Friday, March 23, 2018

Parish Gallery: Friday, 6 April 2018

What We Remember, What We Forget
A Group Fiber Exhibit

Gina Alvarez, Suzy Farren, Carlene Fullerton, Eden Harris, Kelly Larson, Lyn Magee, Nadine Potter

Opening Reception Friday, April 6 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more than three years, we’ve met as a group twice a month – on Mondays – to talk about art and life. Loosely formed as a way to critique one another’s art, expand our knowledge of contemporary art, and broaden our art vocabulary, Monday Dialogs has deepened our collective understanding of why we--and others--create. Fueled by wine, our Monday dialogs are often animated, frequently funny, always interesting. Our discussions inform the artwork each of us creates. Though our styles, processes and materials vary, memory is a key component for each of us in the creative process. 

Parish Gallery
Trinity Church in the CWE
600 N. Euclid at Washington, 63108

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bonsack Gallery: Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Bishop Jordan (AME Baptist Church), T.O. Jones (Head of Sanitation Workers) and Walker Reuther
(United Auto Workers) line up to lead protest march after death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memphis, TN. April 8, 1968. Ernest C. Withers; silver gelatin print;

MLK50: Bearing Witness

An evening to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s death, John Burroughs School will host a
program on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement at 6 pm, Wednesday, April 4, in Haertter Performing Arts Center.

The opening reception for a companion exhibit, “Bearing Witness: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement” will follow in the Bonsack Gallery.

The exhibit, “Bearing Witness: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement by Ernest C. Withers,” in the school’s Bonsack Gallery will feature compelling black-and-white photographs taken between 1961 and 1968. The exhibit will run through May 16, 2018.

Withers was the only photographer who covered the entire trial of those charged with killing Emmett Till, a black teenager wrongly accused of whistling at a white woman, and Withers’ self-published photo pamphlet of the murder and trial helped spur the movement for equal rights. Over the course of his career, Withers accumulated a collection of an estimated 1.8 million photographs. His work appeared in publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Jet, Ebony, Newsweek, Life, and Time; was collected in four books; and has been featured in touring exhibits and shows around the world. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., currently displays more than 30 of his images.

Regular gallery hours are 8 am to 5 pm, weekdays.

The Bonsack Gallery
on the campus of John Burroughs School
755 South Price Road
St. Louis, MO, 63124

Cecille R. Hunt Gallery: Friday, 23 March 2018

Join us at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018, in the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery to for the opening reception of "Willie and Pat Do a Slow Dance".

Katherine Simóne Reynolds is in her feelings, and will probably remain sitting there. At the moment she is creating conceptual portrait and architectural photography. Movement comes second nature and is thoroughly integrated into her practice. Her recent work is made to be literal, authentic, and emotional. For the future She will be working on expanding her practice into more sculptural and performance works surrounded Black Glamour and Beauty.

Exhibition Hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm All Cecille R. Hunt Gallery events are free and open to the public. 

Cecille R. Hunt Gallery of Webster University
8342 Big Bend Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63119.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 6 April 2018

April 6th - May 12th
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Irina Zaytceva was born in Moscow, Russia in 1957. As a child, she loved to draw and sculpt and eventually decided to make it her vocation. Having illustrated a number of children books, she found porcelain by chance. A friend had given her a piece of clay, which prompted her to experiment with the new media and fall in love with it. Porcelain offers Irina a way to combine sculpting and drawing. Fine porcelain grain and whiteness of material is a perfect canvas for her drawings, and with the ability to bend her “canvas,” she can add sculptural elements to the picture. Someone called this hybrid media narrative sculpture, a term Irina thinks aptly describes her work. Never formally trained in ceramics, Irina had to invent ways to handle it. Unlike many of her colleagues who paint with oil based colors, she uses water based colors and has developed her own techniques in this media. She does not use casting but hand rolls her vases, cups, and, sculptures. With every piece porcelain yields its secrets to her.

