Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

If You're Tryin', You're Cryin' 

From a distance, the paintings appear to be satellite images of landscape, or a rain-spattered surface. Barely visible is a yellow kernel or two, or is it a person? Move closer and what you thought was landscape is now an abstract wash of color, and the tiny object still defies easy identification. These are Michael Byron’s Cosmic Tears paintings, a series of works that explore the idea of macrocosmos and microcosmos, and the relationship between the universal and the individual. Inspired by a text Byron composed about the act of creation and the range of emotions it engenders, the series addresses the loneliness of the artist, even as his work brings him closer to the world at large. Some part of the artist is imbued in the canvas, and then the canvas (ideally) leaves forever -- and so does that portion of the artist. Michael Byron’s Cosmic Tears opens with a free public reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 13, at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (3700 West Pine Mall Boulevard; 314-977-7170 or Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, and the show remains up through Sunday, December 13.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 13. Continues through Dec. 13, 2009

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Speaking of Highlights, Museum Of Contemporary Religious Art

Latest in Night & Day

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation