Monday, January 2, 2012
More From Kevins Joint. Great Local Art. Great Local Artists. Status: Good Taste / Lucky Bastard.
My buddy Kevin is a bit of a Bohemian (IMHO). He's the local Slam Master for the St. Louis area Poetry Slam and writes a bit himself. He's the guy who's going to suggest we all go out to an art opening...but mostly for the open bar. I met him working the door at a local watering hole / music joint in Soulard called Kennealy's Pub reading some book. I had just heard the story of how the book Confederacy Of Dunces came to be so I struck up a conversation and the rest is history!
Kevin's house is bursting at the seams with interesting things to look at / read / listen to.
There are a number of pieces by two amazing local artists; Wayne Saint Wayne and
Christopher Gustave. They couldn't be more different but somehow live in complete
I've had the pleasure of hanging out with Chris Gustave (we all just call him Gustave) on
many a late intoxicated eve. He has a somewhat twisted sense of humor which is one of
the reasons I like him. I wouldn't say we ever became actual friends but I know that if I
see him out at a restaurant or bar I can expect a big affectionate man hug. He's a good
guy that way. More so he's an amazing artist that maybe doesn't promote himself enough.
I haven't seen him or heard much about what he's up to in a while but then...I've kinda
fell out of the late night scene the last couple of years. I know that in the pictures the art
is in an over the top, cluttered, more is more environment but I think Gustave's work
would really shine in a more minimalist living area.
Another local artist who many south siders are familiar with is Wayne Saint Wayne. I've
never actually met Wayne...that I can remember. Actually I might have but I was probably
drunk at Mangia Italiano on South Grand where you can see what I would say is Mr. St.
Waynes Sistine Chapel. He worked on it for a number of years and it is huge, complex,
interesting and beautiful. Go to Mangia for an amazing dinner but make sure you sit on the
side with the mural and get a good look. Then go again and make sure you sit in a different
place so you can enjoy that part. Rinse and Repeat! Otherwise, Wayne St. Wayne has
been a fairly prolific local artists. I've seen his work in many local restaurants and bars.
He paints mostly found objects giving them new life. I've even seen his work for sale at
a local flea market...but not at flea market prices! While you can visit Gustave's MySpace
page and probably contact him to buy a piece (or three!), I have no idea how anyone who
doesn't live in St. Louis might find Wayne to inquire about a piece for their very own
collection. If you are intruiged, leave a comment...I'm sure I could get you a number, address