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Visual Art

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 8, 2011 - Take some time this month to visit Gallery Proper, the storefront gallery of All Along Press, which is featuring two artists: St. Louis-based Michael Worful, whose "Hello China" photographs are visually punchy but deadpan scenes from that surreal, shape-shifting country; and New York-based Sal Randolph, who has five of her favorite words stenciled to the glass.

Review: Winter wondering at Bruno David

Dec 4, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 4, 2012 - The current exhibits at Bruno David Gallery provide enjoyable viewing for the Winter season.

In the Front Room, Shawn Burkard presents "Ye Ol Saint Nick," a large photograph of a ghastly Santa, garbage bag in hand, pouring milk gleefully onto a crumpled skeleton. The demented take on the icon of Christmas giving and joy makes sense given the current economic crisis, in which all the wrong people are rewarded while the majority of us (I believe it's around 99 percent) are burdened with the fallout.

Review: Sheldon offers riffs on New Orleans

Nov 30, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 30, 2011 - "Ralston Crawford and Jazz" at the Sheldon Art Galleries is a breathtaking survey of the artist's works after 1949, when the city and culture of New Orleans took on an increasingly powerful influence for him.

Review: Colorful lesson at Craft Alliance

Nov 28, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 28, 2011 - For "Follow the Leader," Guerra de la Paz (the collaborative team of Cuban-born artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz) fashioned heaps of discarded clothing and shoes into a centipede-like organism that snakes around the Craft Alliance gallery in Grand Center.

Review: White Flag examines art's meaning

Nov 24, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 24, 2011 - Have you ever repeated a word over and over and over and over again, until its meaning is drained and it fails to signify? Then you wait a while, and see how the word recovers?

Now consider this: Charlotte Posenenske and Lee Lozano were successful artists in the 1960s, working in Conceptual-Minimalist modes, showing paintings and sculptures and engaging in artistic "actions." And then they quit.

Review: Bruno David shows connect well

Nov 21, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 21, 2011 - Charles Schwall's "Source Confluence" at Bruno David Gallery is a series of quiet, biomorphic abstractions focusing on themes of water and organic growth. Floating in matte fields of muted colors are Arp-like curving forms nesting within one another, suggesting seed pods or impregnated uteri.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - "Commonwealth" by Derek Larson is a series of videos projected onto foam core screens, cut to align with the videos.

The screens populate the gallery like so many theatrical props; the projections are weird combinations of psychedelic swirls, stripes and images of classical sculpture. The whole affair reads like a Ken Russell sculpture garden, or a trip to Rome on acid.

Review: Bramson provides a 'Wonderland'

Oct 19, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2011 - "Wonderland: A Bright and Guilty Place" at Philip Slein Gallery is an exhilarating glimpse into the fantastic worlds of Phyllis Bramson.

The nine large-scale canvases are adorned with painted figures along with sequins, embroidery, beads and vinyl flowers, creating delightfully perverse pastiches that evoke Fragonard, Japonisme, Persian miniatures and kitsch cartoons.

Da Vinci sketches come to life

Oct 17, 2011

This article first appeared on the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2011 - Here's an idea for a parlor game: Player one names something mechanical she sees or uses in everyday modern life. Player two tries to trace its origin back to Italian Renaissance man among men, Leonardo Da Vinci.

Smart money would be on player two every time.

Of Cardinals, cardinals and kids playing baseball

Oct 10, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2011 - They gather in a flock along the road, tied to the old hog wire fence with bits of string or twine or yellow bread bag ties. On both sides of the drive leading to Tom and Fran Horace's three acres in Dardenne Prairie, the wooden painted cardinals hang in frozen poses. Running. Batting. Catching.

Soaring.

Art and baseball

Sep 30, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 30, 2011 - The Beacon recently kicked off the first Barroom Conversation of the fall. The small group of people, roughly 15-20 people, met at Six Row Brewery to discuss art and its effect on class.

The conversation was an engaging one. The talk about the untimely death of St. Louis artist Bob Cassilly led to a general discussion about whether our community could foster an environment that would yield another such artist.

UMSL exhibition explores the nexus of art and science

Sep 29, 2011
(Terry Suhre, director, UMSL Gallery 210)

There’s an unusual art exhibition going on right now on the campus of the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The exhibition showcases three artists from the St. Louis region whose work blurs the lines between art and science.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra talked with the artists and the show’s curator, and produced this sound portrait of the exhibition.

Review: 'Easy' to see art in a new light

Sep 26, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 2011 - The "work" of art is a subject that has occupied various artists throughout history. Among visual artists, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Broodthaers and Andy Warhol all, in their own way, dissected the ideas of work and making.

The writer William Burroughs did, too. In a short piece entitled "The Discipline of DE," Burroughs defines Do Easy as a strategy for streamlining actions so that no effort is wasted and results are optimized.

Review: Mine shines in Isolation

Sep 22, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 22, 2011 - Irish artist Ross McDonnell has reconstructed Isolation Room in the nether regions of the Lemp Brewery for "Mine," a work that explores a chapter of St. Louis history in an extraordinarily poetic form.

Review: Newcomer to Citygarden: 'Big Suit'

Sep 21, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2011 - From the very beginning, Citygarden's approach to art collecting has had a certain sardonic edge along with an engaging sense of humor and a very accessible and valuable introduction to three-dimensional art of our time.

