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WILLIAM CONGER: This/That
MICHAEL BYRON: Framed Abstractions 2005-2012
JUDY CHILD: Revelations
KELLEY JOHNSON: Somewhere Between Here and There
BUNNY BURSON: And Still I Rise (Window on Forsyth)

(May 04, 2017 to Jun 17, 2017)
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CARMON COLANGELO: Here be Dragons: Below the Fold
YVETTE DRURY DUBINSKY: On the Move
JACOB LAWS: Pilferage
FRANK SCHWAIGER: Ondine
MONIKA WULFERS: Open Lights (Window on Forsyth)

(Mar 30, 2017 to Apr 29, 2017)
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CHARLES SCHWALL: Breaking, Splitting, Seaming
DOUGLASS FREED: Reflection...Noitcelfer
XIZI LIU: Indoor Landscapes
STORY STITCHERS COLLECTIVE: Curating Teen Voices-Coming of Age
FRANK SCHWAIGER: Ondine
MONIKA WULFERS: Open Lights

(Mar 02, 2017 to Mar 25, 2017)
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LESLIE LASKEY: Duets
DAMON FREED: Landscapes
JILL DOWNEN: Cornerstone
SARAH HARFORD: Swing

(Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 18, 2017)

TV Interview by Kerry Marks for HEC-TV on the current exhibitions Watch Now
Article by Bryan Hollerbach in LADUE NEWS Read article

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CHRIS KAHLER: Metaphemeral
KAHLIL IRVING: Undocumented
ANN WIMSATT: Not a Passive Journey
MICHAEL JANTZEN: Deconstructing my Chairs
SARAH HARFORD: Swing
VAN McELWEE: Travel Dream

(Nov 10, 2016 to Jan 07, 2017)

Recent Press on the exhibitions and the artists

Kahlil Irving by Stefene Russell in the St. Louis Magazine Read Article
Current exhibitions by Dickson Beall in the West End Word Read Article
Video interviews by Paul Langdon for HEC-TV Watch Interview
Current exhibitions by Paul Friswold in the Riverfront Times Keep Reading
Kahlil Irving by Eileen G'Sell in the ALIVE Magazine Read Article
NPR interview with Kahlil Irving by Willis Ryder Arnold on 90.7 KWMU Listen Interview
Video interviews by Kerry Marks for HEC-TV Watch Interview
Kahlil Irving by Danny Wicentowski in the Riverfront Times Read Article
Video-Interview with Kahlil Irving by Eileen G'Sell in the ALIVE Magazine Watch Video
Opening Reception Night photos See photos

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Charles P. Reay: Strats / DADADADA / Complications
Daniel Raedeke: NATUREBOOK (Project Room)
Yvonne Osei: Africa Clothe Me Bare (Media Arts Room)
T. M. MacLowe: 2016/20,000 (Sculpture Room)

(Jun 03, 2016 to Jul 30, 2016)

Marking the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery, Charles P. Reay presents a new installation titled "Strats, DADADADA and Complications". A plurality of conjectures, "Strats, DADADADA and Complications" summarizes several small groups of works produced, primarily in simple collage form, over the last two years.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents new paintings by Daniel Raedeke. This is the artist's third exhibition with the gallery.
Daniel Raedekes new painting series, NATUREBOOK, offers a handmade, acoustic, compliment to his often digitally inspired artistic output. In previous work, Raedeke has developed layered surface effects as backgrounds and skins on invented forms. In Naturebook, Raedeke concentrates the work into an investigation of the layered background.

In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video work by German-born Ghanaian artist Yvonne Osei. This is the artist's first exhibition with the gallery. Yvonne Osei most recent work, entitled Africa Clothe Me Bare, is an ongoing series of performances, characterized by redefining outdoor nude female sculptures in Western countries. The art is birthed not through a product but through the process of dressing and undressing nude female monuments often erected to commemorate buildings, decorate architectural façades and become mere extensions of water fountains and museum fronts.

In the Sculpture Room, the gallery presents an installation "2016 / 20,000" by T. M. MacLowe. With T. M. MacLowe s work, the reaction from the viewer is immediate and instinctual. The political and social commentaries on current events are direct and unapologetic, giving viewers the opportunity to assess their society and themselves within it. The artwork morphs these thoughts into stunning visual creations that represent opinions that are shared by many, but often kept private. These works show how our current society is redefining itself and is reminiscent of the works of Leon Golub, Barbara Kruger, Alfredo Jaar, Peter Kennard, Jenny Holzer and Hans Haacke.

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Carmon Colangelo: Theory of Nothing
William Morris: Immediacy of Distance (Media Arts Room)
Bursts of Memory (Project Room)
T. M. MacLowe: 2016/20,000 (Bruno David Projects)

(Mar 18, 2016 to May 21, 2016)

Video-interview of Carmon Colangelo on his current exhibition by Dickson Beall for the St. Louisan (Video Interview)
Video-interview of William Morris on his current exhibition by Dickson Beall for the St. Louisan (Watch Video Interview)
Interview of William Morris by Nancy Fowler & Willis Ryder Arnold for St. Louis Public Radio (Listen the Interview)

Marking the artist's eighth solo exhibition with the gallery, Carmon Colangelo presents Theory of Nothing that includes his newest body of prints, inspired by travel and cartography, his recording of the everyday and other musings about the studio as a place of contemplation, making, play and production. Exploring the notion of connectivity, chance and disruption and in the age of social media, Colangelo translates, interprets, recodes and synthesizes his taxonomy of images and ideas that reflect universal themes and contemporary culture. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist's work with an exhibition history and bibliography.

In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video work by artist William Morris. This is the artist's fourth exhibition with the gallery. William Morris most recent work, entitled Immediacy of Distance, is an experimental documentary which uses super 8 film shot by the artist's mother along with recordings of her recollections of growing up in a sharecropper's family in the Mississippi Delta. The project is an exploration of oral history, family, humanity, emotion and the universality of life experience as projected through the prism of his upbringing in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood on the city's North Side of St. Louis, Missouri.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents a group exhibition titled "Bursts of Memory"

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Linda Skrainka: Close to Home (Project Room)
(Mar 04, 2016 to Apr 02, 2016)
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Jill Downen: As If You Are Here
Barry Anderson: Fragments of Space [The Room) (Media Arts Room)
T. M. MacLowe: 2016/20,000 (Bruno David Projects @ 3721)
Linda Skrainka: Close to Home (Project Room) March 5-April 2, 2016

(Feb 05, 2016 to Mar 12, 2016)

Bruno David is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Jill Downen. Marking the artists fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, Jill Downen's exhibition, As If You Are Here, activates the volume of the main gallery through a series of miniature rooms situated inside of walls and viewed through small windows. The intimate interiors flow from an imagined place of diversity from the humble to the sacred; the industrial to the refined. Downen's shaping of materials such as plaster, concrete, gold leaf and glass afford each room its haptic presence; surfaces and forms seem to defy their scale, illuminated by light and shadow. As If You Are Here invites viewers to unlock a desire to explore and discover conditions that shelter the human imagination.

In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video work by Kansas City-based video artist Barry Anderson. This is the artists second exhibition with the gallery. Fragments of Space [The Room] is composed of two video animations, one projected and one on a small monitor, depicting an endless journey through an empty minimalist space that becomes part funhouse ride and part existential crisis.
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Michael Byron: Syntax Within a Gray Scale 2.0
Zlatko Cosic: South Slavic Requiem (Media Arts Room)
T. M. MacLowe: 2016/20,000 (Bruno David Projects @ 3721)
Group Exhibition (Project Room)

(Oct 16, 2015 to Dec 19, 2015)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Michael Byron. Marking the artists first solo exhibition with the gallery, Michael Byron's new paintings continue a body of work which is a culmination of the artists working methodologies in traditional painting, collage, and installation which debuted in an one-person exhibition at Michelle Grabner's exhibition space, The Suburban, in Oak Park, Illinois in May 2015. The artists interest in moving painting into a theatrical dialog has expanded from his 1983 Backdrop Series into his new work employing large-scale, commercially enlarged collages as substrates for the inclusion of abstract and figurative paintings from the artists Grisaille Series.

In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video installation South Slavic Requiem by Yugoslavia-born, Saint Louis-based video artist Zlatko Cosic. South Slavic Requiem concludes a series of art projects related to the war in Yugoslavia but also opens up new territories to address current political and social issues. In remembrance of the 20th year anniversary of the end of the war in Yugoslavia, South Slavic Requiem is a tribute to people who died as a result of national, racial, religious and other types of discrimination. Many were eager to separate into national groups, which contributed to the end of Yugoslavia.

In our relocated Bruno David Projects @ 3721, the gallery presents an installation "2016 / 20,000" by T. M. MacLowe. With T. M. MacLowe s work, the reaction from the viewer is immediate and instinctual. The political and social commentaries on current events are direct and unapologetic, giving viewers the opportunity to assess their society and themselves within it. The artwork morphs these thoughts into stunning visual creations that represent opinions that are shared by many, but often kept private. These works show how our current society is redefining itself and is reminiscent of the works of Leon Golub, Barbara Kruger, Alfredo Jaar, Peter Kennard, Jenny Holzer and Hans Haacke.
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Alex Couwenberg: Revisited (Main Gallery)
Leslie Laskey: A Gathering...(Project Room)
Eric Minh Swenson: EMS International: Based in LA (Media Arts Room)
Monika Wulfers: Equal Lines (Bruno David Projects)

(Sep 11, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015)

Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings "Revisited" by Los Angeles-based artist Alex Couwenberg. Marking the artists third solo exhibition with the gallery, Alex Couwenbergs paintings explore process and the moment through tightly controlled compositions of paint and mark making. Couwenberg creates images that are inspired by the elements indigenous to his surroundings.

In the Project Room, we are pleased to present a solo exhibition "A Gathering: Muses-Fates-Furies" by Leslie Laskey. Mr. Laskey, now 94 years-old, is one of the most successful and experienced working artists in the Saint Louis area. He is an innovative thinker whose work never fails to make an impact.

In our newly renovated Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video installation "EMS International: Based in LA" by Los Angeles-based photographer Eric Minh Swenson. In this presentation, he covers the life of artists, their art and art openings  from Miami to New York, San Francisco, Hawaii and back to Los Angeles.

In the relocated Bruno David Projects at 3721 Washington Blvd., the gallery presents an installation of two sculptures by German born Chicago-based artist Monika Wulfers.

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BRUNO DAVID GALLERY
"and / or" (Overview_2015)

(May 01, 2015 to Aug 22, 2015)
Bruno David is pleased to present a group exhibition of recent works by artists affiliated with the gallery including Laura Beard, Heather Bennett, Bunny Burson, Michael Byron, Carmon Colangelo, Alex Couwenberg, William Conger, Jill Downen, Michelle Grabner, Yvette Drury Dubinsky, Beverly Fishman, Ann Hamilton, Ellen Jantzen, Kelley Johnson, Michael Jantzen, Chris Kahler, Leslie Laskey, Patricia Olynyk, Gary Passanise, Judy Pfaff, Daniel Raedeke, Chip Reay, Tom Reed, Jennifer Reeves, Thomas Sleet, Buzz Spector, Max Starkloff, Shane Simmons, Mary Ann Strandell, Frank Schwaiger, Monika Wulfers, Ken Worley, and others.

The reopening of the renovated Tadao Ando-designed building that is home to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation is also the occasion for this selection of works by artists from St. Louis and beyond who have been involved in one way or another with the Pulitzer's diverse range of artistic and community activities over the years. The exhibit's title, "and/or," incorporates the architect's name while the typographic slash evokes the physical proximity of Bruno David Gallery and the Pulitzer, diagonally across the street. What of the "or"? It connects the alternative terms for artmaking that both the institution and the gallery endeavor to explore.

