Wednesday, June 13, 2018

William Shearburn Gallery: Friday, 22 Jun2 2018

DEAN KESSMANN: UTILITARIAN ABSTRACTION
June 22 – July 27, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, June 22nd 5 – 7 pm
William Shearburn Gallery is pleased to present Dean Kessmann: Utilitarian Abstraction, from June 22nd to July 27th, 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, June 22nd from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibition explores the materiality of mass-produced products and consumer culture through re-presentation and re-contextualization of usually overlooked utilitarian printing marks on package design. Through a process of high-resolution scanning and digitizing that retains imperfections such as glue, tears, and other blemishes of packaging, Kessmann points viewers to reflect on the messy materiality of consumer products in a digital age. Kessmann simultaneously asks us to consider the relationship between consumer driven popular culture and abstraction in high art by enlarging, reprinting, and presenting these images within an art context.
William Shearburn Gallery665 S. Skinker Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63105

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