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Juan William Chávez (St. Louis) and Chemi Rosado-Seijo (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico)

September 18 – November 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 6pm-8pm

Working on board shipping in the Mississippi isn’t the exuberant scene as depicted by George Caleb Bingham in his classic Jolly Flat Boatmen, 1846.  It’s actually lethal.  Instead of a quaintly romantic experience with po’folk dancing a jig on the deck, these flimsy boats regularly sank with all hands. Bingham must have had quite an imagination to conceive his masterwork; in fact, I’d guess most boatmen would have laughed up their sleeves at the picture after cursing him out. The flatboat’s mega-industrial grandchildren, AKA the barges and tugs seen on the river today, crash and overturn regularly. Pilots are legally required to fish corpses out of the grizzly mud banks as a reminder that catastrophe is only an uncharted sandbar or a careless moment away. Chemi Rosado-Seijo (Puerto Rico) and Juan William Chávez (St Louis) are both interested in the slightly less dangerous “wipe out” of skateboarding for Duet’s upcoming exhibition.  Both artists plan to work with damaged and crushed barge hulls to build skate ramps and half pipes in the gallery. Various drawings and films will complement these repurposed objects, juxtaposing the skate culture of each artist’s hometown. The vernacular materials of work and the whimsical impulse of extreme sport come to together in a jolly tribute to the menacing river and the industrious people who work on it.


Juan William Chávez is an artist and cultural activist who explore the potential of space through creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues. His studio practice incorporates drawings, films, photographs, and architectural interventions, unconventional forms of beekeeping and agriculture that utilize art as a way of researching, developing and implementing socially-engaged projects. He has received awards and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Creative Capital, Kindle Project, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Art Matters, the Gateway Foundation, Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Chemi Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 1998, he worked with Michy Marxuach to open a gallery that transformed into a not-for-profit organization presenting resources and exhibitions for contemporary artists in Puerto Rico. In 2000, Rosado had his first solo show at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, including interventions on billboards around the city. Since 2002, he has worked with residents of the El Cerro community, a poor neighborhood south of San Juan, to present public art projects, workshops and other community initiatives. In 2006, he inaugurated La Perla’s Bowl, a sculpture built with residents of San Juan’s La Perla community that functions as both a skateboarding ramp and an actual pool. Since 2009, Rosado-Seijo has been organizing exhibitions in his apartment in Santurce, creating a center for meeting and exchange in the Puerto Rican contemporary art scene.


For questions please contact Director, Daniel McGrath at or
310-614-7338.  Duet is located at 3526 Washington Avenue Suite 300, St Louis, MO 63103

If Not Now, When?

Rennie Behrend, Laura Bise, Blair Tramel, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung


August 7 – August 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 6pm-8pm

Duet is pleased to announce If Not Now, When? a pop-up group exhibition curated by Eve Maret.

The act of creation presents a field of limitless possibility. For the artist, the blank page or canvas is paralyzing; the freedom to forge one’s own taste breeds dizzying anxiety. These anxieties arguably form the core of the pleasure of creative acts.  Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard refers to creating as a means to “destroy what one has clung to”, namely decisions that kill one’s identification with the moribund past and attachment to unsatisfying patterns within oneself. Anxiety over decisions is the ego’s sense of its own mortality. Yet death and rebirth are essential to the creative process, and if this organic cycle is embraced, boundless potential is transformed into the tangible. If Not Now, When? is an interpretation of presence in the process of art-making as understood by artists Rennie Behrend, Laura Bise, Blair Tramel and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. The work featured in If Not Now, When? offers a glimpse into the realm that lies beyond the clutter created by indecisiveness, art is now, accessible each and every moment. The immediacy of
the present; manifests as mark making, the embrace of a new medium and experimentation.

Laura Bise relates, “Art can be the tension in a person made tangible.” Satisfaction flows from transforming that tension into a thing of beauty or utility; the object is an articulation of humanity’s primary and most natural function: to create. Paradoxically, one assumes the role of divine creator in the process of giving birth to objects by which the world is defined.

In essence, the artists presented in If Not Now, When? embrace and thusly relinquish the anxiety associated with creation. The work of Behrend, Bise, Zuckerman-Hartung and Tramel is an embodiment of surrender to the present moment and its ineffable contents.


