Arts & Culture » Arts

In the Galleries - Social Dress St. Louis: Learning and Unlearning at CAM

by

comment

In a series of workshops, Washington University alumnus Takashi Horisaki invited members of the community to select items of personal significance to them, then showed them how to cast the objects in a mixture of latex, pigment and cheesecloth. The resulting traces — strangely limp, brightly hued and imprinted with the shapes of familiar forms — behave somewhat like clothing, preferring to be hung rather than organized like graspable objects. In a show curated by Los Caminos, the casts hang in CAM's Front Room gallery in delicate, loose rows — like lines of otherworldly laundry, or a diaphanous, ceiling-strung quilt. Lit from above by the museum's clerestory windows, the colorful pieces possess a luminous buoyancy that offsets their elegiac character as remnants of things held dear: A toy dog's head; an imprint of a brick whose provenance is unmistakably engraved ("St. Louis"); a crucifix; a small bird; a wrench; a dinosaur. We're all of a piece, the assortment seems to say, without belaboring its message — which is itself borne of a motley confluence of chance, whimsy and collective goodwill. Through July 15 at CAM (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis), 3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or www.camstl.org. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. (open till 8 on Thu.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.