Exposure 17: Notions of the Grotesque is a group exhibition featuring artists who live and work in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The exposure series first started in the late 1990’s by the St. Louis Gallery Association and was held at Hunt Gallery on the Webster University campus. Gallery 210 gained ownership of the series in 2005 with Exposure 8. We are proud to continue the series with work by Travis Lawrence, Heather O’Shaughnessy,and Edo Rosenblith.
The grotesque is absurd, bizarre, and odd or unnatural in appearance and character. In decorative art, Grotesque involves the inclusion of unusual human and animal figures interwoven in other forms. Such ideology of the grotesque is a more than fitting characteristic that can be used to describe the work by O’Shaughnessy, Lawrence, and Rosenblith.
O’Shaughnessy is an outstanding self-taught artist who brings forth her beeswax sculptural pieces that are modeled after Italian anatomical sculptors. Reinventing the little known process of casting with beeswax, just as 17th century Italian anatomical sculptors had, she creates images inspired not only by the human anatomy, but resembles imagery reflected from her experience as a professional tattoo artist. Lawrence is a printmaker who obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and works for Evil Prints in St. Louis. Gaining inspiration from 15th century illuminated manuscripts and Jungian psychology; he creates images of archetypal figures evoking deeper thought and individual interpretation. Rosenbilth is originally from Tel Aviv, Isreal and lived throughout the United States, including St. Louis, before setting in Rode Island where he obtained his Bachelors in Fine Art at Rhode Island School of Design. Rosenbilth is characteristically grotesque not for his admiration for previous art but for his fantastically distorted figures found throughout his drawings. His drawings reminisce early cartoon imagery and obscure caricature. Rosenbilth will also turn the gallery walls into a canvas of his own with a one of a kind wall painting that will remain in place throughout the duration of the exhibit.
Exposure 17 is scheduled to open August 23, 2014 and close October 11, 2014. A panel discussion and reception for the artists will be held September 6, 2014 between 4 and 7 that evening.