I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of contemporary art. I appreciate art in all its forms, but I am more likely to see contemporary art and think, “Wow, that’s over my head” and then embarrassingly slink away in search of a painting of bowl of fruit.
The Virginia MOCA Fall Exhibition had the opposite effect on me. The exhibitions on display didn’t make me feel like I was looking at a puzzle I had to solve. They gave important glimpses into the artists in a way that I could understand without trying to interpret someone’s abstract thought. Instead of thinking, “I don’t get it” I could observe the works and think, “that sure is beautiful” and let the meanings and interpretations open up as I considered the works, brow unfurrowed.
“Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing” feels like an intimate connection with the artist. It’s so much more than a final, polished piece, but the addition of all the creative thinking and influences that come into any artist’s head over the years. He filled the walls with little shots of his personality.
Andrea Dezso’s show, titled “Dreamtime” takes scenes and makes them 3d with the use of color, lighting, and cut paper. Her “tunnel books” are a wonder to behold. The longer you look at each piece, the more you see.
Andrew McCavour’s “Inside Out” takes the waning art of thread work and puts it front and center. It’s not often you have the chance to really appreciate hand embroidery (without paying handsomely) but McCavour’s installation creates scenes out of thread that are suspended from the ceiling and a joy to behold.
This truly scratches the surface of MOCA’s fall installation. You have to check it out for yourself.
Here’s the info you need to know:
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 2200 Parks Avenue in Virginia Beach, just six blocks from the oceanfront and at the end of 264.
$5.50 students/seniors 65+/military (must show ID)
*Children 5 & up are students, 4 & under are free.
*FREE Audio tour included with admission. Ipods can be checked out with ID.
10% City tax included in admission
Wednesday – Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-4pm
Administrative offices are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.