Rennie Behrend received a Bachelor of General Studies with an emphasis in Applied Arts from the University of Missouri in 1981. In 1984, he received his MFA at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. After completing his studies, Behrend went on to teach Drawing, Figure Drawing, Design, and Painting courses at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley from 1987 until 1991. He was an instructor of a variety of classes within the Art Department at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, where he also assumed the role as the school’s Gallery Director for several years. After twenty-four years of teaching, Behrend retired in May 2015. He has participated in both group and solo exhibition in St. Louis and the surrounding area. He continues to make work at his studio in Sunset Hills, Missouri.

Laura Bise is a multimedia artist and musician focusing on the generative processes of controlled decay and recursive systems alongside authentic gestures to make decisions in paintings, sculpture, and sound. The work combines elements of the natural, organic and instinctual with the structural systemization of processing to create pieces that impose historically informed compositional deliberation while ultimately speaking to their place within the present day. Laura will graduate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. She has both performed and displayed artwork at a number of Chicago-area exhibition venues.

Blair Tramel is an emerging artist that lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee where she recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in animation and video art. She recently had her first solo show at Vanderbilt University Fine Art Gallery and has been creating incessantly ever since. With a passion for storytelling,
Blair has recently become interested in the art of puppetry giving each character familiar, human-like personalities and mannerisms. Blair recently participated in the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Art Show in Nashville, Tennessee.

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung was born in 1975 in Los Gatos, CA, and lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA in 2007 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works are included in the collections of The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Painter, Painter at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Program at ReMap4, Athens, Greece; Michelle Grabner: I Work From Home, MOCA Cleveland; Shakti at Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy and a solo exhibition, Chlorophyll Blues at Diana Lowenstein, Miami. She was also included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial 2014 and Violet Fogs Azure Snot at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.

MAY 22
Caitlin Aasen (St. Louis) and Vusal Rahim (Baku, Azerbaijan)

May 22- July 17 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, May 22, 6pm-8pm

Duet is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring American artist Caitlin Aasen (Duet Gallery) and Azerbaijani artist Vusal Rahim (YAY Gallery). To mark the first time these two artists have been displayed together, this exhibition creates a dialogue between their two cultures through their approaches to abstract painting. The exhibition is co-curated by Daniel McGrath (Director of Duet Gallery in St. Louis, USA) and Lana Sokolova (Local Programmes Director, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan).

Vusal Rahim is exhibiting a series of paintings that build on the highly personal style he has developed in previous work. Rahim breaks down the recognizable features of the human figure on each canvas into abstract forms, bringing them together with fluid, broad brush-strokes and a striking color palette. The dynamic sense of movement in the works gives them a frenetic energy which Rahim controls with patterning and careful compositions.

Caitlin Aasen’s paintings, exhibited alongside, provide a counterpoint to Rahim’s works. Her paper and canvas surfaces are veiled in stained rivulets, thin washes and expanses of faded color. As layer upon layer of washed-out color build to suggest seemingly natural but unrecognisable forms, her work evokes an absence. Whereas control and energy, order and dynamism are evident in Rahim’s work through the traces of the artist’s hand, Aasen’s work is mute, giving little away about its creator.

Director and co-curator Daniel McGrath explains:

“I had the opportunity to meet Lana Sokolova when she was on a residency in St. Louis with CEC Arts Link last October. We discussed then the possibility of co-curating an exhibition at Duet. Lana chose Vusal Rahim’s work to be paired alongside Caitlin Aasen’s because she thought their abstract approach to painting created an interesting and thought-provoking pairing.”

Local Programmes Director at YARAT and co-curator Lana Sokolova highlights:

“When I first saw Caitlin’s paintings, I remembered some abstract sketches I had seen at Vusal’s studio. I selected him to accompany Caitlin because there is a strong parallel of abstract distancing of reality in both artists’ works. Caitlin and Vusal both use bright and saturated colors and their paintings show an instinctive understanding of the emotive properties of color. As YARAT Contemporary Art Space is aiming to create dialogues between different cultures, this seems to be a good chance to move forward with our goals. Art creates a valuable opportunity to make connections between the young artists of Azerbaijan and the Unites States.”

Vusal Rahim received his artistic education from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Art. He is represented by YAY Gallery and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He held a solo show entitled Black Woman at YAY Gallery (Baku, Azerbaijan) and his group exhibitions include: BACARART Project, Azerbaijan; Home
Sweet Home, Azerbaijani Cultural Center, Paris; The Circle of Peace, Writers House of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia; Commonist, YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan; IV International Symposium on Turkic Culture, Art and Cultural Heritage, Milan, Italy; Iz (‘Trace’), Azerbaijan National Museum of History, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Caitlin Aasen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Washington University in St. Louis. This is her first multiple-artist exhibition.