ST. LOUIS, MO 63108

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 6 April 2018

landscape EXHIBITION
April 6th - May 12th
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, is pleased to present a group exhibition of landscape painters whom all share a focus on the spirituality and stillness of the natural world. Each artist successfully portrays his own personal connection to nature and the sceneries presented even as they each utilize different techniques

MILES BAIR - Although the influence of Japanese artistic tradition is evident in Bair’s work, the Northern Wisconsin landscape informs his work most intimately. The brush handling technique he uses is not pointillism but is instead the deliberate and considerate placement of the thousands of dots that compose his visions, which provide rich contrast to the black under-painting and the ethereal, shimmering metallic leaf.

AHZAD BOGOSIAN - Channeling the Midwest and Western landscapes as sources for his mood-rich paintings, Bogosian has developed an extensive and breathtaking body of work. According to Bogosian, “Using memory sketches and photographs, I paint… to explore scale, brushwork, and my emotional response to these images. I see timelessness in the work. A sense of tranquility and serenity in this digital era.”

JEFFREY VAUGHN - In Vaughn’s work, there is an overall emphasis of shape and pattern based on the natural growth found in trees, branches, and plants, while emphasizing quality of light. “I like to work with a heightened color palette, yet still remain faithful to the natural world… Through these more abstract concerns of light, color, and composition, I hope that these paintings allude to an experience of the order and quiet beauty of nature.”

Duane Reed Gallery
ST. LOUIS, MO 63108

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Houska Gallery: Friday, 6 April 2018

Peter Manion
From La Fragua to Vermont: Works on Paper

Opening reception Friday April 6, 5-8 pm
The exhibit is on view April 6 – May 24, 2018

Before starting his residencies at La Fragua, Belalcazar, Spain and the Vermont Studio Center, Peter was working within a self-created box with specific boundaries of what his art could be and what it could do for him and the world as a whole. Peter felt that there was more he could be doing artistically, but it was just out of grasp.

Feeling undefined as an artist and needing a “flip of the switch” creatively, Peter knew getting away from the comfort of familiar surroundings and supportive friends and family was essential. These residencies proved to be an isolating time, leading to an emotional breakdown which allowed him to reemerge with a new artistic aim and purpose.

Though Spain and Vermont are very different geographically and culturally, Peters experiences in these places were very similar in what they provided -La Fragua opened his eyes to a new perspective in his work, while Vermont gave him validation in this new direction. It was in La Fragua that Peter started to experiment with his sculptures, leading to a major breakthrough and better understanding of his 2D work. These sculptures allowed him to reexamine his practice as a whole, creating a new pace and vocabulary from which to work.

These works on paper are, in a way, a spirited approach to cataloguing this artist journey; the realization of creative freedom - freedom from a system he had placed upon himself years before.

Houska Gallery
4728 McPherson Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

Friday, March 09, 2018

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 13 April 2018

LAURA BEARD Acoustic Shadow

April 13 – June 1, 2018
Opening Reception & Meet the Artists: Friday, April 13, 2018, from 5 to 8 pm

Painter James Austin Murray presents a new series of black paintings where viewers can find wonders.  Carmon Colangelo presents two new series of monotypes created at the Flying Horse Editions in Orlando. t Bunny Burson presents an exhibition of new prints, sculptures, and a video work on politically and poetically engaging the viewers. Laura Beard’s new paintings in this exhibition are inspired by the acoustic shadow phenomenon that was first documented during the Civil War.

James Austin Murray presents an exhibition of new abstract black paintings titled “Distant Stars.” Murray’s black paintings, created with ivory black oil paint, are little like searching in a dark room with a flashlight that only brightens the few inches in front of it. Feeling our way along the walls, trying to identify the furniture and layout of the place we found ourselves in. The paintings look like a landscape you could walk right into. It’s a visual place that is both disconcerting and overpoweringly seductive. As a NYC firefighter during the 9/11 attack in New York City, Murray paints because it is how he justify his life following this atrocious day. Nothing else seems to hold up. He loves paint – love the smell of oil paint and the warm buttery consistency it has while it’s being pushed along by the brush. His current work is both about the paint and the light that reflects on and in it. If you spend time with one of his paintings you might find yourself thinking about the light in the room, with you and that painting. Murray says, “Sometimes the dark is where you find the best surprises.”

