Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 9 May 2014

May 9 – June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 9th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

CHRIS D. SMITH Interaction (Front Room)
MARTIN LANG Forever Untitled (names sake) (New Media Room)

OVERVIEW_2014 is a group exhibition surveying the work by artists affiliated with the Bruno David Gallery. The artworks, mostly done in 2013 and 2014, will highlight the vitality and creativity of these artists. In this overview, a single conclusion about one type of artwork cannot be clearly defined in a single adjective. Instead, the following artists break down the word ‘original’ to form new meanings of the definition. Originality, therefore, can lie anywhere on the spectrum of surrealism, primary, impulsive, imaginative, structural chaos, color, form, design, intention, deception, representational, honesty, direct, dreamlike, sought imagery, reality and/or perceptions of all or neither or several.

Some of the artists include: Laura Beard, Bunny Burson, Carmon Colangelo, William Conger, Alex Couwenberg, Jill Downen, Yvette Drury Dubinsky, Damon Freed, Douglass Freed, Joan Hall, Richard Hull, Ellen Jantzen, Kelley Johnson, Chris Kahler, Leslie Laskey, Gary Passanise, Daniel Raedeke, Patricia Olynyk, Charles P. Reay, Tom Reed, Charles Schwall, Shane Simmons, Thomas Sleet, Buzz Spector, Cindy Tower, Mario Trejo, Ken Worley, and many others.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition “Interaction” by Chris D. Smith.
In contemporary art making, the languages of abstraction are almost inextricable from their academic and theoretical histories, but instead of simply reiterating any of these well-worn dialogues, he opts to only sample them. Chris D. Smith’s artwork focuses on attention to emotional detail. He uses his experiences to bind tension, experience [as in through time], and harmony as a result of contrasting organic and geometric forms to enlighten the viewer’s perceptions and enhance human cerebral capacities. Purposefully exposing the layered history of paintings, he instills the works with a complexity that mirrors that of a personal experience. His paintings reminiscence the pains, joys, failures, challenges, and accomplishments he has experienced throughout his life, therefore essentially creating never-ending opportunities to continue his practice.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video work “Forever Untitled (names sake)”
by Martin Lang.
Forever Untitled (names sake) challenges represented space and plays with the sequencing of text. Depicting an installation of large-scale neon letters, the video raises the question: why are we are seeing it as a video and not installed as depicted? The blinking letters reference neon signage, advertising something that is, in this instance, quite cryptic. The looping text can form words, but ultimately becomes a never-ending visual pattern. The audio dually references the hum of the neon lighting that is depicted, as well as the digital nature of the piece. His work facilitates and critiques the world through direct and indirect interaction. This takes form through recontextualization and appropriation of everyday, commercially produced or banal objects and experiences. This video is part of a larger body of work titled Digital Futures.

On the same night May 9th, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) will open the exhibition Great Rivers Biennial 2014 in the Main Gallery and, in the Front Room, Brenna Youngblood: Loss Prevention. In addition, The PXSTL temporary art installation will also open that night. PXSTL, located next to the Bruno David Gallery, is a project from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will also be open that evening. A free shuttle will run between Grand Center and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. 

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