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BRUNO DAVID PROJECT
Kelley Johnson: Painting Untitled 1

(Apr 24, 2015 to Jun 06, 2015)
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BRUNO DAVID GALLERY (Grand Center)
Chris Kahler: On Paper
Max Starkloff: A Retrospective (Project Room).
Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 pm


BRUNO DAVID PROJECTS (Grove)
Heather Bennett: Four Stories
(Dates: 3-5-15/4-11-2015)

(Mar 27, 2015 to Apr 25, 2015)

Bruno David is pleased to present at BRUNO DAVID GALLERY (The Grand Center location), an exhibition of recent works on paper by Chris Kahler. Marking the artists seventh solo exhibition with the gallery, On Paper offers a unique body of work emerging from a three-year exploration of drawing, systematic drafting, and watercolor techniques. Kahlers exploration of negative space, light, and intersecting planes has resulted in arresting juxtapositions of biomorphic and ephemeral forms. As with Disequencing, Kahlers 2013 exhibition of paintings at Bruno David Gallery, these drawings explore the boundaries between physical and psychological time, between phenomena and the variable conceptual filters for understanding them.
In the Project Room, we are pleased to introduce a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Max Starkloff. In conjunction with the exhibition Max Starkloff: A Retrospective; Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalog on the artists work with an exhibition history and bibliography and texts by Robert Duffy and Charles E. Claggett. (Exhibition dates: 3-27-2015 to 4-25-2015)
Interview by Steve Potter of CITYSCAPE on 90.7 KWMU Public Radio Listen Interview


Bruno David is pleased to present at BRUNO DAVID PROJECTS (The Grove location), an exhibition of recent photographs by Heather Bennett. Four Stories is composed of what seems to be a few vignettes, each told through a series of photographs. The image structure suggests familiar narrative tropes where there are actually only symbols. Symbols which form an assumed arrangement, a situation that is easily read and fitted into our reality of images, past and present. Upon closer inspection, however, the story is full of holes. What at first seems obvious, is only hinted and does not carry through. (Exhibition dates: March 5, 2015 to April 11, 2015).
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BRUNO DAVID PROJECT
Heather Bennett: Four Stories

(Mar 05, 2015 to Apr 11, 2015)
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BRUNO DAVID GALLERY
Ken Worley: Denizens
Damon Freed: Obstacle and Void (Project Room).
William Morris: Dog's Dream recut (Media Arts Room)

Gallery Talk: Saturday, March 14 at 5:30 pm


BRUNO DAVID PROJECTS
Heather Bennett: Four Stories
(Dates: 3-5-15/4-11-2015)

(Feb 27, 2015 to Mar 21, 2015)
Bruno David is pleased to present at BRUNO DAVID GALLERY, a new exhibition by Saint Louis-based environmental artist Ken Worley. The Denizens exhibition continues the artist's exploration of the sublime totality of nature, and in this group of paintings specifically the Rockwoods Reservation State Park in St. Louis County. For the past 30 years, landscape has been Worley's subject of choice, depicting a still and simplified nature where every tree looks like a tear and every hill mother earths anxious breast. In the Project Room, we are pleased to present Damon Freed's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery entitled Obstacle and Void. In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a single-channel video work titled Dogs Dream Recut by William Morris.

Bruno David is pleased to present at BRUNO DAVID PROJECTS, a new exhibition of recent photographs by Heather Bennett. Four Stories is composed of what seems to be a few vignettes, each told through a series of photographs. The image structure suggests familiar narrative tropes where there are actually only symbols. Symbols which form an assumed arrangement, a situation that is easily read and fitted into our reality of images, past and present. Upon closer inspection, however, the story is full of holes. What at first seems obvious, is only hinted and does not carry through. (Dates: 3-5-15/4-11-2015)
Article by Willis Ryder Arnold in 90.7 KWMU Public Radio Read Article

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BRUNO DAVID GALLERY
Ken Worley: Denizens
Damon Freed: Obstacle and Void (Project Room).
William Morris: Dog's Dream recut (Media Arts Room)

(Feb 27, 2015 to Mar 21, 2015)
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Lisa K Blatt: New Work
Laura Beard: The Ravenna Suite (Project Room).
Lisa K. Blatt: Fall (New Media Room)

(Jan 16, 2015 to Feb 21, 2015)

Bruno David is pleased to present a new exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Lisa K. Blatt. Blatt states "Landscapes attract me with their light, beauty, simplicity. I stay for their darkness, complexity, and secrets." Her work examines how landscape may be defined by what is not visible by what is memory or what is trace. This show marks Blatt's third solo exhibition with the gallery.

"The Ravenna Suite" is Laura Beard's third solo exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition in the Project Room is organized by Cleo Azariadis.
Beard writes on this new series of work "Working from the tenant that nonobjective painting in its purest form is both conceptual and primal, I am constantly drawn to the elemental force that remains painting's highest potential. The Ravenna Suite is based on a recent summer residency in Italy and Austria in 2014."

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work "Fall" by Lisa K Blatt.

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Tom Reed: everybody knows this is nowhere
Laura Beard: The Ravenna Suite (Project Room).
Amy-Enkelmann-Reed: Walk with me (New Media Room)

(Nov 21, 2014 to Jan 10, 2015)

Bruno David is delighted to present three special exhibitions, everyone knows this is nowhere by Tom Reed; The Ravenna Suite by Laura Beard in the Project Room and, Walk with me by Amy Enkelmann-Reed in the New Media Room.

In "everyone knows this is nowhere", the artwork by Tom Reed is rustic in appearance and in mood. The pieces are often characterized by colorfully muted tree stumps, teepees, totem poles, and flowers; however, instead of a blank canvas, Reed begins most of his paintings on pages torn out of coloring books or word finds, which show through the layered paint and add new dimension and character. This process allows him to "start his work with a dialogue." 

"The Ravenna Suite" is Laura Beard's third solo exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition in the Project Room is organized by Cleo Azariadis.
Beard writes on this new series of work "Working from the tenant that nonobjective painting in its purest form is both conceptual and primal, I am constantly drawn to the elemental force that remains painting's highest potential. The Ravenna Suite is based on a recent summer residency in Italy and Austria in 2014."

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work by Amy Enkelmann-Reed. "Walk with me is an extension of my practice in focused attention and observation. Interruptions have become the norm and genuine moments of listening and being present are less and less familiar. Walks allow me the chance to directly experience internal thoughts. Thought clutter as the soundtrack in nature lies in contrast to the cell phone, text vibration, or air conditioners cranking on. I am interested in unplanned, stolen moments always seeking metaphors that reflect on our cultures current preoccupations and movement towards the loss of real moments of observation."

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Leslie Laskey: Embrology
Frank Schwaiger: Ritual Acts

(Oct 17, 2014 to Nov 15, 2014)
Bruno David is delighted to present two special exhibitions, Embrology (Small Things) by Leslie Laskey and Ritual Acts by Frank Schwaiger. These two remarkable artists and long time partners bring together two uniquely unusual exhibitions.

Leslie Laskey, one of the most successful and experienced working artists in the St. Louis area, is an innovative thinker whose work never fails to make an impact on viewer perceptions. His new series titled Embrology, created in the last two years in St. Louis, Key West and Michigan, will not disappoint his followers and supporters. Leslie Laskeys media of choice is ever changing, and characteristic of his work. In this new oeuvre, he incorporates collage, oil paint, acrylic, and crayon. It is this variety of media and style, which adds to the engaging quality of his work and its subsequent effect on viewers.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents Ritual Acts, an installation of new work by Frank Schwaiger. Ritual Acts is an exhibition including twenty-four works on paper as homage to twentieth century artist and printmaker Shiko Munakata, and features paintings and bronze sculptures. "The hand guides the tool, chips the stone, and wields the brush. As the eyes search, forms emerge from the process, mysteriously. The hand evokes meanings-acts that define the artist and man. A conduit is forged for the soul. The brain stumbles behind, laughing." This show marks Schwaiger's second solo exhibition with the gallery.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a documentary on the life and work of Leslie Laskey "Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey" by filmmakers, David Wild and Lulu Gargiulo. Excerpts from the documentary film Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey, 2012 (View excerpts)

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Buzz Spector: New Work (Main Gallery & Front Room)
PROJECT ROOM: "Untitled"

SAVE THE DATE: Gallery Talk by Buzz Spector at Bruno David Gallery. Saturday, September 27 at 3 pm.

(Sep 05, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014)
Buzz Spector's excavations of books and reconstructions of libraries are well-known, but his work with found and altered volumes has always been accompanied by works on paper made out of elements from their dust jackets. As Spector has written, "books are formal presentations of text. They have titles, after all, and come jacketed, with paragraphs of introduction slipped between their covers and their pages." This new work features collages made from dust jacket elements in the front gallery, while in the main gallery are larger collages and drawings, a series of wall-mounted sculptures incorporating details of photographs of authors, plus a reinstallation of Frieze, the 60-foot long arrangement of photos of authors Spector showed at the Huntington Museum of Art last fall. Spector's ongoing meditation on reading and the culture of the book extends here to reflections on how-and when-writers become authors, how work of the imagination is performed via posing, and how the specialized, but also highly conventional, language of dust jacket blurbs can itself be excavated in search of new narrative meanings.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work by Buzz Spector, "Selected Poems". Filmed and directed by Kellie Spano

In the Project Room, the gallery is presenting a group exhibition "UNTITLED".

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Michael Jantzen: M-velope Series
Jill Downen: Cornerstone (New Media Room)
Halftone (Project Room)

(Jun 27, 2014 to Aug 23, 2014)
Michael Jantzen is an internationally known artist whose work has been featured in hundreds of articles, books, magazines, and newspapers from around the world. His work attempts to merge art, architecture, technology, and sustainable design. He has not been educated as an architect but rather as an artist, using architecture as an art form. By incorporating his surroundings, he assimilates his pieces simultaneously to fit within the environment and likewise the environment to accommodate his pieces. Much of his work, in one way or another, explores new ways of thinking about the built environment.

The sculpture M-velope was partially funded by a generous grant from the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis.

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OVERVIEW_2014 / A Group Exhibition: Main Gallery
Chris D. Smith: Front Room
Martin Lang: New Media Room

(May 09, 2014 to Jun 21, 2014)
OVERVIEW_2014 is a group exhibition surveying the work by artists affiliated with the Bruno David Gallery. The artworks, created primarily in the last five years, will highlight the vitality and imagination of these artists. This overview defies generalized, simplified terms of description. The following artists break down the word "original" to form new meanings of the definition. Originality, therefore, can lie anywhere on the spectrum of surrealism, primary, impulse, imagination, structural chaos, color, form, design, intention, deception, representation, honesty, directness, dream state, sought imagery, reality and/or perceptions of all, some, or none of these terms.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition "Interaction" by Chris D. Smith. In contemporary art making, the languages of abstraction are almost inextricable from their academic and theoretical histories, but instead of simply reiterating any of these well-worn dialogues, he opts only to sample them. Chris D. Smith's artwork focuses on attention to emotional detail. He uses his experiences to bind tension, experience [as in through time], and harmony due to contrasting organic and geometric forms to enlighten the viewer's perceptions and enhance human cerebral capacities. Purposefully exposing the layered history of paintings, he instills the works with a complexity that mirrors that of a personal experience. His paintings are reminiscent of the pains, joys, failures, challenges, and accomplishments he has experienced throughout his life, essentially creating never-ending opportunities to continue his practice.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video work "Forever Untitled (names sake)" by Martin Lang. "Forever Untitled (names sake)" challenges represented space and plays with the sequencing of text. Depicting an installation of large-scale neon letters, the video raises the question: why are we are seeing it as a video and not installed as represented? The blinking letters reference neon signage, advertising something that is, in this instance, quite cryptic. The looping text can form words, but ultimately becomes a never-ending visual pattern. The audio dually references the hum of the neon lighting represented, as well as the digital nature of the piece. His work critiques the world through direct and indirect interaction. This takes form through recontextualization and appropriation of everyday, commercially produced or banal objects and experiences. This video is part of a larger body of work titled Digital Futures.

