Zinsser and Aeling at the Philip Slein Gallery
Friday, September 12, 2014–Saturday, October 11, 2014
4735 McPherson Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63108 USA
Opening reception Friday, September 12th, 6-8 pm
The Philip Slein Gallery is pleased to present Extension of Thought, the latest exhibition of paintings by John Zinsser.
Great art has always extended thought. Plotinus called the art object an object of contemplation. But, you might ask, what does one contemplate when one contemplates abstract art? In a word, beauty: pure aesthetic bliss. The abstract expressionists re-defined beauty, and John Zinsser, a devotee of abstract expressionism as well as early minimalism, creates his own version of the beautiful by riffing on both.
A Brooklyn-based veteran of more than 30 solo shows in the U.S. and Europe, Zinsser co-founded the Journal of Contemporary Art, devoted solely to interviews with artists. He has written extensively for such publications and websites as Art in America, FlashArt, ArtNet, and Artcritical. He teaches at the New York Academy as well as the New School University, where he teaches a lecture class devoted to exhibitions in New York City museums and galleries with visits from the featured artists.
In addition, the gallery will present New Work by Jeff Aeling, one of the premier landscape painters in the country. The Aeling exhibition will feature large-scale, luminous panoramas of the Mississippi River where it meets the Missouri River, north of St. Louis.
Special Exhibition Space: LOUIS CAMERON, TILE PAINTINGS
In 2007 Louis Cameron completed several bodies of work – paintings, collages, and videos - based on product branding.
This month we are exhibiting two of the Tile Paintings in our Feature Gallery – a medium scale painting Duracell and his monumental work Hershey’s. A highly popular video from this series, Heineken, in which images of the Heineken label are abstracted and then swim across the screen in captivating motion, has been on display in the new wing at The Saint Louis Art Museum since its opening just over a year ago.
For the Tile Paintings, Mr. Cameron scanned the product packaging, entered it into a computer program which gave him the percentages of each color from the package. This information was then inserted into another program which created a grid and randomly placed the colors within it in the same percentages as on the packages.
Commercial acrylic house paint, again a common product of our culture, was cast in long troughs and then cut into tiles which were affixed to a permanent surface creating multi-level works of art both painterly and conceptual.