Daniel McGrath is an adjunct professor in the art department at Lindenwood University in St. Louis. In 2005, he received his Master of Arts from Kings College at the University of London. In 2000, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from UCLA. McGrath is also co-director of Isolation Room/Gallery Kit in St. Louis and was co-curator of Sweetboy Projects in Los Angeles and has organized exhibitions in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Oxford, UK. He is a contributing art writer for Art Papers, Art US, Sculpture and Site 95. He has exhibited his work at The Fabrikken, Copenhagen; Hunter College MFA Studios, New York; Office Space, Los Angeles; SweetboyProjects, Los Angeles; Pirate, Burford, UK; Good Citizen, St. Louis; PSTL, St. Louis; Hunt Gallery, St. Louis and The Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis. He lives and works between
Oxford (United Kingdom) and St. Louis (Missouri, USA).

Lana Sokolova is Local Programs Director at YARAT Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan. She manages the creative development and delivery of local programs with a large outreach, drawing together a network of cultural institutions in both Europe and Asia to collaborate with YARAT on education initiatives, exhibitions and exchanges. Her projects focus on urban revival and cultural dialogue. In 2013, she organized the public art festival Participate. Themed around interaction, the festival placed the work of artists from Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, Russia, USA, Georgia and the Netherlands at different sites around Baku.

Duet is an exhibition series and curatorial endeavor devoted to meaningful pairings between artists from St. Louis and a carefully chosen complimentary artist from another city, offering up both a comparison
and contrast of the cultural landscape that influences each of the artist’s work. Located in Grand Center, the series includes artists that are working in a variety of media and exploring subjects unique to their geography. This curatorial project is underwritten by Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, whose support of local artists has been a sustained commitment for over twenty-five years, allowing artists valuable exposure to new audiences within and beyond the region.

Located in the heart of Baku’s Old City, YAY Gallery sits within a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The gallery was founded by YARAT, a non-profit contemporary art organisation, as part of their commitment
to support the art infrastructure in Azerbaijan. The gallery is a social enterprise: YAY (meaning ‘share’ in Azerbaijani) shares all proceeds from sales of work between the artists and YARAT’s activities and programs. In addition to six exhibitions a year, the gallery has rapidly established a strong following for its program of talks and publications. Artists represented by YAY Gallery have gone on to take part in residencies and exhibitions internationally. Faig Ahmed was nominated for the prestigious Jameel Prize in 2013 and exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In June 2014, Nazrin Mammadova, Rashad Alakbarov and Farid Rasulov took part in Delfina Foundation’s respected residency in London.

2015 Fringe Festival: June 17-27 in Grand Center
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Juan William Chavez, St. Louis) and Chemi Rosado-Seijo (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico)

September – December 2015
Juan William Chávez (born in Lima, Peru) is an artist and cultural activist whose studio practice focuses on the potential of space by developing creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues. Chávez received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including: Art in General, New York; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Gallery 400, Chicago; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. From 2006-2010, Chávez co-founded and served as director of Boots Contemporary Art Space, a non-profit organization that supported emerging artists and curators. Since 2010, he has focused on developing socially engaged art projects in North St. Louis which include Urban Expression for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Northside Workshop and the Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary. His awards include the Art Matters Grant, the Missouri Arts Award and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant. Chávez was named a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Chemi Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 1998, he worked with Michy Marxuach to open a gallery that transformed into a not-for-profit organization presenting resources and exhibitions for contemporary artists in Puerto Rico. In 2000, Rosado had his first solo show at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, including interventions on billboards around the city. Since 2002, he has worked with residents of the El Cerro community, a poor neighborhood south of San Juan, to present public art projects, workshops and other community initiatives. In 2006, he inaugurated La Perla’s Bowl, a sculpture built with residents of San Juan’s La Perla community that functions as both a skateboarding ramp and an actual pool. Since 2009, Rosado-Seijo has been organizing exhibitions in his apartment in Santurce, creating a center for meeting and exchange in the Puerto Rican contemporary art scene.
For questions please contact Director, Daniel McGrath at or
310-614-7338. Duet is located at 3526 Washington Avenue Suite 300, St Louis, MO 63103

Goetz & Harris
March 6 ~ May 2 2015


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Robert Goetz (St. Louis) and Thomas Harris (Los Angeles)

The  First Night only: a Norweigan Death Metal Concert!

