Monday, June 13, 2016

Art St. Louis: Saturday, 18 June 2016


Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO. Miami. 2014. Photograph, Digital Print, 20"x24". 


Linda Mueller, St. Louis, MO. 38.538238_ -90.376634. 2015. Photograph, Archival Lightjet Print, 48"x14". $850

HONOR AWARDS 2016
JUNE 18-JULY 21, 2016  
FREE reception next Saturday evening, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Honor Awards 2016" features 48 artworks by ten award-winning St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois. The artworks are in a variety of styles, techniques and themes and media includes ceramics, drawings, mixed media, paintings, and photography.
The exhibit is presented June 18-July 21, 2016 and is free and open to the public. A free opening reception will be held next Saturday, June 18, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays. Closed Fourth of July holiday.  

Although this is a curated exhibit, it is still highly competitive. For this exhibit, 20 St. Louis regional artists were eligible to submit works for curating and consideration for this show-those 20 artists were those who earned Awards of Excellence in our 2015 juried exhibits here at Art Saint Louis. Our Exhibit Curator, Terry Suhre, considered over 200 artworks in all media by the 20 artists, and his main role was to select only ten artists and then select the specific artworks to be shown in the exhibition.

Serving as Curator of this exhibit was Terry Suhre, Research Professor and Gallery Director, Gallery 210, University of Missouri St. Louis, where he has worked since 1996. Terry is a seasoned professional with forty years of extensive managerial, curatorial and teaching experience. We are so grateful to have this opportunity to work with Terry and are pleased with the artists and artworks he curated for this year's exhibition.

The 10 artists whose works are featured in the "Honor Awards 2016" exhibition are Shawn Philip Burkard, St. Louis; Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO; Khara Koffel, Jacksonville, IL; Linda Mueller, St. Louis; William H. Neukomm, Webster Groves, MO; Jaime M. Sawka, Champaign, IL; 
Laura Schumpert, Cape Girardeau, MO; Jerry B. Walters, Farmington, MO; Aaron Wood, Collinsville, IL; Ken Wood, St. Louis.

GALLERY HOURS Monday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday* 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Closed Sundays & major holidays Closed July 4th holiday & weekend
 
METERS: There are parking meters on Pine Street and Olive Street & other nearby streets. Parking meters run 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Fines are steep ($15-20), so don't let your meter expire. Meters do run in downtown until 7 p.m. on Saturday. For additional parking suggestions, download a free Downtown Parking Guide here. You can also download the handy ParkLouie mobile app and monitor and pay your parking meter via your mobile phone.

PARK PACIFIC GARAGE: There is hourly parking in the Park Pacific Garage on Olive just West of Tucker (entrance is on the South side of Olive). Parking is at your own expense. For garage parking, pay by cash via a machine in elevator bay no more than 15 minutes prior to departure OR the easier way is to pay by credit card upon exiting the garage. Be sure to take your parking receipt/ticket with you when you exit your car to visit the Gallery or you won't be able to get back in to the garage to get to your garage. YOUR PARKING TICKET is your KEY to get back in to the GARAGE. We are not able to validate parking--sorry!

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
The Gallery is easily accessible by MetroLink and MetroBus with MetroBus stops on Olive Street and Tucker right near the building.

Art Saint Louis
1223 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
314/241-4810

Green Door art gallery: Friday, 15 July 2016

Artwork by Carole Wies

Green Door art gallery in Webster Groves Presents
 “Abstract Dreams!
July 13 - September 2, 2016
Opening reception held on Friday, July 15,  from 5-9 p.m. 
 Green Door art gallery presents "Abstract Dreams!"  Reception will be Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5-9pm featuring the abstract realism of Terry Hinkle, colorist Carol Weis,  pastels and watercolors of Patty Rios, wood by Sherri and Jay Phillips, jewelry by Julie James and Michelle Wells.  These works will be available from July 13 thru September 2, 2016. 


Friday, June 10, 2016

Gallery 210: Friday, 25 June 2016


Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present
June 25 from 5 to 7 PM
Gallery 210
University of Missouri-St. Louis

A closing reception for Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present will take place on June 25, 2016 at Gallery 210 from 5PM to 7PM. This is public reception is the last chance to see the exhibition Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Present and Past. The reception is also a celebration of the publication of the exhibition's catalog. This beautifully designed and richly illustrated catalog includes essays by Robert Mullen, author of Recasting a Craft: St. Louis Typefounders Respond to Industrialization; Ben Kiel of Typefounding, Eric Woods of The Firecracker Press and Jennifer McKnight, Associate Professor in Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The catalog will be available for sale at the reception.

