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Bonsack Gallery Presents Art Marks from Minnesota and Montana to the Confluence: Watershed Cairns by Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan
Libby Reuter, a sculptor and installation artist, creates reliquary-inspired glass "cairns" constructed from household or antique glass. Image courtesy Joshua Rowan
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 10, 2019 - The Bonsack Gallery opens Art Marks from Minnesota and Montana to the Confluence: Watershed Cairns by Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan with a reception on Friday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Artists Reuter and Rowan have collaborated since 2011 on a project they call Watershed Cairns - large-scale color photographs of glass sculptures placed in watersheds throughout the Mississippi-Missouri river basin.
Reuter, a sculptor and installation artist, creates reliquary-inspired glass "cairns" constructed from household or antique glass; each piece is made in response to a specific site. Because the cairns are too delicate to keep in place, Rowan photographs them to record their presence in the landscape. The artists display most photographs on watershedcairns.com, along with a short description and GPS coordinates, so viewers may visit the sites themselves and note changes in the landscape and the rivers over time. The work also appears in galleries and museums, with many cairns displayed with their corresponding photograph.
So far, Reuter and Rowan have traveled to more than 300 locations in the Missouri-Mississippi basin. Their project aims to "mark the watersheds metaphorically as fragile, beautiful, and deeply connected to everyday life," and to spark community discussions around water. The artists' current series focuses on Mississippi River basin's water wealth: the river provides drinking water for 50 million people and irrigates 90 percent of the United States' agricultural exports.
The exhibit runs through April 10. The Bonsack Gallery is a not-for-profit educational gallery on the campus of John Burroughs School. Regular gallery hours are 8 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Donya Allison (Fine Arts) at 314/993-4045, ext. 229, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 21, 2019 - The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) is presenting the first solo museum exhibition in the United States by Beijing-based artist Guan Xiao, providing audiences with the opportunity to encounter the work of one of the leading members of a new generation of Chinese artists.
GuanXiao: Fiction Archive Project will be on view at CAM through April21, 2019.
Through her multimedia practice involving sculpture, installation, and video, Xiao combines discordant objects, words, images, and sounds.
Her artwork is a study in contrasts, piece-by-piece assemblages of physical forms or digital images. Whether as installations or multi-channel video, her work is representative of how the mind processes information in the age of the internet. Browsing, for example, is a cognitive process through which we encounter vastly different visual, aural, and written data.
Xiao believes "raw awareness" is an accurate description of this process, a state of awareness that flattens perspective. Her juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary forms - a bust of Nefertiti and an automobile headlight - are removed from history and functionality, distilled as a "lump of recycled things in changing packages."
To make art for audiences who have grown accustomed to the delivery of information in a second, Xiao is intuitive, radically free-form, and attentive to people's "shifting habits" in our complex environment.
"Everything has collapsed" she has observed, and she seeks avenues through which audiences may make associations where distinctions have dissolved. She provides her audiences context, allowing them to discern the subject matter, and through the use of rhythm - whether in visual montage, sound, music, or the line, color, and shape of objects - Xiao offers intersections where the senses may best experience transitions between forms.
Guan Xiao: Fiction Archive Project, on display through April 21, 2019, is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, with Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator. CAM is located at 3750 Washington Blvd, in the Grand Center Entertainmnent District. Call 314-535-4660 for more information.
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