No element has gotten more play in contemporary logo design than the "swoosh." Popularized by Nike, the swoosh, its variations and its cousins (the crescent swish and orbital swoosh) are the failsafe components of choice for today's businesses when establishing a "unique" corporate identity. Need to make that logo "cutting-edge?" Just add a swoosh!
Items like the trusty swoosh act as DNA in the digital art of Benjamin Edwards (pictured). Here, components of corporate logos have been reconstructed into sixteen new "anti-icons." Each has been printed onto an eight-inch-square canvas, and when the pieces are displayed together, Edwards carves the corporate "junkstream" a brand new tributary.
The recasting of the familiar seems to be a running theme in the Summer Sessions exhibit at the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (3540 Washington Avenue; 314-361-7600), which unites the art of Edwards with three other artists' works for a two-month stand. Painter Douglas C. Bloom distorts recognizable life moments; Jessica Craig-Martin exposes views of social scenes often left unphotographed; former St. Louisan Jennifer Dorsey photographs bridal garments from points rarely observed.
On display through August 30, the exhibit has an opening reception Friday, July 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit the gallery on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Saturday the doors open at 11 a.m. Be sure to swoosh on by! -- Mark Fischer
Make your own instruments
Let's face it: As much as you love your accordion, you wish it could do just a little more. It's a great instrument, and it really makes love to "Lady of Spain," but come on -- everything kinda sounds like "Lady of Spain" lately. If only there was an instrument that delivered the accordion's combination of polyphony and beery bonhomie, but also had the menacing undercurrent of the double bass behind it. Well, before you take the junior erector set to the Hohner, maybe you should attend Rich O'Donnell's instrument-making class at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue; 314-771-1096) from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. O'Donnell is the master percussionist who developed the chain drum and reciprocal drumming, so he knows about reinventing the musical wheel. The session is free, and class resumes on July 10. Visit www.lemp-arts.org for more information on the upcoming sessions. -- Paul Friswold
There's history down there!
While some of our favorite buildings and landmarks in this town are destroyed, other structures are preserved and/or given modern purpose (who knew every warehouse downtown would become expensive housing?) -- and still other buildings are merely buried. Through the years, parts of our past have been forgotten as humans have evolved. But like cobblestone over dirt roads, and pavement over cobblestone surfaces, some of our past isn't lost, it's just underground. With a little careful searching, our ancient past can be revealed, just like cobblestones peeking up through a pothole. To find out more about what's buried beneath us, attend the lecture entitled "Hidden Secrets Beneath the Concrete: Urban Archaeology in St. Louis City" at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). The lecture, co-sponsored by the Mound City Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society, will cover what types of things people have found once they started looking -- like privies (gross), wells and dwellings -- and just how they went about finding this stuff. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. and is free. -- Alison Sieloff
Benton Park Confidential
Think you know Benton Park? The rebounding neighborhood has history in its, um, historical streets that you haven't even imagined. Find out the real deal during the Benton Park Neighborhood Association's guided walking tour. Meet at the intersection of Arsenal Street and Missouri Avenue at 10 a.m. (there is a fee of $5 to $8, depending on your resident status; call 314-367-3098 for information), and prepare to be amazed. Here's a little hint: That strange grated overpass in the park proper may or may not be the true location of Area 51. -- Paul Friswold