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Art in the Gallery


Sean Semones

Opening Reception 
Thursday, September 21st
6pm to 8pm

These recent paintings, usually composed simultaneously with other works, borrow and play off of each other. Sometimes they bend and yield with each other celebrating the beauty of their complimenting colors.  Sometimes they contrast and seem to want to repel the other works.  Other times they seem to just babble and laugh with one another.  They are painted with the notions of collage and drawing which influence the application of color, line, and form within the compositions. They depict figures and landscapes, joyfulness and fear, organs and voids.

The scratch of a hastily written note, like the graphite scrawls within the paintings, are blossoms of color dripping off the paintings like blurred landscapes of motion and speed.  Recalling instances and moments of our lives, they reveal the importance of the seemingly insignificant, mortal, anxious beings we are at times as we look for some event, idea, or pleasure to shut out agony and anxiety through sensuality, love, the erotic, etc.

If the work can be spoken of as sensual, it allows that there is something that can be glorious, profound, and (apparently, and falsely) indefatigable, however briefly. Distraction can be a positive force, allowing the insignificant to remain existent.  As the colors compound, erase, contrast or cover each other, the paintings can reflect various confrontations, and various harmonies, relating to our time spent with ourselves, others and the world.

Work will be on display September 15th – November 30th.



Event date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:00am to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 9:00pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130

In the early 1950s, Pruitt-Igoe, a vast public housing project, arose on 57 acres on the near north side of St. Louis. Barely 20 years after construction, the 33 eleven-story buildings that made up the complex were razed, and the vacant land that was once home to thousands of people was gradually reclaimed by a dense, neglected urban forest. What happened in-between is a story that tempts but also defies simple narratives. It is a story of interweaving and competing accounts, both then and now. This volume approaches Pruitt-Igoe with all of its contradiction in mind. Alongside iconic images, other seldom-seen photographs flesh out the history in sometimes surprising ways and, in doing so, preserve some of the stories that are in danger of being permanently erased and lost, just as Pruitt-Igoe was.

A St. Louis native, Bob Hansman is an associate professor and a faculty fellow of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. In the early 1990s, he founded—and still directs, with his son Jovan—City Faces and the Jermaine Lamond Roberts Memorial Studio, in the Clinton-Peabody public housing project. Locally, he has received a Rosa Parks Award and a Dred Scott Freedom Award for his work.



Event date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
University City Public Library
6701 Delmar
St Louis, MO 63130
Pruitt-Igoe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467125826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - July 17th, 2017

Washington University in St. Louis, The MFA Program Fall Reading Series 2017


Rebecca Curtis is the author of Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love & Money and has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's, NOON, N+1, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and her work has been selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. 


Event date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Washington University
Hurst Lounge (Rm 201) / Duncker Hall
St. Louis, MO 63130
Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061173097
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 3rd, 2007

In The Day Cometh: Total Race Separation a charismatic civil rights leader incites a race-wide migration of all black citizens to Mars. The story is about all people learning to live together equally and peacefully as racial tensions come to a full boil forcing society to test the boundaries of connection and separation.  When Zordyn Kenyapha was a child growing up in apartheid-era South Africa, white men stole his family’s land. His father fought back and died for his resistance. Zordyn never forgot that day, especially since he promised his mother he would eventually become a powerful leader like his father, never turning his back on his African brothers and sisters.   Zordyn grows into an ambitious man who makes a groundbreaking decision. Hounded by the continued mistreatment of his people, he proposes a self-imposed segregation. The black population will relocate to Mars and build a thriving civilization there. This idyllic Martian diaspora causes a spate of increased violence that no one expected, and Zordyn and his followers must now decide if they’ve made the right move.   “The same problems of greed and social inequality in “The Day Cometh” are the same problems that plague the world today,” Navies says. “I believe this book will give readers a glimpse of what the future could look like if society doesn’t examine themselves and develop a system of unity.”

Jay Navies is an author, actor and member of the Screen Actors Guild. Born in the mid-1960s, he experienced the term “white-flight” in his middle-class neighborhood when it went from all white to all black. He also witnessed firsthand the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. He currently lives in St. Louis.


Event date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130
The Day Cometh: Total Race Separation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781480848184
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Published: Archway Publishing - July 24th, 2017

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