The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) celebrates the opening of Andy Harris: A Second Helping of Leftovers. Working in mixed media collage, Harris has a recognizable visual aesthetic. He creates rich textured surfaces using hand painted papers to depict singular objects as bold graphic forms. His works have an immediate allure. They are relatable and yet fresh and unexpected. Harris prompts viewers to reflect on the role waste plays in our everyday lives, from creation to consumption and beyond.
Disposing of objects without much thought has unfortunately become part of our throwaway society. Andy Harris stops to take a second look at these discarded objects and uses them as inspiration and source materials. Harris is a collector of objects. He shines a light on the forgotten and the rejected to reintroduce them back into our culture through art. His artworks reveal hidden stories and encourage viewers to make their own personal connections to the object.
Poached, 2018, Mixed media collage, 50 x 40 inches
ABOUT ANDY HARRIS: Born in Durham, North Carolina and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Andy Harris earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an art educator at Old Donation School in Virginia Beach and a Fawn Street Studios artist in downtown Norfolk.
ABOUT MOCA: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), located in Virginia Beach, is a non-profit that exists to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. MOCA is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). As Virginia’s only museum dedicated solely to the exhibition of contemporary art, MOCA encourages visitors to discover and explore art and to engage in hands-on art experiences.
ON VIEW AT MOCA | SEPT 22 – DEC 30
Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail
When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan
MOCA is located at 2200 Parks Ave., at the entrance of I-264 in Virginia Beach. The Museum is open Tue-Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat and Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $7.70 for adults and
$5.50 for seniors/65+, students (includes children 5 and up) and active military. MOCA
members and children four and under are admitted free of charge.