Edo Rosenblith, Low Spectrum II (After Ellsworth)
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MONACO @ Julius Caesar
We do not know goals, and are only a pathway
-Heidegger, Mindfulness (1997)
Systems form and evolve over time much like practice does. Many of us have encountered different materials over our short lifetimes- natural pigment, canvas, stone, wood, shells, metal, etc., that speak to our sensibilities as human beings within a set of relations; be it familial, professional, or interpersonal. Our understanding of material within our world stands in for our understanding of people as parts of a world, but what often ends up happening is as relational thinkers, we en up parsing between human and non-human realms, missing out on the liminal entanglements between what we create and that which naturally exists.
‘Fluid Ground’ is an exhibition extending Heidegger’s idea worlding or ‘being-in-world’ beyond the realm of the social, to consider how we can frame ‘being-in -relation-to’ human and non-human, material and immaterial ecosystems. Featuring work by the artist run collective ‘MONACO’, this exhibition at Julius Caesar will feature works by Yowshien Kuo, Howard Krohn, Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson, Janie Stamm, Kalaija Mallery, Bruce Burton, Vaughn Davis Jr, Edo Rosenblith and Alyssa Knowling and Marcus Stabenow (Visitor Assembly). Extending their active exhibition program in their hometown of St.Louis, MONACO will present a set of ideas at the interstices of art, politics and theoretical research, challenging the disciplinary groupings one conventionally experiences in shows of this expanse. Here, craft meets abstract painting, sculpture meets acoustic environments, and refracted light meets half squirrel-eaten walnut, in order to explore the truly reciprocal territory of artistic practice.
We are constantly actively in the process of worlding - ie; bringing the world into being through our response within it. The materials we engage with and stories we tell, generate consequences for humanity for generations before and after us. If anything, Covid-19 has made us more sensitive to how our environment is constantly shaped by our response within it. By considering MONACO to be a fluid and open organism, evolving, shifting, and making-meaning through its members and their activities, ‘Fluid Ground’ will be an attempt to reveal each artists processes of being-in-relationship-with and co-creating each of their worlds. MONACO does not live within an ecology, rather, it is an ecology of its own giving voice to experiences that are at times part fact, part vision, giving viewers many different ways to make sense of what feels resonant with their own life experience.
Making and unmaking together, the exhibition aims to disrupt the neoliberalization of artistic practice, seeking to create a site for knowledge making collectively. ‘Fluid Ground’ is curated by Pia singh and will be on view from March 27th till May 1st, 2021. Kindly contact the gallery for appointments.
Bruce Burton received his BA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. His work is an exploration of the process of making it; gathering, sorting, collating, associating, and staging/displaying. It is rooted in opposing principles; thinking and making — mind and body — rational and organic — structure and experimentation — mechanical and handmade. Investigating the relationships between the object (found or created), the environment, and the viewer. He is one of the co-founders of Monaco, an artist-owned cooperative that operates as an alternative to the traditional gallery model in 2017 and served as a board member at White Flag Projects until its closing in 2016.
Burton has been in solo exhibitions at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (St. Louis), The Sheldon Art Galleries (St. Louis), PSTL Gallery (St. Louis), and Maps Contemporary Art Projects (Belleville, IL); and group exhibitions at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN), World Chess Hall of Fame (St. Louis), White Flag Projects (St. Louis), Monaco (St. Louis), and The Luminary Arts (St. Louis), among others. He lives and works in Belleville, Illinois.
Howard Krohn received his MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA in art from Grinnell College. His work has been included in exhibitions across the Midwest and in New York. In addition to his solo practice he has a long-standing collaborative project, bigweirdo, with artist Amanda Bowles. He is a member of Monaco, an artist run space in St. Louis, MO.
Yowshien Kuo was educated in both the U.S. and Taiwan and completed his MFA in 2014 from Fontbonne University. Kuo is an active exhibiting artist living and working in St. Louis, Missouri.
His experience between both Western and Eastern cultures made it challenging for him to effectively assimilate into either of them. He describes, “My days in Taiwan were filled with studying the arts and the enjoyment of life; in America, the cost of making a comfortable life for myself meant focusing on avoiding being “the other”. My American dreams of fitting in led to shame and embarrassment towards my Asian heritage, and it left me with an inescapable sense of loss that I am constantly working to remedy through my artistic practice.”
