Trumperie by Asiya Al-Sharabi
Trumperie and The Immigrant - Asiya Al-Sharabi
Originally from Yemen, Asiya Al-Sharabi brings a unique perspective to the current political climate between the US and the Middle East. Inspired by Friday Kahlo and other pioneer women artists, Asiya champions justice as well as aesthetic beauty in her artwork. In this exhibit, Al-Sharabi presents two of her recent bodies of work: Trumperie and The Immigrant.
On Trumperie: "Although its unknown when Yemenis ﬁrst arrived, its believed that Yemenis were immigrating to the U.S after 1869. Some Yemenis gained U.S citizenship by ﬁghting in World War I and World War II. Here, I am creating a self-portrait to document my immigration to the USA through art. During the 2016 election campaign, I knew that we would be directly effected by president Trump targeting our basic rights, humanity, history, and the future of our children. When your voice is unheard and all doors are closed, then and only then art prevails."
On The Immigrant: "As a Yemeni photographer, I had always found it extremely challenging to photograph Yemeni women, as cultural taboos could result in severe punishment to a woman for sharing her image and identity publicly. Because of this, in much of my work I often altered and played with the images of my female subjects to protect their identity. Through accumulated frustrations from hiding identities, and a renewed sense of freedom, I choose myself as a subject for the series. Wearing the clothes that once belonged to my mother and my grandmother that I brought with me when I ﬂed the war in Yemen, I show my identity. Despite the fears and insecurities that accompanied a lot of this process I am happy to have followed through with it. These are my roots, this is my identity, this is my voice, this is who I am and all the women of Yemen.
This exhibit will be in the Jane Sandelin Gallery.
Sonnets and Stanzas - Robert Winne
This new series of paintings continue to explore textured surfaces while introducing an array of brighter colors. The transformation to a more vibrant color palette is a radical change from past works, which were much darker, both visually and emotionally.
"The inspiration for “Sonnets and Stanzas” is drawn from the many works of William Shakespeare, the greatest poet of the English language. I used the words of Shakespeare to create my painterly interpretations of the characters, scenes and emotions Shakespeare portrays in his sonnets and plays. With the color “white” playing a critical role in this series, it’s the hues of greens, violets and blues that emerge with a powerful dominance within each painting.
My fascination with the use of heavy textures in my paintings came from a trip I made to London, England and the concrete barriers that had been placed around the Houses of Parliament shorty after 9/11. I found myself captivated with the concrete structures and the unique textures created on each one as a result of being stained, cracked, spray painted, and weathered." -r o b e r t W I N N E
This exhibit will be in the Corner Gallery.
Home - Tom Campbell
Known for his stunning abstract works, Campbell injects realistic imagery into this new series with an emotional message.
"The 'Home' series represents the security and fragility of life. To deposit our most precious hopes for the future in such an open and vulnerable position demands constant vigilance, nurturing and the willingness to sacrifice to make those dreams come to fruition."
This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.
Edge of the City - Cynthia Cornett
"I like it when a place has been around long enough that there is a kind of tension between the way it was originally designed to look and the way it looks now, as well as a struggle between the way it looks to whoever is caring for it and the way it looks to me. Unfortunately, the kinds of places I find most appealing keep getting closed, or worse, torn down.
I think of myself as a time traveler, able to stop time when I take a photograph. Richmond street art is one of my loves, my passion. I feel a need preserve and share it like a historian, before it is gone and lost forever. I have seen street art covered, painted over, or torn down to be replaced with the "bland new". I feel sad when that unique art is gone. So I ride up and down the streets of Richmond on a mission to preserve one more piece of Richmond's Street Art before it's gone.
My art celebrates the human, the marks people make on the world, the small, local, eccentric marks expressing their uniqueness.
My photography was about finding who I was by looking closer at things that we normally don't take the time to see. To stop and take a deep breath and let it out then look again. It has been about healing after losing two sons. It was the death of the latest when I picked up the camera again and started seeing things from a different light. "
This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, West.
Richmond Camera Club - Member Show
SEPTEMBER ALL-MEDIA ART SHOW
Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. Sally Bowring will jury this month's show. Submissions are accepted from any artist in any medium on September 21st and 22nd at Art Works. There is no theme.
1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Winners, TBA
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