Artists-Owned Gallery Monaco Opens Fifth Exhibition with St. Louis Native Gregg Louis
The exhibition bridges works created by Louis that are 10 years apart. In 2008, the artist enlisted nine participants to engage in the childhood game Telephone. As each person transcribed a message from one person to the next, the resulting piece–“After Yesterday Before Tomorrow,” which the exhibition borrows its name from–reflected the artist’s acceptance of distortion and spontaneity in his work.
In 2018, the artist has grappled with similar themes in his interdisciplinary work, which often combines nontraditional uses of materials to think through the artist’s ideas of fluidity and chance. In what Louis calls “blind paintings,” the artist has employed the blind contour-drawing technique by simultaneously sketching while gazing at different subjects. The resulting works evolve into some of the paintings and sculptures featured in the exhibition, such as “Blind 55 (Yellow Mobile),” intended to hang from the ceiling, and “Blind Painting 54 (Sea of Cortez),” a multihued painting with varying shapes.
Louis earned his BFA in Painting from Missouri State University and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work has been shown internationally in New York, St. Louis, London, Vienna, Bogota and Istanbul, and in 2009, he was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He currently resides in St. Louis and is represented by Nohra Haime Gallery in New York.
“After Yesterday Before Tomorrow” will be Monaco’s fifth exhibition since opening in December 2017 as an artists-owned alternative gallery on Cherokee Street. The gallery seeks to provide opportunities for critical inquiry and commercial potential and supports its members by forging new connections and fostering community.
When: Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., or by appointment.
Where: 2701 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO, 63118
Image courtesy of Monaco (firstname.lastname@example.org).