Past Exhibitions



As Blue is to Distance, March 2 – 23, 2018

In As Blue is to Distance artists Meghan Grubb and Rachael Starbuck build parallels between landscape and longing. The artists create physically immersive spaces with sculpture, installation, and video works that focus on water, in particular, as a metaphor for constant transformation.

Grubb and Starbuck collect form and content from a range of sources including tropical plants, newspaper clippings, political maps, and wave dynamics. Processing and manipulating these points of origin, the resulting works overlap on themes of intimacy, consumption, nature and politics. Borrowing its title from Rebecca Solnit’s essay, “The Distance of Blue,” the exhibition explores states of flux, balancing the immersive with the dissociative, the abstract with the concrete, and the grounded with the unmoored. With a focus on intermediary spaces between people, landscapes, and objects, the artists visualize places of volatility and vulnerability that lie beyond physical reach.

This exhibition is curated by Saint Louis-based writer and curator, Stephanie Weissberg.

Meghan Grubb (b. 1982, Normal, IL) is currently living and working in Saint Louis, MO.  Grubb received her MFA Art + Design from the University of Michigan in 2012, and her BA History + Studio Art from Wellesley College in 2005.  Meghan Grubb's exhibition record includes group and solo shows, collaborations, and site-specific installations. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Norway, Finland, Spain, and Thailand, and nationally at the Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), the Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles), Heaven Gallery (Chicago), and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI).  She has received numerous awards and grants, including the American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship (2012-2013), Regional Arts Commission Artists Fellowship (2015), Creative Stimulus Award (2015), Alice Cole Award (2015), recent nominations for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2014) and Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2015 and 2016), and Regional Arts Commission Support Grants (2015 and 2018).

Rachael Starbuck (b. 1988, Miami, FL) is currently living and working in Austin, TX. Starbuck received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and her BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. She has been a resident at ACRE Projects, The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, The Wassaic Project and The Vermont Studio Center and has shown work in Richmond, VA, Providence, RI, Chicago, Austin, Houston, New York and London.

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Mala Noche,  January 19 - Febuary 9, 2018

St. Louis, MO — Monaco, an artist-owned cooperative gallery located at 2701 Cherokee Street, will debut a new body of work by one of its founding members, José Guadalupe Garza, titled Mala Noche on Friday January 19, 2018.

Mala Noch examines the visibility and invisibility of the Latin/a/o/x experience in the United States -- its tensions, contradictions and complexities. Images of celebrities, “Mexican” food, album covers and cleaning products are abstracted, blurred and arranged mise-en-scène to demonstrate ways in which the body politic and mainstream media villainize, marginalize and idealize our collective and individual histories and culture.

Mala Noche takes its title from the 1985 film by Gus Van Sant and the fictional drug cartel that appears in the American television show, CSI: Miami.

José Guadalupe Garza is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator. His studio practice utilizes cinema and popular culture as conceptual frameworks to examine ways in which histories are continually constructed and reconstructed. Cinematic and historical events are conflated to create anachronistic narratives and spaces, in which viewers are confronted with issues of identity, representation, desire, violence, sexuality and consent.
 

José Guadalupe Garza, Mala Noche, digital image on archival paper (2017)



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Grand Prix, December 1 - 30, 2017

Press:
Riverfront Times. Grand Prix by Paul Friswold, Dec 2017
St. Louis Magazine. Check out Monaco, Cherokee Street's newest gallery
  by Melissa Meinzer, Dec 6
St. Louis Public Radio. Monaco gallery in St. Louis will use co-op spirit to connect artists with commercial market by Willis Arnold, Nov3 
Alive Magazine. Monaco: St. Louis’ Upcoming Artist-Owned Gallery on Cherokee Street by Lena Crown, Oct 11

St. Louis, MO — Monaco, a new artist-owned cooperative gallery located on Cherokee Street, will launch with a grand opening exhibition, Grand Prix, on Friday, December 1, from 7:00 – 10:00pm. Grand Prix, an exhibition featuring Monaco’s 12 founding members, will highlight a breadth of media and conceptual concerns, and point to future programming that will be steered by exhibiting artists.

Like the prestigious Grand Prix motor race held annually in the city-state Monaco, Grand Prix navigates complex terrain – here the landscape is comprised of contemporary approaches in art and design. Angle, curve, swerve – color, form, line and shape, introduce the Monaco collective community. Exhibiting artists include Amanda Bowles, Bruce Burton, Sage Dawson, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, José Garza, Meghan Grubb, LAB:D (Lyndon Barrois Jr. + Addoley Dzegede), Allison Lacher, Gregg Louis, Cole Lu, Tim Portlock, and US English.




Tim Portlock, Sundown, ink jet print (2011)




Left to right: José Garza, US English, Cole Lu, and LAB:D
Front: Bruce Burton, The Wait of the Wind, plaster, concrete, slag, marble, rubber, wood, stone, coal, tearrazzo, MDF,
OSL, steel, apple, oranges, avacado seed, chewing gum, tar paper with graphite on wood table (2017)





Left: Gregg Louis, Blind Painting 31, ink on canvas (2017)     
Right: Sage Dawson,  Not Unlike A Burried City, linoleum cut, collagraphy, acrylic, pencil, wood (2016)



         

Left: US English, Resistol (fringe elements), Resistol Ranch shirt, steel hanger, hooks, lead weights
composed of melted down bullets collected from shooting ranges (2017)    
Right: Kristin Fleischmann,  Ground, canvas, jean, thread (2017) & Slot, paper, paint, T-shirt, thread (2017)



      

Left: Amanda Bowles, gran-daddy, solar salt (NaCL2) on shipping tube, spray paint, mirror, dolly (2013-17)    
Right: LAB:D,  Third Nature, solvent transfer, mixed media, walnut frame (2017)






Allison Lacher, The Cannibals, wood, vinyl, ribbon (2017)





Meghan Grubb, Pull, wood, fabric, magnet, paint (2017)


                

Left: Cole Lu, Directional Vices (Lies), c-print, metal, Pulhamite sandstone, View-Master reels, The New American Dictionary of Confusing Words (2017) 
& Paddle, metal, Pulhamite sandstone, Cool Ridge spring water (2017)   
Right: José GarzaRenditions Series #6, framed digital image printed on archival inkjet paper(2016)

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