Sunday, August 23, 2015

Reese Gallery: Friday, 28 August 2015


Opening Reception: Friday, August 28th from 6 pm to 9 pm
Artists' Remarks Opening Night at 6:30
Exhibition Runs August 28th to September 30th, 2015

The VESTIGES Project is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary exploration of memory,loss, transition, and expectation in the wake of the 10-year wake of hurricane Katrina and subsequent BP oil spill, which devastated the region. In "Marking Memories 2005-2015" gulf coast artists Jan Gilbert and Debra Howell create installations that, in their own words, function "both as a respository and an investigation: of our collective memory and identity; of the influence of our culture in our memories; of the relationship between our memories and our history."  Jan Gilbert and Debra Howell of the VESTIGES Project, approach their gallery space similar to that of a memory container jar. They bring in open ended memories, poignant objects, and stilled images like unanswered questions for all to ponder collectively. Their work opens the door to discussion on topics of social awareness, coastal wetland protection, solastalgia (psychological distress due to environmental changes, community sustainability, natural disasters and the role of empathy in contemporary society.

Make a Memory Jar
What is your story, your transformation, the moment in life that needs holding, conserving or just further contemplation?  Pick up a mason jar from Reese Gallery and fill it with an abstract (or realistic) representation of your memory.  Any simple material, jar-sized sculpture or found objects welcome.  Each memory jar will have a label to write out the memory in as many or few words needed.  Pick up a jar on Sunday August 23rd or Wednesday August 26th from 1 to 4 pm. Bring the jar back opening night or leave in the "memory jar crate" outside the front door.  Many apologies but we can't be responsible for lost or stolen memories if left in the crate.  Reese Gallery is making a special call of gulf coast transplants to St. Louis.

Hours: Wednesday & Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm. Please call for an appointment outside of open hours.

3410 Wisconsin Avenue
Saint Louis MO 63118



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