Friday, July 5, 2013

First Friday Hit List: FrontSpace, Plenum Space, Pi Gallery, Todd Weiner Gallery, Beggars Table and Czar Bar

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Sage Dawsons Volcano
  • Sage Dawson's "Volcano"

Independence Day means a number of Crossroads galleries are taking July 5 off, but there's no shortage of intriguing shows this First Friday.

At FrontSpace (217 West 18th Street), St. Louis' Sage Dawson presents her Natural Disasters, a set of colorful, cartographic-style drawings that give expression to burned-out homes and abandoned objects, focusing on the Augusta, Georgia, hilltop neighborhood of Summerville.

Plenum Space (504 East 18th Street), open tonight and then only by appointment, brings Timothy Wagner from St. Louis, where he is involved in community events and helping other artists get their works out there. His multimedia two-dimensional work reflects landscapes of Europe and the American West in unexpected, abstract ways.

Another one-night-then-appointments show worth seeing in the heat is at Beggar's Table (2010 Baltimore). The Space or the Aggregate, by Brandon Briscoe and Jaime Rovenstine, is about creating visual dilemmas through ideas of containment and the congregation of forms.

Todd Weiner Gallery (115 West 18th Street) shows a triumvirate of power sculptors: Steve Pistone, with a new set of wrapped-wire works on view, is now exploring ceramics, too; John Northington continues to push massive woodblock forms to new expressions - including with fire; and Dave Root's wooden constructs complement these nicely.

Pi Gallery may be a distant memory, but Jody Wilkins still curates. Main Street Gallery is above Anton's Tap Room (1610 Main) and this month features new work by Annie Woodfill in a multimedia, site-specific installation that, the artist writes, is partly a look at "contingency and contextual beauty derived from the phenomena of excess in American life."

And Czar Bar (1531 Grand) presents artist and educator Emily Eileen Patterson, who's not interested, she writes, in making pretty things. Beauty is another matter, though, and she wants you to see it in all its "yummy flamboyance."

For information about additional gallery shows, click here.

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