Buzz-worthy Artists Grace Kubilius And Jeremy Lampe Collide In 'My November Valentine' At Reese Gallery

By Dacy Gillespie
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On Nov. 14, the Reese Gallery presents an exciting exhibit entitled “My November Valentine,” showcasing works by two of St. Louis’ buzziest art world up-and-comers, Grace Kubilius and Jeremy Lampe.

Work of Grace Kubilius. Photo by Adrian Octavius Walker

Work of Grace Kubilius. Photo by Adrian Octavius Walker

According to the Reese Gallery’s press release, “Kubilius will be presenting wearable objects in her new collection ‘Oh How I Love You.’ This collection embodies the curious nature of affection and her garments are a wearable declaration of love. Kubilius’ creations allow us to cast off restrictive ideas of beauty in exchange for playfulness and an understanding of love only known to young hearts. Her work draws direct inspiration from an exchange of children’s love poetry. We are also presenting Jeremy Lampe, a sculptor working in glass for this exhibit. For My November Valentine, Lampe is creating heart-shaped vessels that play with light and vulnerability. His work is truly remarkable in its ability to retain the organic fluidity and softness of hot glass. For these two artists, love is at its most exuberant when met by a starry-eyed reflection, whether in glass, poetry or the heart of another.”

Work of Grace Kubilus. Photo by Adrian Octavius Walker.

Work of Grace Kubilus. Photo by Adrian Octavius Walker.

Chicago-based fiber artist Grace Kubilius has amassed quite a following during her year in St. Louis as Craft Alliance‘s Artist-in-Residence. Attendees of Saint Louis Fashion Week had multiple chances to see and purchase her work, from the STLFW Kickoff Party at Grand Center to the Butik at Union Station. Her work includes material construction, garment making, and movement choreography. She graduated with a BFA in Fiber and concentration in Experimental Fashion from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Her studies also include the Paris College of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago. She has produced three collections of garments, and has been involved in several fashion shows and performance events, including an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Often using found and salvaged materials, her practice reflects the idea that all material is equal and considered. Traditional fiber techniques, destruction and reconstruction, sound, and concepts of play inform her work.

Work by Jeremy Lampe. Photo courtesy of Reece Gallery.

Work by Jeremy Lampe. Photo courtesy of Reese Gallery.

Jeremy Lampe has exhibited extensively including SOFA Chicago, the Smithsonian Craft Show, Palm Beach Craft Expo, Washington Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum Show, and “Transformations 6: Contemporary Works in Glass” in Pittsburgh, among others. At St. Louis Community College, Lampe has taught a variety of courses in ceramics and sculpture.  Most recently, Lampe taught studio classes at Third Degree Glass for the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Lampe has been a studio assistant for such artists as Tony Cray, Stephen Powell and Paul Dresang.  Currently, Lampe is pursuing his Master’s of Fine Arts at Illinois State University.

“My November Valentine”  will be on view Nov. 14 through Dec. 17 at the Reese Gallery, 3410 Wisconsin Avenue, in the Cherokee Arts District. There will be a free public reception for the artists on Friday, Nov. 14, from 6-8pm. Find more information at the Reese Gallery’s website.

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