Juan William Chavez, Two on One, 2006
The Politics of Friendship is the inaugural exhibition of Boots Contemporary Art Space, one of two new artist-directed St Louis galleries opening this season with a vision for progressive contemporary art. The appropriately titled show features the work of the founders of the gallery, Juan William Chavez, (St. Louis), Bryan Reckamp (San Francisco), Georgia Kotretsos (Athens, Greece) and Jon Peck (Miami), as well as several other artists.
From an outfit made of crepe paper (above), to a painting installation of a coffin, hearse, plush bed, and luxury car, to Juan’s abstracted drawing of the motion in one of the scenes from A Clockwork Orange (top), the work in The Politics of Friendship is fresh, smart and witty. As for Boots itself, with a newly minted artist-in-residence program, a great space, and a director who is interested in risk-taking programming, it looks like this gallery will have many more good shows in its future.
The Politics of Friendship, thru Nov. 30.