Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bonsack Gallery: Thursday, 5 January 2016

Nevski Submerged (Bulgaria)

Adam Saligman will show an exhibit of his photographs, entitled “Shrines” in the Bonsack Gallery at John Burroughs School from Thursday, January 5, through Wednesday, February 8. All are invited to an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, on January 5. 

After getting his first camera in 2007, Saligman initially saw photography as a means of sharing his travels. As his hobby evolved, his photographs increasingly explored how images elicit meanings. He seeks out mysterious shrines, unique cultures and captivating landscapes, experimenting with compositions, looking for new ways to tell stories, both as he perceives them and as he wants to imagine them.
Saligman writes, “It is easy to look at famous sights — be they churches, shrines or landscapes — but what do we really see? We add meaning to everything we see, and photography is one way to show how the individual perceives the site. A beautiful medieval church may be a site of pilgrimage to one, but the snow-crested Caucasus Mountains towering over it may speak more to another as a higher power, humbling the human-built structure. When we create our perceptions, we inevitably create our own meaning, and build our own shrines. In this exhibit, I want to show what I find sacred in the many shrines I visit during my travels.

755 South Price Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63124

Friday, December 09, 2016

Foundry Art Centre: Thursday, 19 January 2017

Opening Thursday, January 19, the latest Foundry Art Centre juried exhibition Arbitrary Color explores not just the colors in artwork, but the entire color palette used to accentuate the concept of the work. The juror, Albert Kuo, has selected pieces of artwork submitted from 106 artists across the globe. Kuo will host a gallery talk at 5:30pm before the reception begins.

Alongside Arbitrary Color, Joe Ciaccio will exhibit in Gallery III. Ciaccio specializes in realistic portraiture and figurative work, using luxurious tones and dynamic lighting to convey his subject matter. Carrie Gillen will exhibit her work as part of the Emerging Artist Series in the Ameristar Gallery. Gillen’s amorphous tiled wall sculptures invite the viewer to investigate the instability within the architecture of her work and reflect on the relationship between home and self.

Enjoy food and drinks while chatting with Arbitrary Color’s participating artists at the opening reception and visit the mezzanine level to meet the Foundry Art Centre juried studio artists. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. These three exhibitions will open Thursday, January 19, 2017 and close Friday, March 3, 2017.

520 North Main Center
Saint Charles, Missouri. 

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

CAM: Friday, 27 January 2017

CAM announces spring 2017 exhibitions

CAM's spring exhibitions feature drawings and paintings by Nicola Tyson in her first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum; 2017 Whitney Biennial-artist and photographer Deana Lawson; an on-site Project Wall mural by St. Louis native Katherine Bernhardt; and the first-ever exhibition of Louis Cameron's photographic series, Clouds, along with the complete poster portfolios from his online initiative, The Poster Project presents.

Opening Friday, January 27
Public reception: 7:00 pm

Monday, December 05, 2016

Bruno David Gallery: Thursday, 12 January 2017

Bruno David presents four solo exhibitions by Leslie Laskey, Damon Freed, Sarah Harford and Jill Downen.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 5 to 9 pm
Exhibitions Dates: January 12 – February 25, 2017
Gallery Talk with the artists: Saturday, February 11th at 4 pm

DAMON FREED Landscapes
JILL DOWNEN Cornerstone

Leslie Laskey presents a new exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures titled “Duets”. He is an innovative thinker whose work never fails to make an impact on viewer perceptions. His new series “Duets”, created in the last two years in St. Louis, Key West, and Michigan, will not disappoint his followers and supporters. Leslie Laskey’s media of choice is ever changing, and characteristic of his work. In this new oeuvre, he incorporates collage, oil paint, acrylic, and crayon. It is this variety of media and style, which adds to the engaging quality of his work and its subsequent effect on viewers. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography.

Damon Freed presents an exhibition titled “Landscapes”. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography. Freed writes on this new series of work “I work directly from nature to create my charcoal drawings and I make fully chromatic oil paintings from the drawings afterwards inside of the studio. This is my process and much to do with the final paintings stems from the initial energy invested and displayed onto the surface of the drawings. The early marks in the drawings, the bold zags and swipes and squiggles feed the color and excitement of the paintings.