The exhibition Cast and Recast St. Louis Type Past and Present is a survey of St. Louis' rich history as the first major type foundry city in the Midwest. The exhibition features posters designed by area graphic designers and typographers using a new typeface by Ben Kiel of Typefounding. Kiel's typeface pays homage to the historic typeface Geometric Italic created by Central Type Foundry St. Louis, formally at 4th and Elm Streets that operated in St. Louis from 1870-1892. Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present also features selected materials describing the process of casting and designing hot metal type, historical posters and early type specimen catalogues from St. Louis type foundries on loan from the collections of The St. Louis Public Library, Missouri History Museum, and The Firecracker Press and Central Print.

 For parking locations, directions, and campus map please visit http://gallery210.umsl.edu

Gallery 210
on the University of Missouri-St. Louis
at 44 Grobman Drive
between the North UM-St. Louis Metro Station and Touhill Performing Arts Center
(314) 516-5976

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Kirkwood Public Library: Saturday, 11 June 2016

Art in the Library

Kirkwood Public Library announces its featured artist for the months of June and July: Lala Vella. Her art will be on display in the Kirkwood Public Library's Art Gallery, located on the main floor, from June 1 until July 31.

An after-hours reception for the artist is planned for Saturday, June 11, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The Public is invited. Call the Library at 314-821-5770 for exhibit hours.

Monday, June 06, 2016

SOHA Studio and Gallery: Friday, 19 August 2016

Family Heirlooms | August 18 - September 2
Exhibition Opening Night: Friday, August 19, 6p-10p

Join us for Erica Popp's MFA Exhibit titled, Family Heirlooms. This exhibit lovingly, captures the gentler side of life and history surrounding American family values. Erica has infused ceramics and photography into a storytelling capsule. Pointing focus onto her own ancestors and the life of an immigrant family. 

"The work is an exploration of my family tree and stories of my ancestors. I've been preserving family photographs by scanning and digital restoration. I'm using these to create both hand-printed reproductions of the photographs for precious hand-bound albums, and for the ceramic plates, my attempt to create the family heirloom pieces that my family never had to pass down. My great-grandparents came here from Germany and Norway to own land and make a better life for themselves and their children in America. They didn't come with much, and as immigrant farmers, they never accumulated the type of wealth that enabled some American families to purchase precious objects to pass down to future generations, such as jewelry or fine china. These objects are something I can pass down to any future children or to my nephew. They tell the story of one branch of our family coming to America and fulfilling the American dream."

"The other portion of the show is my rural landscapes. For this MFA thesis show they are hand-printed photographs in cyanotype and van dyke brown. Historic processes honor the history of American immigrant farmers like my family. I feel a deep nostalgia for farm life despite growing up in the suburbs. I think part of our family history stays with us no matter how different our contemporary lives are."


Viewing Hours Friday 4p - 7p, Saturday 1p - 4p, Sunday 1p - 4p

SOHA Studio and Gallery
4915 Macklind Ave


St. Louis MO 63109
314-780-5151 and 314-497-5202



Friday, June 03, 2016

Lillian Yahn Gallery: Saturday, 4 June, 2016


Festive Dragon, watercolor
“A New Direction“
A Solo Exhibit by Linda S. Wilmes

Opening Reception June 4, 2016, 5 - 9 pm
Wine, hors d‘oeuvres, and live music by guitarist, Hannah Rainey
The exhibit runs through June 30, 2016

Gallery hours Tuesday - Friday, 11 - 4pm. and Saturday 11 - 2 pm

From Hwy 70, Bryan Rd. and continue on Winghaven Blvd., turn left onto Phoenix Parkway, pass through the roundabout and turn right to stay on Phoenix Parkway, turn left onto Village Ctr. Dr., gallery parking is behind the library.

The Lillian Yahn Gallery
7443 Village Center Dr.
O’Fallon MO 63368
636 561 0028

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Projects+Gallery: Friday, 3 June 2016

Please join us at Projects+Gallery this Friday to see the innovative work of  Stéphane Margolis. Géothermie features Stéphane's work in a variety of media. Using photography, print, video, and sculpture as a basis, his conceptual art comes to life in a new and refreshing way.

projects+gallery
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 696-8678

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 3 June 2016

Bruno David Gallery
Opening Previe

You are invited to the Opening Preview on Friday, June 3 from 6 to 9 pm
Read more

CHARLES P. REAY: Strats / DADADADA / Complications
YVONNE OSEI: Africa Clothe Me Bare (Media Arts Room)
DANIEL RAEDEKE: Naturebook (Project Room)
Installation views of the exhibitions are on the gallery website


First Fridays in Grand Center

Make a night of it! Every first Friday of the month, museums and galleries in Grand Center are free and open until 9:00pm. Discover the remarkable array of visual arts in St. Louis's premier neighborhood for culture and entertainment, all within walking distance of the Bruno David Gallery.

Public hours: Wednesday thru Saturday: 10 to 5 pm and by appointment

Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Boulevard
Saint Louis Missouri
1-314-531-3030

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Atrium Gallery: Friday, 3 June 2016

David Klamen, 2001, aquatint etching with surface roll 23" x 30 3/4"  
"The Print"
June 3 - August 13
Opening Reception Friday, June 3, 6 - 8 pm

Atrium Gallery invites you to our upcoming summer show "The Print," featuring works by Blanca Botero, Suzanne Caporael, David Klamen, James Kuiper, Karen Kunc, and Jim Nickel.

Included are works involving a variety of print processes, including etchings, aquatint, woodcuts, monoprints, photography, relief, lithography, and screenprinting. This exhibition is designed to present a rich range of print media and inform our audience regarding current practices. Printmaking has a more than 500 year history with many major artists involved during past centuries as well as currently. Albrecht Dürer was one of the early pioneers developing an extensive audience for his prints, as was Rembrandt. Many elements of current printmaking have remained essentially unchanged from these roots, and yet there have been so many refined and innovative ways to produce print images. During this exhibition Atrium will present several opportunities to learn more about current printmaking, major artists involved, market value, etc.

The exhibition opens Friday, June 3 with a Reception from 6 - 8 p.m., and will run through August 13. Parking available on the building lot (East Side)

Thursday - Saturday: 10 - 5, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment

4814 Washington Ave. (Central West End)
St. Louis, MO 63108 
314.367.1076

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sheldon Art Galleries: Friday, 10 june 2016


Grafica Fine Ar: Friday, 10 June 2016

"Market Street" by Marilynne Bradley


Marilynne Bradley: "And You Thought You Knew...."

Opening reception Friday, June 10th 6-9 pm

 Marilynne's opera artwork will be on display at Grafica alongside her new geometric art.
Show runs from June 10 through June 30.



Grafica Fine Art & Custom Framing
7884 Big Bend Blvd.

St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Glen Carbon Heritage MuseumL 11-12 June 2016

On June 11th and 12th, the second annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival.


2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the Mother Road (Route 66).  Route 66 junkies will be welcomed to Glen Carbon with an Open House, at the Museum, featuring musical entertainment.  George Portz and the Friends of Blue Grass is scheduled to play from 1-4 on Saturday, June 11th and The Red Haired Boys on Sunday, June 12th, also from 1-4. 

Glen Carbon is lucky enough to have a small portion of this famous road run through the Village.  During the month of June, a special Route 66 exhibit will be displayed featuring a paver from a section of the original Mother Road that ran from Edwardsville to Hamel.  The Museum will also have a “selfie” station with a Route 66 Road Sign.  For more information on the Blue Carpet Corridor check the website bluecarpetcorridor.org

Glen Carbon Heritage Museum
124 School Street
Glen Carbon, IL.  62034
618-288-7271

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Panera Community Café: Friday, 27 May 2016

Art Show and Artist Reception at the Panera Café in Clayton

Art Show this Friday, May 27th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. the Panera Community Café.
The work of 11 local artists from Clayton Fine Art Gallery is being shown through mid-July, at the St. Louis Bread Company Cares Community Café in Clayton.  An artist reception is scheduled for Friday May 27th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Soft drinks and light refreshments will be served. Meet the artists and see the wonderful artwork including:Michael Barry, Charles Dana  & Greg Kluempers -  photographyPatrick Henning & Judith Repke - watercolorJuliette Travous – pastelsJohn Salazzo & Jay Thompson - acrylicJan Busching & Mark Witzling – oil and cold waxDiana Gouy -  alcohol inks.  

St. Louis Bread Company Cares Community Café
10 N. Central
Clayton, MO.

 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Lillian Yahn Gallery: Saturday, 4 June 2016


Friday, May 20, 2016

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: Saturday, 21 May 2016






Green Air installation in progress.
Nomad Studio: Green Air opens tomorrow

Public  Reception   1:00 pm
Artist Q&A              1:30 pm

Please join us for the opening of Green Air, a monumental hanging garden designed by landscape architecture firm Nomad Studio that transforms CAM’s courtyard from May 21 through August 14.