Every society in every time has had its masks that suited the mood of the society, from the elegance of a Venetian Masked Ball to the occidental theatrics of the Jihadi in a balaklava to the airbrushed war paint of female makeup. People want to act out a feeling inside themselves—anger, sadness, happiness, lust via the mask. It may be a sad commentary on present-day America that horror masks are the best sellers. If you know the construction of a painting, you have a wood frame and you stretch canvas over it. So that structure is kind of important, and you can’t really go beyond that, eventually the image is a mask the structure wears and the face grows to fit it.

Harris’s objects are boxes and Goetz’s are prints. Both sets act as masks. If you see the conventional painting frame, it’s kind of thin. But in Harris’s case, wood stretcher bars become a box to then stretch material over it and produce sound. His work here is loosely based on Halloween III’s plot to replace children with Androids which was a low rent thriller from the first frame, including a skull, a lime-green witch and an orange jack-o’-lantern.

Goetz’s prints of Apes reveal the debased primate behind the human mask. His apes exhibit the ability to imitate intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human…just not a very admirable or desirable set of humans though.

Robert Goetz’s work combines printmaking, sculpture, sound and installation. He teaches Printmaking and Art Appreciation at East Central Community College in Union, MO. He received his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis. His selected group exhibitions include: Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; the Hunt Gallery at Webster University, The Regional Arts Commission, Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, among other venues. Goetz lives and works in St. Louis and is co-founder of yellow bear projects.

Thomas Harris was born in Bristol, UK in 1975. He received his BFA in Sculpture in 1997 from the University of Lancashire, United Kingdom and his MFA in Sculpture in 2001 from The University of Texas at Austin. His selected group exhibitions include: Monte Vista at T.A.M: 12 Gauge Series, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, 2010; Resound, Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, 2010; Sound Series 01: performed as part of J.U.B. with Lauren Lavitt and Brandon Engstrom, Elder Street, Los Angeles, 2009; LAX: group show, Los Angeles Airport, Los Angeles, 2008; Collaborative performance with Lauren Lavitt, The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, 2008; Orchard Project, Pirate, Burford, U.K. 2005; Collaborative project with Ian Pedigo, Fluent Collaborative, Austin, 2004; The Jack S. Blanton Museum, Austin, 2001; Revelations Texas, in conjunction with the International Sculpture Conference, The University of Houston, 2000. Harris lives and works in Los Angeles for Paul McCarthy’s studio.

Up coming  2015……….

Chemi Rosado-Seijo (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) and Juan William Chavez (St. Louis)
May – September 2015

Artist TBD (Baku, Azerbaijan) and Artist TBD (St. Louis)
September – December 2015

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Matthew Isaacson (St. Louis) and Lisa Sanditz (New York)

December 5, 2014 – February 21, 2015

“Yeah the trees, those useless trees.” -Pulp

Like excited lovers in the park, Sanditz and Isaacson carve their 2d and 3d marks into the sapwood just shy of the heartwood. The gouges swollen and distorted, unrecognizable like an overgrown tree bark and vandalism reabsorbed  by growth. In an attempt to reshape their own worlds via Statacco graffiti. Sanditz leaves a handwritten signature while Isaacson impresses a gestural implosion into clay. The pairing grew out of a dual interest in agriculturalproduction and the overabundance of nature in the Midwestern landscape.

Read an interview with the artist Lisa Sanditz in this issue of Painting is Dead:

Matthew Isaacson received his MFA in 2007 in Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2004, he earned his BFA, Minor in Music, from Western Michigan University. He also attended Alfred State University of New York, Alfred Summer Ceramics Studio Intensive and earned his Associate of Arts, Northwestern Michigan College. His selected exhibitions include: Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis; Luminary Center of Arts, St. Louis; Dinderbeck Studios, Grand Rapids MI; S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Pittsburgh PA; Taylor University, Upland IN; Pilchuck Glass School Faculty Exhibition, Stanwood WA; CSU, University Hall, Experimental Theatre, Columbus GA; CSU Bay Gallery, Columbus State University, GA; True F. Luck Gallery VACR, Richmond, VA; FE Gallery, Pittsburgh PA; Plant Zero, Richmond VA; Play SPACE Gallery, CA College of the Arts, San Francisco CA; and the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo MI. He lives and works in St. Louis.

