Gallery 210 opens 2017-18 season with ‘Jumbled Time’

Adam Turl piece, part of Gallery 210's "Jumbled Time" exhibition

“Barista Who Could See the Future” by Adam Turl is one of a variety of new works by St. Louis artists to be featured in Gallery 210’s “Exposure 19: Jumbled Time” exhibition, which opens later this month. (Images courtesy of Gallery 210)

The works of Stan Chisholm, Lizzy Martinez and Adam Turl are as different from one another as the concrete, oil paint and other materials used to bring them into being. And yet the questions they grapple with reflect some similar interests.

"Thursday" by Lizzy Martinez

“Thursday” by Lizzy Martinez

That became especially clear to the three St. Louis artists during a conversation with Terry Suhre, director of Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, earlier this summer. As they discussed their various philosophies and approaches to art, a shared fascination with narrative soon emerged.

“I think a majority of people go through life being jumbled in time,” Turl said at one point, “neither being in the present or the past or the future exactly, but all three, and being very uncertain, very precarious, in terms of how things will turn out in the long run.”

The statement ended up inspiring the title of their upcoming show set to kick off Gallery 210’s next exhibition season on Aug. 26: “Exposure 19: Jumbled Time.”

“The three of them each have a cinematic approach to art making,” Suhre said. “The differences lie in their respective studio practices.”

Detail of work by Adam Turl

Detail of “Barista Who Could See the Future” by Adam Turl

Martinez’s oil paintings stand in contrast to Turl’s environmental painting and sculpture installation and Chisholm’s word pieces, constructed from industrial materials.

Chisholm’s work is characterized by a touch of fantasy and a hands-on approach aimed at manipulating time. Turl takes on the gallery as both an art and theatrical space, while Martinez advances a feminist narrative drawing on sources such as Little Red Riding Hood and the seven deadly sins.

On display through Dec. 2, the exhibition is the latest in the annual “Exposure” series first adopted by Gallery 210 in 2005. It is supported by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, UMSL’s Center for the Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“It has since become one of our most anticipated exhibitions,” Suhre said.

Chisholm, Martinez and Turl will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 for an opening panel discussion and reception in the Gallery 210 Auditorium.

For more information on “Jumbled Time,” other upcoming Gallery 210 exhibitions and the facility’s hours, visit the website or call 314-516-5976.

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