Carmon Colangelo presents a series of new monotype prints exhibition titled “Happy Planet.” Happy Planet is composed of two new series of prints, Colorful World and Happy Plans combining watercolor monotype and woodcut relief processes. These recent prints are a playful and somewhat saccharin response to the current state of political affairs; a form of escapism from the sadness of the everyday news cycle. The prints are unique synthesis of ideas generated from contemporary discourses and precedents in modern art and architecture from Alexander Calder’s Circus to Cedric Price’s Fun Palace. The Happy Plan series is composed of laser cut wood plates that operate like architectural sections while the Colorful World prints are multilayered with deep embossments having a marshmallow like effect. Expanding on Colangelo’s daily practice of drawing, the works are derived from chance operations, maps, found materials and printing from discarded laser cut wood plates from architectural models; the result is a generative series of colorful and works where meaning is adaptable to shifting cultural and social conditions.
Carmon Colangelo is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science, and technology. An enduring feature of Colangelo's work is the unraveling of free-floating symbols and texts in an aggressive exploitation of various print media. He challenges conventional readings, producing disorienting spatial topologies and striking visual poetics.

Bunny Burson presents an exhibition entitled “Rise” of unique cast paper pieces, made with cotton pulp from a matrix of shattered glass, sculpture and, video work. Using diverse media, Bunny Burson continues to address the consequences of elections. Her video and the snow globes, And Still I Rise 2017, were inspired by her installation in the Bruno David Gallery’s Window on Forsyth last spring (2017). They contain the confetti, which never fell from the Javits Center ceiling on election night, November 8, 2016. They motivate us to act, to vote, to resist. The cast cotton artworks (It Will Happen, Momentum, and Rise) reference the glass ceiling, and the need to continue to empower young people to pursue their goals. Through her artwork, Burson speaks politically and poetically to engage the viewer and to stimulate dialogue about the important issues we face.

Laura Beard presents an exhibition titled “Acoustic Shadow” of recent paintings. The new paintings in this exhibition is inspired by the acoustic shadow phenomenon that occurred during the Civil War. Where sound goes to die, acoustic shadows are areas where sounds, from a certain direction and on a given day, will not penetrate; these acoustic phenomena occur either because the sound waves are absorbed, refracted or simply blown in a different direction. Relatively unnoticed in our modern, wired world, acoustic shadow played a significant role in some of the most famous battles of the American Civil War. Her research is nonobjective paintings, so she is not doing an illustration of acoustic shadows. She is creating visual images that are inspired by descriptions and the concept regarding sound. Beard says, “It is fascinating and challenging to conceptualize sound in the silent language of visual form.”

Public Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton, MO 63105

Thursday, March 08, 2018

May Gallery: Friday, 9 March 2018

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Peter Glendinning: My Paris

2 - 31 March 2018

with a talk by Mr. Glendinning on 9 March, 3 pm, Sverdrup 123
Opening reception Friday, 9 March, 5-7 pm

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Center Francophone at Webster University.

and in the Small Wall Gallery,
Jordan Palmer: On the Street Where We Live
a collaboration with AmeriCorps St. Louis

We are presently under construction. The gallery may be accessed from the doors at the west end of the building, next to the Visual Art Studio and the Hunt Gallery. Accessible entrances on Big Bend are marked by the construction crews.

The May Gallery is located on the second floor, west wing, of the Sverdrup Building at 8300 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves MO 63119. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, noon-5:00 pm. May Gallery events are free and open to the public. Please join us!
We welcome your comments. Send us e-mail, or contact us by telephone at 1-314-246-7673.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Green Door art gallery: Friday, 16 March 2018

Anu Vedagiri
Artists Reception
Gallery reception Friday, March 16th, 5 to 8pm.
Everyone is invited to our party. Bring your friends and family to this fun, friendly and free event.

Guest Artists: Anu Vedagiri, Pastels; Den Smith, Mixed Media; Marilyn Callahan, Pastels; Michelle Wells, Jewelry

This is our 3rd annual Taste of Wine Country reception where we showcase some of the artwork from the Augusta MO plein air event every April.

