Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach

Detail of The Ghost of G Sharp Seven by Camille Rose Garcia

Detail of The Ghost of G Sharp Seven by Camille Rose Garcia

I have never had a reason to travel to Virginia Beach. If I didn’t have an instagram account following one art stream that lead to another link then to another, I may have never started following the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and would not have discovered that the 10 year retrospective of the magazine Hi-Fructose was on the east coast. The general focus of the magazine is on a narrow band of contemporary art born out of a mix of surrealism and pop-culture, with the influence of comic book illustration and tattoo art, but realized with a refined, highly technical degree of craftsmanship and presentation. The subject matter varies but almost always plays along the fringes of surrealism with imagery focusing most heavily on a loose version of portraiture.

Detail of Trapped by Beth Cavener

Detail of Trapped by Beth Cavener

In general, wonder, draftsmanship, and craft precede high concept although the art is not void of cultural criticism or narrative. I think that the art itself is more accessible to a greater group of people than most contemporary art due to the fact that it is rendered realistically.

Sun and the Moon by Jeff Soto

Sun and the Moon by Jeff Soto

As with the first time visiting the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL, I was stunned at how amazing the originals were after seeing reproductions for years. There is a good variety of both 2-D and 3-D work, and so many good pieces that there isn’t a particular standout in the group. The show is open until December 31st, 2016. If you didn’t have a reason to visit Virginia Beach you do now.

The waterfront at Virginia Beach

The waterfront at Virginia Beach- great place for walking and bicycling.

At the top of Mt. Trash more. A park on top of the old garbage dump. Virginia Beach.

At the top of Mt. Trashmore – A park on top of the old garbage dump. Virginia Beach.

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