Sunday, December 15, 2019

Green Door art gallery: Friday, 24 January 2020


Expressions of Pure Joy
January 4 – February 29, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5-8 p.m.

Green Door art gallery is proud to present “Expressions of Pure Joy”, an exhibit of artwork by participants in the Artist In You program at St. Louis Arc.

These works of art will be on display and available for sale from January 4 – February 29, 2020.

Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Green Door art gallery
21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves
in the historical Heritage Building
(314) 202-4071

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bruno David Gallery: Satuerday, 18 January 2020

LESLIE LASKEY: Amaryllis Land
RYAN ECKERT: This is Romance
DAMON FREED: Structure and Void
ANDREA STANISLAV New Media Room: Blow Away
KELLEY JOHNSON Window on Forsyth: Sculpture

Opening Reception Saturday, January 18. 6-8 pm
January 18 – February 22, 2020

Leslie Laskey’s latest series Amaryllis Land is an experimentation of form, color, and medium that seeks to discover how the same object can make many individual statements. The flowers he draws, and paints are not just that; Leslie compares the movement of the petals to dancers on a stage, a stage he crafts through geometric shapes carefully laid out in naturalistic shades of oil paint. Some paintings feature a single flower, large and central, paying close attention to the beauty of the individual form, while his larger collages make use of ripped paper layered together to mimic the formation of petals. The arrangement of each element works together to create a story or a feeling that the flowers are talking amongst themselves within their frames.

This work began several years ago in Leslie’s own garden when he became intrigued with the fallen Amaryllis flowers and the marks they left on the ground. Using the flower itself as a mark-making tool he applies the color and organic material directly to his canvas or paper, creating surfaces that are both natural and full of motion while simultaneously controlled and contemplative. The soft pink and red shades left by the crushed petals direct Leslie’s color palette; muted blues and greens are punctuated by bright reds as he builds different visual environments and relationships within each piece.

With an expansive background in design, Leslie will often start his process by identifying a problem to solve or question to answer. In this series he asks, “How many ways can I describe the things I love?” He does so by not only gracefully depicting the Amaryllis, but also by exploring the larger context in which these forms relate to the world surrounding him.

(The name Amaryllis is taken from a shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral Eclogues, (from the Greek ἀμαρύσσω (amarysso), meaning "to sparkle") and from "Amarella" for the bitterness of the bulb.)

Structure and Void isexhibition by Missouri-based artist Damon Freed. “There are two things I know about in this world, and this is the need for structure and void. The world needs structure currently. With so much tumultuous activity politically we need structure. So, I have provided it within these works. But also, void space. The resilience of space. The epic spaces in between lush with color, weeping colors. Without structure one cannot perceive the void.
It begins with structure and ends in voids, my paintings do. A void. A softened space. Yet, a gesture lingers for miles. A simple gesture of the brush. For miles and miles within it might resonate. My gesture… a simple gesture. And it is present in these works.

So, all in all, these paintings are about color, structure, void, and gesture. Their vibe is subtle to me, yet strict in its design. Most of the paintings begin guided by an inner inspiration that comes to me, a visualization of form. From there, I begin to write it down. I sometimes work on a blank sheet of paper but at other times on graph paper. I like the grid, it pleases me. Structure is necessary when building my paintings. When graphing the visuals. I have inspirations mostly in color. It is always about depicting the inspiration as closely as I can!

You see, in this way it is not me, not my hand guiding what comes to mind, only my will drawing it out. So, yes, it is me. But something else is part of the process, something unknown. And I think this spirit is where it’s at. That part, the spirit of the work is what it’s all about, to me. A softened tone at most times, in recent days.”

This Is Romance isan exhibition of new works on paper by Ryan Eckert. Ryan Eckert’s paintings explore the relationship between self and his surroundings. Flowers are reoccurring motifs in his work that become figurative with a sense of longing and searching. His paintings display a range of physical beauty that Ryan compares to the impulsive beauty of life’s temptations as well as its overwhelming joys. Each painting is on an individual journey that spans different stages of life, from birth to death and finally ascension. Ryan Eckert’s work is a journal where every page is left open, describing a personal life of faith and spirit, which, though tainted by his own inner desires and ambitions, culminates in a warm, peaceful acceptance of salvation.

Imagination and intuition are at the forefront of Ryan’s paintings. Imagery is not planned through preliminary sketches or concrete ideas; rather, each work begins simply with the foundation of a basic color palette, though that rarely carries through to the finished piece. Ryan Eckert’s use of vibrant colors, patterns, and electric brushwork leave a visual history within the piece. The paintings evolve moment-by-moment and are ultimately a reactive process that leaves the result to chance. Each unexpected, accidental, and uncontrollable imperfection of the painting is fully exposed. The paint feels visceral. Although the process leaves tangible traces, the genesis of many nuances remains both mysterious and ambiguous.