It must be said that my color is not naturalistic, or, at least not naturalistic in its faithfulness to nature. My color is faithful to my spirit, to the spontaneity and pizzazz of my sitting in nature in the spring and summer communing with the light of the sun, the invigorating wind, and amongst the delight of fresh cut grass, new growth, and scented flowers. My pictures are as much depictions of myself in this way as they are of the internal structure and sensations of nature.

And it is difficult to speak of structure considering my landscape paintings. The kind of structure I find in nature is often not rigid, but flowing and lively, like the emotions and the spirit. Even if architecture is a part of my vision, I paint it without an edge, without the strict laws of perspective. It is true that I start most of my paintings with a black outline of sorts, a loosely knitted structure. The color often comes later and is frequently informed by the energy of the drawn marks, tones, and squiggles, which is to say, my color does not follow the rules given us by nature. You may well discover a pink tree or a purple field in one of my paintings.

And this brings me to my indebtedness to the Post-Impressionist’s and to the Fauve’s use of color. It was van Gogh, Gauguin, Derain and Gabriele Munter and Matisse and Kandinsky that first utilized arbitrary coloration to fulfill their inner emotions and stylistic desires. Therefore, my paintings follow, in a way, this tradition of individualistic correspondence with nature.”
In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video work “Cornerstone” by Jill Downen. Downen, known for her white on white wall installations of abstracted bodily forms emerging from architecture, continues to draw on the idea that the human body shares an interdependent relationship to buildings. The three-minute video, created in 2008, zooms in on a stack of real bricks on the artist’s own body. The simple act of breathing, under the weight of building materials, captures a moment of time that is humorous, visceral, and vulnerable. The subtle and rhythmic sensibility Downen brings to video poses metaphoric possibilities about gravity, support and the protection of human fragility within the frame of architecture. While Downen’s art is rooted in site-responsive installation, “Cornerstone” is a video project characteristic of her interdisciplinary approach to uncover new aspects of established boundaries. Downen’s art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration, and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities.
Jill Downen has received numerous awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the MacDowell

In the “Window on Forsyth” space, the gallery continues to present “Swing” by Sarah Harford. Swing, is a sculpture installation depicting a chandelier structure stranded with broken headlight and taillight plastic. The artist harvested these shards from the casted metal bodies that were once extensions of our lives, traded in for newer and updated versions of ourselves. A light timer switch, used to deter home invaders, signifies the imagery of headlights performing as household appliances. As the sequenced lighting ignites the suspended object, fractured shadows scatter across the space. This effect intends to unveil the presence of violence by challenging the viewer’s understanding of their everyday realms though the manipulation of structure and material.

Free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Also open by appointment

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton, MO 63105

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Framations Art Gallery: Friday, 9 December 2016

New exhibits focus on the human element and a shared exhibit of photography

A new selection of exhibits are set to open at Framations Art Gallery. Beginning with an Opening Reception on Friday, December 9 from 6-8pm, two new exhibits will feature local artists in both a juried and a small group exhibit.

The first of these, to be found in the Main Exhibit Gallery, is titled Presence II, an all media exhibit with a focus on the human element. This juried art exhibit will highlight  work that visually includes people in any way such as through portraiture, crowd scene, or though shadow or form. This exhibit will be on display December 9, 2016 - January 12, 2017.

The public is invited to view the artwork on display and to vote for People's Choice in this exhibit when they visit. The voting continues through the full length of the exhibit, ending on January 12, 2017. This exhibit was juried by Jamie Adams, an American painter.

During this time frame, there will also be a small group exhibit in Gallery Two titled Three Cameras - One Show, featuring the photography of Lori Biehl, Bill Coatney and Molly Coatney. The artists will be also be available during the reception on December 9 from 6-8pm.

218 North Main Street
St. Charles, MO. 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

May Gallery: Friday, 2 December 2016

Gallery logo

The Contest

Photographs by students from
Kirkwood High School,
Mehlville High School and
Rockwood Summit High School

2-16 December 2016
Opening reception Friday, 2 December, 5-7 pm