Contemporary art is serious business, and White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-3442 or www.whiteflagprojects.org) is a serious gallery that shows the work of serious artists. And yet, everybody loves a good laugh, even the most stern-mouthed creators. The act of creation itself is an explosion of energy and emotion, just like a laugh; and just like a laugh, a piece of art can change you and how you see the world in an instant. Time Wounds All Heels, the new group exhibit at White Flag Projects, features art that uses humor to alter perception. This includes the slapstick of Erwin Wurm's 13 Pullovers, a color video that shows a man struggling to remove a baker's dozen of pullovers, to Jane Hammond's October First (Mom's Birthday), a found photo of a staid family snapshot livened up with the addition of a much less inhibited nude model. Time Wounds All Heels is formulated to surprise you out of your preconceptions. The show opens with a free public reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 15, that includes a performance by C. Spencer Yeh. Admission is free, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, and the show remains up through Saturday, February 26.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through Feb. 26, 2011