may, 2021

07mayAll Day03julKevin Kao: with BreathGallery Visits by ReservationThe Gallery at The Kranzberg, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103Art Form:Visual Art

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with Breath

By Kevin Kao

May 7 — July 3, 2021
The Kranzberg*

*Gallery visits by appointment only with COVID-19 mitigation policies in place. For questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]

The exhibition presents recent works by artist Kevin Kao through a series of gilded ceramic sculptures that combine the human form with the shape of air. Originating as an exploration of pneuma, an Ancient Greek concept for air and life, the sculptures manifest breath as a physical form bound to the human experience. Primarily constructed from clay, Kao transforms the pliable into permanent, positioning the role of craft and tradition as important influences. Air, unseen, is abstracted as biomorphic, suspension, and concrete. Through glazing and gilding, surfaces are treated akin to objects of reverence, such as reliquaries and Buddhist figurines, establishing a connection to the broad, universal appeal of gold. With the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition assumes new perspectives, amplifying the significance of breath as an integral essence to sustain life. Ideas of stillness and distance are imagined as defined spaces of memory, celebration, and remembrance.

Kevin Kao is an artist living and working in St. Louis. His work addresses identity as dependent on formal codes. Typically creating work in multiples, themes of collective identity are contrasted against the individual – often functioning as a metaphor for assimilation. Having exhibited his work across the nation, he is currently Assistant Professor of Art at McKendree University.


May 7 (Friday) - July 3 (Saturday)


The Gallery at The Kranzberg

501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

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