Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bruno David Gallery: Thursday, 4 May 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 5 to 9 pm
Exhibitions Dates: May 4 – June 3, 2017

WILLIAM CONGER This / That
MICHAEL BYRON Framed Abstractions 2005-2012
JUDY CHILD Revelations
KELLEY JOHNSON Somewhere Between Here and There
BUNNY BURSON And Still I Rise

In Gallery 1 , the gallery presents an exhibition titled “This / That.” of recent paintings by William Conger. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. William Conger continues his lifelong investigation of formal non-representational abstraction (This) nuanced by the suggestion of illusionism to evoke an ambiguous welter of private and cultural memories, allusions, feelings, places and events (That).

In Gallery 2, the gallery presents an exhibition titled “Revelations” by Judy Child. As a painter, Judy Child, has always been fascinated by how versatile paint can be. This new series of paintings explores that versatility. She left behind brushes, palette knives and, most importantly, color. By stripping away color and narrative, she focuses on the natural beauty of serendipitous and complex configurations of the paint.

The physical act of pouring and manipulating the paint plus the effects of gravity and the drying process determine the outcome of her paintings. In these new paintings, she searches, explores and anticipates something she want to see but have not seen before. Each day she goes to her studio excited to see what her process reveals. The unpredictable journey of the paint creates the fractures and informs the natural and dynamic surfaces.

In Gallery 3, the gallery presents an exhibition titled “Framed Abstractions 2005-2012” by Michael Byron. The paintings, which have never been exhibited in St. Louis, are inspired by the organic geometry of the borders present in Indian miniatures. The artist has taken this decorative embellishment as a primary compositional element that operates at the crossroads of the geometric and the gestural. The results are both formally rigorous and lyrically poetic.

In Gallery 5, the gallery presents an installation by Kelley Johnson titled “Somewhere Between Here and There.” This is the artist’ sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. Kelley Johnson continues his interest in paintings ability to create optical space while at the same time interacting with the viewer as an object. Kelley thinks of the new work as installations that talk about the possibilities and limitations of painting along with the viewers role as participant. Using external elements such as lines or patterns that move through the picture plane onto the floors and or walls of the gallery, Kelley creates interactions between internal and external spaces that function as a kind interactive painting.

In the Window on Forsyth space, the gallery presents an installation titled “And Still I Rise” by Bunny Burson. Bunny Burson will create an installation of swirling shards of the actual confetti, which had been loaded into air cannons and were to have fallen from the glass ceiling at the Javits Center had Hillary Clinton become President on November 8, 2016. This exhibition can be seen 24/7 from Forsyth Boulevard and will be on view through July 22, 2017.

Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm Thursday 10 am – 5 pm Friday 10 am – 5 pm Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105
314.696.2377

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