Upfront Gallery & Lobby

Debbie Quick
PNC Pop In Artist in Residence
Upfront Gallery

Residency | May 4 – 26
Exhibition | June 1 – 23

First Friday Gallery Walk:
May 4 + June 1 | 6-10pm

Debbie Quick, If you don’t know, I don’t know

Artspace welcomes PNC Pop In Artist in Residence Debbie Quick who will work in the Upfront Gallery and Lobby during her residency. Debbie Quick will examine and expose traumatic identity-formation heightened by misinformation. Using beaded drawings and figurative sculptures, this work explores early childhood archetype storytelling. Doll-sized figures will cast out drawings made from seed beads from their hands.

Artist Statement

Personal histories are sometimes filled with and fed by antiquated images. American children absorb many images that nurture and define their capacity for empathy. My work questions how images and narratives shape empathy and, more importantly, distort and hamper empathy. Have we arrived at a place where our devaluation of the individual drives us to exert power over the weak? Is the power of human empathy waning in American culture?

My source material for this question is my own childhood reader, A.B. Baker’s Young Years: Best Loved Stories and Poems for Children (1971, Parents Press Magazine).  Filled with insensitive imagery, antiquated terms, and unsettling archetypes, this reader was both fascinating and damaging. The peculiar quality of the illustrations and stories have deeply marked how I see, experience, and question the world around me. Odd and uncanny characters warrant further examination to expose the absurdity of their symbolic function. While addressed to children as role models, many characters reinforce unhealthy stereotypes and behaviors. In the guise of wolves, bears, and evil old women, danger lurks in the shadows to catch you off guard. I attribute my distrust and suspicion in humanity to this text where characters have evil ulterior motives. I constantly question the deeper meaning in other’s actions. This leads me to question how empathy is, more often than not, inadequately formed.

Debbie Quick is the faculty research fellow in the Arts Research Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University in the School of the Arts. She received her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art at Temple University with a focus in Ceramics and a certification in teaching. She received her M.F.A. from VCUarts in Ceramics. She holds a Leadership Development Certificate from the Grace E. Harris Leadership institute at VCU. She received a Distinguished Faculty Service Award from VCUarts, An Artist in Residency from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and was a F. Lommat Belin Arts Scholarship finalist three times. Quick has had a solo exhibition at Quirk Vault Gallery, Richmond, VA and AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA. Her work has been shown regionally and nationally. In 2017 she has had work in a number of exhibitions, most recently,“Tasmeem” as part of the Tasmeem conference in Doha, Qatar and at “Within Reach 2017” at ArtSpace Gallery in Richmond, VA.

Site-Specific Installation:
Tedd Anderson

Davie St Entrance

Tedd Anderson’s mural features the iconic “dry space” characters for which the artist is known set in a landscape filled with swirling, topographic lines, jagged edges, and meditative objects and shapes. A banner with a poem scrawled on its surface runs through the piece, bringing the imagery into a cohesive whole.