1708 Gallery

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Richmond, VA 23220
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Join us for Jessica Segall’s opening reception this Friday!

Monday, February 18th, 2013

1708 Gallery invited you to join us for the opening reception of our latest exhibition, Jessica Segall: A Thirsty Person, on view from February 22 to March 16, 2013. Please join us for an artist talk and opening reception on Friday, February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Jessica Segall’s work investigates the link between creativity and survival, focusing on the production of energy in practical and alchemical forms. A Thirsty Person shares new sculpture, drawings and video produced from Segall’s travels to remote places such as the Arctic and Mongolia, and explores themes such as risk, vulnerability and a conscious ecology through the development of off-grid technologies. The labor-intensive and often humorous work necessitates collaboration with video, sound, and costume design, and illustrates the uninhabitable places upon which we all depend for survival.

Click here for more information about A Thirsty Person.


Artist Talk, Friday, June 8th!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Brendan Smith and Michael Dotson, two artists in our current exhibition, Potential Images, will be speaking next Friday, June 8th about their work. Please join us for a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The talks will begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here for more information about Potential Images.

TELLING TALES: Final Screening, Saturday, February 4!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

TELLING TALES presents video by Sara Pomerance, Lydia Moyer, Jennifer Sullivan, and Keren Cytter. Each employs specific narrative devices to explore a variety of themes from relationships to cultural phenomena.

Join 1708 on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 AM for the final screening of all 4 artists’ works, including a Q&A with Sara Pomerance and Lydia Moyer.

Sara Pomerance
, Everything is Under Control (Running time: 27:11)
Part home movies, part staged scenes, Sara Pomerance’s string of mundane, everyday exchanges between family members poignantly combines humor and pathos.

Followed by a 10 minute Q&A with Sara Pomerance.

Lydia Moyer
, Paradise (Running time: 36:09)
Lydia Moyer examines five sites of societal and environmental disasters, from Jonestown, Guyana to post-Katrina New Orleans, and hints at, though often without fully revealing, the dark stories that inhabit these locations.

Followed by a 10 minute Q&A with Lydia Moyer.

Jennifer Sullivan
, Adult Movie and One-Week Walden (Running time: 35:00)
In Jennifer Sullivan’s videos, the artist turns the camera on herself in two semi-autobiographical works that address, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, an artistic struggle for depth of purpose and authenticity.

Keren Cytter
, Four Seasons and Konstruktion (Running time: 20:08)

Drawing from an archive of influences that includes soap operas and Michelangelo Antonioni, Keren Cytter’s fragmented, non-linear style conveys situations of anxiety and distress in relationships, often imparting a sense of anxiety in the viewer.

Liz Miller: Artist Talk & Exhibition Opening for July 15, 2011.

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Come join us on Friday, July 15 for the opening reception of our newest exhibition by Minnesota artist Liz Miller! We invite you to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine with friends while Liz Miller offers some insight into her work. The reception will go from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature a talk by the artist at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, August 20.

Liz Miller, detail of Repetitive Deception Scheme

In Illusive Insurgency, Miller offers a narrative about the contemporary “dilemma of unchecked growth.” Miller’s shapes and forms suggest the profound beauty of flora-like forms and charge the exhibit with a seductive power. However, “through their proliferation and movement,” Miller explains, “these forms suggest a more ominous narrative; one that would ultimately envelop and encroach on the viewer through a combination of two-dimensional and sculptural forms.”

Miller configures her repetitive forms and shapes to transform the space of the gallery. The expansive scale and space-altering dimension of her installation stand as metaphors for “issues such as environmental devastation and population growth.”

Liz Miller resides in Southern Minnesota, where she teaches drawing at Minnesota State University-Mankato. She earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Miller has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, and is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Fellowship as well as two Artist Initiative Grants from Minnesota State Arts Board. Miller’s work is included in two books: Tactile: High Touch Visuals and Nature: Inspiration for Art & Design. For more information on Liz Miller and her work, please visit: www.lizmillerart.com.

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