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Carmon Colangelo: Storms
Thomas Sleet: Modem-Topology (Project Room)
Lana Z Caplan: Woman in the Dunes (New Media Room)

(Apr 04, 2014 to May 03, 2014)

Video-Interview by Dickson Beall
Article in the West End Word by Dickson Beall
Article in the Riverfront Times by Malcolm Gay

Gallery Talk with Carmon Colangelo and Thomas Sleet: Saturday, May 3 at 4 pm.

Storms is an exhibition of experimental mixed media prints by Carmon Colangelo created at Flying Horse Editions. Using the processes of relief printmaking and chine-collé, Colangelo has developed a unique vocabulary of architectonic forms and fragments, repurposing discarded laser cut plates from architecture models, calligraphy, and maps to create turbulent spaces. This body of work explores storm patterns and environmental instability, marrying random male and female hurricane names in the title of each work. These prints expand on Colangelo's interest in representing the dynamic shifts of our interconnected world.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents an exhibition Modem: Topology by Thomas Sleet. In this current body of work, Thomas Sleet continues an investigation into the structural dynamics of repeating forms and the interrelationships between resultant internal and external spaces. The evidence provided by these experiments evokes natural structure, synthetic assembly and the possibilities of interface between. This work is inspired by methods of building found in nature; I get inspiration from natural formations of earth, rock, and debris typically found along creeks, streams, and rivers. The materials Sleet employs: cement, wood, ground red brick, carpet and mirror  echo the colors, textures and surfaces of these natural topographies.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video work Woman in the Dunes by Lana Z Caplan. Named after Hiroshi Teshigaharas 1964 film, which was based on the Kobe Abe novel Suna no Onna (1962), Woman in the Dunes is a looping video installation shot on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. In the video, a darkly tanned mother holding her child in her arms walks slowly into the deep azure water. Step by step they are subsumed, the child resting her head on the mamas shoulder, trusting her completely as they are increasingly submerged.

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Shane Simmons: Telescopic
Shawn Burkard: Formations (Front Room)
Heather Bennett: Rivington (New Media Room)

(Mar 07, 2014 to Mar 29, 2014)
Bruno David is delighted to present a special exhibition "Telescopic" by Shane Simmons. Shane Simmons has spent the last few decades on the construction of an internal exploratory apparatus through the practice of painting, He sees painting as being entwined at the very root of the mysterious stage of our evolution in which we as a species invented a new type of power through the generation of culture, thereby acquiring some of our most essential tools for communication, propagation, and progress. This show marks Simmons' first solo exhibition with the gallery.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition "Formations" by Shawn Burkard. This new series of small drawings formed through a gradual accumulation of odd geometric shapes overlapped to obscurity. They derived from the drawing process of ink lines that bleed through the paper onto the sheet of paper under the top layer. Each drawing layer stemmed from the drawing before it, like reverse erosion. Each drawing organically created the next drawing, a cycle of drawing and redrawing layers. This show marks Burkard's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video "Rivington" by Heather Bennett. Rivington is a strangely telling document. Once the concept is set, the location rented, the props in place, composition directives given and make-up applied, there is only to sit in a rumpled white bed and play the part of the intended fiction. Rivington records 35 minutes of the last part of this process in the making of the image Charlotte in 2006. Charlotte is a tongue in cheek portrayal of the sexually charged cliché of the older, jaded woman preying on/being preyed upon by the carefree young man.
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Chris Kahler: Dialumens
Bunny Burson: In Plain Sight (Front Room)
Lisa K. Blatt: Spinning on Enola Gay Runway Until I Make Myself Sick

(Jan 24, 2014 to Mar 01, 2014)

Bruno David is delighted to present a special exhibition Dialumens by Chris Kahler. Kahler's new works focus on the interaction between negative space, light, and intersecting planes. The paintings extend the exploration of "boundaries between physical and psychological time, between phenomena and the variable conceptual filters for understanding them" begun in the "Disequencing" exhibition through novel uses of color, form, and texture. As Jad Smith has pointed out, "Kahler's new work takes us there, somewhere beyond the organic and the synthetic, the phenomenal and the scientific, the empirical and the imaginative. These paintings call attention to the dreams that stuff is made of but, in the end, gesture toward the surprising and sometimes inexplicable intricacies of a noumenal world just beyond." This show marks Kahler's sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. A fully illustrated book accompanies the exhibition, with essays by Paul Krainak and Jad Smith.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition "In Plain Sight" by Bunny Burson. In a body of work completed in 2013, Bunny Burson continues to develop her narrative about the discovery of over 100 letters she found in her family home. The information contained in the letters gives an account from her grandparents to her mother of their lives in Europe, after they became trapped during World War II. Burson explores the idea that you can miss what you never knew. Burson grants and denies her viewers access to the content of the letters and their impact on the artists own personal journey. The exhibition includes sculpture and mixed media works on paper. Bunny Burson received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video "Spinning on Enola Gay Runway Until I Make Myself Sick" by Lisa K. Blatt. In this video, Lisa Blatt is on the actual runway where the military secretly trained, loaded, and then took off and dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Through it, she investigates both perception and land use. Visible are the planes hangar, the secret training site, the barracks, the casinos, and the desert.

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Design, Invent, Play: St. Michael School of Clayton
(Jan 16, 2014 to Jan 18, 2014)
Bruno David Gallery presents a group exhibition titled "Design, Invent, Play", by the students of the St. Michael School of Clayton, on view January 16-18, 2014. The exhibition is organized by Charles Schwall. The opening reception will be Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm. All are welcome at this family event!

Design, Invent, Play, features student work from a school-wide research project focused on the elements of design, such as graphics, fashion, product, architecture, animation, and environmental design.

The St. Michael School of Clayton (SMSOC) is an Episcopal day school for children of all faiths, age three through eighth grade. The SMSOC educational program is a balance of traditional academics and innovative research projects. The program has been shaped by many developments in education, most markedly by the school system in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The SMSOC philosophy fosters intellectual development and encourages students to explore and express themselves through multiple languages including the expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, metaphorical, logical, imaginative and relational. Students also participate in long-term research projects that integrate disciplines and different areas of learning.

Through Design, Invent, Play, students learned about the elements of design as an integral part of the world around them. This exhibition investigates significant aspects of design, such as the invention of new ideas and concepts, the tension between aesthetics and functionality, and the unique point of view of young students.


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Douglass Freed: Reflective Landscapes
Charles P. Reay: 1913-2013 (Front Room)
Van McElwee: And/Or (New Media Room)

(Dec 06, 2013 to Jan 11, 2014)

The landscapes of Douglass Freed can seldom be contained to one canvas. His minimalistic and almost ambiguous images of horizons, clouds, and bodies of water pour onto adjoining spaces where their forms shift in color and light as if they have transformed into entirely different pieces, but they remain undeniably suited to one another. While his pieces vary from quiet, monochromatic works to fully orchestrated chromatic ones, in either sense, he creates places that simultaneously imply reality and a dreamlike, even spiritual, serenity. He captures and holds onto the viewer's gaze, creating an experience that few can. Through his harmonious use of blended color, texture, and structure, Freed finds the grey area between traditional landscape painting and its abstraction into color fields.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents a special exhibition "1913-2013" by Charles P. Reay. In celebration of the centennial year of the creation of Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel (1913), Reay's Tricycle Wheel (2013) holds up a mirror to the original object, reflecting its materiality in a form for our time drawn from Ikea and Big Wheel. Thus informed, this reflection of Duchamp's idea becomes appropriate for this the new century. Duchamp did not think of Bicycle Wheel as a work of art, describing his fabrication as "just a distraction"...saying later "I didn't have any special reason to do it, or to describe anything." It was an amusement... "to see the wheel turning was very soothing and comforting...I enjoy looking at it just as I enjoy looking at flames dancing in the fireplace".

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video "And/Or" by Van McElwee. In this Guggenheim Fellowship project, dancer Kelsey Lapointe wanders through an invisible maze and a million levels of video. Van McElwee's body of video work includes over sixty single channel pieces, installations, and web projects. Grants and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, The American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, The National Endowment for the Arts Independent Production Fund (seven time recipient), and a travel grant from the Government of India. This work was funded by The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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Daniel Raedeke: New Paintings
Ellen Jantzen:Transcending Reality (Front Room)
Joan Hall & Buzz Spector: Papers (Project Room)
Daniel Raedeke: The Things that Paintings are Made of (New Media Room)

(Nov 01, 2013 to Nov 30, 2013)
Bruno David Gallery announces an exhibition titled "New Paintings" by Daniel Raedeke. On view from November 1 to November 30, 2013. The opening preview will be Friday, November 1, 2013 from 5 to 9 pm. First Fridays in Grand Center will also be on the same night.

Daniel Raedeke continues his interest in blurring the definition of painting through an examination of process and focused experiments in technique. With his new paintings, Raedeke has created a stripped-down handmade vocabulary of abstraction. The paintings are a nostalgic acoustic soundtrack of pattern, shape and composition that evoke modernism, paper assemblage, collage, craft and layered digital imaging. Raedeke both emphasizes and deemphasizes the paint, exploiting the innate characteristics of acrylic by transferring thin translucent veneers of paint to the canvas. At times, the brushwork and painterly handmade approach is accentuated while at other times the process is obscured. In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a four-minute looped animation by Daniel Raedeke titled, The Things that Paintings are Made of. The short motion sequences depict the deconstruction and re-assemblage of his current paintings on display. The movement of his paintings in the video adds another dimension for the viewer to Daniel's work. The arbitrary movement of the fragments in the work creates a sort of painted "screen saver" that extends the context of the paintings and creates connections to their graphic inspiration.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition by Ellen Jantzen titled Transcending Reality. Just as Daniel Raedeke blurs the definition of painting, Jantzen blurs the definition of photography. Her work explores the states of reality: how it is experienced and revealed. To depict something so abstract is, unsurprisingly, no easy task. Jantzen's photographic series relies on the trust people place in the medium. She digitally reconstructs her photographs, pushing them to more ambiguous forms, allowing viewers space to project their own imaginings and meanings to them. In doing so, she is able to make visual that which has no visual component. She takes viewers beyond the surface of an image, where something deeper and unexpected is revealed.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents a two-person exhibition with Joan Hall and Buzz Spector titled Papers. The exhibition coincided with the conference Papers! Please! at Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University (October 17-19, 2013). The conference events and activities included an array of workshops and demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, and museum tours. The role paper plays in the creation of our identities as individuals and communities was the focus of the conference, with discussion about the interconnectivity between art, craft, and theory.
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Bill Kohn: Monumental Paintings
Jill Downen:Three-Dimensional Sketchbook (Front Room)
Joan Hall & Buzz Spector: Papers (Project Room)

(Oct 11, 2013 to Oct 26, 2013)

Bill Kohn was an American painter, and traveled the world sharing his vision of many significant places through his paintings that are celebrated for their striking colors and dizzying perspectives. In his work, he illuminated the architecture and landscapes of places such as the Machu Picchu in Peru, the Duomo in Florence, the bridges of Paris, Khajuraho, and Jaiselmer in India, all of which we recognize for their immense size and beauty. Kohn knew that none of these monumental landmarks could be confined to a mere average-sized canvas. These paintings needed to have a striking presence: a size that mirrored the impression they left.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents a two-person exhibition of Joan Hall and Buzz Spector titled Papers. The exhibition will coincide with the conference Papers! Please! at Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University (October 17-19, 2013). The conference events and activities will include an array of workshops and demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, and museum tours. The role paper plays in the creation of our identities as individuals and communities will be a focus of the conference, with discussion about the interconnectivity between art, craft, and theory.

