Video Killed the Renaissance Star

Nov 8, 2006 at 4:00 am
Imagine if the old masters — like Michelangelo, Sanzio and da Vinci — had access to video equipment; the mind boggles at what we'd be screening at the Louvre. Fortunately for us, the contemporary crop of creatives is not limited to marble and canvas, so the Foundry Art Centre (520 North Main Center, St. Charles) is able to present the work of twelve video and animation artists in its new Video and Animation exhibit. Expect a wide variety of approaches to the medium, ranging from the story of George Bush-esque piñatas in Astra Price's The Cost of Free to the hypnotic procession of buxom beauties in Ronnie Cramer's Pillow Girl, during which more than 200 vintage "men's sweat" cheesecake paperback- and magazine covers morph into one another at a dizzying pace. Other featured works include Vonda Yarberry's Meditation VII: Anxiety and Sarah Paulsen's Que Sera, Sera. The reception for this show in Galleries II and III takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 22, and the exhibit runs through Friday, November 10. For more information call the Foundry at 636-255-0270 or visit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 22. Continues through Nov. 10