Designers William Roberts and Laura Santín will answer questions about the sculpture and the plants that bring it to life—and complimentary lemonade will be served!

Please register here.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108


Clayton Fine Art Gallery: Friday, 20 May 2016

Greg Kluempers Photography - Reception

Greg is an exception photographer with a flare for color, texture and design. The reception is Friday, May 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  There will be light refreshments, live guitar music and beautiful works of art that will inspire your senses.
Clayton Fine Art Gallery
21 N. Bemiston
Clayton, MO
 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Framations: Friday, 27 May 2016

When Framations began hosting juried exhibits shortly after opening ten years ago, their first was an exhibit of photography, "Beyond the Lens".  To mark their ten year anniversary, Framations is hosting a variation on this theme. In this ever evolving world of technological advances, there are everyday more programs, apps, filters, and more to use, to alter, create and explore your photographs and art. In the newest exhibit set to open at Framations Art Gallery in St. Charles, the focus is on digital artwork. In this exhibit entitled "Altered", artists were asked to present their work created either entirely digitally or heavily manipulated on screen. The exhibit will be on display May 27 - July 7.  

Join Framations in celebrating their ten year anniversary at the Opening Reception on Friday, May 27 from 6-8pm and plan to have dinner or drinks on Main Street, as there are many options within walking distance. At the Opening, there will be a variety of free food and beverages available. Framations also invites the public to vote for People's Choice in the "Altered" exhibit when they visit. The voting continues through the full length of the exhibit, which ends on July 7.  


Framations
218 North Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-724-8313

Friday, May 13, 2016

White Flag Projects: Friday, 13 May 2016


William Shearburn Gallery: Friday, 13 May 2016





Michael Eastman: Derivation

OPENING TONIGHT
Reception for the Artist   6:00 - 8:00 pm
Forest Park #17, 2015, Archival pigmented ink print on Arches watercolor paper


On view through June 24, 2016





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Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 3 June 2016

CHARLES P. REAY: Strats / DADADADA / Complications

DANIEL RAEDEKE: Naturebook
Project Room

YVONNE OSEI: Africa Clothe Me Bare
Media Arts Room

June 3 – July 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 2016 6 to 9 pm

Bruno David Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by Charles P. Reay. Chip Reay presents a new installation titled “Strats, DADADADA and Complications.”

A plurality of conjectures, “Strats, DADADADA and Complications” summarizes several small groups of works produced, primarily in simple collage form, over the last two years. Strats riffs on the influence that the forms of Fender’s electrical Telecasters and Evangelons might have had on the guitar works of Picasso and Braque. DADADADA: exemplifications of the Dadaistes while oblique references illuminate a cacophony. Should DADA be heard and not seen? Should art be seen and not heard? Should DADA be? Should DADA!?! DADADADA! Complications: a collection of modest impressions that grow increasingly complex. In a horological sense, by adding complications they have moved beyond the simple display of minutes and hours to become more elaborate and grander. While sharing a common genesis, their evolution reflects a fuller picture of time. When in Rome all roads lead elsewhere. Charles P. Reay lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents new paintings by Daniel Raedeke. Naturebook, offers a handmade, acoustic, compliment to his often digitally inspired artistic output. The paintings explore the saturated world of images from nature publications Raedeke enjoyed as a child. In previous work, Raedeke has developed layered surface effects as backgrounds and skins on invented forms. In Naturebook, Raedeke concentrates the work into an investigation of the layered background.  Although expressive and handmade, the works in Naturebook recall a digital past as if archived jpegs of nature photos have broken down over time and are repackaged as color and texture samples. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography.

In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video work by German-born Ghanaian artist Yvonne Osei. Yvonne Osei most recent work, entitled Africa Clothe Me Bare, is an ongoing series of performances, characterized by redefining outdoor nude female sculptures in Western countries. The art is birthed not through a product but through the process of dressing and undressing nude female monuments often erected to commemorate buildings, decorate architectural façades and become mere extensions of water fountains and museum fronts. The series explores ideas of nudity and nakedness both literally and metaphorically as old monuments of “nude” female sculptures are seen anew as “naked” female bodies. The work exposes an inherent exploitation of female bodies as objects of possession, while the act of clothing and unclothing transforms their status from mere objects of viewing pleasure to subjects of a heightened humanness. The cloths present residues of colonialism as they are plagiarized, mass-produced products, purchased in Western fabric shops and problematically labeled as African affiliated in order to gain global market value. These labels generated through Western lenses perpetuate stereotypes while generalizing and bastardizing a wide range of African cultural norms and traditions. Africa Clothe Me Bare also reverses expectations of the relationship between the parental colonial power and the infantilized colonial subject, as the Ghanaian artist publicly cloths Western sculptures in various African clothing styles. The performances reveal evidential and temporal indications of issues associated with colonialism and gender inequality still prevalent in our hypocritically “post-colonial” and “equal world”.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm & by appointment.

Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
1.314.531.3030

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: Saturday, 21 May 2016


Nomad Studio: Green Air opens Saturday, May 21


Public Reception 1:00 pm
Artist Q&A 1:30 pm

Enjoy complimentary lemonade underneath this monumental hanging garden composed of thousands of air plants. Please register and join the Facebook event here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

282 N. Skinker: thursday, 12 May 2016

ON VIEW MAY 10, 11, 12 FROM  11 am-12pm 
Landscapes of Power: Projected Futures Exhibition
Closing Reception: 7-9 pm on May 12

Drawing by Shuying Wu

In case you missed the opening reception, you can still catch the first-year Master of Landscape Architecture exhibition of sketches, drawings, and models developed in the studio Landscapes of Power, led by Natalie Yates and Laura Schatzman. Student work investigates and speculates on energy production, shifts in consumption paradigms, and climate change. A closing reception is scheduled from 7-9p on May 12

282 N. Skinker

2720 Cherokee St.: Tuesday, 10 May 2016

e(r)go
Pop-Up Show 7-10 pm

Described as a "self-referential, emotionally-charged autobiography" and "A Vigil to Autovigilance," e(r)go features the work of more than 20 Sam Fox School students.

2720 Cherokee St. 

Gallery at RAC: Friday, 20 May 2016

The Craft of Art
Opening Reception: Friday, May 20, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 9, 2016, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Curated by Nancy Newman Rice

The Craft of Art continues through July 30, 2016

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents The Craft of Art, a sequel to The Art of Craft exhibit that was curated by Nancy Newman Rice at the RAC Gallery in the Spring of 2014. In this latest exhibit, artists selected for The Craft of Art have maintained a keen sense of craftsmanship and technical skill in order to communicate coherently with the viewer: Jane Birdsall Lander, Jason Bly, Brigham Dimick, Jeremy Rabus, Jerry Wilkerson, Ken Wood.

Their work varies in their manner of expression and aesthetic sensibilities but is tied together by a bond of careful consideration for content, composition, and execution. Whether non-objective or realistic, the paintings, prints, and sculptures in this exhibit rely upon visually articulate results, which are essential to the meaning of each work. The viewer has the opportunity to interpret these works of art intellectually, viscerally, or emotionally.

Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)
Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking


Monday, May 09, 2016

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 20 May 2016


Cup & Straw set 2B, 2016, ceramic, glaze, 10.25" x 8" x 5.5" 

JOEY WATSON  — POP-UP EXHIBITION

May 20 — June 4, 2016

DUANE REED GALLERY is excited to showcase the intriguing ceramic vessels of Kansas City based artist Joey Watson. Watson’s work focuses on recontextualizing objects we encounter in everyday life through the process of abstracting their appearance, creating an aura of mystery, and elevating it to a status of greater importance and reverence. His cup and straw sets, which the pop-up exhibition will focus on, are not without a healthy sense of humor; both the colors and shapes utilized are playful and approachable, jovial and eccentric. Like a ritual artifact from an ancient culture Joey’s work “is oriented around the concept of ceremonial procedure and its associated paraphernalia.” Joey says about his work: “I’m interested in the forces that ritual objects imply and the sequence of operations necessary to activate them. The work that I make is intended to be utilitarian, but within specialized circumstances. Through this intention I invite the percipients into choreographed scenarios that I hope entice a kind of transformative participation.” 

4729 McPherson Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63108

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 20 May 2016


Ronald Johnson, All Flies By

Ronald Johnson — Griff Williams
Opening Reception Friday, May 20th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Opening May 20th, 2016 thru June 25th, 2016

 Duane Reed Gallery proudly presents the work of Ronald Johnson and Griff Williams; painters whose works both transcend and defy expectations through the use of resinous fluid as opposed to traditional acrylic or oil pigments. The application of resins and enamels of varying viscosities create enticing surface qualities that put pre-conceived ideas of painting on their head. Both artists use pre planned mapping to determine where the various sections of color will be placed. In Johnson’s work, lines are laid down to act as dams for the polyurethane to settle in to their intended shape, and then sanded down to create the desired visual effect. William’s pieces require highly technical pigment mixing with transparent resin, and then poured into place on stenciled enamel in an elaborately reinvented paint by numbers process.

