Windows to the World
The artist’s tightly focused, windows-to-the-world approach pays intense attention to the particular (the
eyes), and is a stark contrast to our sound-bite culture where flashy
talking heads deliver more and more words with less and less meaning.
As I studied the portraits, I found myself wondering if television
would benefit from revealing only the eyes of the newscasters.
Saint-Louis’ exhibition runs through Feb. 29 at Grava Gallery (207 E. Buffalo St.), where the long and narrow configuration is a perfect space for the artist’s long, narrow works. A perfect adjunct to this solo exhibit would be an exploration of the many portraits at the Milwaukee Art Museum, but don’t stop with the Early European offerings.
Study Warhol’s Marilyn, the massive portrait (Nancy) by Chuck Close and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s Heads II. To my mind, Ed Ruscha’s Eye, an elongated take on the world of billboard words, is an elegant salute to “less is more.”
(From top) Andre Saint-Louis, Kansas City Look, Foresight, Irish Eyes, Girlish Gaze