Michael St. John: BOUQUET
May 13 – July 30, 2017
Exhibition opening with the artist: Saturday, May 13 at 5pm
To celebrate the re-opening of Hudson Hall and the much anticipated “unveiling” of the magnificent restorations at this historic landmark, the renowned artist Michael St. John has been commissioned to make 20 paintings of flowers to benefit Hudson Hall. Each work will bear a hand-written name of one of the many distinguished speakers, poets, artists, and performers who appeared at the Opera House over the generations. All works are priced at $1,200.
The project is conceived and curated by Carol McCranie and Javier Magri of HUDSON BRICK LLC, an Art Advisory based in Hudson, NY.
To learn more about BOUQUET, read the full press release here.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael St. John’s work conveys a sustained commitment to observing and representing experiences of the everyday. Gathering source materials by casting an inclusive and penetrating gaze on the world through which he moves, St. John layers newspaper clippings, found images, fragmented language and everyday objects into captivating collaged portraits. Underpinning this recalibration of contemporary culture is an insightful and rigorous formal practice informed by Rauschenberg, Warhol, Ashcan School artists, and 19th-century American trompe l’oeil painting. With a dedication to recognize and commemorate the time we live in, St. John’s work reflects on notions of violence, tragedy, narcissism, racism, and indifference, drawing stimulating connections that kindle new and compassionate perspectives on contemporary culture.
St. John has exhibited his work since the early 1990s and was included in Darger-ism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger, curated by Brooke Davis Anderson at the American Folk Art Museum. Works by the artist are in the collection of MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida; among others. Michael St. John lives and works in Massachusetts.