The Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center will present its final exhibit of 2017, Lives Lived Together, a collaborative installation by two local artists, Kat Douglas and Sukanya Mani from Friday, November 3 through Saturday, December 30, with a special opening reception from 6-9 p.m. on November 3 in conjunction with Grand Center First Friday Gallery Walk.
St. Louis has long been a city of intersections; geographically, racially, socioeconomically, we are made of a diverse fabric simultaneously dependent on its interwoven structure. Featuring auditory as well as visual components, Lives Lived Together is an examination of the spaces we occupy both as the self and the collective, as well as how these spaces connect with our past and modern cultural identities. Combining ancient Global art forms with contemporary and interactive technologies enables us to examine these universal themes and speak to our individual and collective selves.
For the visual component, artist Sukanya Mani uses ancient art forms from around the world to portray nature, people and contemporary objects in a simplistic format. She calls her paintings “graphic stories,” non-intimidating pieces of art that invite multiple generations to seek their own personal stories. This body of work is an exploration of stories in St Louis through the lens of multiple ancient art forms – Ancient Indian and Aboriginal art telling a modern American story. “As an immigrant, I am constantly building bridges between where I come from and where I live today,” Mani says.
In the audio component, artist Kat Douglas uses touch sensitive paint and circuit boards to create intimate storytelling experiences. By allowing the viewers to touch the work and hear individual stories, it creates empathetic pathways across diverse communities. This body of work will explore four themes in the St. Louis area through sound. The recording will be made in the very neighborhoods surrounding the Kranzberg Arts Center and address the four themes of Mani’s St. Louis stories.
“As an artist, I am incredibly excited about the potential for new tools and technologies to empower citizens to act within their own communities,” says Douglas. “For this project I have partnered with Sukanya Mani. Together we will activate community space through drawing and storytelling, merging ancient and modern techniques to engage the complex community of St. Louis.”
The Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center showcases outstanding, relevant works from a diverse range of artists in the St. Louis community. In collaboration with area nonprofits, artists, and educators, the Gallery challenges established concepts of what art is and does, and engages with the community in new and meaningful ways. This spirit of innovation, experimentation, and community make the Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center one of the premier visual arts destinations in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.kranzbergarts.org. M
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