Wilkes University


New Sordoni Exhibition Opens March 23

The Sordoni Gallery has a new exhibition opening on Thursday, March 23. Artist Lyndon Barrois Jr. will give an artist lecture from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.in the Kirby Hall Salon.  Afterwards, we will celebrate Barrois' exhibition, Of Color, with a reception in the Sordoni Gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

St. Louis artist, Lyndon Barrois Jr. examines the influence media has on identity. His exhibition, Of Color, evaluates the power of print media and responds to its tastemakers. On the pages of GQ, numerous NBA players have gone from athlete to icon. Identity formed in CMYK (the color system that makes up our print materials), imagery is distilled into four distinct color matrices, and emphasizes the collaborative nature of printing - colors that come together to create imagery. As Barrois puts it, "This becomes the metaphorical desire for race relations in the world. Team sports operate on the same concept."

Depicting the relationship between sports, culture and print media, Barrois takes on questions of race in a series of mixed media, assemblage sculptures arranged as if in the midst of a scrimmage game on a basketball court.

An artist based in St. Louis, Barrois has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions in the Missouri region. He is the recipient of international artist residencies in Finland and Iceland and has received awards from the John Anson Kittredge Fund, Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Desert Space Foundation. Of Color was part of the 2016 Great Rivers Biennial at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.