Two Must-See Gallery Shows Opening in St. Louis This Weekend

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STEVEN SORMAN, WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING, 2011
  • Steven Sorman, without really knowing, 2011
Looking for plans this weekend? How about seeing some art? Here are two show opening Friday that caught our attention.

Steven Sorman: outside in, inside out
Atrium Gallery
4814 Washington Avenue | www.atriumgallery.net
Opens 6-8 p.m. Fri, Apr. 1. Continues through May 28.

Steven Sorman has been exhibiting his work since the early 1970s. His earliest pieces are minimalistic prints dominated by simple, geographic forms and muted colors. By the ‘90s, his collages had become full of swooping organic curves, dense with color and contrast. His most recent work, which is the focus of his show at the Atrium Gallery, features the return to the more stark compositions of his youth. His 2011 woodcut and etching, without really knowing, is a swirl of black whorls that imply a churning body of water. A single capital “o” of bronze powder hovers against this unnamed sea, an exclamation of surprise made solid.
INSUFFICIENT DATA, TERRY M. BOYD
  • Insufficient Data, Terry M. Boyd

Dark Matter: Terry M. Boyd + Amanda McCavour
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design
6640 Delmar Blvd. | www.craftalliance.org
Opens 6-8 p.m. Fri., Apr. 1. Continues through May 8.

Boyd and McCavour are both fiber artists who seek to express emotion through their work. For this show at the Craft Alliance, both artists delve deeply into more solemn feelings. Boyd creates menacing two-dimensional portraits of bleakness and despair through thickets of embroidery. All I Know, Is That I Know Nothing As to Why the Universe Exists features clusters of black floss running at crazy angles across a white background, studded by thick dark nodes where his needle has returned again and again. McCavour is represented by Black Cloud, a massive installation of feathery dark paper and loops of yarn that bell out from the ceiling to pool in strands and puddles of inky darkness.

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