Alexandria Eregbu Black Object / White Smoke IV, 2015, archival pigment print, 24 x 30 in: Now at the Luminary
If you're into a good art opening, Friday is your night: Three of St. Louis' smartest galleries have new shows premiering that evening. Stop by for one or two or make plans for all three.
Géothermie: Stéphane Margolis
4733 McPherson Ave. | www.projects-gallery.com
Opens 5-8 p.m. Fri., Jun. 3. Continues through Jul. 30.
Stéphane Margolis grew up in the south of France, surrounded by plants and flowers. He later trained in the Japanese art of ikebana, which arranges flower stems and branches in a minimalist fashion. His petrified sculptural work combines both of these ideals, featuring the lush force of life hemmed in by stark compositions. Margolis begins with live plants and painstakingly subjects them to a steady bath of calcium-rich water, which slowly coats their shoots and blooms in a stoney skin. His careful arrangement of these altered forms serves as a liminal point between animal, vegetable and mineral.
Charles P. Reay: Strats/DADADADA/Complications
Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Blvd. | www.brunodavidgallery.com
Opens 6-9 p.m. Fri., Jun. 3. Continues through Jul. 9.
Charles P. Reay’s second solo exhibit at Bruno David Gallery comprises three groups of small works. Strats imagines how Picasso and Braque’s various works featuring guitars would have looked if the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster electric guitars had existed in their time. DADADADA is a collection of small collages that features key people and pieces of the DADA movement (Man Ray, Tristan Tzara) reworked, reimagined and re-DADAed. The final piece, Complications, is a series of small collages that increase in complexity. Denizen No. 1 is a close-up leaf with sparkling googly eyes — Denizen No. 9 shows the whole leaf (still with the eyes) floating against a hazy backdrop.
Alexandria Eregbu: The Shadow on the Ground
The Luminary 2701 Cherokee St. | www.theluminaryarts.com
Opens 7-10 p.m. Fri., June 3.
The psychic space of Black America is the current that charges Alexandria Eregbu’s new solo show. In her series Black Object/White Smoke she constructs precise installations of magazines, photographs, food, packaging, incense and records on black backgrounds that are then wreathed in smoke and photographed. The faces and forms of black women are juxtaposed with a bottle of Mrs. Butterworth’s, a carton of Domino’s dark brown sugar, the cover of Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool and a copy of Marlon Riggs’ Black Is … Black Ain’t, all slightly obscured by the smoke. It’s an unmistakable metaphor for the black experience in America, but also a potent composition that draws in the viewer, challenging us to rethink how these objects are related, as well as who gets to decide what they represent.