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ART: Tradition Makes a Comeback

Printmaking: Cataloging a Career

In November the Visual Arts Center partners with Reynolds Gallery to offer a comprehensive look at the lithographs of VCU faculty member Barbara Tisserat. "Lessons: 30 Years of Printmaking," Nov. 4-Dec. 23, the Visual Arts Center's retrospective exhibition, and Reynolds' display of Tisserat's recent work, Nov. 4-Dec. 31, will showcase the artist's delicate and absorbing visual language.

Photography: Revivals

The first exhibit for the newly renamed Visual Arts Center of Richmond (formerly the Hand Workshop) is "Recasting the Landscape," Sept. 2-Oct. 16. The exhibit features the landscape images of contemporary artists Jerry Spagnoli and Robert Shlaer, who used daguerreotype and pinhole photography processes for their work. Spagnoli, who lives in New York, is known as one of the first artists to resurrect daguerreotype, the earliest of photographic processes. This exhibition includes daguerreotypes made in Central Park and large color landscapes made with a pinhole camera. Daguerreotype also works as the vehicle by which Santa Fe artist Robert Shlaer delves deeply into the past. Retracing Western expeditions of John Charles Frémont in 1842 and 1853, Shlaer recaptures awe-inspiring vistas as they stand today. Using the medium to produce lush, sensual imagery, with satiny tones and endless detail, both artists have discovered daguerreotype as a relevant way to portray the contemporary landscape.

As a companion to "Recasting the Landscape," 1708 Gallery is mounting "Casting a New Light," Sept. 2-Oct. 1, featuring artists who use a variety of vintage photo processes such as tintype and salt print. At Plant Zero, "Bromoil Photographers" Oct. 28-Nov. 27, features the revival of yet another early process that combines photography, printmaking and painting.

Painting: Opposites Attract

The sometimes slippery, sometimes hard-edged right angles painted by Richmond artist Steve Clark and the sumptuously expressive curves painted by New Yorker Jill Moser are this fall's yin/yang in abstraction. Both artists limit their palates, toy with gesture and sometimes allow ghostly marks to hint at an image's history. But illusions of movement and space are unique to each artist and provide distinct realms for visual and mental play. In "The Naming Game" at 1708 Gallery, Oct. 7-Oct. 29, Moser tests the descriptive quality of her imagery in paintings, drawings and photo collages made in response to pairs of words provided to her by poets, critics, curators and painters. At Plant Zero, Sept. 23-Oct. 21, Clark shows his latest images that tie together ideas about geometry, philosophy and physics.

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