Painting: Reconsidered, Deconstructed

PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed is a juried exhibition featuring 38 artworks by 30 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois.

PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed January 17-February 19, 2015
FREE opening reception Saturday, January 17, 6-8 p.m.

Graphic design by Kathy DuffinGraphic design by Kathy Duffin

Please join Art Saint Louis for our first exhibition of the new year, PAINTING, Reconsidered, Deconstructed, a juried group exhibit presented in the Art Saint Louis Gallery in downtown St. Louis. Art Saint Louis will host a free opening reception Saturday, January 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through Thursday, February 19, 2014.

Gallery hours are Mondays 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.* *The cafe closes at noon on Saturdays. Closed Sundays & holidays. Free & open to the public.

For this all media juried exhibition, we asked artists to consider how they use paint as a material as well as an object. Works submitted for our Jurors consideration could address paint in a static, object-based way, or the works could be about the action of painting as well as the documentation of that action. Artworks in other media—such as digital media, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture­—that explore, reconsider or deconstruct painting and/or the idea of painting were welcome for jurying, too. All explorations & interpretations of the theme were invited and all styles and techniques were encouraged.

For the exhibit, artists submitted works in all media and our Jurors selected 38 works by 30 Missouri and Illinois artists for the show. Works selected for this show include paintings printmaking, mixed media, photography, 3-d video, video, and more. View highlights from the exhibit, Gallery views and photos from our January 17 opening reception in our Facebook album.


Serving as Jurors for this exhibit were Stefanie Jacobson Kirkland, artist, educator and Director of Exhibitions, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, St. Louis, MO; and B.j. Vogt, artist, independent curator, Board President, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts, St. Louis, MO, and Facilities Manager and Preparator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.


PARKING
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Works by 30 artists were selected by our Jurors for this exhibition:

Bob Ahrens, Edwardsville, IL
Michael Albers, Wildwood, MO
Douglas Angulo*, Charleston, IL
Adrian Aquilino*, Richmond Heights, MO

Natalie Avondet, Manchester, MO
Anika Britt, St. Peters MO
Shawn Burkard*, St. Louis, MO
Blake Carroll, Imperial, MO
Samuel J. Cummings, St. Louis, MO
Maria D’Agrosa-Sweney, University City, MO

Dennis Doty, Richmond Heights, MO
Wm. Daniel File, Manchester, MO
Christine Giancola*, Florissant, MO
Sarah Gillespie, Newton, IL   
Tim Hahn, Augusta, MO
Paige Holzbauer, St. Charles, MO
Jeff Hursey, Belleville, IL
Ruth Kolker, Creve Coeur, MO
Julia López, St. Louis, MO
John Marksbury, St. Louis, MO

Alex Paradowski, St. Louis, MO
Sonja Petermann, St. Louis, MO
Benji Rowan, St. Louis, MO   
Michael Rudolf, St. Louis, MO
Christopher Ruess, Wentzville, MO
Naomi Runtz, Creve Coeur, MO
Nick Schleicher, St. Louis, MO
Zack Smithey*, St. Charles, MO
Shawn Wedel, St. Peters, MO
Ken Wood*, St. Louis, MO
* = Award of Excellence recipients



Photo by Emily AmbergerPhoto by Emily Amberger

FREE EVENTS
COFFEE WITH THE ARTISTS: SATURDAY GALLERY TALK

Join us in the Gallery on Saturday, February 7 when we host a free one-hour Gallery talk at 11 a.m. with four of the featured artists from the current exhibit, PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed. Guests may enjoy complimentary coffee tastings courtesy of Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters Cafe while learning about the artists and their artworks. Artists may bring in samples of their other work or also present a demo of their media & techniques. Guests will walk with the artists through the Gallery as they talk about their works on view in the exhibition. Seating is very limited.

 

Saturday, February 7, 11 a.m.

Anika Britt, mixed media
Shawn Burkard
, painting
Samuel J. Cummings
, mixed media
Michael Rudolf, photography


JURORS' STATEMENTS

"It is just such a creative surface that confronts the artist-creator – his canvas on which he builds the world of his intuitions and where in a similar way he regulates the flowing forces of colour and painterly energy in a multiplicity of forms, lines and planes.” – Malevich

(On New Systems in Art / Statics & Speed, 1919, in Malevich on Suprematism: Six Essays 1915-1926, p.55.)


PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed examines the act of creating a painting. Painting as a noun is defined as the process or art of using paint, in a picture, as a protective coating, or as decoration. When jurying this exhibition I asked the questions: what are the core ideas of painting when it is deconstructed; what goes into the creation of a painting? The answers were: mark-making, building of the surface, and relationships of space and form within the piece. For me, material manipulation was left as an open ended sense of wonder; could any material function as “paint”?

