Christopher Orr & J. Parker Valentine & Rezi van Lankveld

Jun 3, 2008 - Jun 28, 2008

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Christopher Orr & J. Parker Valentine & Rezi van Lankveld, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009.

Christopher Orr & J. Parker Valentine & Rezi van Lankveld, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009.

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Scottish-born, London-based artist Christopher Orr’s meticulously painted pictures are derived entirely from extant media: vintage magazines, Ladybird storybooks, science textbooks, Old Master paintings, newspaper articles, and found slides. Testing the objectivity of scientific depictions, photographs, diagrams, and paintings, his eclectic style and content combine competing perspectives of different histories.

Amsterdam-based artist Rezi van Lankveld often works wet-on-wet and pours paint onto laid board or paper, allowing the suggestive nature of the pools of paint to lead her towards an image. Emotionally charged scenes and figures emerge from droplets and swirled marbled paint, whose figures and muted palette nod at nineteenth century Dutch painting and hint at humor, violence, and sexuality.

New York-based artist J. Parker Valentine works on paper and rough MDF panels, making bold gesture drawings with chunks of graphite, oil pastel, and ink. Interested in the relationships between media, architecture as psychological space, and man’s physical, gravitational connection to the earth, Valentine’s additive process reveals dynamic and often violent abstractions, as well as feral and animal forms.

 

Sponsors

General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.