Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 13 September 2019

Carl Ostendarp, Orion, 2004, acrylic on linen, 57 x 45 inches

Philip Slein Gallery is pleased to present STARS, an exhibition featuring Alison Hall,
Warren Isensee, Douglas Melini, Carl Ostendarp, and Barbara Takenaga.

Opening Reception Friday, September 13, 2019, 5 to 8 PM
Exhibition runs through Saturday, October 19, 2019

Stars,  Constellations, the Heavens….

Celestial bodies have inspired artists since the European cave paintings where the first known images of the sky appear. Sky gazing, starry nights, contemplation of the universe were staples of the Renaissance and have continued to be explored to this day.

This exhibition gathers five contemporary abstract painters whose work interprets the sky and its the stars in fresh visual language.

Alison Hall
Giotto’s Arena Chapel with its vaulted ceiling of stars has been the inspiration for Alison Hall’s work for many years.  Using the same renaissance techniques that Giotto employed in his frescos, Alison's deep blue panels with hints of graphite mark her heavenly grids, her panels shimmering in monochromatic depth.

Warren Isensee
Warren Isensee hard edge hard edged constructions employ the grid as well utilizing bright bold marks, exactly executed, inviting the viewer to find fresh interpretations of the manner in which we perceive stars. Unlike the other artists his stars exist out of the sky, not within it, yet they are of the spirit of the sky as truly as the rest.

Douglas Melini
Douglas Melini’s remarkable collages piece together mottled shapes and tones of paint allowing his stars rest upon or peek  through his permutations of blue. His is a unique and personal space; those who spend time with these works will be justly rewarded.

Carl Ostendarp
Carl Ostendarp’s work,  as that of Alison Hall, was inspired by a  specific moment in art history. Orion is one of six paintings Carl made of water sign constellations, the paintings’ sizes are exactly those of six 1968 works by Joan Miro, Letters and Numbers Attracted by a Spark, the swirling motif of which is perhaps as reminiscent of the heavens as is Carl’s reconsideration.

Barbara Takenaga
Barbara Takenaga reconfigures space, our space, into fresh environments - an entire cosmos can be contained as small as a sheet of paper. And although her paintings are worlds of their own they somehow reach out and become ours as well.
Together, the five different artists present five contemporary interpretations of our heavens, constellations, and the stars.  They are their thoughts of  journeys throughout art history and their starry new ones.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM

Philip Slein Gallery
4735 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108


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