Green Door art gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Green Door art gallery
21 North Gore
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Monday, March 05, 2018

Framations Art Gallery: Friday, 9 March 2018

"Brilliant Color" is Framations Art Gallery's new exhibit focusing on the impact of color in imagery.
March 9 - April 19, 2018
Opening Reception for the exhibit on March 9 from 6-8pm.

Works will be available for sale in a variety of media, styles and price range, to please all lovers of art. The public is also invited to participate in the People's Choice Award.

The Juror for this exhibit is Terri Shay.

218 North Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Grafica Fine Art & Custom Framing: Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday, March 9 from 6 to 9 pm
Opening Reception for Allen Kriegshauser's "Whirling Dervishes"
Wine & cheese & conversation from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

7884 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO  63119

Monday, February 26, 2018

Saint Louis University Museum of Art: Friday, 2 March 2018

Always at the Frontier, an exhibition celebrating Saint Louis University's Bicentennial. The exhibition reflects on the 200 years of history that has made SLU the dynamic institution it is today.
Opening Reception March 2, 2018, 5-8 pm
The exhibition will be on display March 2 through December 30, 2018

6 p.m. Remarks from Dr. Fred P. Pestello, university president, and Dolores Byrnes, author of "Always at the Frontier", the companion book commemorating the bicentennial of Saint Louis University.

The book "Always at the Frontier" will be available for purchase at the opening reception.

Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking for the opening reception will be available at the lot, located at the intersection of Lindell Boulevard and Spring Avenue.

Saint Louis University Museum of Art

Art St. Louis: Friday, 2 March 2018

Please join us for our new exhibit, "Varsity Art XXII," opening soon at Art Saint Louis: March 2-29, 2018. The show opens with a free reception open to the public on Friday, March 2, 6-8 p.m.
"Varsity Art XXII" is a multi-media exhibit that will feature 42 artworks in a variety of media including ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video, and more.

Eastern Illinois UniversityChad Hayward, Alicia PostFontbonne UniversityLauren Arens, Dan A. WineGreenville University:Kyle Anderson, Hannah ParkersonJefferson CollegeRyan Byington, Christina MillerLewis & Clark Community CollegeJeanne Meyer, Nathan PaivaLindenwood UniversityShelly HoernerKari OstertagMaryville UniversityThomas E. Henry III, Christina C. IsaiahMcKendree UniversityBrian Lyman, Benjamin RichterSt. Charles Community CollegeCole Gray, Shelby SchneiderSt. Louis Community College Florissant ValleyAlexander Hollingsworth, Mark RomanSt. Louis Community College Forest ParkMicah CaldwellMichelle ShurtleffSt. Louis Community College MeramecLacey Call, Megan Heying:St. Louis Community College WildwoodHeather Dobrinic, Tracey SnyderSaint Louis UniversityKimberly Mayden, Valencia MillerSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleKayla Bersztaitis, Katie DonovanSouthwestern Illinois CollegeShannon Corgan, Kirsten KimbrellUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaNessi Alexander-BarnesCaleb Vincent McMurryUniversity of Missouri-St. LouisCaleb Gebel, Melissa PorterWashington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual ArtsZoe GriezeAndrew McIlvaineWebster UniversityMary Jane Havey, Emma Teson
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sundays & major holidays.
Art Saint Louis
1223 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sheldon Art Galleries: Friday, 2 March 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Laumeier Sculpture Park: Saturday, 7 April 2018

Farid Rasulov, Tree of Skewers, 2018

Farid Rasulov: 1001 Skewers
in the Aronson Fine Arts Center Whitaker Foundation Gallery
April 7–July 29, 2018.
Free Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The exhibition is curated by Dana Turkovic 

Farid Rasulov: 1001 Skewers is a large-scale, indoor sculptural installation using more than 1,000 stainless-steel kebab skewers, with configurations based on Azeri fairy tales. Bird #1, 2018, is a monumental, outdoor sculpture commission—the fiberglass artwork is a formal extraction of geometric, abstract shapes found in Azeri carpet patterns. Rasulov’s two installations are whimsical, humorous applications of design techniques inspired by Rasulov’s heritage in Azerbaijan. Rasulov states, “This exhibition is devoted to different situations, where each object in contact with other, similar objects passes from the state of the object to the state of the story—the idea is born, and life begins.”

