Thursday, January 03, 2013

Art St. Louis: Saturday, 19 January 2013

Please make plans to join us at Art Saint Louis in mid-January when we open two new exhibits, "Misperception" and "On The Surface." The shows run January 14-February 21, 2013. A free opening reception will be held Saturday, January 19, from 6-8 p.m.-please make plans to join us!

"Misperception" is our first juried exhibit of the new year. This multi-media show deals with artworks that aren't exactly what you think they are, including-but not limited to-works that fool the eye physically & conceptually. Serving as jurors were St. Louis artists Linda Skrainka and Ken Wood.

From 153 artworks submitted by 87 St. Louis regional artists, Linda & Ken selected 62 works by 55 artists  for the exhibit. This exhibit will be presented in ASL's Main Gallery.

Presented in the ASL South Gallery concurrently with "Misperception" is our curated exhibit, "On The Surface," featuring new paintings by St. Louis artist Mark Travers. This exhibit is presented as part of our new Sustaining Artist program.

In his work, Mark seeks a different vantage point than that of traditional landscape composition, finding inspiration in the shore as the tide rolls in. "When the surf washes in," Travers notes, "it brings with it life, death, absolution, regeneration, and rebirth. The sea washes away impurities and creates endless second chances. You can learn a lot about life as a whole by watching what happens inside of a rectangle."

Travers classifies his work as "Abstract Naturalism." While he uses photographs as a resource material, he doesn't paint from them but is inspired by them. His works are heavy in design aesthetic and have the illusion of vast amounts of texture, yet are void of brush strokes. Aside from their presentation and mounting, one might be inclined to believe that they are graphic prints.

A free reception for "On the Surface" and "Misperception" will be held on Saturday evening, January 19, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. Please save the date & plan to join us in mid-January. Both exhibits run January 14 through February 21, 2013. Gallery is currently closed until 10 a.m. January 14 while we prepare for & install the exhibits.


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