Lisa Sanditz was born in St. Louis and earned her Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 2001 and her Bachelor of Arts in 1995 from Macalester College, St. Paul. She also studied at the Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy. Her selected solo exhibitions include shows at ACME Gallery, Los Angeles;Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels; CRG Gallery, New York; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Onefront\Gallery, New York and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her selected group exhibitions include CRG Gallery, New York; Priska Juschka Gallery, New York; Julie Saul Gallery, New York. AcmeGallery, Los Angeles; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy;Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Leawood, KS; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA; Galeria Fenando Zubillaga, Caracas, Venezuela; Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, curated by Helen Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Tanit, Munich; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; and The Queens Museum, Queens, NY. Sanditz has work in the collection of the St. Louis Art Museum and lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Michael Isaacson (St. Louis) and Lisa Sanditz (New York)

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Thomas Harris (Los Angeles) and Robert Goetz (St. Louis)

March 2015

(Thomas Harris. originally from the UK)

Past Exhibitions

Jacob Dahlgren and Emily Stremming
September 12 – November 15, 2014 (Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 6pm – 9pm)
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Jacob Dahlgren and Emily Stremming both make art about analytical precision and the neurotic mindset that goes along with such exactitude.  On Duet’s floor Dahlgren lays down a dance floor-like “infinity loop” of color coded weighing scales.  On the wall he composes a block of carpenter’s rulers into a shimmering series of scored lines.  These objects are designed to measure our cultural surfeit of consumption and production but instead become the actual subject of contemplation and “The Measure of All Things”. Stremming, on the other hand cuts up photographs of quotidian street and domestic scenes into a grid where the horizontal and vertical axes of the paper strips generate a hallucinatory mosaic. The resulting object records an ironic process: A quick snapshot photograph made to slow down into an epic unit of manual labor.  The industrial character of Dahlgren’s objects, often designed to work with the body to help guide and measure it are contrasted with the product of a giant machine-hand hybrid. 

Jacob Dahlgren (Stockholm, Sweden) is an intelligent, amusing and visually fascinating artist, whose life and art overlap. He makes paintings based on striped t-shirts, eats canned food and constructs happy colored works of sculpture from the empty cans. He can make a sculpture from Ikea clothes hangers or a relief from disposable plastic mugs. Saws, pencils and carpenter’s rulers turn into art in his thoughts and hands. Dahlgren was educated at the Royal Art Academy and has conducted numerous exhibitions and happenings both in Sweden and internationally. In 2007, he represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Since then his work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide, including the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Kristianstads Konsthall, Kristianstad, Sweden; KIASMA, Helsinki; Workplace Gallery, London; Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Söderkulla, Finland; Nordiska Museet, Stockholm; Galerie Anhava, Helsinki and Andrehn Schiptjenko, Stockholm. His work is in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Vehbi Koc Vakfi, Istanbul; Daimler Collection, Berlin; Eskilstuna Konstmuseum; Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm; British Museum, London; Bonniers Collection, Stockholm among others.

Emily Stremming (St Louis, USA) received her BFA from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2013. She has exhibited her work at the International Photography Hall of Fame, Sheldon Art Galleries, and PHD Gallery in St. Louis. Her work has been reviewed in Site95 and Lux magazines.Stremming is a photographer currently making images based on scenes in St Louis. Her work examines the nature of surface in a photograph and also plays on the idea of the camera as a machine that shoots and destroys the subject. She spends hour upon hour weaving back together the images into a recognizable handicraft.

Past Exhibitions  at Duet St Louis MO

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The Point of ‘Différence’: Marta Pierobon (Brescia, Italy) and Brett Williams (St. Louis)

Curated by Rebecca Harris (London)


June 27 – August 16, 2014


Opening Reception: Friday, June 27, 6pm-8pm


Gallery Talk: Saturday, June 28, 2pm

Only at this point have either Brett Williams or Marta Pierobon decided exactly what works they will present and how, for the culmination of a project that is set to continue beyond this exhibition. The thematic premise has become lost and then found in the wilderness of engagement, of moving in the other’s physical working spaces.The show acts as an attempt to engage with what practice might be as well as approach forms of engagement as a method for testing the assumptions of reading around and interpretation of art.

