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Photo by Bruno David
Designer Jacob Laws curated this collection of artwork for Bruno David Gallery.
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Courtesy of Bruno David Gallery
With his new exhibition “Pilferage” at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis native Jacob Laws challenges the rules of convention by synthesizing the aesthetics of art and design.
“I think there is an obvious synchronicity between art and design,” explains Laws, who seeks to articulate this relationship through the installation. “Both are about telling a story and are subjective. Both are about capturing and invoking a feeling.”
A senior interior designer for seven years before launching his own brand, Laws has now ventured into the art world. His first solo exhibition is an imaginative collaboration: Half interior design, half art collection, Laws created a dining room with a salon-style wall of curated art. The wall—seemingly filled floor to ceiling with a collection of misfit pieces—is in fact a careful selection of contemporary art ranging from abstract to figurative in style.
“It’s really his personal eye on the grouping of artists that he’s showing,” says gallery owner Bruno David. “Art is there. Design is there. It’s art meets design.”
“Pilferage” was birthed as Laws culled selections of works from important artists and incorporated them into a designed room, which enabled him to develop a relationship between the gallery space and the objects presented. The installation isn’t what you’d normally find in a gallery, says David. But, he adds, “The world is changing so drastically, and sometimes there is a very thin line between design and art.”
Laws says this may not be his last artistic undertaking. “I had the most incredible time not only selecting each piece but also researching each piece, its origin, and the intention of the artists,” Laws says. “That being said, I have no intention on cheating on interior design.” It’s a good thing, Laws adds, that art and design get along so well.
“Pilferage” is one of several exhibitions opening tonight with a reception from 5–9 p.m. at the Bruno David Gallery (7513 Forsyth). Admission to the Bruno David Gallery is free and open to the public. For hours and information call 314-696-2377 or visit the Bruno David Gallery website.