Artist Margi Weir Debuts New Show, ‘The Politics of Hue,’ at St. Louis Artists’ Guild
Detroit-based artist Margi Weir will launch a new series of paintings with a show at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Clayton, with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. that is free and open to the public. Aptly titled “The Politics of Hue,” The pieces are detail-rich, full of political and cultural iconography organized by color, crafted with acrylic paint on Plexiglas panels and vinyl, ready for audience interpretation. Green recycling symbols appear alongside dollar bills, marijuana leaves and text like “global warming,” while carrots, Cheetos and bottles of Fanta populate the orange scene, alongside men firing guns in orange suits and cartoon images of Donald Trump’s face. What does it mean? That’s up to the viewer.
Weir has previously worked with medium to large-scale works in a variety of media, beginning with digital prints and utilizing acrylic paint, vinyl and resin, this time on Plexiglass panel. She is also no stranger to work with a political edge, with former bodies of work with titles like “White Privilege,” “Don’t Shoot” and “Police Line.” Disruption and decay set the scene for several works inspired by the urban degradation of Detroit, set further alongside similar decay the artist observed across the country. “As I look for the buildings to serve as my models, I have found that they are not only in Detroit. I have begun to notice them all across the country,” she writes in her artist statement. “There are bones of regional cultures that dot the countryside along Route 66. There are ruins of motels, gas stations and, actually, whole towns.”
So, if you thirst for artistic commentary instead of the current climate of warring sides, we have your plans set for late September.
St. Louis Artists’ Guild
12 N. Jackson Ave
Clayton, Missouri, 63105
Cover image courtesy of Caleb Salomons via Unsplash. Artist images courtesy of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.