Waterways: photography by Bob Petersen at Virginia MOCA Satellite Gallery
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Waterways: photography by Bob Petersen at Virginia MOCA Satellite Gallery

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Waterways: photography by Bob Petersen at Virginia MOCA Satellite Gallery, Friday October 12, 2018 to February 2, 2019

The allure of water has always been a powerful draw for artists. Water can be meditative and reflective, and yet equally powerful and destructive. As coastal dwellers our relationship with the surrounding waters is deep and multifaceted. We need access to fresh, clean water in our daily lives, we immerse ourselves in it for relaxation and entertainment, and our economy depends on it. Protecting ourselves, our communities and the water itself is becoming an increasingly important issue for our region.

Waterways celebrates the work of six artists as they explore the environmental, social, cultural and imaginative qualities of this vital resource: Jean Benvenuto, Ben Boshart, Shaylen Amanda Broughton, Lauren Keim, Angela Ramsey, Bob Petersen.

Opening the show is from Bob Petersen’s Reflect Series is Reflect #8, 54 x 80 inches, diptych, coated with layers of resin to add the appearance, dimension and flow of water. This method causes the image to go beyond the expected to create a subtle and unexpected twist. Also featured in the show is A Thousand Tales, 40 x 60 inches, selected from Petersen’s new abstract Coastal series.

Petersen’s photographs explore nature through representation and abstraction. He sees art is a means of communication, and says “The emotional reaction people have when viewing my work is one that I share when creating them. They capture what one thinks and feels rather than just what one sees.” Petersen’s work is generally large and best viewed close to dominate one’s field of vision and enhance the emotional feeling. He uses the water’s patterns, textures, movement or the mirroring of images to provoke attention and capture the coastal moment.

Bob Petersen
Petersen works out of BOJUart (a hybrid of his name and wife and creative partner Judy), a studio gallery located in the Virginia Beach new creative VIBE District,
as well as his home studio in Virginia Beach.

Petersen received a BFA in Visual Communication Design and Illustration from Kent State University with a curriculum including film photography that has provided a base for his current use of digital medium format photography. His illustration minor developed a keen sense of detail and composition. As an advertising Creative Director for over 30 years working on regional and national accounts, Petersen has won over 75 creative advertising awards. As a Creative Director, he has collaborated with renown commercial photographers. Exploring creative self-growth now leads his current path in photography, blending his fine art and advertising art background.

Petersen donates for every limited edition print in the “Reflect” series to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to emphasize the need to preserve and protect these local resources.

MOCA Satellite Gallery
MOCA has partnered with The Runnymeade Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum. MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor. Exhibitions will rotate every four months featuring work from local and regional artists, some available for purchase. Exhibitions are curated by MOCA Curator, Heather Hakimzadeh and Director of Exhibitions and Education, Alison Byrne.

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