Friday, March 20, 2015

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 10 April 2015

David Row, Cardinal Rule, 2014, oil on canvas, 38 x 42 inches


Reception: Friday, April 10th, 5-8 pm runs through May 16th

The Philip Slein Gallery is pleased to present Deep Focus, the first St. Louis exhibition for noted New York painter David Row.

Row paints in heavily worked layers of lush oil paint, gradually forming a dense network of marks and lines. Broad swaths of color highlight and disguise underlying grounds, themselves crisscrossed by the artist’s familiar elliptical bands. In Row’s most recent work, the drama of these geometric compositions plays out across a new format. Irregular polygonal shaped canvasses assert themselves as jewel-like objects, defining the conversation unfolding within their borders. Meanwhile, Row’s curvilinear forms continue to behave according to their own secret logic, carving architectural paths through space.

The Philip Slein Gallery is also pleased to present Measured Painting, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Robert Zungu. Each painting employs an advanced chroming technique affixing silver metal deposits onto an aluminum-faced board. Repeated geometric patterns sourced from 19th century hand cut paper stencils originally used to adorn Japanese kimonos are then applied to the mirrored surface using white iridescent enamel ink. The works invoke figuration by enabling viewers to see their reflection in the painting's mirrored surface. Zungu's repeated geometry, which appears opaque on the surface of the painting, is superimposed onto the beholder as an ethereal reflection.

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm

The Philip Slein Gallery

4735 McPherson Ave.
Central West End


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