In life, it’s up to each individual to derive meaning from whatever or whomever they may. One thing's for sure: We need it. An uncontentious existence is a recipe for some deep-down unhappiness, so most of us work hard to find substance and then hold fast to it. Among the more effective existential salves, art and aesthetics have been reliable sources of meaning for milleniums -- right through tonight, in fact, with the opening of a new exhibit called A Means to Meaning: The Triptych: Artists and Poets Offer Us Energy, Courage, Faith & Fun. In this project, hosted by the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-863-5811 or www.art-stl.com), six artists created triptychs; each artist was then paired with a poet, who in turn wrote a poem in response to the artwork. Themes of meaning and interpretation in each triptych are explored within the triad of artist, poet and viewer/reader, creating a conceptual symmetry punning on threes (a triptych consists of three panels). The free opening reception is this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the exhibit remains on display through Saturday, April 28.
March 16-April 28, 2012