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Snapshots from September’s gallery openings on McPherson

There’s still time to stop by the McPherson galleries to check out the latest exhibits which debuted September 13th.  Also, projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson, has an opening tonight, September 27, for Tom Friedman’s Eternal Return.

At Duane Reed Gallery 3 fiber artists are exhibiting their work which coincides with this year’s Innovations in Textiles 2019 event, mentioned in the previous post.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

One of those artist’s, Ethan Meyer, above, has covered every possible square inch of wall (and air space too) with a riot of colorful textiles he calls Solar Temple, a fantasy-land of fiber art.

Meyer, who says he’s color-deficient (i.e. color-blind), drew in pen and pencil in high school. He was intimidated by color until his freshman year in college when he discovered that he could use his intuition and find success with paint. He graduated from Webster University in 2013 where he majored in Studio Art studying photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, 3D & graphic design, as well as conceptual art. Meyer says this well-rounded arts education has benefitted him greatly in his evolution as an artist.

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Meyer grew up in a rural environment where his interests included studying spider webs, swinging from vines, foraging for morels, and picking wildflowers. These experiences became the foundation for crude sculptures he would build with yarns and threads from his mother’s sewing kit, and wood scraps from his father’s tool room. Years later, you can see those influences in Solar Temple.

It took a year to construct the installation. Meyer said he created the work without a blueprint, but as he worked on the project, he found his vision. “I trust my gut…to me, art is more about chasing an elusive goal than executing a fully fleshed-out plan,” he added.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

The skills manifested in Solar Temple include sewing, braiding, weaving, needlework, knotting, crocheting, and beading. “The therapeutic energy of working with fiber serves as a nice counterbalance to how cerebral painting is for me. They require different energy, which happens to be complementary.”

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In Rebecca Hutchinson’s artist statement for her clever Navigating Borders, examples above and below, she said she “builds sculptural works made from clay and recycled materials, like old clothing and industrial surplus.” A close-up of her work is shown below.

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Sun Smith-Foret’s, above, New Work in Amuletic Sculpture occupies the back room at Duane Reed Gallery.Her knotted work, above and below, is a “recent acquisition in my skill set and came from direct observation of the work of Jane Sauer, a former studio mate and decades–long friend and colleague.”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

Smith-Foret “studied basketry of American and Canadian native tribes, global  contemporary basketry, and the earth-focused spiritual aesthetic of Australian aboriginal artists…”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

Jane Sauer, above, moved back to the CWE from Sante Fe a few years ago. Her basketry is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

At Philip Slein Gallery, 4735 McPherson

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Philip Slein, above right, is photographed in front of Andrea Belag’s Beachcomber 18.

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Douglas Melini’s oil and acrylic on canvas Starry Sky #8 is part of the gallery’s Stars exhibition,

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as is Carl Ostendarp’s Virgo, 2004, above.

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Robert Sagerman’s dramatic oil on canvas 18,536, 2019 drew a lot of attention at Philip Slein Gallery.

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At Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson, artist Cory Sellers, above, is photographed in front of some examples of his work Clearly Constructed. 

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Artist Caleb Gebel’s “imagery is culled from past experiences and opinionated daydreams.” Find more about both artists, whose work will remain on view until October 12, on Houska Gallery’s website.

Snapshots from February 15th’s gallery openings

As yet another band of snow and ice moved through the area last Friday afternoon, proprietors of the art galleries on McPherson were sending out plaintive messages on social media reminding followers that the evening’s openings were still happening, no matter the weather.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Vicki Friedman Stefanie Kirkland projects + gallery Philip Slein Gallery Kit Keith Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery Christopher Reuss Benjamin Lowder Belinda Lee Arthur Osver

The sidewalks were practically deserted as we walked over thinking there was probably going to be a light turnout.  But contrary to our assumptions, we were delighted to discover that the galleries were packed with people bundled up for the occasion in their down coats and knit caps, and the evening took on a surprisingly festive air. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Vicki Friedman Stefanie Kirkland projects + gallery Philip Slein Gallery Kit Keith Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery Christopher Reuss Benjamin Lowder Belinda Lee Arthur Osver

As Duane Reed, above left, said, “The neighborhood has really turned out in force tonight.” Though there were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd, the mix included much more than just CWEnders.

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Duane Reed Gallery’s current exhibition, Constructs of Meaning, includes works by artists Belinda Lee, top photo left, Stefanie Kirkland, right, and bottom left, Benjamin Lowder.

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Also exhibiting is special guest artist Vicki Friedman, top photo left, whose Sharing the Process is based on classical pen-and-ink drawings, examples above. A percentage of Friedman’s sales will be donated to Sharsheret Supports.

Constructs of Meaning will remain on view until March 23.

Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave.

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At Houska Gallery, an exhibition titled Temporal Contexts features the works of artists Kit Keith, above, and Christopher Reuss, below.

