The Gallery at RAC Presents The Importance of Texture and Delicacy

July 7, 2017

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents The Importance of Texture and Delicacy, an exploration of the concepts of emotional fragility and “Existence as Resistance” in Black Culture.

Through art and culture, we can physicalize the fragility and essence of Blackness. Each artist in this exhibition will use their own craft of sculpture, photography, archival work, or quilting to form a discussion around the body, the style, and the historical trauma/joy of the present and the past.
 
EXHIBIT NAME:     The Importance of Texture and Delicacy

FEATURING:         Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Lola Ogbara, Eugenia Alexander and Jen Everett

CURATOR:            Katherine Simóne Reynolds

DATES:                  Opening Reception: Friday, June 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00pm
                               Panel Discussion: Friday, August 4th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
                               Closing Reception: Thursday, August 24th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
All events are free and open to the public.

The Importance of Texture and Delicacy continues through August 24th.

GALLERY HOURS:              Monday – Friday               10am to 5pm;
                                             Saturday & Sunday          12pm to 5pm.

LOCATION:         The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)
Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking

The Gallery at RAC Presents
The Importance of Texture and Delicacy

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION:
Through art and culture, we can physicalize the fragility and essence of Blackness.
The impact of the emotional fragility of Black culture comes with a political statement in tow, whether the statement is meant to be said or not. “Existence as Resistance” comes to mind automatically, but within this delicate political air, there is more depth, layers, and texture that haven’t been fully actualized but derive first from an innate feeling.

Each artist explores the two concepts through their own craft of sculpture, photography, archival work, and quilting to form a discussion around, the body, the style, and the historical trauma/joy of the present and the past.

“The Black Arts and Black Power concept both relate broadly to the Afro-American’s desire for self- determination and nationhood. Both Concepts are nationalistic. One is concerned with the relationship between art and politics; the other with the art of politics.“ –Larry Neal

The Importance of Texture and Delicacy is open to the public for viewing through Thursday, August 24.

About the Curator
Katherine Simóne Reynolds is in her feelings, and will probably remain sitting there. At the moment, she is based out of Saint Louis, MO creating conceptual portrait and architectural photography. From receiving her B.A in Dance from Webster University, movement comes second nature and is thoroughly integrated into her practice. Her recent work is made to be literal, authentic, and emotional.

Katherine has exhibited work within many spaces and institutions around Saint Louis, including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, and The Luminary. Internationally she was hired to work for ImPulsTanz, the largest contemporary dance festival in Europe, as the event photographer where she worked on photographic and performance projects within the MUMOK, the Weltmuseum, and many other unique venues around Vienna, Austria.

This year she completed her first residency in Berlin, Germany where she exhibited her work twice at Takt Kunsterprojectum; bringing together her two loves, architectural photography and authentic movement from the subject being photographed. For the future, she will be working on expanding her practice into more sculptural and performance works dealing in social practice.

About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling over $100 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.

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