Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 25 January 2013

Misty Gamble: "Abject Reverie"
Opening Friday, January 25, 2013
Reception to meet the artist from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Misty Gamble’s work is inspired by the human figure and its infinite capacity for communication. Wildly opulent, excessive and lavish only touch upon Gamble’s current ceramic work. Gamble studies ideas about ornamentation, obsessive and idealistic feminine beauty and borrows from Rococo art’s fantasy, wit and color palette. Ornamentation visually communicates culture, identity, sexuality, gender or questions of gender and social status. Gamble’s oversized, female busts and torsos look like dressmaker forms and are garnished with cupcakes, gift boxes, gigantic wigs of clay, and ornate patterns. The repetition of forms strengthen the visual explosion of grotesquely constructed beauty.

Featured Artist - Gallery II
Margaret Keelan: New Selections

Margaret Keelan’s figurative sculptures confront issues of mortality, decay, beauty, aging and innocence. The faces are based on nineteenth century dolls, yet their contemporary styling and decayed surfaces disconnect them from time and place. What was once clean and crisp has given way to something more complex and textured. Joanne Dickson wrote, “The work is rich with paradox. There is at once a feeling that these were treasured possessions, perhaps  even ritual objects, at the same time they appear to have been created carelessly and discarded. The figures endure despite their apparent fragility.”

These exhibitions run through Saturday, March 9, 2013

4729 McPherson Ave
Saint Louis MO 63108


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