You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Today
December 16 - January 21, 2017
Opening reception, December 16, 6-9pm

You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Today features work by Frank Abruzzese, Jonathan Apgar, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Matt Bollinger, Vera Iliatova, and Kathy Liao which explores the emotional landscapes and fantastic possibilities of the everyday through sculpture, painting, and photography. Each of these artists are deeply entrenched in contextualizing the space of the narrative and posing questions about societal structures. A realm of fantasy is opened with these works which contrasts fractured figural landscapes with desolate vast spaces and creates an air of uneasiness amplified by the color relationships that exist within each piece. Collectively the works provide an alternative way of looking at presence and place, while individually each piece presents a discreet opportunity for world building with infinite potential.


Frank Abruzzese b. Philadelphia, PA obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2000, and Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, appeared in numerous publications and is part of the permaneLyndon Barrois Jr.he Office of Public Works, Ireland. In 2007, along with his wife Rosie O’Gorman, he Lyndon Barrois Jr.Studios, a progressive artist studio set in rural Wexford, Ireland, where he is both Co-Director and Photography Instructor.

Jonathan Apgar was born in San Diego, California in 1977 and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He received an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of California Los Angeles in 2013. He received a BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2009. His first solo show was at ACME in 2013. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the Los Angeles area.

Lyndon Barrois Jr. (b. 1983, New Orleans, LA) lives and works in St. Louis. Recent solo exhibitions include Avez Vous un Crayon?, UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL (2016), Of Color, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2016), For the Benefit of Man, Garwood Gallery, Western Illinois University, Macomb (2015), and Float, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis (2014). Group exhibitions include You are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago (2016), and A Donkey is a Lion. Insecticide, A Message from God, Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, New York (2015). He has also been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from the Gateway Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, and Kittredge Fund. Barrois Jr. received his MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been a teaching artist at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, and has served as a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, and Webster University. He is currently the Museum Educator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Matt Bollinger (b. 1981, Kansas City, MO) received his BFA in Painting and CreaVera Iliatovafrom the Kansas City Art Institute, and received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has shown in solo exhibits at Rodger La Pelle Galleries (Philadelphia, PA), Hudson D.Walker Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Galerie Zürcher (Paris, France), and Zürcher Gallery (New York, NY). His work has been included in group exhibits at the Musée d’Art Moderne (Saint-Étienne, France), Fahrenheit Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence, RI), Michael Rosenthal (San Francisco, CA), Spaceshifter (Brooklyn, NY), and Land of Tomorrow Gallery (Louisville, KY). His work has been reviewed by The New Yorker, Art in America, The Huffington Post, and Le Monde, among others, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Nerman Museum (Kathy Liao well as the Musee des Beaux Arts, Dole (France). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Vera Iliatova moved to the US in 1991 from St. Petersburg, Russia. She earned an MFA in painting/printmaking from Yale University and a BA from Brandeis University. She has also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and attended Skowhegan School of Art in Maine. Iliatova was awarded a studio residency at Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in 2009. Iliatova’s paintings were included in exhibitions across the United States as well as in Denmark, Italy and Germany. Her work was reviewed in Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, The New York Times and other publications. She is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York and Monya Rowe Gallery, Florida.

Kathy Liao currently resides in Kansas City, MO, and teaches at Missouri Western State University as the Director of the Painting and Printmaking Studio Art Program. Drawing inspirations from her diverse cultural background and personal history, Kathy Liao mixed media work is about the intimate yet universal concept of relationships. Liao received her MFA in Painting from Boston University and BFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Washington, Seattle. Liao is a recipient of various awards including the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Grant, Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant, Artist Grants from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Vermont Studio Center, and Jentel Artist Residency. In the past, Liao taught at Boston University, University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gage Academy of Art. Her work was shown in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City, and many other cities nationally and internationally.

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