Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bruno David Gallery:

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, from 6 to 9 pm
MARCH 6 – APRIL 4, 2009
Wed – Sat 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“Damon Freed: Calm, Cool , Coherent” Damon Freed’s work investigates the relationship between soft and hard edges, and an ordered way of seeing shape and form. Taoists referred to this way of thinking as “perception of the nature of things; soft and weak overcoming hard and strong.” Those who concentrate on the hard edges are attracted to strength. Those who concentrate on the soft centers are attracted to weakness. To perceive the soft, one must overcome the hard. The hard edge functions as an obstacle and the soft brushwork a void.

In the Project Room, photographer Larry Torno is presenting a new series of photographs titled “When is a Doll not a Doll?” The series began during the summer of 2007 when Torno was offered the opportunity to photograph an extensive collection of a vintage American toy: the renowned Barbie Doll. By experimenting with composition and light, the artist infuses “personalities” into otherwise lifeless plastic, and the photos of the famous figure evolve from simple documentation to a kind of portraiture. His photographs are enhanced by Barbie’s breadth of genre and depth of style, as there is always another posh model waiting for her close-up. Through these vivid images of the timeless figure, Torno liberates Barbie from her box and places her again into the realm of the imagination. The exhibition corresponds with the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Barbie Doll. Barbie, created by Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler, was unveiled at the American Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.

In the Front Room, Mario Trejo is presenting a new series of works, titled “Catharsis”, which visually explore macro and microcosmic struggle through manic mark-making. The hundreds of thousands of marks create illusion of an emerging form, exhibiting the artist’s conscious and sensitive attention to both detail and entirety. The drawings begin to expose small universes, each a relic of the arduous performance of repeated gestures.

In the Media Room, celebrated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain presents an 18-minutes short film
titled “The Tribe.” This unorthodox film, an unauthorized history of the Jewish people, and the Barbie Doll all focus on a fact about Barbie – that she was the creation of Ruth Handel, a Jewish-American woman – and turns it into a powerful metaphor about assimilation and Jewish identity in the 21st Century – both in America and abroad.

Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
314 531 3030


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