In the Front Room, the gallery continue to present an exhibition by Jill Downen titled Three-Dimensional Sketchbook. Jill Downen's new work offers a look into the intimate processes she employs in the studio to develop ideas and plan large scale installations. The art invites viewers to survey Downen's work from a new and unexpected perspective. The project features a cabinet of drawers displaying models crafted from plaster, basswood, paper and gold leaf. The small scale of these sculptures explores a reversal of the experience that viewers generally have with Downen's monumental installations. The inverted scale and assembly of the maquettes as miniature installations, each in its own drawer, result in a reconsideration of the forms in relationship to each other, the body and to Downen's art making practice overall. Downen is currently part of a group exhibition titled "Place is the Space" curated by Dominic Molon and Brad Cloepfil at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

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Leslie Laskey: Windows
Jill Downen:Three-Dimensional Sketchbook (Front Room)
David Wild and Lulu Gargiulo: Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey (New Media Room)

(Sep 06, 2013 to Oct 05, 2013)
For the first exhibition of our 8th season, Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition titled "Windows" by Leslie Laskey. The opening preview will be Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5 to 9 pm. In the Front Room, the gallery is showing an exhibition by Jill Downen titled Three-Dimensional Sketchbook.

Leslie Laskey is an innovative artist whose work never fails to make an impact on how its viewers perceive things. His new and engaging creations often have people walking away seeing something through fresh eyes. Previously, his work S.E.N.T. Security Envelopes Now Tampered (exhibited in 2011) consisted of collaged envelope pieces and guided viewers to a new way of thinking about their mail. Windows, however, as its name implies, invites its viewers to peer through windows. Each individual piece is a stepping-stone to thinking about windows and the series will change the way you have come to know them, too. Windows tend to be just ordinary things. They are so common around us and in our lives that we seldom really appreciate their nature of keeping rain out, letting light in, protecting us, or subtly and quietly reflecting back images of what surround them. They frame the world like a series of photographs. Laskey creates this notion in his work, occasionally abstracting these ideas and transforming the windows and what they represent into beautiful reminders of how we view our world each day.

Jill Downen's new work offers a look into the intimate processes she employs in the studio to develop ideas and plan large scale installations. The art invites viewers to survey Downen's work from a new and unexpected perspective. The project features a cabinet of drawers displaying models crafted from plaster, basswood, paper and gold leaf. The small scale of these sculptures explores a reversal of the experience that viewers generally have with Downen's monumental installations. The inverted scale and assembly of the maquettes as miniature installations, each in its own drawer, result in a reconsideration of the forms in relationship to each other, the body and to Downen's art making practice overall. Downen's art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration, and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities. Downen is part of a group exhibition titled "Place is the Space" curated by Dominic Molon at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

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T.M. MACLOWE: Everybody Is Happy

(Jun 28, 2013 to Aug 31, 2013)
Bruno David is pleased to present an exhibition titled "Everybody Is Happy" by T.M. MacLowe.
The opening preview will be Friday, July 5, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm.

With T. M. MacLowe's work, the reaction from the viewer is immediate and instinctual. The political and social commentaries on current events are direct and unapologetic, giving viewers the opportunity to assess their society and themselves within it. The artwork morphs these thoughts into stunning visual creations that represent opinions that are shared by many, but often kept private. These works show how our current society is redefining itself and is reminiscent of the works of Leon Golub, Barbara Kruger, Alfredo Jaar, Peter Kennard, Jenny Holzer and Hans Haacke.

© 2013 T.M. MacLowe and Bruno David Gallery.
(Copyrights for these artworks and photos of the artworks remain with the individual copyright holders).

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Yvette Drury Dubinsky: There and Gone
Brett Williams: Memory Old and New (New Media Room)

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, June 8 at 3 pm

(May 10, 2013 to Jun 22, 2013)

Bruno David is pleased to present Yvette Drury Dubinsky's third solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition There and Gone is inspired by Dubinsky's intense reaction to the violence and destruction currently happening in Syria and in the Middle East and, presented as a mixed media installation with a group of related smaller works. The exhibition will be on view May 10-June 22, 2013.

Dubinsky traveled in Lebanon and Syria in late 2009, exploring astonishing archeological treasures and monuments and befriending two Syrian families. There and Gone deals with bearing witness to Syria's war and the human plight therein as well as Dubinsky's emotions arising as she works from the perspective of her relatively peaceful, parallel existence in the United States. Combining drawings, monoprints, painting, alternative photography, industrial materials and found objects, There and Gone imagines the pain, ruins, rubble and carnage in places which just three years ago were alive and intact.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video-sculpture by Brett Williams. The new work Memory Old and New is an exploration of combining older artwork with recent and new work. The combine process mimics the way the effects of time changes how we remember events and experiences from the past and how the perception shapes new memories and experiences. This new piece uses an old wooden sculpture with a rubber tube encased in glass from the early nineteen nineties and combines it with a TV and pedestal from two separate installations from the early two thousands. The 30-second video is a new creation using a static shot of the rubber tube element from the original sculpture. The special effects of stars and sound track both created by the artist refer back to his childhood video game consoles like the Atari 2600 and original Nintendo, and his love of 80's hip hop and hardcore music.

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Alex Couwenberg: Swell
Carmon Colangelo: Glocal Diptychs (Front Room)
Chris Kahler: Disequencing (Project Room)
Eric Minh Swenson: The Making of "La Fonda" (New Media Room)

(Apr 05, 2013 to May 04, 2013)

Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Alex Couwenberg's second solo exhibition with the gallery. A catalogue, Alex Couwenberg: Swell, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. Los Angeles based painter Alex Couwenberg's new paintings explore "process" and the "moment" through tightly controlled compositions of paint and mark making. Born and raised in Southern California, Couwenberg creates images that are inspired by the elements indigenous to his surroundings. The work references and suggests the aesthetic associated with mid-century modernism, car culture, skateboards, and surfing. Not to leave out, paying homage to the historical styles of post-war art making associated with Los Angeles and Southern California throughout the 1950's, 60's, and 70's.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents an exhibition titled "Disequencing" by Chris Kahler. A new body of work that utilizes a more intimate scale and simplicity that is in contrast to recent works. A duality exists in the work, playing back and forth with questions of depth and causality. David Pagel of the Los Angeles Times wrote of Kahler's work: "a potent and corrosive beauty, a sublime combination of breakdown and growth, disintegration and accumulation, creation and destruction. Sometimes it seems as if he paints pictures of a world of effervescence, in which solid substances dissolve into roiling gases, steamy atmospheres, and gravity-defying liquid clouds. In his work, it is almost impossible to distinguish between the microscopic and the cosmic, and everything is richer for the confusion."

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition by Carmon Colangelo titled "Glocal Diptychs". Carmon Colangelo's new work muses about cultural narratives, urban life, human ecologies, globalism, social networking, transcendence, and recording everyday ideas. Glocal Diptychs is a series of nine mixed media prints produced in 2012 at Pele Prints in St. Louis. Each of the works is made from a shared matrix and printed on two sheets of paper using monotype, intaglio, relief process as well as hand-coloring. These prints expand on Colangelo's interest in architectonic forms and the poetics of space with an eye to our changing notions about place and shifts between geographic location and local identity while contemplating a globalized future.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video-interview of Alex Couwenberg by Los Angeles based filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson. The short-film titled "The Making of La Fonda" is directed and produced by Swenson and, is part of an on-going series that focuses on artists' lives and studio practices in Los Angeles. The music is by The Hitchikers, James Lucchesi, and Mick Cripps and video is 20:32 minutes long. More info can be found on his ongoing Los Angeles project at thuvanarts.com. See the documentary video by Eric Minh Swenson (Video Link)

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Richard Hull: Recent Paintings
Mario Trejo: Projected Edifices (Project Room)
Dickson Beall: Borders & Boundaries: Virtual & Real (New Media Room)

(Mar 01, 2013 to Mar 30, 2013)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Richard Hull's first solo exhibition with the gallery, on view March 1-30, 2013. Richard Hull's paintings fill their canvases with large swathes of color; blocks of opaque hues are overlaid with sweeping brushstrokes clustered together that function like ripples on the water-but far less transient. Rings within a tree may be more appropriate, as the description evokes the same feelings of growth that Hull's painterly gestures achieve. The comparison of grooves on a record player describes some of the patterns, but neither the liveliness of the purposeful irregularities within Hull's stroke widths nor the texture of thick paint upon the canvas.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition titled "Projected Edifices" by Mario Trejo. This is his second one-person exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. In his paintings, Trejo visually explores the macro and microcosmic struggle through manic mark-making. His work is a meticulous accumulation of idiosyncratic marks that, at a distance, appear as dark and ethereal cosmic forms, but upon closer inspection reveal themselves as an expanse of scratches that crumble into a Promethean struggle. The hundreds of thousands of marks create illusion of an emerging form, exhibiting the artist's conscious and sensitive attention to both detail and entirety. The drawings begin to expose small universes, each a relic of the arduous performance of repeated gestures.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents an installation video work titled "Borders & Boundaries: Virtual & Real", by Dickson Beall. In his new work, multi-media artist Dickson Beall explores art, from the time of cave painting to present day. In this necessarily selective review, the artist's focus is on the inter-relationship of expanding "empires" and "bridges" of communication - suggested by superimposed images of the Empire State Building (an emblem of power) and the Brooklyn Bridge (connecting two economies). Using a time line of art images, multiple video tracks and mirrors, Beall creates an immersive experience. His virtual video installation contrasts with his storyboard narrative of small hand-made prints and a large oil painting.
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Kelley Johnson "New Paintings"
Tuan Lee "Grazia" (Project Room)
Escobar-Morales "Resurrection of Hun-Nal-Ye" (New Media Room)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2013

FIRST FRIDAYS IN GRAND CENTER
Friday, February 1, 2013
5 - 9 PM

(Feb 01, 2013 to Feb 23, 2013)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Kelley Johnson's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. A catalogue, KELLEY JOHNSON: NEW PAINTINGS, with new essays by Nicole Yen and Damon Freed, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. Johnson's artwork explores ways in which painting can be constructed, interested in his paintings as objects, and their ability to illustrate atmospheres and sensations. Found within Johnson's works are juxtapositions of geometric lines and spontaneously blurred arcs, that evoke feelings of depth and vibration. The repetition of similar shapes creates a melodious rhythm within his pieces, and Johnson's color choices amplify or mute the patterns madeswathes of emerald green interrupt muddy grays, dashes of hot pink race against black. Some moments within the artwork willfully declare their presence.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents an exhibition titled "Grazia" by Tuan Lee, a Los Angeles-based photographer. This is his first one-person exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. In what is believed the first fashion magazine, La Dernière Mode from the 1870's, we find a manifesto for fashion: "To teach beauty in everyday things is our concern, or a part of it, but even more a putting-to-use in the cause of delicate enjoyment of artists' visions." Art and fashion exist in separate constructed categories. Art, on the one hand, typically involves something valued as a lasting object. Fashion, on the other hand is ephemeral with an accelerated turnover of style. Tuan Lee's current work focuses on merging these two forms of expression. His work shows that art may at times resemble fashion and fashion may look like art.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a single-channel video work titled "Resurrection of Hun-Nal-Ye" by Escobar-Morales. In the Resurrection of Hun-Nal-Ye (2011), Escobar-Morales perform a funerary ritual, referencing the mythical Mayan tale of the Hero Twins reviving their dead father, the Maize God. In their contemporary interpretation of this ancient story, Escobar-Morales simultaneously represent the body and the soul; the God/Goddess and twin offspring, in both physical and technological forms using live performance and web based video projection.