In 2020 Yowshien had his first museum exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. As of 2021 he has exhibited with Praise Shadows in Boston, MA, and is scheduled to exhibit with James Fuentes in New York, Art Taipei 2021, Taipei, Taiwan, and Western Contemporary in Denver, CO. Yowshien has been featured in Artsy, New American Paintings, and interviewed by Yale University radio.
Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson have worked as studio and curatorial collaborators since 2012. They have exhibited at venues that include the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), E. Tay Gallery (New York), Museum Blue (St. Louis), Roman Susan (Chicago), Ski Club (Milwaukee), Outhaus (Urbana), Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago), The Franklin (Chicago), University Galleries at Illinois State (Normal), and Des Lee Gallery at Washington University (St. Louis). Their work has been featured in the New Art Examiner, NewCity Chicago, the Riverfront Times, Sixty Inches From Center, and Floor Magazine. They received a collaborative artist residency award from ACRE (Chicago) and they have each, independently, served as HATCH Projects curatorial residents with the Chicago Artists Coalition.
They curate exhibition programming at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery and co-founded DEMO Project, a contemporary art gallery in Springfield, where they served as co-directors of the space until it’s demolition in 2018. They co-organized the Terrain Biennial at Enos Park, a large-scale exhibition of site-specific public art, in both 2017 and 2019, and serve on the Board of Directors for Terrain Exhibitions in Oak Park. They are members of Monaco, an artist-owned gallery and collective in St. Louis, and are recipients of the 2020 Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council.
Kalaija Mallery is a visual artist, researcher and community liaison. She works in response to notions of liberation and aesthetic irony, and is interested in the formation of underground religious groups and fringe-communities. She started Third Room in 2017 as a space for experimental exhibitions and diy programming for young and underrepresented artists in Portland, OR. She is co-founder of "You Are Here”, a publication platform that centralizes visual artist’s writing. She has exhibited work in Portland, Seattle, New York and Beijing. Kalaija now lives in St. Louis, where she works as acting manager for The Luminary and is a member of MONACO, a cooperatively run gallery. She recently co-lead The Human Way, a free, virtual 12-week residency for artists around the globe to define and practice communal-care, with Prem Krishnamurthy and Home-Cooking.
Edo Rosenblith was born in Tel Aviv, Israel but has spent most of his life in the United States. Rosenblith received his BFA in painting in 2011 at RISD and his MFA at Washington University-St. Louis in 2017. Edo is a compulsive draftsman who works in a variety of mediums: murals, painting, drawing, printmaking, and book arts.
Rosenblith has exhibited throughout St. Louis, at The Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis; COCA, Gallery 210 at UMSL, The Luminary, Fort Gondo, and Parapet Real Humans. Rosenblith has exhibited nationally at Ortega Y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn; The Elmhurst Museum, Chicago and internationally, at Jenifer Nails Gallery in Frankfurt.
A two-year survey of Edo’s sketchbook drawings became the content of his first book, PINK, published by Fort Gondo Press in 2013. Rosenblith lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. He became a member of Monaco USA in 2019.
Janie Stamm was born and raised on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County, Florida. She is a craft-based artist currently residing on the western banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her work focuses on preserving Florida’s environmental and Queer history in the face of climate change. She uses a craft-based practice to tell these stories.
In the spring of 2019, Janie received an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in Saint Louis. She was most recently the recipient of the 2019 John T. Milliken Foreign Travel Graduate Award, a Regional Arts Commission grant, a Critical Mass grant, a Dubinsky Scholarship to study at the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Frida Kahlo Creative Arts Award from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work was featured on the cover of the December 2016 issue of Poetry magazine. Janie has shown work throughout the country including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and throughout the Saint Louis regional area. She was an artist in residence at ACRE in Wisconsin, the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, Aquarium Gallery in New Orleans, and SAFTA in Tennessee.
Visitor Assembly is a multidisciplinary creative studio co-founded by Alyssa Knowling and Marcus Stabenow. VA’s studio philosophy combines methodologies from commercial and creative realms to help brands and makers create, define, and share their voice. Though Visitor Assembly functions as a small business outwardly, the intersections of the business and art worlds are heavily investigated by the studio.
Marcus and Alyssa maintain both individual and collaborative art practices, exploring human connection, ancestral memory, and identity politics. Collectively, Visitor Assembly’s work heavily relies on a research-oriented approach, and is guided by a wide array of mediums, such as photography and video, experimental design, installations, digital paintings, object fabrication, and poetry.