ST. LOUIS, MO.-
The Saint Louis Art Museum
will host "A Conversation with Louis Cameron" at 7:00 pm on January 22, 2009 in the Auditorium.
Artist Louis Cameron will discuss his work, including his New Media presentation, Heineken, in which he uses distortion and cropping to transform a six-pack of beer into a painterly abstraction.
"Whether painting or utilizing new media, Cameron's art references the tension among minimalism, abstraction, and consumer culture. Often his works are titled after well-known brands of food or drink," said Charlotte Eyerman, curator of modern and contemporary art.
Louis Cameron: Heineken is the sixteenth installation in the Museum's New Media Series. This new addition in the Museum's collection was made possible by the generosity of Elissa and Paul Cahn, and Joan and Mitchell Markow.
Cameron first gained critical acclaim in 2001 for his Grid Paintings, distorted floor-bound polychromatic grid formations that playfully subvert the rigid structural format of Minimalism. He continues today to challenge established art historical categories by transforming emblems of advertising. His Color Bar Paintings, for example, are nonrepresentational renderings of the circular and square markings found on the inner flaps of product boxes.
Cameron, who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, has enjoyed 11 solo exhibitions since 2000 at galleries in New York City, Los Angeles and recently at Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis. He is represented by I-20 Gallery in New York City.
The installation is on view in Gallery 301 through March 29, 2009. The New Media Series features installations by living artists, whose work utilizes digital media, engaging the audience through both film and sound. This installation was curated by Charlotte Eyerman.