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Retta Robbins

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Bio and Artist Statement

Robbins has studied at the Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU), Johns Hopkins, and NYU and
in Firenze, Paris and Kyoto, and has in turn taught art for many years. Her studio can be found at Libertytown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Robbins on her outlook and the work it informs:

“My exhibit – Politics · Conflicts · and Social Injustice – has grown out of personal, visual comments about the world around me. The artist has long been the lens that focuses on injustice throughout the ages.  It is that empathy which brings to light misdeeds in every period of history. An image is seared onto our national memory, whether it be Goya’s ‘Execution of the Rebels of May 3rd’ or the photographed execution of a citizen in the streets of Vietnam, or the hooded, wired prisoner at Abu Grahib.  The artist leads us to what we know. ‘Guernica’ forever cemented the horror of modern warfare in the minds of its viewers.  Picasso’s iconic depiction of a bombed Spanish town in 1939 captures the terror inflicted on a people by an unseen enemy. It has been my intent to record/react to events around me, pose visual questions, look at the madness in the world, and step back and sigh.  I feel as if I am in Goya’s Black Paintings from Quinta del sordo, looking for a way out and wondering if we will ever learn.”

With regard to the Ledger Line’s interest in crossing genre lines, Robbins writes:

“I think that the Rumsfeld.non-speak piece is more about making connections—hearing Secretary Rumsfeld’s curiously existential Pentagon briefings made me think of a radio that I had in the ’70’s.  It was a white cube, and when it was turned on lips began to move…no matter what the content of the present program… the lips just moved…like the vases being carried out of the museum in Iraq over and over.  Content and message somehow were not connected. Then I came across a piece in The New Yorker about a group that had set some of Secretary Rumsfeld’s briefings to music… I tracked down the recording and put them all together.  Made 20casts of the mouth and let them speak for themselves.”

Artist’s Work

Gabriel Pons

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Artist Bio

Gabriel earned his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech in 1997.  While working in the architecture profession, he continued to explore painting and collage on canvas and in sketchbooks.  His sketchbook work exemplifies his interest in creating abstract environments inhabited by fictional characters and iconography.  Found images are reshaped, reformed and adorned with paint and pattern – displacing them from their former context.

Pons writes:

“My paintings are the sum of parts – pieces of the visual environment which I collect, catalog, alter, and re-present.  Our culture is conditioned to react to visual cues, from traffic signs to internet icons and avatars.  I enjoy rearranging this visual language into something new – an environment where time and space are restructured and infinite.

Crossing Genres: The Revolution Will Now Be Improvised

“The creative process for me is one of consumption, reflection, and reconstruction.  The theme of crossing genres seems quite fitting when the intent of the majority of my work (especially the collages) is to engage the viewer such that they feel displaced into a new and hybrid visual space.

“Through the juxtaposition of form, imagery, and text, I am able to cross-reference pop culture icons with historic figures; ancient architectures with contemporary urban landscapes.  It is hoped that through these explorations, the viewer can ask questions regarding their own frame of reference.”

PONSHOP Studio at LibertyTown Arts Workshop

Artist’s Work

Caitlyn Paley

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Paley lives and studies in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has also been published in the Moria Poetry Journal. She is lucky to have the support and encouragement of her wonderful family.

Paley on “Mariachi “:

“‘Mariachi’ is one of the only love poems I have written. It is dedicated to Derek Miller. This piece was initially an interactive installation.”

Artist’s Work

Allie Atkeson

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Atkeson writes:

“My art helps me define the way I see things and answer how mediums behave with one another. I see shape, value, juxtaposition– themes that emerge from my work. With a special interest in glass, cutouts, and light sources, I tend to work with mixed media in unconventional ways.”

Atkeson, about “More Light”:

“How does light act? “More Light” incorporates paper cutouts and a light source to form a mixed media piece. Usually, light functions to increase the value of an area. The piece reinvents the use of light by allowing it to create shadows and areas of high and low value. When viewed from different angles the light changes how the piece is seen, allowing each observer to see light act in a different way.”

Artist’s Work

Joseph Di Bella

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Joseph Di Bella, Distinguished Professor of Art, has taught at the University of Mary Washington since 1977. He served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1990 to 1993 and 1996 to 1999 and Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at Mary Washington. From 1994 to 2003 he was co-director of the University’s program in Urbino, Italy. He holds a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in regional, national and international venues.

On his work, Di Bella writes:

“The vanitas theme underlies much of my art. It manifests itself in questions about spirituality and materialism, personal uniqueness lost to collective identity, tentative balances between antagonists, and impaired beauty. Often these questions take the form of divisions, separations and confluence of disparate elements of media, technique, representation, abstraction, pattern, color and form. While seeking beauty in expressive form, these elements often yield to tension and tentative symmetry.”

Artist Work