Sam Moyer & Lesley Vance & Stan VanDerBeek

Jul 1, 2009 - Jul 26, 2009

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Sam Moyer & Lesley Vance & Stan VanDerBeek, Installation in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by Marie Heilich. 

 

Sam Moyer & Lesley Vance & Stan VanDerBeek, Installation in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by Marie Heilich.  

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Los Angeles artist Lesley Vance’s small painted compositions—comprised of shells, horns, coral, and flowers in bloom or decay—both isolate and suspend the organic form. Her enamel-like surfaces, at times brittle, porous, or wilting, point to the traditions and refinements of the still-life genre, while propelling it towards abstraction.

A recent graduate from Yale’s sculpture program, Sam Moyer's objects and photographs often feature traces of an event—an explosion of white steam, a generator, a smoke machine, a light fixture from a movie set. In The Front Room, she presents a sculpture emulating a house of cards, along with new photographs depicting Willie Nelson at the end of a concert.

A pioneer in the development of experimental film and live-action animation techniques, the late Stan VanDerBeek achieved widespread recognition as an American avant-garde filmmaker. An advocate of the application of a utopian fusion of art and technology, he began making films in 1955, and his multimedia experiments include movie murals, projection systems, planetarium events, and the exploration of early computer graphics and image-processing systems. The Front Room features a selection of VanDerBeek’s series of early paintings, presenting an added layer to his already expanded practice across media. 

 

 

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.