Monday, March 23, 2009

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 10 April 2009

JILL DOWNEN: Hard Hat Optional
Project Room I CHRIS RUBIN DE LA BORBOLLA: there was a silent tinfoil rapping against the front door
Media Room I BRETTWILLIAMS: Things You Will See

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

Jill Downen’s latest work, Hard Hat Optional, resembles a construction site, filled with anatomical forms reminiscent of sensual bodily elements, pockets of empty space, and areas of densely packed material. She stacks, leans, and places sculptural and architectural forms to be seen not as individual pieces, but rather as a complete installation. Downen invites viewers to question whether the site is in a process of construction or deconstruction, with seductive fragments, sensitive folds of architectural skin, and stacks of fleshlike blocks. Peripheral vision became part of the inspiration, process, and concept of Hard Hat Optional when Downen began to notice construction sites. In this exhibit, she aims to bring qualities from these overlooked sites out of the periphery and into direct conversation with the viewer. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Andrea Ferber accompanies the exhibition.

In the Project Room, Chris Rubin de la Borbolla presents a series of recent paintings titled “there was a silent tinfoil rapping against the front door”. Chris works in an ever-changing environment where the lines of traditional and commercial forms of expression are blurred. He uses technology as a means to appropriate materials on all sensory fronts, reassembles them, and distributes them across numerous media. De la Borbolla’s paintings can be seen as “images with a cerebral pulse” that push the medium of painting yet find a common ground in their conversation with the social, the political and the real.

In the Media Room, multidisciplinary artist Brett Williams premieres a single-channel video titled "Things You Will See”. In this video Williams utilizes stop motion animation combined with a sonic landscape to look inward and find an undiscovered place.

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


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