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Forsyth School: Seeing Ourselves
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm

(Jan 24, 2013 to Jan 26, 2013)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition "Seeing Ourselves" by Forsyth School fifth grade students. The group exhibition with the gallery will be on view January 24-26, 2013, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 24, 2013. The exhibition is under the direction of the 2012 Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence, Cindy Tower, and their art teacher Ellen Gomez DeFilippo.

The Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence Program was established at Forsyth School in April 2010 in memory of Nicholas Aitken, a graduate of the Class of 2004 who passed away in November 2009. Nick was a gifted art student and loved Forsyth School. His parents, Tamara and Bart, and his brother Ian (FS '08) felt the Artist-in-Residence Program was a fitting way to honor Nick's memory.
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BLUE - WHITE -RED
A Group Exhibition

(Nov 30, 2012 to Jan 19, 2013)
In this exhibition, the artists associated with the gallery return to the very essence of the three colors and investigate how they interact with surrounding space. A wide range of media is explored, including painting, sculpture, and video. The limited palette provides a constant that amplifies the artists' individual styles.

Throughout history, humans have placed varying significance on color. Colors evoke memories, dispel fears, stimulate the appetite, suggest worth. They scream for attention, converse amiably, whisper between cupped palms pressed against an ear. Across cultures, times, and specific situations, the meaning and purpose of color is constantly changing. Blue, white, and red--in America, this trio is inescapably political. Yet, when broken apart, each color has individual connotations steeped in years of use. Blue - White - Red attempts to step away from these groupings entirely. The artists worked separately; it is not the exhibition's aim to have unifying undertones, political or otherwise. Instead, viewers are encouraged to look at the artworks afresh and investigate how the altered surfaces reflect, absorb, and distribute light.

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GARY PASSANISE: "Painting"
Damon Freed: "En Plein Air" (Front Room)
William Morris: "black/white tv" (New Media Room)
GALLERY TALK: Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 3 pm

(Oct 19, 2012 to Nov 24, 2012)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Gary Passanise's second solo exhibition with the gallery. In a career spanning over three decades, Gary Passanise has worked fluidly in a variety of media. In the exhibition "Painting", we see a return to his roots in large-scale painting. Passanise engages a reduced palette and deceptively emotive compositional effects in his most recent body of work. The results reveal the confidence of an experienced hand and an always searching and advancing intellect.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents a new exhibition titled "En Plein Air" by Damon Freed. In 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in Nature, "In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature." Freed's landscape drawings stemmed from the recognition of a coming summer, coupled with a strong desire to get out of the studio and away from painting for a while. He wanted to wipe the slate clean.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a single-channel video work titled "black/white TV" by William Morris. The 40-second one-channel video originated in 1988 as an experiment with the Sandin Image Processor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Sandin Image Processor, invented by electronics engineer and visual artist Dan Sandin, is an analog video processor/image synthesizer comprised of hand-built electronic modules capable of being interconnected to produce various special effects, which alter the incoming video signal.
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JOAN HALL: "Marginal Waters"
CHERIE SAMPSON: "At the Pole of Heaven": Media Room

Other events at the Gallery:
Cherie Sampson wil have a Gallery Talk at Bruno David Gallery on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 6pm. The Gallery Talk will consist of an artist lecture and a question-and-answer session with the audience. There will also be a discussion between Peter MacKeith and Cherie Sampson about her current exhibition "At the Pole of Heaven."

Recent Reviews:
- Joan Hall: Marginal Waters by Jessica Baran in the Riverfront Times link
- Joan Hall's work transforms the Bruno David Gallery by Rachel Heidenry in the St. Louis Beacon link
- Joan Hall's Marginal Waters at Bruno David Gallery by Sage Dawson in PRINTERESTING link

(Sep 07, 2012 to Oct 13, 2012)
Bruno David Gallery presents Joan Hall's second solo exhibition with the gallery, Marginal Waters. Fascinated with the ocean for years and traveling over 25,000 miles as a skilled navigator and sailboat racer, it comes as no surprise that Hall's latest work encompasses her passion for the environment. Through Hall's use of Mylar and handmade paper, viewers will recognize marine debris and plastic pollution that infiltrate our oceans. Previously exploring the ocean and its relationship to the body, Hall's work has expanded from the micro-focus of the ocean's relationship to the individual and the body of cells we are made of to the body of global society of which we are all a part of.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a single-channel video work titled "At the Pole of Heaven" by Cherie Sampson. This video-performance made for the camera was created on Lake Mekri near Ilomantsi, Finland. The performance vignette is inspired by the classic Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala. In the first canto, the goddess Ilmatar rises from her lament in primordial waters to 'set about her creations', initiating the birth of earth and skies. She traverses the birch 'world tree', as a conduit between the worlds of the physical and celestial, a universal journey of the mythic and human alike...a means to re-member our seemingly disparate origins and place in both the "mixture of mud and water" of the earth and the "beautiful and comely stars of heaven..." (Kalevala) The three ladders allude to the tripartite symbolism that frequently appears in the ancient rune poems of Karelia, the cultural area at the border of Finland and Russia.

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BUNNY BURSON: "HIDDEN in Plain Sight" (Main Gallery)
Danielle Spradley: "Over Time" (Project Room)
Lisa K. Blatt: "i am the enola gay" (New Media Room)

Recent Press:
- Reflection: Letters hidden in plain sight generate a moving, transformative exhibition by Robert W. Duffy in STLBeacon link
- Artist's exhibition explores long-hidden family secret by Sarah Weinman in the St. Louis Jewish Light link
- Q & A with Bunny Burson by Brittany Nay in the Ladue News link
- In The Galleries: Hidden in Plain Sight by Jessica Baran in the Riverfront Times link
- Video-interview of Bunny Burson on her current exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. May 2012. ( St. Louisan Video Link)

(May 11, 2012 to Jul 21, 2012)
In the Main Gallery, Bruno David Gallery presents HIDDEN in Plain Sight by Bunny Burson, on view from May 11 to July 21, 2012. Comprised of installations, prints and drawings, Burson's exhibition draws inspiration from a collection of over 100 letters written by the artist's grandparents to her mother between 1939-1941. Using prints, transfers, and overlays, Burson simultaneously grants and denies her viewers access to the content of the letters and their impact on the artist's own personal journey. For Burson, the push to ask these questions came from her daughter, Clare Burson. A singer and songwriter, her latest album, Silver and Ash (Rounder Records), is a concept album that imagines her maternal grandmother's life in Germany, from her birth in 1919 to her escape in 1938. These songs also explore her personal struggles with rupture, silence, guilt, empathy and continuity. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition with essays by Kate Butler and Kara Gordon (Publication date: June 30, 2012).

In the Project Room, the gallery presents a series of new drawings, titled Over Time, by Danielle Spradley. Danielle Spradley's work centers on the immense amount of change over time in the relationship between society and the environment. By painting images of the homeless woven into piles of trash and juxtaposing the trash accumulated in the city with Native American mythological characters, Spradley elevates these remnants of modern society. Her images combine highly detailed relief printing and painting, emphasizing every object's importance. Influenced by living in the Midwest, Spradley pulls motifs from Native American folklore and symbolism, most notably the white buffalo. Spradley uses this buffalo, which embodies the strength of women and the hope for humanity in future generations, to speak to loss in today's society on a number of levels.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a video work titled i am the enola gay by Lisa K. Blatt. On August 6th, 1945, Col. Paul Tibbets, Jr. flew the Enola Gay, the American B-29 bomber, off the runway to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, ending the second World War. While this marked victory for the Allies, the atomic bombs devastated Japan, the five-year death total as a result is thought to exceed 200,000 people in Hiroshima alone. Initially, it seems that Lisa K. Blatt's video could be any plane on any runway. It is the video's title and location that load "i am the enola gay" with its significance. On the same runway from which the Enola Gay took off nearly seventy years ago, Blatt recreates this journey in this video, presenting the viewer with the takeoff from the actual runway, including stopping at the bomb loading site.

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CHRIS KAHLER: "Recent Paintings" (Main Gallery)
Buzz Spector: "Malevich: with eight red rectangles" (Front Room)
Katharine Kuharic: "Working in the lou" (Project Room)
Van McElwee: "Supernatural" (New Media Room)

(Mar 09, 2012 to May 05, 2012)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition, "Recent Paintings", by Chris Kahler. Carmine Iannaccone writes of Kahler's work that "it unhinges the function of representation, loosens the joints of correspondence, makes the presumed determinacy of representation indeterminate". Kahler's paintings are this but they are simultaneously that. Iannaccone goes on to note: "Kahler's style of abstraction loosens the laws that govern representation, it puts another question into play: what kind of meaning does this species of vision produce?" The meaning, like the work itself, is multi-layered, and invites viewers to connect their own histories with the experience of looking. A fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Carmine Iannaccone and Kara Gordon, accompanies the exhibit.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents Buzz Spector's groundbreaking 1992 installation, Malevich: with eight red rectangles. Spector first exhibited this work in his solo exhibit at Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica, in 1992. Since then this installation of eight handmade unique books plus freestanding wall unit, based on Kasimir Malevich's 1915 painting, Suprematism: with eight red rectangles, has been included in several major institutional exhibits, including the 1992-94 national traveling show, "Knowledge: Aspects of Conceptual Art," curated by Phyllis Plous and Frances Colpitt; "Testo e Contesto: il libro-ambiente," curated by Mirella Bentivoglio for the Palazzo Falconieri, Rome, 1998; and "Life Death Love Hate Pleasure Pain" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents an exhibition, titled "Working in the Lou" by Katharine Kuharic. Kuharic's work is, in a word, alive. Birthed from "unsolicited images," Kuharic manipulates and reconfigures images that our culture has been desensitized to, shocking the viewer and asking the audience to reconsider what they think they know. Taking stock pictures from junk mail, newspapers, magazines and other sources, Kuharic meticulously paints images to create reconfigured histories. Her works highlight investigations into American celebrity, pop and suburban culture, and personal identity politics. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Kara Gordon accompanies the exhibit.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a video work titled "Supernatural" by Van McElwee. Just shy of six minutes, this single-channel video is waves of variation that reveal the contours of impossible form. It is as if the process of decay were reversed, causing delicate structures to emerge from the grain of chaos. A John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship funded this work. View the video "Supernatural" (here)

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JUDY PFAFF: "Recent Work" (Main Gallery)
Carmon Colangelo: "Seven Days in O Land O" (Front Room)
Jill Downen: "Midsection" (Project Room)
Monika Weiss: "Abiding (Proba Wody)" (New Media Room)

(Jan 27, 2012 to Mar 03, 2012)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Judy Pfaff's first solo exhibition in St. Louis since her exhibition Currents 41 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in 1989. Although internationally renowned as one of the pioneers of installation art, the exhibition at Bruno David Gallery, Recent Work exhibits her adroitness in creating smaller works of art. Melding several kinds of media and methods of art-making together, Pfaff redefines the capacities of what art can be. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Buzz Spector and Kara Gordon accompanies the exhibit. A video of Judy Pfaff exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. January 2012. (Video Link)

