“STRATA”, our second photography exhibit opens this Thursday, May 1st with the launch party taking place on Thursday, May 8th. The reception on May 8th will last from 6-9pm and gives patrons a chance to meet & mingle with the photographers & curators. The exhibit will run May 1st – June 25th.
“STRATA” brings together the works of four artists currently working in Saint Louis. This exhibition highlights photographic-based works which use layering as a method of image making.
“STRATA” artists source what is added, subtracted, and what remains after the effects of time.
Featured photographers: Zoe Catalano / Kelsey Rogers / Jesse Firestone / Stan Strembicki
Curated by Gina Grafos in conjunction with the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum
Embodying the nexus of art and life in Grand Center, The Dark Room wine bar and photo gallery offers patrons an opportunity to experience fine art and fine wine under the same roof. Rotating monthly photography exhibits curated by the International Photography Hall of Fame, locally sourced menu items, and a progressive wine program curated with care by Bill Kniep of Pinnacle Imports will make The Dark Room the ideal place for friends to SIP, SEE & SHARE!
A partnership between Grand Center Inc., the Kranzberg Arts Foundation and the International Photography Hall of Fame, The Dark Room is a 501(c)(3) non-profit under the direction of managing partner Chris Hansen, director of theaters and events for the Kranzberg Arts Center.
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Zoe Catalano’s practice works within the field of photography and digital video. Through focusing on contemporary cultural issues, she produces minimal imagery while emphasizing the humor of these cultural issues. Her video pieces are not purely based in reality, but operate through the context of human experience. They focus on how much time we spend using technology and our personal association with material objects. It is through the distillation into video and print that these issues are given new recognition and taken out of their original context.
Jesse Firestone is interested in the language of corporations and how their agendas are proliferated by a mask of “sympathetic design.” He imitates mall culture in this truncated version of his Gimme $helter store, weaving sexual imagery into seemingly innocuous prints and materials. Within the gallery the works offer a critique of consumer culture, but when placed in a mall, without a formal context of art, the works are reduced to nothing more than vapid products.
As it becomes increasingly difficult to define, individual and collective position in place and space is put off for consideration at a later date. Kelsey Rogers forms new spatial coordinates out of communal architecture and landscapes that reveal hidden traces of the past.
Stan Strembicki is interested in multiple imagery and in particular, in-camera collage, a technique he learned from his friend and mentor, Bart Parker. For the past three years, Strembicki has been rotting books at his Tyson research studio. These books are placed in a wooded area for anywhere from 6-12 months and slowly decay. He then takes them inside the studio to be photographed using an in-camera multiple exposure method, which he meticulously composes and considers during the process. Minor White referred to this initial method or encounter as a “gift of the camera.” This body of work is dedicated to Parker and the many influences he has had on Stan’s work and career.