Renowned Local Artist Remembered

By Claire Rachel
In Culture, Feature

White Flag Projects host a long-overdue tribute exhibit to the life and work of Ernest Trova.

 

Ernest Trova may be dead, but White Flag Projects is refusing to forget. The local-turned national artist’s work is being featured at The Grove gallery through July 17th in a 16-piece exhibit of sculptures, paintings and prints, including a detailed progression of Trova’s most famous piece, Falling Man. Once recognized during the sixties and seventies as “among the best of contemporary American sculpture,” by The New York Times, Trova’s work–and demise–have hardly received the local attention deserved by such a notable St. Louis figure.

Trova’s work, once displayed across the country, has begun to fade into the background after his death last year at his home in Richmond Heights. And tragically, since his death, no other local gallery has done a tribute to Trova. So far, the exhibit’s attendance has been impressive, according to White Flag Project’s Director, Matthew Strauss. Strauss believes that, “the goal now is to try to push a better understanding of Trova’s art out into the larger art world,” a feat that surely starts at home with a strong, supportive backing of local fans.

Difficult to define, Trova’s style is uniquely his own–futuristic, modern, innovative and at times surreal. Local artists and art appreciators shouldn’t miss the chance to pay this local trailblazer his due respects. The gallery is open on Wednesdays, noon to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and the exhibit runs until Saturday, July 17th.

For more information on the exhibit and Ernest Trova go to etrova.org.

White Flag Projects: Ernest Trova
June 5 to July 17
Free Admission
Wed. Noon-7 p.m., Saturday Noon-5 p.m., and by appointment

White Flag Projects
4568 Manchester Ave.
The Grove
314.531.3474
white-flag-projects.org

 

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Photo credit: Images courtesy of White Flag Projects

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