Zipora Fried & Margarete Jakschik & Sam Windett

Oct 5, 2010 - Oct 31, 2010

Living and working in New York City, Israeli-born, Vienna-raised Zipora Fried assembles her manifold art practice-including drawing, photography, sculpture, sound and performance--eschewing language and narrative forms in favor of a more visceral and physical art-making practice. In recent projects, she has committed to laborious processes in her work; employing repetition and endurance, filling large panels of paper with graphite strokes over the course of years, or cloaking a wooden dining room table with tightly knit black wool. Familiar forms, such as glasses, bottles, knives and baseball bats are multiplied to absurd ends. She presents new and recent work in The Front Room.

Alongside, Polish-born, Los Angeles-based Margarete Jakschik presents photographs that capture subcultures and eccentricities, and a familiar, if misplaced, idea of nostalgia. Bare and pale, sumptuous and lyrical, her compositions construct vague and wistful narratives inspired by American iconography, its symbols, music, and landscape.

British artist Sam Windett's small but intensive paintings emerge from his keen consideration of the grand tradition of painting, while producing a genre of his own making. Pairing modernist tropes with an attachment to primitive form-and a deep appreciation for the still-life tradition--Windett's small canvases explore the possibilities of gesture and form. Windett presents a suite of new paintings in The Front Room.



General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; William E. Weiss Foundation; and Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown. General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.