On its surface, the work of Shira Berkowtiz and Kristin Fleischmann Brewer is very different. Berkowitz creates sound and video pieces, pulling from various sources, both personal and from nature. Often minimal in approach, the results of these quiet explorations can be both calm and jarring: “solitude which might be a lovely thought, and the eerie places our minds wander when there’s quiet but not peacefulness”. Fleischmann Brewer’s work is based in painting but often takes form in sculpture, pursuing ambiguity between the physicality of the material and examining differences connecting abstraction and representation: “finding meaning through a dynamic cycle of production which includes formal strategies and a process of construction and deconstruction.” Through-lines between both artists work are speed (tempo), form (gravity), menace and delight. The resulting exhibition finds its cohesion where pacing and strategy both overlap and are at odds.
February 6 – March 7, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6-9p.
Additional hours for this exhibition will be Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays from 1-6p.
Des Lee Gallery
1627 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
Anya Kavanaugh: Living Room Deities
December 12 & 13, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, December 12, 2014 from 6-9p.
Additional hours for this exhibition will be Saturday, December 13 from 1-6p.
Des Lee Gallery
1627 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
The Des Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the BFA exhibition Living Room Deities by Anya Kavanaugh, a December 2014 graduate.
A purely aesthetic object is intended to be gazed upon and contemplated. During such contemplation, a painting’s self-awareness can create a contractual understanding between the viewer and the object about one’s place outside the other, both physically and metaphysically. The human mind’s remarkable ability to displace itself from the body’s finiteness can enable a complete immersion into the opposing world. When gazing upon a work, the mind becomes a pawn on the chess board that is the object on the wall. Once the object has achieved checkmate over the viewer, the two work together to engage in a dialogue about the consistency of the human condition and its experience of beauty. The expressionistic style throughout my oil paintings, drawings, gifs, videos, photographs, and collages heightens the presence of my hand as the artist; however, the lack of an inscribed signature allows the work to exist within its own mythology outside of myself in order to speak of universal truths of the human condition. The everyday and the extraordinary fuse as fashion models are thrown into domestic environments and the viewer is thrown into mythology.
December 5 & 6, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6-9p.
The Des Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition PARABOLA:COLLABORA. Graduate education reflects a commitment to curiosity and investigation. Parabola stands as our graduate student platform to extend our professional interests and connect with each other’s fields of understanding, production and knowledge. PARABOLA:COLLABORA is a show of our work: our research, our writing, our data, our passion. This exhibition aims to contextualize all fields of graduate study at Washington University as inherently creative fields of study.
Parabola is made possible through the generous support of the Graduate Professional Council of Washington University in St. Louis, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the Graduate School of Art, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Des Lee Gallery. All questions can be directed to Kellie Spano & Dayna Kriz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 28 – BFA Sculpture
Friday, April 4 – BFA Painting
Friday, April 11 – BFA Printmaking
Thursday, April 17 – BFA Photo
Friday, April 25 – MFA First Year (section 1)
Friday, May 2 – MFA First Year (section 2)
All exhibition openings from 6-9p.
Additional viewing hours, Saturdays from 1-6.
Organized by Gretchen L. Wagner and the Des Lee Gallery.
The human eye can only detect a fraction of the spectrum of light, and much of the world’s visual information remains hidden without augmented manipulation. Above the ROYGBIV array exists the higher frequency wavelengths including the ultraviolet field. These rays are emitted at all times, but are only revealed with the aid of an outside influence, such as a blacklight. Geological specimens, insects, and many substances from the natural realm are among those items which exhibit such luminescent properties. They are among numerous examples of how the world continually escapes what one can detect unassisted, but once revealed, provides copious amounts of information theretofore unavailable.
Are there hidden aspects of your practice that you have never brought to light? Are their dark corners of your studio where unseen things lurk? Things you created which possess qualities you know are special, yet you have held them close over the days, weeks, and years for only your eyes to see? This exhibition provides opportunity to bring them out to show their colors before an audience and spark discussion. Maybe you will discover potent and illuminating characteristics you never recognized previously. Local alumni, current faculty, graduate and undergraduate students are all invited to submit and join this conversation, and show what, up until now, has been shadowed by your primary interests.
Exhibition Opening at Des Lee Gallery
Friday, February 21, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition on View:
February 21 – March 22. Normal gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1-6pm.
October 19 – November 23, 2013
Opening Reception: 1-4pm, Saturday, October 19, 2013
Gallery hours for this exhibition will be Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-6p and by appointment.
Featuring Midori Harima, Presley Martin, and Nic King Ruley
Curated by JE Baker
What does it mean to control something? What does it mean to control one’s self? Control implies the power to restrict, to manage, and to limit. It refers to a standard of comparison that is fixed and understandable. Ridden is an exhibition that brings together three artists whose works explore the theme of control.
By using paper as a medium to create wholeness from controlled and fragmented information, to highlight the inseparability of natural and man-made phenomena, and to address the hybridity of identity, the artists in this exhibition expose new ways to relate to the structures of recognition. Whether ridden with existential anxiety, invasive pests, or deviations from the social norm, these works provide a site for viewers to reconsider their relationship to the self as well as the objects and beings that surround them. This exhibition has been planned as part of Papers! Please!, The Friends of Dard Hunter international hand papermaking conference being held in St. Louis October 17-19. http://www.friendsofdardhunter.org/conference.html