St. Louis-based Yvette Dubinsky harnesses her experience traveling the war-torn countries of Syria and Lebanon in 2009 for this exhibition of prints and mixed-media installations. While overseas, the artist befriended two families with whom she continued to correspond as conflicts escalated and the families were forced to flee their homes and live as refugees. The emotional fallout of being privy to this harrowing narrative while remaining safely home in the United States elicited the contagion of work in this show. The centerpiece is a large-scale, three-dimensional riff on Guernica, wherein the epic painting's basic compositional elements are crafted out of paper, found wire, bundles of U.S. currency, clipped-out maps, printed ephemera and other debris. Picasso's signature horses, agonized faces, outstretched arms and grasping hands appear throughout Dubinsky's version in hand-cut and -drawn prints, which surround a large black void in the shape of Syria. The rest of the exhibition takes this theme and variously abstracts it in a series of monoprints on Japanese paper, featuring splayed and splattered patterns. Also showing: Brett Williams displays a hybrid sculpture-and-video piece that uses elements made over the course of his artistic career, aptly titled Memory Old and New. Through June 22 at Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Boulevard; 314-531-3030 or www.brunodavidgallery.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and by appointment.
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