Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 25 March 2016
CARMON COLANGELO: Theory of Nothing
WILLIAM MORRIS: Immediacy of Distance
Media Arts Room
March 25 – May 21, 2016
Opening Reception:Friday, March 25, 2016 6 to 9 pm
Carmon Colangelo presents an installation that includes his newest body of prints, drawings, mixed media works and other ephemera inspired by cosmology and cartography, his recording of the everyday and other musings about the studio as a place of contemplation, making, play and production. Exploring the notion of connectivity, chance and disruption and in the age of social media, Colangelo translates, interprets, recodes and synthesizes his taxonomy of images and ideas that reflect universal themes and contemporary culture.
The exhibition will include a new series of prints in which Colangelo uses discarded laser off-cuts from architectural models as a “ready-mades” for printing. Over time, each iteration of Colangelo’s work has moved towards a greater clarity understanding the power of chance, juxtaposition, abstraction, color and composition in mapping the relational understanding of meaning. Wordplay is an essential element of Colangelo’s work and the Theory of Nothing is a satirical idea and project about trying to find a single equation to understand the universe (aka Theory of Everything) through the non-empirical form of art and exploring the concept of nothingness. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography.
In the Media Arts Room, William Morris most recent work, entitled Immediacy of Distance, is an experimental documentary which uses super 8 film shot by the artist’s mother along with recordings of her recollections of growing up in a sharecropper's family in the Mississippi Delta. The project is an exploration of oral history, family, humanity, emotion and the universality of life experience as projected through the prism of his upbringing in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood on the city’s North Side of St. Louis, Missouri.
The video work “Immediacy of Distance” represents the union of the two distinct paths taken by the artist in his work that now come together as one. During the 1980’s and 2000’s, Morris created abstract works that pushed boundaries of image, texture and sound interspersed with shorter documentaries that represented meditations on glimmers of truth and differing perceptions of daily life. In this current work, he is now bridging his abstractions and his viewpoints on life in a part of the city that has all but disappeared and yet remains undocumented. This new video sheds light on a community of successive displacements – starting with waves of African-Americans who migrated north to St. Louis from the South and continuing through the latter half of the 20th century as the Wells-Goodfellow area where he grew up has been all but abandoned and neglected over time. The work also, prompts a more universal examination of one’s changing relationship with his or her familial roots.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm & by appointment
Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108