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition, titled Seven Days in O Land O by Carmon Colangelo. This collection of prints investigates the phenomenon of globalization and the disappearance of local culture and the gradual homogenization of American life. Inspired by a seven-day trip in Orlando, it was originally conceived to be seven interrelated, recto-verso prints that could be bound together and folded in a sequence that is suggestive of a road map. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Katherine Van Uum and Theo Lotz accompanies the exhibition. The prints were created at Flying Horse Editions. A video of Carmon Colangelo exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. January 2012. (Video Link)

In the Project Room, the gallery presents an exhibition, titled "Midsection" by Jill Downen. In Midsection, Downen employs the metaphoric relationship between bodies and buildings in an installation of sculptural forms. The torso, specifically from the bust to the navel, takes on the role of sculpted building blocks situated in relation to the space of the project room. Jill Downen's art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Jill Downen is a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow. A video of Jill Downen exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. January 2012. (Video Link)

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a video work titled "Abiding (Proba Wody)" - (Trial by Water) by Monika Weiss. Aneta Szylak writes, "Monika Weiss combines traditional techniques such as drawing with performance, video and sound installations. The perpetual aspect of her performances, their slowness, repetitiveness are very much experience oriented. Abiding (Proba Wody), (1999-2000) deals with ritual immersion and separates the performing subject from her usual surroundings. Many of her often-risky performances with immersions in different liquids provide sensory deprivation and have almost meditative aspects." [Aneta Szylak in "You Won't Feel A Thing: On Panic, Obsession, Rituality and Anesthesia", Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany, 2007]. A video-interview of Monika Weiss on her exhibition at Bruno David Gallery. January 2012. (Video Link)

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DAMON FREED: "Life Saver" (Main Gallery)
Shawn Burkard: "Ye Ol Saint Nick" (Front Room)
Group Exhibition: "Work On Paper I" (Project Room)
Dickson Beall: "Light Diet" (New Media Room)

(Dec 02, 2011 to Jan 21, 2012)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Damon Freed's second solo exhibition with the gallery entitled Life Saver. Continuing his exploration of push and pull, Freed delves deeper into the dichotomy of balance and asymmetry. Driven by his tempo of thought and our contemporary cadence, Freed's new paintings have a pulse. Warm colors accentuated by black outlines vibrate throughout the paintings; their asymmetrical applications offset centered compositions. They are warm, full of life, always moving and always on the verge of further action.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents a group exhibition of works on paper titled W.O.P. I by several artists of the gallery including, Carmon Colangelo, Margaret Adams, Jill Downen, Bill Kohn, Alex Couwenberg, Leslie Laskey, Kelley Johnson, Van McElwee, Gary Passanise, Charles Schwall, William Conger, Beverly Fishman, Buzz Spector, Yvette Dubinsky, Frida Baranek, Bunny burson, Laura Beard, Joan Hall, Patricia Olynyk.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition, titled Ye Ol Saint Nick by Shawn Burkard. Part of a series, "The House of Mimesis/Revolving Personalities", this photograph illustrates Burkard's Christmas spirit. A unique perspective on the over-commercialization of this religious holiday, Burkard depicts Christmas as a gaudy commercial invention. The fabrication of the scene-the tin foil, the garbage bag as a gift sack-is as contrived as many people's "holiday cheer", but there is no pretense in Burkard's stance. Saint Nick's facial expression, posture and action of pouring out the milk are cynical and satirical. This shocking visual metaphor sends his message loud and clear: we've been bad children and Saint Nick does not want our milk and cookies this year.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work titled Light Diet by Dickson Beall. "Light Diet" is an investigation of the relationship between past and present. Through this exploration, Beall looks to portray the human experience of change through light and space. Inspired by the Reflection of the Buddha at the Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts, Beall's work with light and movement in space aims to transcend his subject matter. We are constantly moving, constantly burning and replenishing. This process of constant change is beautiful, elegant in its own right. As disparate as the past traditions of the still life might seem to the future realities in artificial intelligence, there is a bridge across the gap. Beall looks to construct and reform this bridge.

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CHARLES SCHWALL: "Source Confluence" (Main Gallery)
Bill Kohn: "Grand Center Series" (WOP Space)
Mario Trejo: "Centered" (Front Room)
Brett Williams: "Blurs" (Media Room)

(Oct 21, 2011 to Nov 26, 2011)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Charles Schwall's second solo exhibition with the gallery entitled Source Confluence. Schwall's new paintings investigate his longstanding interest in curvilinear and organic formations found in nature that are connected to growth, water imagery, and the life sciences. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Andrea Ferber accompanies the exhibit.

In the WOP Space, the gallery presents a series of works on paper titled Grand Center Series by the late Bill Kohn. In his final body of work, which began in 2002 and continued until his death in November 2004, Kohn returned his focus to St. Louis, painting the landscape of historic and modern buildings around Grand Boulevard in the Grand Center arts district of St. Louis. Kohn created these pieces while working on several large-scale paintings for the 2006 exhibition Centering on the Grand at the CAM (Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis).

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition, titled Centered by Mario Trejo. This new work is a continuation of the ongoing series "Catharsis". This series is a refreshing remix of the artist's process while reiterating his core artistic values. The title has its root in the Greek katharsos, for "pure". The binary chromatics, parity of mark making, and consistency of dimensions evident in all of the pieces are what Trejo has imposed on his own process: a purification of form and content.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work titled Blurs by Brett Williams. "Blurs" is an investigation of memory and the difficulties associated with remembering. The way we remember past events in our lives is not reliable and cannot fully be trusted. We construct our memories. Williams spent several hours in wonder and fascination looking down into the cold air return grate in the hallway leading to his grandfather's study. He has strong associations with sound and flashes of images when he tries to remember discreet moments related to the past and his perceived memory. He does not trust his constructed version of the past. Instead, he trusts the rhythms and patterns that emerge from the fog of memory.

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LESLIE LASKEY: "S.E.N.T." (Main Gallery)
Kelley Johnson: "Works on Paper Series" (WOP Space)
"MoPA: Retrospective" (Front Room)
William Morris: "Atraxia" (Media Room)

(Sep 09, 2011 to Oct 15, 2011)

Bruno David Gallery opens its sixth season with an exhibition of new work by Leslie Laskey called S.E.N.T. Security Envelopes Now Tampered. Even as one of the longest, most successful working artists in the St. Louis area, Laskey continually creates work that is new and engaging. After seeing these collages, the viewer will never look at their mail in the same way again.

In the Project Room, we are pleased to present Kelley Johnson's most recent work titled Works on Paper Series. Johnson's ability to absorb the viewer, produce interesting color combinations, and provide a sense of rapidity and tension are carried over from previous work to these new pieces. What makes Johnson's new works on paper unique and exciting are the ways in which those similar ideas from before are presented in a much more minimalist fashion.

In the Front Room the gallery presents a retrospective of the first seven years of the Museum of Pocket Art (MoPA). MoPA began in response to author Walter Mosley's idea that everyone should carry a small piece of artwork in their pocket to brighten their day and share with others. MoPA organizes exhibitions to show in a standard wallet with artwork made specifically to exhibit at a small scale, usually about the size of a business card.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work by William Morris. The video titled Atraxia illustrates the relationship of a running man to a ringing telephone and its physiological result. The running man symbolizes one's own anxiety; the expectations of performance upon a subject influenced by external stresses. Like the dog in Pavlov's behavioral experiments, the running man hears and reacts to external stimuli.

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LAURA BEARD: "Thick and Smooth" (Main Gallery)
Charles P. Reay (Chip): "Recent Sculptures" (Project and Front Rooms)
Ben Wiener: "Na + (aq) + C5H8NO - (aq) NaC5H8NO4(s)" (Media Room)
SWOON (Caledonia Curry): "Ben" (BDG EastWall) view photos

GALLERY CLOSED: Saturday, July 9 to August 2, 2011

(May 20, 2011 to Aug 20, 2011)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Laura Beard's second solo exhibition with the gallery entitled "Thick and Smooth". Laura Beard's new paintings and drawings continue her exploration of the primary impulse of abstraction by focusing on the direction and texture of each brushstroke. By using this technique, the paintings take on a structured chaos that is both powerful and energetic. Through pure abstraction, the work strives to engage the emotional impact of color, the structure of human instinct and the complexity of a deliberately flexible process. This unique flexibility allows for the evolution of each new work to build on the experiences of the last.

In the Project Room and the Front Room, we are pleased to present Charles Reay's first solo exhibition at the Bruno David Gallery titled "Recent Sculptures" and "Metamorphosis". Charles (Chip) Reay's studio is an intensely personal space, a space removed from the routines of everyday life, where he can indulge his imagination. It is a space, where free association, experimentation, trials and errors, encourages the outpouring of his creative mind. In his studio, there are no rules or standards of taste or beauty. It is a space for pure expression.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents a new video work by New York based artist Ben Weiner titled "Na + (aq) + C5H8NO - (aq) NaC5H8NO4(s)". Known for his paintings that achieve enigmatic and transcendent abstractions through cropped magnifications, Weiners new body of work has given way to a collection of stop-motion videos. Composed of thousands of photographs of synthetic materials, these videos are constructed like moving paintings. In collaboration with Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA

On the BDG East-Wall, the gallery presents a temporary life-size woodblocks and paper cutouts installation by New York-based artist, Swoon (Caledonia Curry). Several other cutouts are located around the city of St. Louis.
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PRINTS + MULTIPLES
(Mar 10, 2011 to Mar 19, 2011)
Reception: Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 3 to 5pm

A group exhibition of prints and multiples. The exhibition is in conjunction with the SGC International Conference (March 16-19) hosted by Washington University in St. Louis - Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (SGC International Conference Link). The artists are Todd Anderson, Frida Baranek, Shawn Burkard, Bunny Burson, Carmon Colangelo, Jill Downen, Yvette Drury Dubinsky, Joan Hall, Ann Hamilton, Leslie Laskey, Peter Marcus, Patricia Olynyk, Judy Pfaff, Dionna Raedeke, and Buzz Spector. In the Project Room, Hung Liu: "Za Zhong (Bastard Paintings)"; On the Gallery East-Wall, SWOON: Life-size installation

Peter Marcus: Forms in Architecture, Opening Reception for Peter Marcus: Wednesday, March 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Steinberg Gallery, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

ARTIST TALKS
: (Link)
Hung Liu: 9am on Friday, March 18 at The Chase Park Plaza (Khorassan Room).
Peter Marcus: 2:30p on Thursday, March 17, in Steinberg Hall, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
SWOON: 4:30p on Friday, March 18, at The Chase Park Plaza (Khorassan Room).

PANEL:
"Painting with Prints and the Ties that Bind" (Link)
Panel chair: Patricia Olynyk. Panelists: Hung Liu, David Salgado, and Craig Zammiello
March 18 at 2-3:30p, at Steinberg Hall Auditorium, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The work of dynamic and experimental artists Hung Liu and Elizabeth Peyton, who collaborate with master printers David Salgado of Trillium Graphics and Craig Zammiello of Two Palms Press, respectively, will be the focus of discussion.