RON JOHNSON - Johnson’s work explores abstracted landscapes through a process of layering that is both soft and semi-transparent, giving the viewer a topographical perspective of exuberant colors and strategically placed line. “The medium allows me to control this idea of translucency which in turn allows the viewer to access my work in layers. So viewers are literally able to see the archaeology, or experience my thoughts, in an archaeology of seeing.”

GRIFF WILLIAMS - William’s paintings are created through a process of layering poured resin and enamel in a process very similar to paint-by-numbers. “The shapes are used in intersecting layers to compose an image, which camouflages the boundaries between things. I’m intrigued by the impermanence of form. The paintings present an extravagant visionary experience – a blend of the material and the optical. This calculated technique speaks of setting aside the romanticism of the past."
"I’ve been a long admirer of Dutch still life painting. But, also for the traditions of using flowers as a symbol of appreciation and well wishing. With the Assertion series I wanted to create two still life paintings, one that redacted the other. I start by painting a still life on canvas that references a Dutch painting. That painting is then covered with resin and a new abstracted vase of flowers is painted with poured enamel. The lattice patterns and poured vase shapes obscure the previous painted image. This, for me has become a metaphor for growing and aging. I like the idea of a painting foregrounding a variation of itself."

4729 McPherson Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63108

Friday, May 06, 2016

duet: Friday, 6 May 2016

Brandon Engstrom (Los Angeles) and Kevin (St. Louis)
May 6 - July 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 6-8 pm

Duet’s new show separates out the artistic production methods. Kevin produced by an anonymous collective based in St Louis in Duet’s front room crawlspace echoes the bunker-like interior of the gallery. Each object inside is an individual record of the Kevin entity, yet the whole production of ephemera forms a potentially limitless crowd. Kevin’s teeming underground existence physically defines a dank occluded mental space.  These are notes from the underground: “What is to be done with the millions of facts that bear witness that men, consciously, that is fully understanding their real interests, have left them in the background and have rushed headlong on another path” by an underground figure as absurd as he is obscure. “to meet peril and danger, compelled to this course by nobody and by nothing, but, as it were, simply disliking the beaten track, and have obstinately, willfully, struck out another difficult, absurd way, seeking it almost in the darkness…” In the end Kevin is watching. As the viewer chasing a fugitive sensation you become the ‘pursuant’ for your own conscience.

Engstrom’s installation depicts a “Tearing and consuming” of cast candy female buttocks by a ratline of nocturnal rodents. Engstrom stored his carb-rich sculptures in a gritty apartment in LA’s K-town. He was shocked to find that the sculptures were gnawed at each night.  Smaller residents, living in the wall recesses of the building became his harshest critics literally consuming his work.   Undeterred by the setback he set up cameras and recorded the grizzly cannibalization “till the bitterness turns into a sort of shameful accursed sweetness, and at last – into positive real enjoyment!” Much like the narrator in Notes from the Underground who explores the enjoyment of Toothache as a willfully irrational act of defiance, Engstrom uses the insatiable appetites of rodents to determine his own uncertainty and hesitations.

Duet
3526 Washington Avenue
Suite 300,
St Louis, MO 63103

Thursday, May 05, 2016

World Chess Hall of Fame: Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thursday, May 19 at 6 PM
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

In his ongoing series of chess paintings, British artist Tom Hackney translates the chess games of influential artist and self-avowed chess fanatic Marcel Duchamp into vivid geometric abstractions.

Welcome by Shannon Bailey, Chief Curator, World Chess Hall of Fame, at 6;30 p.m. followed by brief remarks from the artist, Tom Hackney.

Free and open to the public. Complimentary valet.
RSVP to events@worldchesshof.org

World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Ave,
St. Louis 63108

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Hunt Gallery: Friday: 6 May 2016

Please join us this Friday, May 6, 2016 for the Opening Reception of "Ink Rhythm" by Webster University Master of Arts in Art Graduate, Xin Yan Niu.

-All Cecille R. Hunt Gallery events are free and open to the public. Cecille R. Hunt Gallery of Webster University is located at 8342 Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63119.
Exhibition Hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

For more information please call 314-246-7171 or 314-246-7957