Seeing this an opportunity to test their distinct practices based on the experience of working far away and then very much alongside one another in St. Louis, the decision of what is being presented – or in the case of Pierobon, made in the week running up to the show – has come out of conversations, studio visits, and the experience of recognising and ignoring the disparities of experience as much as the issues of activating that thinking and working space, based on geographical location. This exhibition culminates after several months of scattered online conversations, emails, and instant messages: aspects of which one might recognise in each artist’s work as presented and the way in which the show is curated in the space. While Williams presents examples of his practice that might be familiar to viewers here, one can find something unexpected by this pairing with Pierobon: the possibility for both artists’ practices to evolve is therefore based on a form of non-participatory collaboration. Specific conversations that have come up over the two week have evolved around the the functionality of the contemporary art world and its markets, with discussions on how the art world shares images, videos and writing, resulting in a shared value of direct engagement as much as an understanding of the impossibility to grasp an encompassing sense of either practice without direct engagement with the work, and perhaps as well as the artist in person. This show therefore acts a testament to difference and collaboration without the activity of constructing or assuming sameness.

The exhibition has come out of an invitation to match an artist from St. Louis with another from Europe. Rebecca Harris first met director Daniel McGrath in London in 2004 and has since worked intermittently with McGrath on projects, mainly offering written responses to the work presented in shows at Isolation Room, as well as continuing conversations of shared and distinct experiences found in St. Louis, the US, London and Europe. As a response to this Harris invited Williams to present works as the first-half of this duet. She then met Marta Pierobon, and established a dialogue with each, which has continued over a four-month period. Only now are all three in St. Louis. The choice to bring these artists together is not based on similarities in practice, but rather to engage with the disparities in which artists can work and then create artworks through an engagement at home and far from their usual working and living spaces. This has resulted in a number of conversations concerning studio space and the psychological as opposed to the physical spaces of making art.

This is part of a larger project that considers and challenges the idea of practice becoming dependent on points of references, as much as an attempt to rethink methods of how the viewer, critic and art historian engage with artworks. By engaging more with a conceptual space when the working space becomes something unknown we can consider the possibility of becoming free or at least positively unsettled from the conditions of of artistic, curatorial or writing practices.

Rebecca Harris is part of the residency programme at the Luminary, St. Louis. The exhibition at Duet will become part of a larger project resulted from her time here, with details to follow shortly.

Download the PDF of the complete exhibition text here.


Marta Pierobon was born 1979 in Brescia, Italy. She attended Academy of Fine Arts , Florence, IT and  School for the Arts and the Restoration Palazzo Spinelli , Florence, IT. Her selected solo exhibitions include: SOLOWAY, Brooklyn; MARS, Milan; A Palazzo gallery, Brescia IT; VIAFARINI, Milan; Warehouse Teramo IT; AlbertoAperto, Milan; Neon Gallery FDV, Milan. Her selected group exhibitions include: Museo archeologico di Oderzo, Treviso,IT; Santa Giulia Museum, Brescia, IT; La polverosa, Grosseto,IT; Kate Macgarry, London; corbetta, IT; A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, IT; Riccardo Crespi Gallery Milan; Neon FDV, Milan IT; 78 Lyndhurst Way, London; San Miniato, Comuine of San Miniato, IT; Estudiotres Chicago. She lives between Brescia and New York.


Brett Williams received his Master of Fine Arts in 1998 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1996 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  His selected exhibitions, performances and screenings include: Expo Chicago 2013; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Spiderbug Screening, Chicago; Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis; Yellow Bear Projects, St. Louis; Floor Length and Tux, Chicago; Saint Louis Community College Forest Park; The Luminary Center for the Arts; PSTL Gallery, St. Louis; Open Lot Nashville, Nashville; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Nightingale Theater, Chicago; Maps Contemporary Art Space, Belleville, IL; Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis; Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis; Kunstraum Kruezberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; Toy Shop Collective, Brooklyn; Gallery 210, University Missouri St. Louis and White Flag Projects, St. Louis.