Artist Lecture: Farid RasulovFriday, April 6 / 12:00–1:00 p.m. / Free, Adult Audiences
Webster University Sverdrup Hall, Room 123

Coffee & Conversation with Artist Farid Rasulov
Saturday, April 7 / 10:00–11:00 a.m. / Free, Adult Audiences
Laumeier Sculpture Park Aronson Fine Arts Center

Cocktails & Conversation with In-Residence: Poet Stefene Russell
Thursday, June 21 / 6:00–7:30 p.m. / Free, Ages 21 and up
Laumeier Sculpture Park Aronson Fine Arts Center

Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63127

Monday, February 19, 2018

St. Louis Artists' Guild: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Opening Reception Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5–8 pm

Emerson Young Artists' Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists' Guild.

Juror: Ruth Reese

Participating High Schools are Affton High School, Bishop DuBourg High School, Central Visual & Performing Arts High School, Clayton High School, Cor Jesu Academy,  De Smet High School, Hazelwood High School, John Burroughs High School, Ladue High School, Lafayette High School, Liberty High School, Lindbergh High School,  Mehlville High School, MICDS, Nerinx High School, North St. Francois County R-1 High School, Oakville High School, Parkway High School, Parkway North High School, Parkway South High School, Parkway West High School, Pattonville High School, Principia High School, Rockwood Summit High School, Salem High School, St. Joseph’s Academy, Timberland High School, Villa Duchesne High School, Westminster Christian Academy, Whitfield High School, Windsor High School.

Gallery Hours : Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

St. Louis Artists' Guild1
2 North Jackson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Erica Popp Studios + Gallery: Friday, 2 March 2018

Join us for the opening reception for Separate / Illuminate, the second exhibition at Erica Popp Studios + Gallery, Friday, March 2 at 5 8 PM.

Amber Adkins creates mixed media work as an exploration of loss and resiliency. Her abstracted images of the natural world are are cut up and hand-stitched back together. The repairs in black linen are highlighted with gold thread, a nod to the Japanese art of Kintsugi. Her imagery and color pallet are reminiscent of Pacific Northwest Landscapes, and speak to feelings of separation and sadness, but also of healing and hope.

3271 Roger Pl
St Louis, MO 63116

Friday, February 02, 2018

Hunt Gallery: Friday, 2 February 2018

Please join us for Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban; and the opening of their exhibition Ordinal Solid this evening at Hunt Gallery 6:00-8:00pm. 

The exhibition comprises  Photographs, large-scale digital prints, and vinyl text paginate the gallery walls referencing over-sized pages from a book. Pieces of text and abstracted, symbolic images loosely connect threads of research and meandering thoughts on the library. A compass-like instrument, an archive of sorts, firmly positions itself central in the space. Objects, such as magenta finger-cots, a chunk of magnesium carbonate, 3D printed totems and a meteor fragment tell a story rich in materiality and lost in contemplation, and  a single-channel video, the Performing the Book

Exhibition Hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm

Cecille R. Hunt Gallery
8342 Big Bend Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63119

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Arcade Contemporary Art Projects: Saturday, 3 February 2018

Adorn or Disfigure Exhibit Opening at Arcade Building Feb. 3 6-9 pm
The exhibit runs Feb. 3-28 at the Arcade Gallery

"Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, photographs and electrotypes, good and bad, now adorn or disfigure all our dwelling... Men of all conditions may see themselves as others see them. What was once the exclusive luxury of the rich and great is now within reach of all."
-Frederick Douglass, Pictures and Progress, 1864

The Arcade Contemporary Art Projects Gallery at Webster University’s Gateway Campus hosts a collection of work featuring student artists in the Department of Art, Design & Art History. Adorn or Disfigure showcases a collection of work that is an extension of the artists’ exploration of contrast, perception, and self-representation within their own practice.

