Mariana Parisca: Premastic

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 19
7 – 10 pm

Available for viewings by appointment through June 9, 2018.
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The Millitzer Studio & Gallery
3103 Pestalozzi Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

Albert Yowshien Kuo: Facts and Figures Make Liars of Those Two Charlatanical Divines

Facts and Figures Make Liars of Those Two Charlatanical Divines, is an exhibition of works celebrating America’s cultural traditions and iconography epitomized throughout its small towns, rural areas, and farmlands, where national decorum is essential. Icons like flannel, hats, firearms, trucks, and sports like fishing, shooting, hunting, and corn hole are accessories to this national identity that are both compelling and often inaccessible to minority Americans. Viewed as an outsider, there is in this country an inescapable feeling of alienness that surrenders to a focus on identity and a faith in newness.

This exhibition highlights this side of American culture in order to examine the proving grounds, where minorities who choose to participate are often still received as disingenuous. These pieces attempt to dispel the myths that have long veiled this American man and have created reservations that exclude new members. As an Asian American I see American nationalism falsely embodied, becoming a barrier to the freedom of expression it was meant to defend.

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Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Exhibition will be on view from April 21 – May 12 by Appointment. Please email //

Opening reception for Chloe West’s ‘To Name a Thing’ Saturday

Opening: Saturday, March 3rd 7pm-10pm
Show runs from March 3rd-March 31st

“To Name a Thing” presents new works by Chloe West. Through the intimate and laborious act of painting, West looks at the neutral, the incidental, and the marginal. The paintings use the language of both representation and abstraction to depict objects of the everyday and fragments of the body, views that are both mundane and intimate. Through these various perspectives, the works both allow and deny the viewer’s gaze, giving fluctuating degrees of accessibility to deal with themes of the gaze, the displaced body, and private/public space. The works form a convoluted narrative that refuses to be named.

West was born in Wyoming where she earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming. West currently lives and works in St. Louis, MO where she received a MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. West’s move from Wyoming to the city has influenced her current work that deals with themes of interiority, the gaze, and the body as it relates to place.

Work/Play and Cameron Granger: God is in the Details

God is the Details questions the notion of salvation versus condemnation, righteous versus sinner, chosen versus cursed and the need to control ones own destiny. The old adage “it’s in the cards,” references the belief system that everything happens for a reason or for the greater good. Offering the ideology of being a co-creator of ones own universe and looking inward for deliverance, the works provide an altered spiritual route of self-navigation.

Cameron Granger is an award winning filmmaker and video artist currently based in Columbus, Ohio. His recent work revolves around notions of blackness as they relate to the ‘American Dream’, representation in film and media. Cameron is a founding member of MINT, a Columbus based art collective and project/gallery space and a 2017 resident artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His work has screened and been exhibited in galleries and festivals both nationally and internationally.

WORK/PLAY is an interdisciplinary design duo consisting of Danielle and Kevin McCoy. Together, they combine illustration, minimal contemporary design along with experimental printmaking techniques. With their use of design and printmaking, the collaborative duo has expanded their practice to textile arts, site-specific installation, publication and bookmaking to inspire audiences and trigger experiences. They continuously experiment with new techniques, seeking to push beyond the perceived boundaries of art, design and printmaking.

Opening reception:
January 13, 2018 from 7 PM – 10 PM
The Millitzer Studio & Gallery
3103 Pestalozzi St, St. Louis 63118

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Carla Steppan: Half Past the Blue of Noon

Decision-making is hard—aspire for making rules to eliminate all future choices? But alas, ones meant to be broken (freedom is a virtue, you know). I am in love with rules but the question remains: feet or inches? As an extension, I wonder, when will SI units come into vogue in the United States? Bring that one up in the court of public opinion, please. Arete! Arete, aristos, aristocracy, nobility, class, taste. Aristotle purportedly said that contemplation is the highest human ability. Have you met him? I thought he was just a rat, but he was a super-rat all along. And all this time, Henry had a birthmark the shape of Barcelona. Spain, however, is not Mexico, despite their best efforts. Have you been there? The arches are lovely.

Carla Steppan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steppan likes to makes rules about making and rarely deviates. While she thinks about many things while she works, her work thinks about the proliferation of western architecture in contemporary urban/private space as a method of imparting class, signifying virtue, and spreading colonial influences. With regard to this show, the artist performed her preferred thought exercise of imagining the narrative of a book she’s never read (in this case The Blue of Noon by Georges Bataille) and what illustrative content might accompany it.

Rachel Youn: Palais de Plastique

The Millitzer Studio & Gallery presents Palais de Plastique, an exhibition of new works by Rachel Youn. Inspired by “duplitecture,” the trend in China of copying Western architecture and cities, the works of Palais de Plastique complicate the determination of authenticity versus artifice. Appropriating European canonical motifs such as classical columns, marble, and genre painting, the stage is set for a lavish domestic setting. But—like copycat cities—the works reveal themselves to be earnest fakery, covered with a glossy skin. Utilizing kitschy décor, a Google image search for “western civilization,” and a research trip to HomeGoods, Palais de Plastique critiques the value placed on the original and how, when intersected with the formation of identity, it metaphorically—and literally—falls flat.

Rachel Youn is an emerging artist living and working in St. Louis. They received their BFA from Washington University in 2017. Youn works with sculpture and video to deconstruct hierarchal narratives associated with material, domestic spaces and architectural design. In queering such forms and recreating them as soft, structureless objects, they point to the fluid, unstable nature of race, gender and culture. Their work has been exhibited at the Des Lee Gallery, Art Saint Louis and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.

Black Brief & Spirited

“Many of the themes I deal with in my current work stem from my personal history and my love for literature. Reading, in my opinion, is the best way to enhance one’s imagination. The relationship between reality and imagination is crucial in my current studio practice. I am interested in creating a pictorial environment for black men that embraces imagination and accepts vulnerability as a part of manhood. As man of color, I create my works as a means to negotiate my relationship with my heritage, American history, background, and masculinity.”
-Dominic Chambers

Dominic Chambers is an African-American emerging artist from St.Louis, MO. Chambers received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2016 and is an MFA candidate at the Yale University School of Art. Chambers creates large scale paintings and drawings that references his personal biography, African-American history, literature, and his relationship to the black body. His works demonstrates the black figure within ordinary settings juxtaposed with unnatural and exaggerated visual elements. He has exhibited his work in both solo and group exhibitions regionally. He has participated in a number of residencies, including- The Yale Norfolk summer residency and the New York Studio residency Program in Brooklyn, NY.

Remembering: Works by Jen McKnight

Jen McKnight:

“This year I tasked myself with creating a collection of memory palaces: work designed to help my family remember my father, who passed away in November of 2015. It’s an interesting challenge to try to distill all the complexity of an oddball, craftsman, chemist, academic, writer, southerner, and charismatic into a few images. Some posters reference cabinets of wonder, and the act of excavating my parents’ house. Each work was developed through short essay work, and chronicles a midwestern family’s foibles, my father’s decline, and a family’s work to make sense of loss.”