The Sager Reeves Gallery is curated with an eye to the broader landscape, bringing together artists from across the country in Colombia. And every December, the gallery truly stretches across time and space, focusing on the work of often overlooked 20th-century artists in its exhibition of masters.
But the Walnut Street venue has never neglected its own creative backyard and often places artists farther afield in conversation with those closer to home. The gallery’s latest monthly exhibit is a Missouri trifecta, bringing together local artists who have so much to say about who and where we are.
Here’s a sneak peek of the trio sharing the August exhibit.
Kansas City-based Chris Dahlquist should be recognized as one of the great Missouri artists of our generation. Soulfulness assists his photographic processes, as Dahlquist slips in between and emphasizes the elemental layers, treating viewers to real life.
One of the subjects dear to Dahlquist, the clouds, returns here. But rather than accentuate their silver and gold linings with metallic prints, the photographer suspends them against beautiful inky black grids, as if they hover – and perhaps even open – above David’s landscapes. Lynch.
Shimmering mountain silhouettes – called “Investigations of Grace” – display the true vitality of seemingly stationary natural objects. And Dahlquist’s extensive series of “field samples” explore worlds within worlds. Peering through a magnifying glass, pressing a light button, and peering inside, viewers have the opportunity to be immersed in the details of a root system, an ancient forest, or a gathering of birds.
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A bountiful and ever-evolving presence on the Colombian art scene, Amy Meyer’s painting becomes progressively more abstract – and, in its own way, more sympathetic.
His series “Meditations on Chaos” will no doubt show viewers something of themselves: the entanglements, color chambers and internal geometry that make us up amid current and ongoing crises of being.
Indigo shapes, white lines that curl over each other, seemingly endless bands of green and triangles emerging from the composition replace the pieces of us that, while inherently promising, twist, causing tension. In the chaos, there is a special beauty to be found, and Meyer masterfully presents it for viewers to absorb.
If home is truly where the heart is, then Nora Othic’s paintings reach for something deep within.
The Brookfield artist delivers richly detailed portraits of the animals that make so many lives worth living – rabbits, horses, cows. Sometimes Othic places these gentle creatures in natural but stylized settings; at other times she contrasts them with the same fields of color that might frame a human portrait, emphasizing their dignity.
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This time around, Othic also features a series of homes that could exist in Anywhere, Missouri — or any neighborhood in the Midwest, for that matter — and still feel wonderfully familiar. Relying on color, naturalistic light and deceptively simple geometry, these compositions transcend mere images of where we might lay our heads; they really engender a sense of affection and belonging.
The August exhibition is on display until August 27. Visit https://sagerreevesgallery.com/ for more information.
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