Featured Webster University student artists in the Department of Art, Design & Art History (DADAH) of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts are Brennan Stamulis, Niki Harris, Aleida Ruelas Hertel, David Pulphus, Alex Williford, Katie Dineen, Andrew Gurney, Moira Smith, Krista Valdez, Quinton Ward, Nathan Walton.

Adorn or Disfigure is a group exhibition rooted in and inspired by the words of African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass, especially within the greater context of its meaning in the book or essays, lectures and photographs, “Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity,” by editors Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith.

"Pictures and Progress explores how, during the nineteenth century and the early twentieth, prominent African American intellectuals and activists understood photography's power to shape perceptions about race and employed the new medium in their quest for social and political justice. They sought both to counter widely circulating racist imagery and to use self-representation as a means of empowerment."

Foundry Art Centre: Friday, 2 February 2018

Photography 6
Friday, February 2, 6 - 8 pm Gallery Talk | 5:30 - 6 pm

Juror Kathleen Sanker

The role of photography in our digital age cannot be overstated.  From a medium whose novelty arose from its ability to accurately record the world around us, the art of photography has expanded through technology to one that should not be accepted at face value.  Although staging, composition, and artistic intent have always formed the base of photographic artwork, the advance in the medium now open a world of possibilities that were not available even a few years ago. Photography 6 captures the breadth within the photographic world. All works operate from a photographic origin, whether manually or digitally manipulated, raw, or incorporated into mixed media pieces.

Foundry Art Centre
520 N Main Center

St Charles, MO 63301

Bonsack Gallery : Friday, 9 February 2018

The Bonsack Gallery will feature a group of illustrations created by Tim Lane for his upcoming biographical novel, Just Like Steve McQueen, from Friday, February 9, through Tuesday, April 3. All are invited to an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on February 9.

Tim Lane is a graphic novelist whose books include The Lonesome Go and Abandoned Cars.

Regular gallery hours are 8 am to 5 pm, weekdays.

The Bonsack Gallery
on the campus of John Burroughs School
755 South Price Road
St. Louis, MO, 63124

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

projects+gallery: Friday, 16 February 2017

Amongst friends. will open at projects+gallery from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, February 16th and is free to the public. Lana Turner will join Dario Calmese for an artist talk on Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 pm. The exhibition will be on view at projects+gallery until Saturday, March 31st, 2018.

Based in New York City, Dario Calmese uses photography to tell stories about the people he has met, the places he has been and the histories he has encountered. His body of work is rooted in the theater of the Anthropocene: at times focused on its players, at other times contemplating the set and costumes, but continually pushing beyond the proscenium and shattering the fourth wall to interrogate the justice and aftermath of a scene.

Calmese’s working process treats photography as architecture: as a “built environment.” He uses film as a blueprint of sorts, constructing narratives that move past Barthes’ past-looking “asymbolic death” to construct a more generative image – pivoting from what has been to what is and could be. The artist states that his blackness, queerness and Americanness inform his gaze, each taking turns as narrator and sometimes performing in fugue.

Amongst friends. is a series of black and white photographs and selected fashion objects from the private collection of Lana Turner, a noted Harlem preservationist and doyenne of style whose extensive inventory of vintage fashion can be understood as an archive of twentieth-century society and a reflection of the role of fashion in the history of African-American culture. Calmese was introduced to Ms. Turner years ago at Abyssinian Baptist Church, while the artist was in search of hats to photograph for a fashion project he was developing as a graduate student. Steeped in traditions passed down since slavery, churches are one of the ornerstones of the African-American community, becoming a space not only for worship, but for people to connect with one another, and to find and express themselves within a chosen family. It is an activated stage within which the clothing you wear becomes performative, and Ms. Turner is no ingénue. She wears her elegant, at times extravagant, wardrobe like armor, expressing her inner strength with accessories that recall generations past and the resilience that continues today.

Upon first meeting, Calmese saw that it was not her hats, but Turner herself who was meant to be the subject of his work. Over years of knowing her he observed that Ms. Turner, who describes the act of dress as her artistic medium – or “painting the body canvas” as she likes to call it – began to actually abstract herself through her self-expression. What began as the process of Sunday presentation over time began to exaggerate itself. Traditional veiled felt hats became umbrella-shaped fascinators and then evolved to 3D printed helmets. Simple gloves transformed into three-tiered satin gauntlets.

