Feather, Leather, Lipstick
Jeff Kapfer, Jerry Miller, and Mark Florida
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 7:00 -
In an unlikely synergy of three media, Jeff Kapfer,
Jerry Miller, and Mark Florida combine their talents in "Feather,
Leather, Lipstick," PHD Gallery's first show of 2011.
Jeff Kapfer paints a new flock of exotic birds, but
instead of sparrows and ducks, the acrylic on canvas works focus on
more flamboyant fowl like peacocks, cockatoos, and woodpeckers.
Also on view are the hand formed, leather masks of Jerry
Miller whose brightly decorated disguises range in style from Commedia
dell'arte to Mardi Gras.
The final element in the mix is the backstage drag photography
of Mark Florida which captures in glorious black and white, the frenzy
and transformation backstage as the "gurls" prepare to perform.
"Feather, Leather, Lipstick" not only showcases
these three artists, but celebrates fantasy, masquerade, and disguise.
The exhibition is on view January 22 through March 5, 2011 with a
free opening reception on Saturday, January 22 from 7-10PM. Costumes
...About the Artists...
Jeff Kapfer combines his graphic design influence
with his childhood obsession with birds to create vibrant light-hearted
paintings. His current body of new paintings depicts colorful exotic
birds for which he does quick sketches, breaking down their complex
form into simple shapes and lines. Kapfer develops the sketches
into black and white paintings, and later he adds bold, bright colors.
The paintings are based on design elements, focusing on color and
composition. Each painting takes on it's own personality; some look
cheerful, some serious, but ultimately positive and upbeat. Kapfer
earned a BFA from Webster University with an emphasis in graphic
design. He has held graphic design positions for companies such
as "Build-A-Bear Workshop" and "RIDEMAKERZ"
and is currently the senior designer/ art director for the Vital
Jerry Miller is a very creative guy. The native
Missouri resident has an imaginative "day" job he loves
and spends his evenings creating an array of traditional and non-traditional
leather masks. He begins by designing a paper pattern and then traces
it onto a leather hide. After carefully cutting the shape from the
hide, he quickly immerses the leather into a boiling solution to
soften it. He meticulously contours and creases the leather until
he has fashioned the desired shape and then allows it to dry and
harden. Miller hand paints the mask and uses feathers, sequins,
and rhinestones to bring it to life. He was the official mask maker
for the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball and personally made Mayor Slay's
mask. His work has also been showcased at the Koken Art Factory
for both Naughti-Gras and the Alice in Wonderland event.
Mark Florida has been an artist and photographer
in St. Louis for 25 years. The former engineering graduate is perhaps
best known for his photographs of St. Louis landmarks and high profile
events, including the statue of King Louis (under the Arch!), the
Forest Park Balloon races, and the Botanical Gardens. His current
body of work is an extension of his documentation of St. Louis culture.
He creates a photo-journalistic record of the backstage brouhaha
at St. Louis area Drag shows. At area venues like Novak's, Attitudes,
Korners, and The Complex, the artist captures black and white images
of gender illusionists as they prepare to perform and then as they
actually perform. Florida has worked as both a professional photographer
and portrait painter, but now concentrates on doing fine art which
comments on the times in which we live.
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon to 4:00
PM or by appointment.
2300 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118 · Map ·