This Saturday, May 3: Two New Exhibitions Open at Fort Gondo

Posted by Fort Gondo on May 1, 2014 | Comments Off on This Saturday, May 3: Two New Exhibitions Open at Fort Gondo

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Join us this Saturday, May 3 from 7 – 10 PM for the opening of two new exhibitions:

Brian DePauli

Every Day Is A Beautiful Day

May 3 – May 24, 2014 at fort gondo

Every Day Is A Beautiful Day is a celebration of the working man’s plight. Through meticulous paintings, sculptures, drawings and animations, the attempt to escape day-labor drudgery and working-class reality is translated into an anarchic and humbly heroic quest. Happiness is always near: in Missouri lakeshore idylls, rag scraps and common clichés turned into epic anthems of liberty. The very shoes on one’s feet become hand-crafted tools of rebellion. DePauli’s gleeful humor is never unearned: each sketch is fastidiously drawn, every painting laboriously considered. Honest work earns one the right to walk away at day’s end, wearing sunglasses that proclaim, “fuck work.” In these patient and methodical pieces, labor is reclaimed on the artist’s own terms and made brazenly democratic. With fundamental optimism, DePauli reminds us that we, too, can afford an orgiastic weekend at the beach. And here, take a pair of sunglasses, for the ride.

about the artist:

Brian DePauli is a painter, sculptor, draftsman and animator who received his MA in visual art from Fontbonne University. His work has been included in numerous local exhibitions, including such venues as the Luminary Center for the Arts, Snowflake Gallery, Boots Contemporary Art, White Flag Projects, and the Saint Louis Artists’ Guild, among others. He lives and works in St. Louis.

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Mike Behle, Brandon Juhasz, Mitchell Kirkwood, Amy Kligman, Marianne Laury, Angela Malchionno & Sopearb Touch

You, Me, Florida
May 3 – May 24, 2014 at beverly

You, Me, Florida is an exhibition of figuratively-based or -dependent sculpture and painting by seven Midwestern artists.

The idea of Florida in the Midwest is a place drawn without reference to true maps or statistical data. It was imagined in an Indiana, Illinois, Ohio or Missouri Public School class, during the short-essay assignment, “Where would you like to go this summer?” It’s a make-believe place flickering beyond Disney World commercials that bears no resemblance to the Northern landscape in winter. The idea of Florida in the Midwest is that it’s a place the body needs to escape time (aging) and unhappiness (bad weather). It is near enough to be affordable, and far enough to be false. The reality of the state is never a factor; conservative politics, incarceration and poverty rates, and environmental crises play no role. Rather, the Florida of the Midwest persists as an irradiated state where people go to vacation and die, a nostalgic childhood resort vampirically draining the Everglades; it’s the state-equivalent of the American body, tossing snack bags to the wind and letting plastic brilliantly vaporize in the sun.

about the artists:

Mike Behle is the director of Paul Artspace and a lecturer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He lives and works in St. Louis.

Brandon Juhasz received his BFA from Bowling Green State University. He lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mitchell Kirkwood received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He is a co-founder of BANK Projects and lives and works in St. Louis.

Amy Kligman received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. She is a co-founder/director of PLUG Projects and lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marianne Laury will receive her MFA this May from the Sam Fox School of Visual Art and Design. She is a co-founder of BANK Projects and lives and works in St. Louis.

Angela Malchionno is a Senior Lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art and the founder and director of Proper Residency. She lives and works in St. Louis.

Sopearb Touch will receive his MFA this May from the Sam Fox School of Visual Art and Design. He lives and works in St. Louis.

Opening receptions sponsored by Schlafly Beer.
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fort gondo compound for the arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit forum for the arts founded in 2002.
3151 & 3155 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO     63118
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