Styled by Calmese, exclusively using Ms. Turner’s existing wardrobe, amongst friends. seeks to dig deeper into the idea of the black church as an activator not only for imagination, but a crucible for the construction of self. It engages the many layers of one woman’s self-identity, while transcending itself in order to examine the theatrical performance of fashion and its place within African-
American culture.

Open Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm

4733 McPherson
St. Louis, MO 63108

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 16 February 2018

GARY PASSANISE Twenty-Seven Nights
DAMON FREED The Correspondence of Color
BEN BROUGH Femmes Fatales
PATRICIA CLARK A Matter of Circumstances

February 16 – April 6, 2018
Opening Reception & Meet the Artists: Friday, February 16, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm

Bruno David Gallery continues its 12th season with four new solo exhibitions. Gary Passanise presents a new series of small works produced in the last ten years. Damon Freed presents recent paintings titled “The Correspondence of Color.” Ben Brough presents an exhibition of new paintings. Patricia Clark presents several new paintings.

Gary Passanise presents an exhibition titled “Twenty-Seven Nights” of small works produced in the last ten years. Gary Passanise continues to work fluidly in a wide range of mediums. The exhibit includes intimate scaled constructions, works on paper and proposals for large scale sculpture. The construct of the ellipse both in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work remains a constant in Passanise’s ever-evolving practice. Also included in this recent body of work are two limited edition prints created specifically for this exhibit.

Damon Freed presents a series of nonobjective abstract paintings titled “The Correspondence of Color.” Damon Freed works in a multitude of styles. Each style plays a role in his language to express color more fully. In this series the paintings began stylistically through systematic ideation. They were mathematically composed by using different proportions of mixing the paint and by way of a ruler to measure out the compositions. The visual spectrum he uses is blue, red, yellow, orange, green, and violet plus black and white; otherwise known as the primary and secondary spectrum. He also mixes tertiaries when needed. When beginning this series with pure color, he decided to paint in acrylic. The acrylics he uses are the most saturated that he has ever used. This allows him to adjust the different areas of color to his liking with ease. He likes a clean appearance and clean edges, so it helps to tape off the areas to be painted. When utilizing paint that dries relatively quickly, one can move from one shape to the next with ease. At present he works with color to satisfy his desire to paint more fully with it and has been working on a book concerning this for three years now. The title of this book is The Correspondence of Color.

Ben Brough presents an exhibition of recent paintings titled “Femmes fatales.” In this new body of work Ben Brough explores the face of the femme fatale. Inspired by American film noir and folklore, these mysterious and dangerous femme fatales are often depicted as villains, using their seductive and enchanting nature to bring about the destruction of men. In these paintings Ben recreates their character, leaving to question whether there could be a soft and warming creature underneath or whether there is nothing beyond the dangerous and deadly charm. By depicting them on brightly painted canvases with the subtle use of collage, Ben captures these frozen moments of the femme fatale and arranges them into monument-like statues, paying homage to these powerful and mystic women. His work is a dialog of personal inspiration, observations and surrounding environments with a journalistic approach to image making

Patricia Clark presents an exhibition of recent paintings titled “A Matter of Circumstances”. This series of paintings and drawings done from 2015 to 2018 are metaphoric and figurative gestures of freeing oneself from the restrictions and burdens of the constant struggles African American women must face in their daily lives. The wrapped figures are a metaphor for events and circumstances in our lives that suppress and stop us from achieving our true potential. These obstacles can also be inner fears and doubts about our abilities to free ourselves from oppressive situations. We must continue to encourage one another to make positive changes in our lives and the lives of those around us.

NEW HOURS: Public Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 am – 6 pm. Also open by appointment.