But if you're interested in discovering the tough stuff -- art that conceals menace behind its cheerful surface -- check out its monumental Pinocchio sculpture -- Jim Dine's "Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels." Or that hauntingly anthropomorphic "Bird" by Laura Ford or Tom Claassen's white bunnies, which, were they real, could hippety-hop around and take care of Mr. McGregors everywhere.

Review: Cuts and collagraphs play with structure

Sep 20, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 - "Expansions and Stratifications" at Good Citizen Gallery features works by Karl Jensen and Ken Wood, who were both trained as architects and have parlayed their skill into remarkable statements on physical and visual structure. Brooklyn-based Jensen has produced four "Expansions," sheets of hand-cut white paper that hang from the ceiling, fanning out into rhythmic plays of surface and void, line and plane.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 15, 2011 - On Sept. 16, the Isolation Room will meet Mine as the two art pieces become a unified exhibit called Isolation Room: Mine. (For a review of the exhibit, go to "Review: Mine shines in Isolation.") Isolation Room will change its usual location to accommodate an underground exhibit. Visitors will be, individually, escorted by gallery attendants and/or the curators. Dana Turkovic, curator of exhibits at Laumeier and the cohost of Isolation Room writes about the show:

Talking Textiles and the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis

Sep 15, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 15, 2011 - Unlike many other crafts guilds in the nation, the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis has academic roots and was nurtured during its first decade by two weaving instructors who had considerable artistic talent as well as technical expertise. From the beginning, the focus was educational and artistic.

Review: Kemper exhibit comments on instability

Sep 13, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 13, 2011 - The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University is currently the place to explore artistic takes on the world -- the contemporary state of the world around us as well as a world that could be.

Review: Art meshes well with science

Sep 12, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 12, 2011 - Exposure 14 at Gallery 210 presents a selection of artists marked by common interests in art's intersection with science.

Review: Bulawsky captures memories

Sep 2, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 2, 2011 - The prints in Lisa Bulawsky's "Four Chapters in the Present We Were" are as fragile, elusive and poetic as the memories they record. They were generated in response to interviews with older Americans, asked to recall their experiences of four historical events: World War II, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Apollo 11 moon landing and the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Talking textiles: Deann Rubin

Aug 30, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 30, 2011 - Deann Rubin's handwoven tapestry and cast paper designs will be featured in an exhibit at The Gallery at the University City Public Library. The exhibit is part of the 2011 "Innovations in Textiles" series - a biennial collaborative event in St. Louis in which more than 20 private and nonprofit arts organizations look into contemporary textile arts.

Cosima von Bonin, MISSY MISDEMEANOUR #02 (THE BEIGE VOMITING CHICK, MISS RILEY[LOOP #02, 2006], MVOS VODOO BEAT & MVOS ROCKET BLAST BEAT), 2011. Installation at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
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This article first appeared in St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 29, 2011 - Is a velvet Elvis painting, art? What about a guitarist playing on the street for tips?

Polling local performance and visual artists, the Beacon found a pretty good consensus: Art doesn't have to cost money or be vetted by an institution.

Talking Textiles: Patricia Vivod

Aug 29, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 29, 2011 - Over the next several weeks, some of the people who are participating in "Innovations: A Biennial Textile Event" will share their thoughts about the medium and their life in art. Patricia Vivod, curator of and artist in the "Collaboration: Reaping and Sewing" exhibit at Jacoby Arts Center, shares how she works with rust and how her art as evolved.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 19, 2011 - When Carol Fleming was growing up as a deaf child in St. Louis, her world was largely silent. But she took in everything around her through sight.

"I am visually oriented; my eyes are a big, dominant part of my brain," Fleming said, with articulation that's not difficult to understand.

This srticle first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 29, 2011 - Isolation Room's June show features original cartoons by New York-based artist Pablo Helguera, who sends up the world of contemporary art brilliantly.

His "Artoons" are populated with familiar characters that deserve the skewering: pompous dealers, blowhard critics, clueless collectors, "gallerinas" and, of course, artists.

Review: 'A is for ...' earns high mark

Jun 27, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 27, 2011 - There's been a lot of talk about the latest pint-size Pollock, a 4-year-old girl who can paint just like the swaggering expressionist brutes of the mid-20th century. The perennial fascination with the child art prodigy reveals more about popular conceptions (or misconceptions) about art, than it does about the actual creativity of children. That is an entirely different, and vastly more interesting topic.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 22, 2011 - "partly cloudy with a chance of showers" is a delightful, mesmerizing, epic narrative told across space and time.

Artist Mimi Kato performs her "one person theater" by donning countless costumes and assuming numerous roles. She photographs herself and grafts the images onto graphic illustrations of a Japanese streetscape, resulting in a bewildering series of micro-morasses involving arguments, collisions, conversations, plots and traps, both mundane and mysterious.

Review: Dialogue excites at Los Caminos

Jun 17, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 17, 2011 - Los Caminos' latest exhibit pairs two artists, St. Louis-based David Johnson and Chicago-based Dominic Paul Moore, whose works produce a fascinating and unexpected dialogue.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 7, 2011 - "Cryptic: the Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya" at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is a nicely wrought exhibition, forging connections between the despairing, black humor of Goya's prints and the work of contemporary artists who share his sensibility.

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