm

Sunday, March 11, 12–6pm 

You can find more info and images on Bernard Martin on Artsy
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A Bigger Splash with Father, acrylic on canvas and panel, 63 x 49 x 3 inches, 2012

Monday, February 05, 2018

more work from FINE LINE : February 2018 at ADA GALLERY

Gian Pierotti, Artifact 3, 4 x 10.5 x 2 inches, wood, paint & carbon, 2018

Jared Clark, Maybe Mayan (top left), Raspberries (top right), Goblin Hairdo (bottom left), Violet Violet (bottom right),
10 x 7 inches, india ink on Arches paper, 2018

Kirsten Kindler, Recap, 68 x 6 x 6 inches, found plastic caps, 2012
Kyle Falzone, Wonky Linnner Boy, 22 x 23 x .75 inches, house paint and gouache on wood, 2018

Fine Line @ ADA Gallery February 2018

featuring artists Nick Fagan, Jared Clark, Ghost of a Dream, Brian Novatny, Alex Kvares, Shannon Wright, Patrick Thorne, Kirsten Kindler, Kyle Falzone, Gian Pierotti and Mike Linskie.

Come check out the exhibition from FEB. 2 - 24, 2018.

Brian Novatny, Untitled, 21 x 23 inches, ink on paper, 2013


Shannon Wright, Manual (4 of 34  drawings), 11 x 8.5 inches, vinyl, 2003-2008

Nick Fagan, Look Gone, 64 x 46 x 2.5 inches, steel, 2018

Check out the show at ADA Gallery at 228 W Broad Street, Richmond, VA. 
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Closing Reception for Bruce Wilhelm January 27th, 5-8pm and Upcoming 1708 Annual Auction

Closing Reception for Bruce Wilhelm's solo show, Next, on Saturday, January 27th 5-8pm at ADA Gallery, 228 W Broad Street.


Bruce Wilhelm, NEXT, 36.5 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2017, $3,000

Interview w/ Bruce Wilhelm in the January 10th edition of Richmond Virginia's Style Weekly

Bruce Wilhelm’s “Next” runs through Jan. 27 at ADA Gallery, 228 W. Broad St.

By Karen Newton

Hoping to keep her son out of trouble, Bruce Wilhelm's mother bought him a set of paints when he was a teenager. He was hooked.  

Everything about painting spoke to Wilhelm and it's remained his focus for 20 years. As to why he was so captivated by this work, he's quite certain it's the pace.

"Art will slow you down," he says. "I was born tired of this silly, fast-paced, multitasking, do everything, experience nothing world."

Wilhelm's latest show, "Next," at ADA Gallery, was so named simply because he was in the middle of another show when this one was arranged. It's not his way to go into a show with a stated theme, nor does he consider future shows when painting.

ADA Gallery owner John Pollard sees the hardworking, blue-collar artist as a natural, which is why he's been showing Wilhelm's work since 2004 when he was a student. 

"I think of Bruce as a bit of a scientist, using trial and error, experimenting with different ways of making marks, new ways of expressing himself," Pollard says. "He's often adding and subtracting, pulling things forward and pushing other things back." 

Wilhelm recalls his undergraduate years in Virginia Commonwealth University's painting and printmaking department as essential to making him aware of a world of art possibilities. Six years after he finished there, he headed off to do graduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design. That time, he recalls, was nothing short of amazing because of the brilliant people and top-notch professors. 

"The questions that I left Rhode Island with might stay with me for the rest of my life," Wilhelm says. "But despite the shine of all these brilliant art people, I got a glimpse of the dark side of the art world. Many of them are susceptible to posturing, politics and the art world's subpar jargon: art speak."

He sees his own artistic process as playful and it often involves listing actions, colors, and descriptions of past methods to get started. The descriptions are culled from notes he takes about which processes he finds interesting in his work. From there, he'll review the lists and narrow his focus. Since he's generally not sure how a piece will turn out, he waits for inspiration before starting a painting. On occasion, that process may involve a U-turn.

"I thought the last painting was pretty good, so now I reverse the good decisions and see what I end up with," he explains. "Superinefficient, but I decided that while I need to be efficient in most aspects of my life, painting should resist that." 

Because gallery owner Pollard is an artist himself, he can't bring himself to show anything he doesn't love. 

"I joke that I'm not smart enough to figure out what people want to buy, so I show what I would buy and hope that I'm not alone," he says. "But seriously, it's Bruce's brain because he's always inventing and I find that exciting. I'm never bored with his work."

ADA Gallery represents Wilhelm at home and internationally, having shown his work in Dallas, London, Miami and New York. Over the years, practically every artist he knows has encouraged him to move to New York, but he knows his preference for a hermitic life prevents that. 

A decade ago, Wilhelm made a list of the most probable futures of art, at the top of which was that the center of the art world would move East. He fully expects that in his lifetime, the art made in Beijing will be much more important than that made in New York. With a simply stated goal of always trying to make a better painting, Richmond's low cost of living has kept him here.

