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McFalls Exhibit Opens at STLCC-Forest Park

March 13, 2014

Michael McFalls  
Artist Michael McFalls in Australia

Artist Michael McFalls will lecture on Thursday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in the Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. 


His solo exhibition, “From Out of Place: Drawings from Canberra,” will run from Monday, March 17, through Friday, April 4.  It is free and open to the public. A reception will take place 4-6 p.m. on April 3, following his lecture.


During his presentation, he will show slides of his recent artist residency at Australia National University in Canberra, and the new works he was inspired to create during his time aboard.


“In this new body of work, I have explored the idea of beauty as it pertains to the changing contemporary landscape. This exploration began with an interest in consumer aesthetics and examining how it manipulates the perceptions of our everyday surroundings. Many of the individual works reflect the duel conversation of the present-day saccharin backdrop we all inhabit and its relationship with the transcendental powers of nature. Consequently, the results have a propensity to analyze the foreboding possibilities of this comparison, yet at the same time conceal it with humor and indifference,” he said.


“This body of work delves into the juxtaposition of the naturally created form and its co-existence within the wholesale culture. The pieces are engaged in the interstitial zone where pedestrian fauna, pseudo nature, and the contradiction of the everyday experience collide with the idea of the sublime landscape. The works challenge ones perception of the landscape and attempts to obliterate the line between nature and popular culture,” he said.


McFalls is the current associate professor of art, sculpture at Columbus State University in Georgia.


He completed his master’s degree of fine arts in sculpture at the University of California-Davis in 2001 and his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, in 1998. Prior to joining CSU, he served as the art program coordinator and assistant professor of art, sculpture at the University of Maine-Farmington. His residencies include Sculpture Space, Inc., the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Australia National University. McFalls has had several solo and group exhibitions across the country.


For more information, contact Matthew Isaacson, gallery coordinator and art professor, at 314-644-9350.