OPEN PRINT STUDIOS: Joan Hall and Danielle Spradley
Saturday, March 19, 12-3 pm at 710 North 20th Street, St. Louis (Map)


Christina Shmigel: "This City, Daily Rising" (Main Gallery)
Shawn Burkard: "Oranges/Megalithic" (Front Room)
Eleanor Dubinsky: "Touch the Sky" (Media Room)

(Jan 21, 2011 to Mar 09, 2011)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present a solo-exhibition by Christina Shmigel entitled "This City, Daily Rising". Christina Shmigel's first solo US exhibition since 2005, is composed of three interrelated installations. Continually shifting between macro- and microcosmic views, the installations are emblematic of Shmigel's play with scale and size, intimacy and monumentality, and create for the viewer something of the vibrancy & intensity of Shanghai (China), the city where she now lives and works.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an installation/sculpture by Shawn Burkard titled "ORANGES/MEGALITHIC". The sculpture is composed of vinyl orange blocks representing a youth generated subculture, while Ancient Egyptian pyramids inspire the installation's structure. The compilation of past and present develop puzzling yet simple lines that create depth and volume in the work.

In the Media Room, the gallery presents "Touch the Sky", a new video work by New York City based musician and multimedia performance artist Eleanor Dubinsky. She says: "Touch the Sky" is the visual expression of what happens to me physically, spiritually and emotionally as I release elements, relationships and ideas from my consciousness that no longer serve my best interest. The process of making this video is in itself an attempt to help myself release and let go of such elements, and, as I make it, I wonder if the piece's existence as work of art will serve as some reminder or inspiration for others to do the same.

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OVERPAPER
(Nov 12, 2010 to Jan 15, 2011)

A selection of works on, or of, paper by artists including Carmon Colangelo, William Conger, Alex Couwenberg, Jill Downen, Yvette Drury Dubinsky, Beverly Fishman, Joan Hall, Ann Hamilton, Kelley Johnson, Chris Kahler, Matthew Penkala, Judy Pfaff, Paul Henry Ramirez, and Buzz Spector.

Paper has long been the starting point for conceptions by artists, who worked out their ideas on paper before moving them to other mediums. Now the idea on paper often becomes the art, and this exhibition surveys artists using paper both as the template for creative thinking and as a material base for new artistic forms. A fully illustrated color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

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KELLEY JOHNSON: Recent Paintings
Iris Nesher: Project Room
Gary Passanise: Front Room
Barry Anderson: Media Room

(Sep 10, 2010 to Nov 06, 2010)

Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Kelley Johnson. A native of St. Louis originally trained in the figurative tradition; Johnson's recent paintings move beyond the classical skills he obtained as an art student in Paris. A fully illustrated color catalogue with writings by James Yood and Vara Lyons accompany the exhibition.

In the Project Room, Italian-born, Israel-based artist Iris Nesher presents "In the Dark Rooms," a series of photographs that investigates the very essence of female creativity. Nesher produces provocative, hauntingly beautiful photographs of a selection of female writers, poets, and playwrights of various cultural and religious backgrounds. A fully illustrated color catalogue with writings by Laura Beckman, Yigal Schwartz and Meir Aharonson accompany the exhibition.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents "The Sky Is No Longer The Limit -- Constructions and Proposals" by Gary Passanise. These small, mixed-media constructions contain ideas in miniature, revealing unsettling, unstable environments within. Grappling with the evolution of the American dream and the uncertainty of contemporary times, we are compelled to explore new possibilities and re-consider the path of our history. Prints and drawings illustrate proposals for site-specific installations offering a window into his always evolving creative process.

In the Media Room, video artist Barry Anderson presents a three-channel video entitled "Totem (1)." This new work, created in 2010, depicts, at a distance, a turbulent tornado against a yellow ochre sky, overtaking a Midwestern landscape reminiscent of Dorothy's Kansas. Upon closer inspection, a mass of swirling faces overwhelmed by this natural force becomes visible. These faces, a conglomeration of pop icons, speak to Anderson's recent interest in cultural imagery from 1950s to 1970s Americana.

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RECESSION REJUVENATIONS
June 11 - August 28, 2010

OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, JULY 9. 6-9 pm

(Jun 11, 2010 to Aug 28, 2010)
The exhibition "RECESSION REJUVENATIONS", is a testament to the resilience of the creative impulse in the face of economic adversity. Even as the global community is wracked by recession, political unrest, and enormous threats to the environment, artists remain committed to following their inspirations within the confines of their studios. This exhibition of small works represents the current artistic endeavors of St. Louis' foremost contemporary artists and provides an insight into some of the current trends and pulse of the local art community.

The confluence of distinguished art institutions with an array of innovative artists forms the basis of a vibrant arts scene in this metropolitan area. In addition to eminent visual arts establishments such as The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Sheldon Art Galleries, the local arts scene is enriched by musical and performing arts at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Fox Theatre, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Sheldon, and the Saint Louis Blues Society. The artists featured in this exhibition are a testament to the vitality of the St. Louis art community amidst these challenging times. These are their personal visions realized.


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THEASTER GATES
Dry Bones and Other Parables from the North
A project of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts at Bruno David Gallery
Curated by Juan William Chavez
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 15
May 15 - June 5, 2010
Media Contact: Rachel Craft at rcraft@pulitzerarts.org or visit the website (Link)

(May 15, 2010 to Jun 05, 2010)


In conjunction with its current exhibition Urban Alchemy/Gordon Matta-Clark, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has organized three artist-drive projects, one of which concludes with an exhibition that will be on view within the Bruno David Gallery. Chicago-based artist and 2010 Whitney Biennial participant Theaster Gates will exhibit "Dry Bones and Other Parables from the North," featuring a series of installations richly influenced by the Book of Ezekiel that address the future of the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis. The Pulitzer's guest curator for this project is Juan William Chávez of Boots Contemporary Art Space.

This series of installations will be the culmination of Gates' work with students from Holy Trinity Catholic School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis as part of the Urban Expression project, led by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, is also in collaboration with Succeeding with Reading by ACCESS Academies.

In conjunction with Succeeding with Reading, photographer Stewart Halperin, poet Janie Ibur and artist Juan William Chávez guided students from Holy Trinity Catholic School in explorations of their daily lives through photography, writing and drawing. These workshops were in preparation for the project with Gates, who worked with the students to activate empty spaces, organize a town hall meeting, and create works of art responding to the neighborhood.

In this exhibition, Gates responds with his own artwork to Hyde Park residents thoughts and desires. These residents formulated a neighborhood "Master Plan" with the help of Chávez and Cujawa Architecture. Gates' project brings to the forefront the current state of cultural, spiritual, and familial life in the Hyde Park community while visualizing some of the residents' hopes for upcoming years. These installations at the Bruno David Gallery will spark new conversations regarding the present and future of this historic St. Louis neighborhood.

The projects will culminate in the Transformation Project Walk on May 15, 2010 from 3 pm to 7 pm at various sites. For information on these projects with The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, please contact Rachel Craft at rcraft@pulitzerarts.org or visit the website (Link)


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CINDY TOWER
Decadense
March 19 - May 8, 2010.

Front Room: NANETTE BOILEAU: Heard but not Said
Media Room: DICKSON BEALL: Membrane Moments: Journey through Loss

OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, MARCH 19. 6-9PM

(Mar 19, 2010 to May 08, 2010)

Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Cindy Tower. "Decadense" [sic] includes recent paintings of decrepit, isolated and condemned architectural settings. A fully illustrated color catalogue with writings by Charlie Finch and Angela L. Miller accompany the exhibition.

Originally a sculptor and performance artist, Cindy Tower lets her creative background shine through in paintings that have become visual evidence of performance. Raw in spirit and conviction, Tower's highly articulated works engage the viewer in a visceral, otherworldly experience. Composite views of decrepitude become metaphors of bodily functions and reflect the political climate of our modern world. Wet, gloppy oil paint is applied in a loose yet precise manner in which subjects continuously dematerialize and reemerge. Tower's painting practice mirrors her concept of gradual accumulation that not only provides an exhausting, claustrophobic sensation but also raises questions regarding the complexity and level of exchange that occurs in our modern world. Presenting the themes of consumption, intimacy, obsolescence and loss, the paintings are an overwhelming celebration of materials and process.

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BUZZ SPECTOR
SHELF LIFE: Selected Work
January 22 - March 6, 2010.

Front Room: SHAWN BURKARD: Phantasmagoria
Project Room: BEVERLY FISHMAN: Pharmako - Xanadu
Media Room: MAYA ESCOBAR: el es frida kahlo

(Jan 22, 2010 to Mar 06, 2010)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an introductory exhibit of the art of Buzz Spector. "SHELF LIFE: selected work" includes photographs, drawings, collages, and bookworks created over the past ten years. A fully illustrated catalogue with writings by Buzz Spector, Garrett Stewart and, Dora Apel accompany the exhibition.

Buzz Spector is best-known as an artist for his work with books, but his studio practice also includes photography, collage, installation, and drawing. This introductory exhibit covers the past eleven years of Spector's work. The selection reveals the material diversity and intellectual coherence of an artist concerned with memory, perception, and desire. It is no coincidence that Spector is also a writer; he is constantly crafting a poetry of things. Spector comes to St. Louis as the new Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University.

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CHRIS KAHLER: Hybrid Dynamic

Front Room: Dionna Raedeke: The Addition
Project Room:
Heather Woofter & Sung Ho Kim: Per.For.Mance
(Exhibition closes Saturday, December 12, 2009)
Media Room: William Morris: 8 ms

(Oct 30, 2009 to Jan 09, 2010)
Bruno David Gallery presents Chris Kahler's third solo exhibition, Hybrid Dynamic, a body of work painted over the past two years. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by James Yood accompanie the exhibition.

With their dense and layered compositions of vibrant, abstracted subjects, Kahler's new paintings explore dualities. There is a collision of intuitive and rational thought, conflict and order, evoking both the macro and micro sides of the natural world. Synthetic and natural colors collide to create a hybridization of variations of pattern and form that in turn create mutations on multiple levels. Not only biological in nature, these new works explore the fields of architecture, ecology, network theory and cybernetics.

Chris Kahler is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Eastern Illinois University. He received his BFA at Ohio Wesleyan University and MFA from Northwestern University.

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LESLIE LASKEY: Tango
Legacy: the Work of Laskey's Former Students (Front and Project Rooms)
DICKSON BEALL: Frames and Movements: The artist in Society (Media Room)

(Sep 11, 2009 to Oct 24, 2009)
Leslie Laskey is presenting a series of paintings and drawings inspired by the Argentinean dance. Tango has been a great inspiration for artists, whether they are musicians, filmmakers or visual artists. His fascination for Tango isn't surprising, when one looks at his previous work. Leslie Laskey has already explored the subject in 2006. His series of flower digital prints evoked the sensuality of the dance with hot colors and powerful graphic gestures. Laskey has now chosen another media to further investigate his passion for a dance he has practiced himself.

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OVERVIEW_09
(Jul 30, 2009 to Aug 29, 2009)
A Group Exhibition with
Margaret Adams, Todd Anderson, Laura Beard, Elaine Blatt, Shawn Burkard, Bunny Burson, Carmon Colangelo, Alex Couwenberg, Jill Downen, Yvette Drury Dubinsky, Corey Escoto, Beverly Fishman, Damon Freed, William Griffin, Joan Hall, Takashi Horisaki, Kim Humphries, Kelley Johnson, Chris Kahler, Bill Kohn, Leslie Laskey, Sandra Marchewa, Peter Marcus, Genell Miller, Kathryn Neale, Robert Pettus, Daniel Raedeke, Frank Roth, Chris Rubin de la Borbolla, Frank Schwaiger, Charles Schwall, Thomas Sleet, Lindsey Stouffer, Cindy Tower, Mario Trejo, Brett Williams, Ken Worley, and others.


YVETTE DRURY DUBINSKY
Dividing Time: New Work on Paper

Frank Roth: Narrative Patterns (Project Room)
Van McElwee: Alternity (Media Room)

(May 14, 2009 to Jul 25, 2009)
Yvette Drury Dubinsky's recent and very large chromogenic prints show a continued fascination with the lines, textures, and colors found in natural forms. By enlarging and isolating what there is to see in common and less common vegetables and fruits, Dubinsky shows in a simple way why artists and designers throughout time have used the natural world as inspiration for making art, whether it is abstract or representational, sculptural or two-dimensional. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
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JILL DOWNEN: Hard Hat Optional
Chris Rubin de la Borbolla: there was a silent tinfoil rapping against the front door (Project Room)
Brett Williams: Things You Will See (Media Room)

(Apr 10, 2009 to May 09, 2009)
Jill Downen's latest installation, "Hard Hat Optional", resembles a construction site, filled with anatomical forms reminiscent of sensual bodily elements, pockets of empty space, and areas of densely packed material. She stacks, leans, and places sculptural and architectural forms to be seen not as individual pieces, but rather as a complete installation.
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DAMON FREED: Calm, Cool, Coherent
Larry Torno: When is a Doll not a Doll? (Project Room)
Mario Trejo: Catharsis (Front Room)
Tiffany Shlain: The Tribe (Media Room)

(Mar 05, 2009 to Apr 04, 2009)
Damon Freed belongs to a new generation of landscape artists whose work combines abstraction with explorations of the connection and interaction between man and nature, mind and spirit. Damon Freed's work investigates the relationship between soft and hard edges and an ordered way of seeing shape and form.
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BEVERLY FISHMAN: New Paintings
Genell Miller: Memories (Project Room)
Todd Anderson: The Nearest Faraway Place (Front Room)
Maya Escobar: You and Your Friends vol. 1 (Media Room)

(Jan 23, 2009 to Mar 01, 2009)
Fishman's latest work is a vibrant barrage of information derived from and alluding to charted systems and functions of the natural universe. Fishman utilizes materials from paint and silkscreen, to polished and powder-coated metal to manipulate light and color, illuminating themes addressing abstraction, technology, medicine, and the body.
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CARMON COLANGELO: Big Bang to Big Melt
Sandra Marchewa: Work (Project Room)
Kathryn Neale: Recent Paintings (Front Room)
Eleanor Dubinsky: New Videos (New Media Room)

(Dec 05, 2008 to Jan 17, 2009)
Carmon Colangelo's new exhibition explores ideas about the creation of the universe and man-made changes in the in the environment-from the Big Bang to the Big Melt. This paradoxical relationship expands on Colangelo's investigation of the biological aspects of evolution and takes a closer look at the physical environment.
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LAURA BEARD: New Paintings (Main Gallery)
ROBERT PETTUS: 8 min. 20 sec. (Project Room)
MARTIN BRIEF: Artforum Series (Front Room)
CHERIE SAMPSON: River of Spirit of Life (New Media Room)

(Oct 31, 2008 to Nov 29, 2008)
This exhibition titled New Paintings shows the ways in which Laura smoothly integrates influences of painterly abstraction with a distinctly modern and inventive style.
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WILLIAM GRIFFIN: Recent Paintings (Main Gallery)
PATRICIA OLYNYK: Probe (Project Room)
MARGARET ADAMS: Blindness (Front Room)
JESSICA ROGEN: Let Me Entertain You (New Media Room)

(Oct 03, 2008 to Oct 25, 2008)
William Griffin's most recent work blends the traditions of Old Masters with 21st century sensibility. He paints human figures as forms and shapes, touching and reacting in sensual gestures. By using the figure's power to express strong physical and emotional content, and by reducing the informational material, Griffin abstracts his images - much as a photographer or filmmaker crops and frames observed phenomena and concepts.
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HOWARD JONES: Memory and Refraction
PETER MARCUS: Untitled 1972 (Project Room)
NANETTE BOILEAU: White Woman (New Media Room)

(Sep 04, 2008 to Sep 27, 2008)
Howard Jones was an intensely brilliant artist and even in the rambunctious 1950s, '60s and '70s a maverick and an innovator. He was part of the Art and Technology Movement along with Nam June Paik, Le Parc, Takis, Uecker and others. He worked through various artistic phases, including abstract expressionism, op and pop, but settled finally on creating work that harnessed technology for genuinely authentic artistic ambitions. Jones' use of light and sound, separately and simultaneously, was far in advance of his time.
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OVER_VIEW 08
(Jul 11, 2008 to Aug 23, 2008)
OVER_VIEW 08 sums up the works of artists who are affiliated with Bruno David Gallery. The exhibition features a host of both local and international talent, exploring a variety of themes and ideas concerning issues such as the distinction between self and identity, reality and unreality, and humanity and technology. From escapism into the subconscious, to the very tangible exploration of materials, this exhibition of works describes art at its best: an investigation of what we observe.


ELAINE BLATT: Natural Phenomena
JILL DOWNEN: Hybrida Drawings (Project Room)
WYNE GELEYNSE: Kit 1A: Collected Book (Project Room)

(Jun 06, 2008 to Jul 05, 2008)
As a photographer working for 25 years, Elaine Blatt has explored the globe while documenting sights seen by few people. In this latest show, Blatt is presenting a series of work depicting the dazzling natural light show, aurora borealis (the northern lights) from Reykjavik, Iceland. Also included are the incredible rock formations of the Antelope Canyon in Arizona and the sandstone Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah.
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ALEX COUWENBERG: Working Space
SHAWN BURKARD: Over and over and over (Front room)
JILL DOWNEN: Cornerstone (New Media Room)
Project Room: CONTROLLED CHAOS: Laura Beard, Joan Hall, Kelley Johnson, Cindy Tower and Chris Kahler

(Apr 25, 2008 to May 31, 2008)
Alex Couwenberg has forged a unique reputation in California by producing a distinctive body of work that is a product of his obsession with the process of painting. Born and raised in Los Angeles and Orange County, Alex Couwenberg was exposed to many of the visual elements that create the So Cal terrain. The subject matter in his work comes from a deep appreciation of the aesthetic associated with the Southern California culture.
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LESLIE LASKEY: WORK
(Mar 14, 2008 to Apr 19, 2008)
In the hit-or-miss world of contemporary art, longevity in itself is a virtue. Leslie Laskey's lengthy biography can at times read like the artistic history of the 20th and 21st century. Leslie Laskey demonstrates again that working in the studio is crucial to a creative mind and longevity. His new work explores and engages us in images found in things and places. Showing us how they work, finding sensuality in surfaces and rich mystifying colors. Laskey never separates his art from its viewer as he always engages them in the process of his work.
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FOUR ACES: Large-Scale Prints from Four Universities
(Feb 01, 2008 to Mar 08, 2008)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibit FOUR ACES: Large-Scale Prints from Four Universities. The works exhibited are from 48 graduate students and faculty members of Washington University in St. Louis - Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Louisiana State University – College of Art and Design, University of Texas - Austin; and University of Wisconsin - Madison.


THOMAS SLEET: Traces
INGO BAUMGARTEN: untitled (ohne titel) (front Room)
ISLAND PRESS: selected prints (Project Room)
ELLA GANT: mother choo choo (Video Room)

(Dec 07, 2007 to Jan 12, 2008)
Thomas Sleet's work is enigmatic as it weaves themes of organic structure, migration, infinite multiples, and primitive culture with systems of individual marks. Sleet engages a new vernacular of style by combining the purification of form with the merging of organic structure and geometry.
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CHRIS KAHLER: VIRAL
COREY ESCOTO: Global Repair Service (Front Room)
ISLAND PRESS: Selected Prints (Project Room)
MAYA ESCOBAR: Acciones Plásticas (Media Room)

(Oct 19, 2007 to Dec 01, 2007)
Chris Kahler harvests biological systems for images and patterns that describe the symbiotic synergy and infection that exist between microscopic organisms and their host. Capitalizing on a process of risk and fluidity, of plan and accident, his work explores the growth, energy, interdependence, and mortality of invented organic forms. His paintings blend and fuse colors whose flow and growth, though controlled, though yielding carefully rendered forms graced with gestural movement, create a web of paint that is as unpredictable as it is elegant. The resulting images are skeins of networks and clusters of colonies that evoke macroscopic tissues with expressionistic nuance.
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JOAN HALL: From Whence We Came
CARMON COLANGELO: Pharmland Series (Front Room)
ELEANOR DUBINSKY: Short Forms (Media Room)

(Oct 07, 2007 to Nov 06, 2007)
Joan hall's recent large-scale, sculptural prints are thickly layered with handmade paper, pulp, and printing ink. The process of addition and subtraction, cutting out shapes and painting with paper creates a deep and complex surface that reveals new images as we look deeper into the work, as though the viewer is diving through the surface of the ocean. Implicit natural phenomena, such as water, wind, currents, and waves not only show the artists long fascination with the sea, but also portray the permeability of human beings basic structure from part to whole; we are of and by the sea.
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FRANK SCHWAIGER: Mythologies
(Jul 20, 2007 to Aug 25, 2007)
Frank Schwaiger latest works are not quite sculpture; these forms are more in touch with the presence between what is real and what is not. The things we might have forgotten, the things we never knew or noticed--the shadow that follows us, the light that warms us, the basic aspects of existence.
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ERNEST TROVA: Insinuations
BUNNY BURSON: Consequences (Project Room)
CHARLES GICK: Flowers From The Mouth (Media Room)

(May 25, 2007 to Jun 30, 2007)
The technique of collage is one of modernism's earliest tools, and "Insinuations" finds Ernest Trova fully immersed in all of its disjointed, comedic potential. The unifying thread in this new body of work are found photographs of meat, reorganized into a world populated by devilish silhouettes of raw beef and greasy sausages, a world where lamb chops enjoy their afternoons on sunny park benches, and where womens blouses are only as ruffled as the sliced ham from which the artist has constructed them. Trovas new imagery is at once grave and playful, violently drawing the viewers attention to both the beauty and fragility of our corporeal existence.
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YVETTE DRURY DUBINSKY: Cité des Arts: Mixed Media
(Apr 20, 2007 to May 19, 2007)
Yvette Dubinsky presents monotypes on paper, large chromogenic prints of organic forms and a new multi-media installation of photographs (and music) made in France on the Paris Metro. All three bodies of work were inspired during her three months in France. The musical collaboration was done with Axel Singer, a composer from Munich, Germany while Dubinsky and Singer were both residents at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in the Spring of 2006. This collaboration was initially presented in a concert at the Cité des Arts in Paris in October.
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PETER MARCUS: Horsehead Series
CHRIS RUBIN DE LA BORBOLLA: la entrada (Project Room)
DICKSON BEALL: 500 Billion Plastic Bags (New Media Room)

(Mar 16, 2007 to Apr 14, 2007)
Peter Marcus creates large-scale experimental prints inspired by and based on architecture. His innovative technique of bonding coated paper to canvas permits his large-scale presentation without the distortion of glazing, a technique that challenges the distinction between printmaking and painting. Complex patterns and textures draw the viewer into his work, with space-defining areas of color applied over primarily black-and-white collagraph, a form of intaglio printing related to engraving and etching. Marcus pieces are about combining opposites, being large while, at the same time, intimate and geometric while organic.
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KELLEY JOHNSON: Recent Paintings
CHARLES SCHWALL: Recent Paintings (Project Room)
LISA K. BLATT: 24 hours in Venice in 24 seconds (New Media Room)

(Feb 09, 2007 to Mar 10, 2007)
Kelley Johnson experiments and explores the possibilities within the confines of oil paint. He creates paintings that can be read as figurative or abstract. Some of the paintings look like images from fantasy books and comics others look like childrens books while others resemble figures from popular myths.
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JENNA BAUER: Thunder Fields
(Jan 05, 2007 to Feb 03, 2007)
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibit: Thunder Fields by Jenna Bauer.
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