Floodplain (3151 Cherokee Street, [email protected]) is a non-profit, non-commercial art gallery that opened last month in the former home of another non-profit, non-commercial art gallery – Fort Gondo, which thrived on Cherokee Street for fifteen.
But as the three founders honor the lineage of the space, they emphasize that they have a unique vision and distinctive goals for their project.
“It’s important to note that while we obviously enter a space that has a tremendous amount of history and we want to honor that history as best we can… we are trying to do something new in the space,” said co-founder Liz Wolfson.
Wolfson says the idea behind the name Flood Plain is a regional perspective and perspective.
“We’re really interested in providing an arena for artists to pursue projects that might not be able to find homes in other types of spaces,” Wolfson said.
Wolfson, who is a graduate student, was introduced to Jones by Brigid Flynn of MAPS – Midwest Artist Project Services – who knew they were both interested in starting a gallery. It turned out that they had a mutual friend: Trina Van Ryn, who is a high school art teacher. Van Ryn and Jones had been neighbors several years ago, while Van Ryn and Wolfson had become friends while both being involved in the St. Louis art scene. Van Ryn also ended up being part of their plans.
Then Wolfson ended up chasing the Fort Gondo space.
“It’s a rare opportunity to have the opportunity to move into a space that is kind of ready to go, and I think working on a gallery project was something the three of us were interested in prior to this opportunity.” , Wolfson said.
Van Ryn says she was relieved when she found out Wolfson was occupying the space because she said she didn’t want to see him stay empty.
“When [Fort Gondo] closed, I think it left a hole in the St. Louis art scene because it was really the best place to see experimental artists, local and national, ”said Van Ryn.
Turning to regional collaborations, Van Ryn says the trio have already been in conversation with Rose Raft, an artists and musicians’ residency located in New Douglas, Illinois, with whom they hope to partner.
“I think the space offers something really important for the artist from Saint-Louis,” says Van Ryn.
The gallery’s primary mission is to showcase local St. Louis artists and partner with other spaces in the greater Midwestern region, Jones explains.
“It’s a very vibrant and vital community and we’re really excited to be a part of it,” Jones says.
Wolfson says the gallery is very dedicated to ideas on experimentation, aesthetic experimentation, creative experimentation and also social experimentation.
“We really see art as both an individual creative process and experience, but also very social,” says Wolfson.
The first exhibition presents the works of Brandon Anschultz Time won’t give me time, which reflects his experience as a queer child in the early 1980s. The opening is on November 4, from 6 pm to 9 pm
For more information, visit their website.