Blow Away (2008) is a video work by Andréa Stanislav, in the New Media Room. Highlighting Stanislav’s sustained work in mirrored sculpture, the film shows a dramatic explosion of mirrored obelisks on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. This film also provides valuable context for the artist’s long-standing engagement with natural history. For a moment the obelisks line in harmony with the horizon line before they are obliterated into Hollywood fantasy, dialing into the present: the decline of the American Empire, complicit in its history of manifest destiny with the resulting disruption of nature.

A sculpture by Kelley Johnson is on view live in the gallery’s vitrine space Window on Forsyth

Public Hours Tuesday - Friday 11 - 6 pm, Saturday 11 - 5 pm and open by appointment. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63105 (free parking)

CAM: Friday, 17 January 2020

Liz Johnson Artur, Untitled, 1996–2012. Chromogenic photograph, 20 x 24"

Spring Exhibitions Opening Fri, Jan 17 7–9 pm

Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha
In this touring exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum, more than sixty photographs, two videos, and a selection of sketchbooks from Liz Johnson Artur's ongoing Black Balloon Archive will be on view. "Dusha" is the Russian word for soul, and Johnson Artur, a self-described product of migration—daughter of a Russian mother and a Ghanaian father—makes pictures driven by a desire for connection, a link to other people of the African diaspora.

Derek Fordjour: SHELTER
A New York-based artist of Ghanaian heritage, Derek Fordjour works in the realms of figurative painting, installation, and sculpture. For CAM he creates a site-specific, immersive installation, SHELTER, a makeshift ramshackle structure that places museum-goers at the heart of a storm. Fordjour's first solo museum exhibition also features the return of CAM's Project Wall, where the artist will hang a selection of his vibrant paintings.
Marina Zurkow: The Thirsty Bird
Marina Zurkow is a media artist focused on the intersection of nature and culture, her work offering wry and pointed critiques of this perilously dysfunctional relationship. Her Street Views video is inspired by a two-week residency in Texas's Permian Basin, where she met with geologists, naturalists, cattlemen, oilmen, and activists. From these diverse interactions and research, Zurkow offers The Thirsty Bird, parallel narratives of two essential, yet incompatible elements, oil and water.

Museum hours: Wed–Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Open until 8:00 pm Thu & Fri

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

SLUMA Tactile Gallery: Thursday, 12 December 2019

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, December 12  4 -7 PM

The Tactile Gallery was created for visitors to experience art through touch. The gallery has two rooms with artworks on display from the Saint Louis University art collection and 3D reproductions of very important artworks from museums around the world. A braille text panel is accompanied by a large-print text panel. Both braille and large-print labels are installed on the right side of each artwork.There are nine artworks on display. They are arranged on and around the walls of the room. Five artworks are installed on pedestals and four on the walls. Pedestals are outlined with a band of textured material on the floor to assist in finding them. Also, the floor in front of each artwork installed on the wall is marked with the same textured material.

The Tactile Gallery is located on the second floor in galleries 214 and 215.

MUSEUM HOURS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday- Sunday

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art
3663 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 13 December 2019

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019, 5 - 8 PM

The Philip Slein Gallery is pleased to present Off the Grid, an exhibition by John Zinsser. Zinsser explores the most fundamental elements of abstraction: color, ground, space, and gesture. While Zinsser's work acknowledges a universal underlying grid, his current exhibition undermines its rigidity and going “Off the Grid.” In this new group of powerfully expressive paintings Zinsser dares us to join him in a state of pure expression and love of paint.

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

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

May Gallery: Friday, 6 December 2019

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Beginnings: The High School Photography Exhibition
6 - 20 December 2019

Allie Shreves, Westminster Christian Academy

Affton High School
Eureka High School
Francis Howell High School
Gateway STEM High School
John Burroughs High School
Kirkwood High School
Lafayette High School
Lindbergh High School
Lutheran North High School
Marquette High School

Northwest High School
Parkway North High School
Parkway South High School
Pattonville High School
Roosevelt High School
St. Joseph's Academy
Thomas Jefferson School
Villa Duchesne
Visitation Academy
Webster Groves High School

Opening reception Friday, 6 December, 5-7 pm

The May Gallery is located on the second floor, west wing, of the Sverdrup Building at 8300 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves MO 63119. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, noon-5:00 pm. May Gallery events are free and open to the public. Please join us!