The Sandler Center Hosts “What We Leave Behind” by Chelsey Burch Jan. 4 through March 12, 2019

Monday, December 17, 2018

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs are delighted to announce the newest exhibition from photographer Chelsey Burch, "What We Leave Behind," Jan. 4 through Mar. 12, 2019.

Chelsey Burch is an emerging artist from Norfolk, Va., who works primarily with film photography. She received her bachelor's degree in studio art from Old Dominion University in 2018 and is currently pursuing a master's in photography at University of the Arts London.

Burch's passions for travel and photography emerged at a young age and she purchased her first single-lens reflex (SLR) camera in 2008. Since then, she has photographed her journeys around the world, delving into a variety of settings including landscape, urban deconstruction and abstraction. In these settings, she finds a depth of beauty, looking beyond the obvious to observe the grit of everyday existence.

In her film photographs, Chelsey likes to highlight the hints of human interaction from the developing and scanning process. She draws inspiration from the traces that are left behind on the final product including fingerprints, tape, dust and borders. This theme of human traces relates to both the materiality and the subject of the images, as there remains a suggestion of anonymity, even in the photographs featuring people.

In Burch's recent postgraduate work, she has focused on the intervention of digital glitch aesthetics on traditional analog processes to comment on the ephemerality and obsolescence of contemporary technology and cultural memory. 

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from Jan. 4 through March 12 during the Sandler Center's normal operating hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or during any performance at the Sandler Center, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach.

There will be a free artist reception held at the Sandler Center on Monday, Jan. 7 from 6–8 p.m. The Art Gallery is on the second and third floors in the common areas of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city's Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serve as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serve as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations. 


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