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton, MO 63105

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 16 February 2018

TRACY MILLER,  Honey, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Opening Reception, Friday, February 16th, 5-8 PM

Since 2012, the Philip Slein Gallery has been dedicated to painting. And this, with rare exception, has been abstract painting. As time has gone by, there is a growing awareness here, and especially in New York, of new approaches to figuration, landscape, and still-life work. Some of it comes from long-established artists such as John Dilg and Susanna Coffey, whose unique styles and approaches have at times seem juxtaposed to mainstream considerations.

The still-life genre has come to renewed life with the thick gestural strokes of Tracy Miller and Holly Coulis. Portraiture is seen anew through the eyes of Amy Hill and Susanna Coffey. The landscape is transformed by Colin Brant, John Dilg, Zach Bruder, and Douglas Melini.

The paintings in this exhibition are fresh and exciting. Some may seem difficult, visually, at first glance. Introspection, however, will bear rewards. The lessons of abstract painting are rooted in this shift toward figuration.

In the Project Room: Greg Edmondson. A selection of paintings from Rivers and Beasts, a book documenting work made as Artist in Residence at the Osage Arts Community. The artist will sign copies of the book at the opening reception.

HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Philip Slein Gallery
4735 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 16 February 2018

Tom Huck: Recent Works
February 16th - March 31st
Opening Reception: Friday, February 16th, 5-8 p.m.

Tom Huck is best known for his large scale woodcuts. His imagery draws heavily upon the influence of Albrecht Durer, Jose Guadalupe Posada, R. Crumb and Honore Daumier.

About his newest work, Huck writes: “Electric Baloneyland is a piece about the downward spiral of American culture, as played out through the goings on at a local county or state fair. In the central panel a withering lady liberty mermaid is fish hooked during a noodling competition (fishing with bare hands), which is pretty much the state of things in regard to our vanishing liberties, civility, and overall humanity in the US. Originally the piece was inspired by the political climate, as well as childhood memories of being able to win REAL weaponry at a fair in the early eighties...So all throughout my childhood, at least once a year, kids were coming home from the county fair armed with real Rambo knives, Chinese throwing stars, bull whips, and Samurai swords. Looking back on this, it’s apparent to me that this can be an early symptom of an overall illness, especially in rural America. To be able to acquire deadly “toys” with such little effort and playing a child’s game is a summation of the condition we find ourselves in today as a society. In my work, I like to walk a fine line between the whimsical and the terrifying.”

ST. LOUIS, MO 63108

Friday, January 19, 2018

Kemper Art Museum: Friday, 2 February 2018

Public Reception 7-9

Join us on Friday, February 2, for a reception celebrating the opening of the spring exhibitions. 

Valet parking is available on the south side of Steinberg Hall on Forsyth Boulevard ($5; free for members). Find out more >>

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dark Room: Friday, 19 January 2018

Friday, 19 January 2018, 6-9 pm

Join us for the opening reception of Transitions: Food of the Youths, Ripple Wave Shadow, and Ashes, a three-series exhibition featuring new works by Tasha Nicolé Burton.

Transitions - Tasha is currently in a transition and so is her work. As she progresses from one chapter to the next in her professional life, the three bodies of work evolves in a way that displays detachment and junction simultaneously.

Food of the Youths - This photostory is a brief look at a larger series on the snacks provided to the school children near the artist’s residence. Daily, what’s left behind in the school's field changes and becomes integrated into a new environment.

Ashes - Activated charcoal with its heaviness and its complete darkness gets manipulated by strokes of a tiny spoon on wood and marble canvases creating starkness, separation and balance.

Ripple Wave Shadow - It is impossible to recreate the same pattern as speed, motion, thickness and tools develop the differences from one batch to the next. This group is a study in sacred geometry and its complexities.

Dark Room at The Grandel

3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis 63103

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grafica Fine Art: Friday, 9 March 2018

Allen Kriegshauser: "Whirling Dervishes"
Friday, March 9 from 6-9 pm

Our featured artist is Sandy Haynes.  Sandy captures the light and in her plein air paintings -- and wonder of everyday life in her studio work .   Click link below to enjoy!
Allen Kriegshauser will  be here for our 3rd Thursday "Artful Conversation" in March.

Grafica Fine Art & Custom Framing
7884 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63119