The Great Rivers Biennial provides three local artists the chance to mount a major exhibition of their work at a major institution, namely, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or www.contemporarystl.org). This fourth installment of the program features a trio of artists who have admirably risen to the occasion. Martin Brief's interest in how language and thought shape our culture and our sense of self plays out in densely written blocks of text, the small bits of print accreting into a physical representation of an idea, or of our idea of an idea. Sarah Frost builds physical assemblages from similar small bits; her installation QWERTY comprises 60,000 recycled computer keyboard letters affixed to walls in a tactile mosaic of off-white blocks. Cameron Fuller's installations double as gateways to the age of fable, a taxidermy of primal might and cerebral wonder combining a coyote and the night sky in large-scale diorama. The 2010 Great Rivers Biennial opens with a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 30. The work remains up through Sunday, August 8, and the Contemporary is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free opening night, Wednesday and Saturday, and $3 to $5 all other days.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 30. Continues through Aug. 8, 2010