"Richmond is just big enough to support an art scene, just small enough to make your contributions count," he says, acknowledging that having Virginia Commonwealth University here is huge. "The art game is real here, not just posturing." S

 Bruce Wilhelm, Stretcher Shroud with Fragments, 48 x 53 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2017, $4,000

And check out Bruce's work below that will be auctioned off at: 

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 7 to 10 pm, 1708 Gallery will present CABIN FEVER, our Annual Art Auction. Take part in the joy of discovery, the thrill of bidding, and bring home new art by the region's best emerging and established artists. The annual art auction provides significant support for 1708's exhibitions and programs.

CABIN FEVER will include Live and Silent Art Auctions with works by an outstanding group of artists. The Live Auction artwork will be on view at 1708 Gallery from Tuesday, January 30 through the night of the auction on Saturday, February 10. The Silent Auction artwork will be displayed in the beautiful space next door at our neighbors, Black Iris and can be viewed by appointment prior to the auction.
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Monday, November 06, 2017


Jared Clark, Kitschbild: Cat Cake, 15x16x8, found ceramics, PC-11, epoxy resin, 2015

Jared Clark, Kitschbild: Cat Cake, 15x16x8, found ceramics, PC-11, epoxy resin, 2015



Sunday, November 05, 2017


Jared Clark, Bilder Bildet
For the past decade, Jared Lindsay Clark has been creating assemblages that blur the line between painting and sculpture. Clark’s primary materials are ordinary objects, ranging from detritus to collectables, such as cardboard boxes, discarded refrigerators, and paintings by amateur artists. Clark maintains a broad collection of these objects that he finds in dumpsters, thrift stores, and yard sales. He then binds them together in assemblages that vary in scale and shape. Clark’s fundamental objective is creating hybrids of two- and three-dimensional art by playing with the tensions between volumetric forms and flat surfaces, abstraction and representation, as well as modernist theory and postmodern pastiche.

In Clark’s first solo exhibition since 2014's Hard Candy at ADA Gallery, Jared returns with a selection of recent kitschbilds and new paintings. Kitschbild is Clark’s compound term for his assemblages, combining the words kitsch, describing popular, lowbrow, and often cheaply constructed items, and bild, the German word for painting (Clark playfully engages in further word play, as the word bild is pronounced the same as the English word build, reinforcing the artist’s interest in blurring the characteristics of painting and sculpture). In the kitschbilds, Clark uses pigmented resin to fill and bind the occasional sea shell and ceramic cookie jar with human and animal figurines. The resin adheres the objects into clusters with solid planes of color visible from underneath. The resulting sculptures have a “front,” a viewing point from which they appear to be flat as to be read as two-dimensional objects, akin to paintings. However, views from the sides and back reveal a mixture of unexpected materials as well as the dripped and pooled resin binders that hint at the process of their assembly.
The exhibition will also debut new oil paintings and gouaches, which represent Clark’s first return to painting since his undergraduate studies fifteen years ago. The paintings depict abstract geometric and biomorphic shapes reminiscent of mid-twentieth century modernism. Although generally flat in their appearance, when considered in relation to Clark’s assemblages, their compositions begin to suggest oblique views of more volumetric shapes.
exhibition dates: November 3 - 25, 2017 

Jared Clark earned a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and holds a BFA from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. His work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the United States including solo shows at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT in the winter of 2011; the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in the spring of 2012, and at the VOLTA Art Fair in New York City in March 2013. He has participated in residencies at the Kompact Living Space, Berlin, Germany (2008); Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2007); Art Omi, Omi, NY (2007), and was the recipient of numerous fellowships from the Virginia Museum (2006), the Dedalus Foundation, NY (2007), the Vermont Studio Center (2007), and the Utah Arts Council (2012).  In the collection of Bill & Pam Royall, Cindy Sherman to name a few. 

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Thursday, October 26, 2017







ADA Gallery presents, “THIS IS NOT A SOCK”, a solo exhibition of photographs and objects by Barbara Weissberger. Opening Friday October 6th, 2017 and on view until October 28, 2017. 
Weissberger’s playful photographs step over the edge of the image and onto the frame or onto the wall with paint, plaster and sculpture extruding like the limb of a hidden character. She explores materials in a way that reveals a quirky fascination with the containers that frame our lives: cardboard, packing materials, tape. Within the temporary studio installations she photographs she frequently places cutout shapes in the foreground. As the viewer looks through the cutouts negative spaces unhinge and appear as objects. Weissberger says, “I invite the viewer to be an active participant in dealing with illusion and the anxieties that arise from parsing the ambiguous picture.”
Each piece embodies the way humans identify with the objects that we consume. Weissberger tips a hat to Rene Magritte with the title of her exhibition and explores what Magritte also grappled with, “the ascendancy of poetry over painting”: however for Weissberger, the power struggle is perhaps with the lens instead of the brush. For her, the ability for photography to capture the banality of life through the lens of fickle humor creates a delightful show that obfuscates the obsessive culture in which we are brooding.
Barbara Weissberger divides her time between Pittsburgh and New York. Weissberger is a Guggenheim Fellow and is a fellow from Yaddo, VCCA, Hambidge, and MacDowell. She has shown extensively throughout the United States, including exhibitions with SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, The Drawing Center, New York, Photoville in DUMBO, and with ADA Gallery.

exhibition dates: October 6 through 28, 2017



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