The work in this exhibition show a wide breadth of how these principles can be reconsidered and reorganized. It was important to us as jurors to illustrate the formal aspects of traditional painting techniques juxtaposed with just one singular idea of painting. I challenge the viewer to reconsider their ideas of what makes a painting.”


Stefanie Kirkland
Director of Exhibitions and Grand Center Programs
CRAFT ALLIANCE CENTER OF ART + DESIGN, St. Louis, MO

 

 

"When jurying the works for PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed, I considered how the artists engaged both the process of painting, as well as paint as a material substance in an effort to create new forms and working processes that diverged from traditional notions of what 'painting' is. Works focused on conceptualizing mark making, image reproduction, and the functionality of paint as material helped set the platform for what was selected. Moving forward from these concepts, the works in this exhibition investigate new ways of understanding the traditional function of painting as a documentation of either the artist's actions or a replication of objects and scenes from daily life." 

 

B.j. Vogt
Artist, Independent Curator,
Board President, Critical Mass for the Arts, St. Louis


Some of the 38 artworks featured in PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed: 

Adrian Aquilino. 'Mediumistic Telephastics." 2014. Acrylic, Gouache, Acetate, Paper, 16”x20”. $200. This artwork was selected by the exhibit Jurors for an Award of Excellence.Adrian Aquilino. 'Mediumistic Telephastics." 2014. Acrylic, Gouache, Acetate, Paper, 16”x20”. $200. This artwork was selected by the exhibit Jurors for an Award of Excellence.

Tim Hahn. "Blue Harbour." 2014. Acrylic on Plywood, 37”x29”x12”. $500.Tim Hahn. "Blue Harbour." 2014. Acrylic on Plywood, 37”x29”x12”. $500.

Zack Smithey. "Materialization of Sound." 2012. Enamel on Wood & Paper, 60”x72”x4”. $2,500. This artwork was selected by the exhibit Jurors for an Award of Excellence.Zack Smithey. "Materialization of Sound." 2012. Enamel on Wood & Paper, 60”x72”x4”. $2,500. This artwork was selected by the exhibit Jurors for an Award of Excellence.

Jeff Hursey. "D—3—4." 2014. Mixed Media on Wood, 24”x30”x2”. SOLD.Jeff Hursey. "D—3—4." 2014. Mixed Media on Wood, 24”x30”x2”. SOLD. Wm. Daniel File. "For Every Closed Door…" 2014. Digital Image, Digitally Manipulated, 21”x27”. $800.Wm. Daniel File. "For Every Closed Door…" 2014. Digital Image, Digitally Manipulated, 21”x27”. $800. Shawn Wedel. "The Universal Palette (Borne of the Bones of the Dead)." 2013. Acrylic, Animal Bones, Treble Hooks, Twine on Canvas, 60”x48.5". Not for Sale.Shawn Wedel. "The Universal Palette (Borne of the Bones of the Dead)." 2013. Acrylic, Animal Bones, Treble Hooks, Twine on Canvas, 60”x48.5". Not for Sale.
Shawn Burkard. "Melting Criteria". 2014. Acrylic Spray Paint on Canvas, 18”x20”. $450.Shawn Burkard. "Melting Criteria". 2014. Acrylic Spray Paint on Canvas, 18”x20”. $450. Ken Wood. "Written Words Fly, II-b." 2014. Relief Print on Paper, 44”x40”. $1,600.Ken Wood. "Written Words Fly, II-b." 2014. Relief Print on Paper, 44”x40”. $1,600. Nick Schleicher. "Gray/Yellow." 2014. Oil, Acrylic on Panel, 27”x25”x1”. $600.Nick Schleicher. "Gray/Yellow." 2014. Oil, Acrylic on Panel, 27”x25”x1”. $600.
Michael Rudolf, "Untitled." 2014. Photograph on Aluminum, 24”x24”. $275.Michael Rudolf, "Untitled." 2014. Photograph on Aluminum, 24”x24”. $275. Alex Paradowski. "Measured Distress #2." 2014. Wood, Yardsticks, Acrylic, Enamel, Steel Rods, 37”x37’x2.5”.Alex Paradowski. "Measured Distress #2." 2014. Wood, Yardsticks, Acrylic, Enamel, Steel Rods, 37”x37’x2.5”.  John Marksbury. "Photolysis I." 2014. Mixed Oil-Based Paints on Panel, 21”x17”. $650.John Marksbury. "Photolysis I." 2014. Mixed Oil-Based Paints on Panel, 21”x17”. $650. 
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