Keith, a former CWEnder, is aptly described on Houska’s website: Kit Keith’s paintings and collages are unmistakable – nostalgic portraits and handwritten sayings over thrift shop paintings, canvas tarps, and antique maps – allowing a glimpse into Kit’s unconventional, artistic life.

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Christopher Ruess is photographed with artist Belinda Lee (both former students of Arthur Osver, see below) who skipped out of her exhibition at Duane Reed Gallery to say a quick hello. Ruess’ paintings ” explore a visual language inspired by marine shapes and their contexts – particularly vernacular shapes indicative of water and terrestrial forms.”

Temporal Contexts is on view until March 3o.

Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave.

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Philip Slein, top photo right, needn’t have worried about the turnout to view Arthur Osver A Retrospective. His gallery was packed as well. The gallery presented Osver’s Retrospective in conjunction with the publication of  Arthur Osver: Urban Landscape, Abstraction, and the Mystique of Place, produced by the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University.

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Paintings above left include Osver’s The John Hayes Building, 1941.

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Osver (1912 to 2006) was a professor of art at Washington University from 1960 to 1981. Learn more about Osver on the gallery’s website.

The exhibition runs through March 30.

Philip Slein Gallery, 4735 McPherson.

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projects + gallery’s spare exhibition, sky every day, is aptly named after a 1968 poem by Aram Saroyan, known for his one word or minimal poems. The group exhibition was curated by Jessica Baran.

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The current exhibition includes Christine Corday’s Spacewalker, far right. In conjunction with Barrett Barrera Projects, projects + gallery’s founder Susan Barrett’s consulting company, the designer has created unisex Spacewalkers, —WE ARE THE HUMAN UNIFORM, which are now available in a variety of colors in the gallery’s shop. Learn more here.

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Reflecting on yet another rewarding outing in the neighborhood, I know I am not alone when I say that I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

A few days left to view September’s gallery offerings

Apologies for this last-minute notice, but if you’ve some time there are a few days left to dash to CWE galleries to view current exhibitions before they close.

Artists Luanne Rimel, Nancy Callan, and Mary Borgman’s works will remain on view at Duane Reed Gallery until this Saturday, October 13.

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Rimel’s fascinating Scaffold Curtain 1, original photography printed on repurposed flour-sack cloth. From the website:”…detailed sections of the image are created and layered, collaged and hand stitched onto the cloth…”

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CWEnder Carol Kyser, above left, photographed in front of Nancy Callan’s blown and slumped glass pieces, and right, another hip observer, viewing Callan’s work titled Noodles & Confetti.

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Above, artist Mary Borgman’s mesmerizing charcoal on mylar, Portrait of Chris Rubin: Standing. Among the many galleries where this St. Louis-based artist has exhibited is the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institute.

At Philip Slein Gallery, Andrea Belag’s Beachcomber series will close this Saturday as well.

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The New York-based artist is photographed alongside her oil on linen, Beachcomber 1. In an article in Whitehot Magazine, independent curator Paul Laster describes Belag’s process: “Using a variety of paints, tools and actions, she makes paintings that layer color in an energetic yet meditative way.” Read Laster’s Sixteen Questions in its entirety here.

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Belag’s 56 x 70″ oil on linen, Beachcomber #17.

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At Houska Gallery, John Marksbury’s My Life as an Atom:Recent Paintings is the artist’s first exhibition since moving to St. Louis from Boston in 2013.

From Houska Gallery’s website: “Markbury’s colorful paintings explore ideas of time and space, the fantastic and mystical, symbolism, and the tension between objective and subjective experience.”

A closing reception is scheduled on Saturday, October 13,  from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Susan Barrett, above, founder of projects + gallery, clearly has her finger on the pulse of what is current in both the art world and popular culture. To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre, which sadly closes today (sorry!), is a great example.

“This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Jess T. Dugan, photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.”

To Survive on This Shore was released as a book at the end of August.

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Above left: Each of Dugan’s photographs (this is the first time she has photographed older adults in the LGBTQ community) is accompanied by Fabbre’s texts which provide selections of full-length interviews “to enhance the viewer’s connection to each subject’s story.”

Right: It’s as much fun to view the art on the walls at projects + gallery openings as it is to observe the fashion worn by those who stop by.

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The New York Times published a piece on its Lens website by reporter Jake Naughton reviewing the current exhibition, which you can read here: A Visual Record of the Joys, Fears and Hopes of Older Transgender People.

Over on Washington Avenue at Atrium Gallery, artist Caroline Weld’s paintings and John Schwartzkoff’s sculptures will remain on view until November 10.

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Former St. Louisan Caroline Weld, above, who lives on Nantucket, is exhibiting her abstract paintings in her hometown for the first time. The artist is photographed alongside Pebble Pile, acrylic on canvas.

From the website: “Weld paints using natural light from her solarium windows in her (Nantucket) studio and in addition to brushes, uses unconventional tools to create the texture often seen in her work.”

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In addition to Weld’s paintings, Perspective features sculpture by John Schwartzkoff.