HOW WE SEE: MATERIALITY AND COLOR
CLAIRE ASHLEY / JEDEDIAH CAESAR / JEFFREY GIBSON / BARBARA KASTEN / ANNE LINDBERG / ODILI DONALD ODITA
MARCH 2–JUNE 30, 2019
Whitaker Foundation Gallery, Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center / Outdoor Galleries
Curated by Dana Turkovic
How We See: Materiality and Color presents six artists whose artwork activates the science of color through various combinations of materials and media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and installation.
Artist Barbara Kasten builds sculptural photographic hybrids using brightly colored Plexiglas mounted to digital prints to create ambiguous architectures and geometric patterns using, mirrors, shadows and lighting effects. Jeffrey Gibson’s painting draws on his Native American heritage with vibrant abstract shapes and symbolic patterns bordered by an intricate beadwork frame. Laumeier has also commissioned Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley to create a new large-scale inflatable sculpture covered in neon spray paint that will be the centerpiece of three on-site performances with local dancers, introducing a playful and humorous sculpture into the Park’s landscape.
How We See: Materiality and Color investigates how each artist uses color and material to enliven and amplify artwork’s form, shape, and surface. Some artists deal explicitly with color and its possibilities in mapping space, while others play with the power of perception. Each artist calls attention to the precise material interplay of the natural and the synthetic, by creating objects that have inherent and manipulated qualities.
Laumeier Curator Dana Turkovic states: “At first glance the exhibition is a straight forward chromatic display, however but scratching the surface a bit reveals more complexity. These artists’ colored materials are the product of modern technology in material sciences, but also ultimately derived from nature. This exhibition does more than show the beauty of color. It suggests that the artists’ production of countless color variations and applications is similar to nature in that both are subject to manipulation and change.”
2019 KRANZBERG EXHIBITION SERIES
CARLOS ZAMORA: cART
JULY 26–DECEMBER 22, 2019
Curated by Dana Turkovic
As part of our commitment to supporting and showcasing local artists, Laumeier Sculpture
Park will present Carlos Zamora: cART. This project will commission Cuban-born, St. Louis-
based illustrator and graphic designer Carlos Zamora to retrofit the Park’s golf carts. Golf carts
play a pivotal role in how Laumeier staff crisscrosses the campus, shuttling colleagues and
checking on sculptures, and interacting with visitors. Zamora will create three unique artworks
by enveloping the carts in printed vinyl wraps, sculptural frameworks, and ornamentation
inspired by a variety of sources such Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes, history and politics.
The production of embellished “drivable” sculptures draws attention to the history of kinetic
art, from early modernism to the present and its activation by the viewer, context and
environment. The golf cart takes these ideas one step further, whereby the object is
decorative, mobile, and functional.