Claire Evans & Gemma Pardo & Raha Raissnia

May 26, 2010 - Jun 13, 2010

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Raha Raissnia, Lapsus, 2010, composite projection of hand-painted, collaged 35 mm slides with oil on canvas and sound (tape cassettes). Dimensions variable. Sound by Charles Curtis. Courtesy of the Miguel Abreu Gallery.

Raha Raissnia, Lapsus, 2010, composite projection of hand-painted, collaged 35 mm slides with oil on canvas and sound (tape cassettes). Dimensions variable. Sound by Charles Curtis. Courtesy of the Miguel Abreu Gallery.

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Francis Bacon once said that human understanding is like a false mirror, whereby each new encounter is colored by, and understood through, our past experiences. St. Louis, for one, is a landscape held in the collective imagination, less by our understanding of its present condition, but rather through the lens of its history—from its turn-of-the-century heyday to its postmodern decline. This exhibition features three artists who urge us to resist this false mirror and instead, to compel an immediate, direct, and intimate encounter with the present. Raha Raissnia’s Lapsus slips between surfaces in an ever-shifting infusion of recognizable and abstract forms that that are at once temporary and enduring. Claire EvansDigital Decay—as it animates the process of saving an image file in incrementally lower file formats hundreds of times—explores the line between the cold rationality of the digital world and the mutability and unpredictability of human nature. Alongside, Gemma Pardo juxtaposes two interrelated videos in Temperature, magnifying the opposition between the carefully registered process of control and the inability to master bodily transformation.

Claire Evans & Gemma Pardo & Raha Raissnia: Engaging the False Mirror is curated by Gilian Rappaport.

 

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; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.