On completing her undergraduate studies in Art History, Rebecca Harris gained experience in museums and art galleries and in art publishing. She received an MA in Curating at Goldsmiths College and is currently continuing a PhD in Art Theory. Rebecca’s current research practice as a writer and curator is concerned with the moments when art relates to and separately from subject matter and its form as artwork. Considering different modes of engagement that play on the visual and non-visual, she considers the use and implication of using language. Currently she has found that her interests moving towards a more literary method that continues to test how we read and write about the experience of art. Recent writing includes: “The Idea of Line and Form”, Site95 magazine (2012), and a joint article for “Artistic Research” issue, Text zur Kunst, issue 82, (2011). Recent symposia, workshops and presentations include her involvement in After the Archive, UEA and Open University, London (November 2013). Rebecca was invited as a visiting tutor for the Culture, Criticism and Curation course at Central Saint Martins, London (June 2013), and as session facilitator at Research Advisory Group at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester (March 2013). She co-led the session titled ‘I don’t want to write a PhD’, ICA, London (March 2013) and participated in a residency at Kunsthuis SYB, NL (Summer 2012). Other projects include: A meeting between Arthur T.Danto and Benôit Maire, a project for Palais de Tokyo, (2006), Art after the End of Art, LSE, London, (2006), and Idealondon, ICA, London, (May- June 2005). Rebecca is also in residence with The Luminary this summer.

Duet is taking part in this year’s CAM Open Studio Day and is presenting a gallery talk/discussion with the artists, curator and director of duet at 2pm on Saturday, June 28.



“Worlds’ Greatest” Comedian, St Louis
The “World’s Greatest” Comedians: World Premiere brings together the best up-and-coming stand-up comedians in St. Louis for a laugh-packed, stripped-down showcase covering subject matter ranging from the silly to the subversive
[Duet, Fri 9pm, SAT 2:30pm, SUN 7:30pm, $5. Adults, Adult Content.]

Siobaan O’Laughlin, Brooklyn NY
One woman moves from a commune to New York City without shaving…any part of her body. As she struggles to fit into the world around her, she weaves in the stories of several different women she’s interviewed on their adventures in shaving, waxing, and everything (or nothing) in between. Natural Novice is a comedic human study of the implications of a woman not shaving her armpits, but also a feminist critique of the social structures of aesthetic, and how a woman defines herself, no matter what she looks like. “Charming.”—, “Hilarious.”–Maryland Theatre Guide, WINNER: BEST OF THE FEST, Charm City Fringe.
Comedy, Drama, Physical, Solo, GLBT, Performance Art
[Duet, FRI 7:30, SAT 1pm, SUN 2:30pm
$10. Over 13 Adult Content.]

Jim Julien, Asheville NC
Man walks dog, dog pees and poops. Dog dares to rule them all.
A tale marked with dog urine.
“The Next Dog King” created and performed by Jim Julien. It is a tale told with dog puppets and multimedia (and dog urine) about the death of an old dog and the power struggle that ensues. A young dog, Bolan, finds himself drawn into the fray. His owner, Jim, simply wants to walk the dog around neighborhood but begins to realize he has been given a window into the secret life of dogs.
Comedy, Solo, Puppetry, Performance Art, Multimedia
[Duet, FRI 6pm, SAT 4pm, SUN 4pm, $5. Over 13, Adult Content.]

Daniel Shar, Chicago IL
Lame And Fortune highlights some imagined consequences of (pursuing) notoriety and wealth. Written and performed by Daniel Shar, who has neither of these things and thinks it’s funny when those who do come crashing down spectacularly, this show could reasonably be described as dark, dumb, silly and smart.
Comedy, Solo
[Duet, SAT 6pm, SUN 6p,$5. Adults, Adult Content.]

Erin Renee Roberts, Brooklyn NY
Join goddess Eros asshe takes you through her interactions with her muses, recounts her experiences and ultimately realizes: “Goddesses should be praised.” Love Lessons Learned is a global message of how love and relationships help to make us who we are.
Comedy, Drama, Physical, Solo, GLBT, Dance, Performance Art, Burlesque
[Duet, SAT 7:30pm, SUN 1pm, $5. Over 13, Adult Content, Nudity.]

The Randy Dandies, St Louis
Join our host Garrison Feeler as he shares the latest news from the little town, Lake Bra-be-gone, “where the women are naughty, the men are bawdy, and the jokes are above average”. Meet Boob Evans, Shimmy Dean, Old Cunty Buffet, and the rest of the gang for a music and comedy burlesque show like no other! The Randy Dandies will excite, delight, and ignite funny feelings in special places with their comedic brand of burlesque and mayhem.
Comedy, Performance Art, Burlesque
[Duet, FRI 10:30, SAT 9pm, $12. Adults, Adult Content, Nudity.]

See a Preview here on KETC’s Arts America…


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