Thursday, May 28, 2009

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 5 June 2009

May the Force Be With You: Philip Slein Gallery Shows Nine Sci-Fi Ab Ex Painters in Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.
Friday, June 5th 2009, Reception 6-9pmruns through July 18th. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm

Abstract Expressionism loomed large in the psyches of the artists in the movements that immediately followed it—Pop Art, Minimalism, Post-Minimalism, Process Art, Happenings — even if only as something to react against.

What are we to make, then, of a group of artists who were weaned on Star Trek and Star Wars long before they suckled at the glories of art history? Young men (and it seems to always have been boys who stood in line for hours in 1977 to be the first to see Star Wars, or any of its sequels in later years) who might find in Jackson Pollock’s drips the perfect representation of the flotsam of interstellar space? Who might see in Mark Rothko’s evanescent color blocks a pulsing portal to other dimensions?

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, curated by Joseph R. Wolin, aims to answer some of these questions with the work of nine artists who equally appear indebted to the tropes of science fiction — Sci-Fi Abstract Expressionism. Titled after a novel by Alan Dean Foster that was commissioned as the sequel to the original Star Wars movie, the exhibition presents the work of artists who may not constitute a generation or a movement — or even a grroup — but who share interests in popular culture high and low, and inn particular modes of art-making first essayed by the New York School many years ago.

The Philip Slein Gallery
1319 Washington Ave.
Downtown St. Louis


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