Featured Review: BRICALEUR-ing

Lisa Payne, Secret Ingredient, 2010, wooden spoons, coffee, spices and gouache on display at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts.
Courtesy Lisa Payne
Lisa Payne, Secret Ingredient, 2010, wooden spoons, coffee, spices and gouache on display at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts.

Featured Review: BRICALEUR-ing This abundantly energetic group show features an extensive list of local female artists — Gina Alvarez, Kara Clark Holland, Emily Hemeyer, Jamie Kreher, Amy VanDonsel and Amy Thompson, among many others — whose work mines local resources and native skills in order to celebrate (and perhaps identify) a feminine brand of resourcefulness. Coordinated by Sarah Paulsen and Lyndsey Scott, whose work is also included, the show is less an exhibition of artwork than a collection of artifacts left by collaborative acts in realms other than those oriented toward a gallery product. It's an ambitious and possibly contentious premise — programming gender distinctions, testing the efficacy of art as a mode of social activism, questioning the vocabulary of conventional fine art — but the temperament of the show is so inclusively joyful that all hard lines necessarily dissolve, which perhaps is the point. The exhibit includes a two-week run of related events. Also showing: Spirit Ditch, featuring three local (male) painters, Kevin Buford, David Langley and Dana Smith. The trio captures in their work facets of St. Louis' primary- and sub-culture, from the Arch to the old Union Electric plant. The highlight is Smith, an adept and nuanced painter who in his subject matter has become a kind of archivist of local performances and events that would otherwise have been relegated to obscurity. Through March 28 at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee Street; 314-772-3628 or www.fortgondo.com. Hours: during events or by appointment.
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