DEMO Project presents two exhibition openings on Friday, April 14 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. NOBODY’S HOME, from St. Louis artists Lyndon Barrois Jr, Addoley Dzegede, Cole Lu, and Catalina Ouyang, will open in the front gallery. A Forgetting Place, a site-specific installation from South Bend-based artist Mark Rospenda, will open in the back gallery. Both exhibits will run through Thursday, May 6.
Lyndon Barrois Jr. has exhibited nationally including solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (St. Louis), and group exhibitions at La Esquina (Kansas City), the Chicago Artist Coalition (Chicago) and Blackburn 20/20 Gallery (New York), to name a few. He received an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. He has held residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Arteles Creative Center in Finland, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland. Barrois Jr. was a teaching artist at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago and a faculty member at Washington University and Webster University. He is currently the Museum Educator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Addoley Dzegede is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist based in St Louis, where she completed an MFA degree in Visual Art. She has shown and screened throughout the US and Europe, including Tenerife Espacio de las Artes in Spain; The State Darwin Museum (Moscow); Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (St Louis); and the Hardesty Art Center (Tulsa, Oklahoma). Recent awards include a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Fund; an honorarium from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition; a Creative Stimulus Award from Critical Mass for the Visual Arts; a St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant; and a Graduate Student Grant for the Mellon Vertical Seminar: The Role of Arts Practice in the Research University at Washington University in St Louis. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland, Foundation Obras in Portugal, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland, as well as a post-graduate apprentice at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Cole Lu is an artist and curator. Cole received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014; she was the former Assistant Director at fort gondo compound for the arts. Her work has been shown at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO), Art Basel Miami Satellite Art Show, The 3rd New Digital Art Biennale: The Wrong (Again), The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Roman Susan (Chicago, IL), CENTRAL BOOKING ARTSPACE (New York, NY), and K-Gold Temporary Gallery (Lesvois, Greece). She has been awarded residencies at The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Endless Editions (New York, NY) and Little Paper Planes (San Francisco, CA) (forthcoming). Her publication is in the Artist book collection of the MoMA Museum of Modern Art Library (New York, NY). Her forthcoming solo exhibition “Pacific Rose” opens at Millitzer Gallery (St. Louis, MO) on April 22, 2017.
Catalina Ouyang has had exhibitions with Field Projects (NY), the Millitzer Gallery (St. Louis), Parapet Four Seasons (Los Angeles), Kilroy Metal Ceiling (Brooklyn), the Luminary (St. Louis), Hardesty Arts Center (Tulsa, OK), Granite City Art and Design District (Granite City, IL), Westminster Press (St. Louis) and fort gondo compound for the arts (St. Louis). Her writing has appeared in the Blueshift Journal, River Teeth (2017 Pushcart nomination) and CURA Literary Magazine (2015 CURA Prize). She has attended residencies at the NARS Foundation (Brooklyn), OBRAS (Evoramonte, Portugal) and Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL). She will have a one-person exhibition with Trestle Projects (Brooklyn) this summer and will be pursuing her MFA in Sculpture at Yale this fall.
A Forgetting Place
The house that DEMO Project occupies was a residence before it became a gallery. Here, previous residents would lie down after a long day, rest and forget, allowing sleep to clear space in the mind, tidy and make way for new memories and experiences. With a wall mounted paper pulp floor and cast paper objects, Rospenda reimagines a bedroom for the back gallery of the house. Purged of much of its history, the room seems already to be in a process of forgetting. And with its impending demolition, it is a space that is in flux, on the verge of transforming yet again (or being forgotten). It is an ideal space for contemplation to go hand in hand with forgetting: a forgetting place.
Mark Rospenda received a B.A. in Art from DePaul University in 2000, and a M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of Chicago in 2006. His work has previously been exhibited at Hanover College, Hanover, IN; Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL; and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; among other locations. Scheduled solo exhibitions include Moreau Galleries, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN (2017); and the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (2018). He and his family moved from Chicago to South Bend, IN, in 2010 where he is Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the South Bend Museum of Art. He has organized and overseen more than 40 exhibitions during his time at the museum, and never feels like he gets enough sleep.