In 2014, T/F continues to spread its artistic wings further and further, bringing amazing visual artists from near and far to reinvent venues and transform public spaces. What began as a decorative backdrop for our Fest ten years ago is now an integral part of every aspect of what we do.
- Beneath the Surface
- Box Office Art
- Camera Obscure / TransPlant
- Campfire Stories
- Coral TV Tower
- Forrest Theater at the Tiger Hotel
- The Globe
- Juniper and Fyn
- A Large and Sensitive Darkness
- Maggie Tripp
- Music Venues
- Oceanic Blue Note
- Party Art
- Picturehouse Portrait Project
- Primordial Mystic Reliquary of "Spaceship Earth"
- Prismic Illusion
- Selected Works of Akiko Stehrenberger
- Sensory Synthesis
- Signage around the Fest
- The Story Store
- TransPlant (in alley)
- The Tunnel
- Untitled. Suspended Objects.
- Willy Wilson Theater
Local artists Sarah Goodnow Riley-Land and William Riley-Land present “Beneath the Surface,” a trompe l’oeil installation created with layers of homemade adhesive, and inspired by the work of Italian street artists. Be sure to experience each layer of these pieces on your way to the next film! These can be spotted in Alley A and along the wall of The Blue Note.
Artists Sabrina Braden and Sasha Goodnow have transformed our Box Office into a lush, decadent Victorian-era parlor; this cozy yet off-kilter space will confuse and amaze as only the best magicians can.
“Camera Obscure,” local artist Duncan Bindbeutel’s larger than life camera and Leland Drexler-Russell’s “TransPlant” pods will be on display on the lawn of the Picturehouse.
Tracy Greever-Rice has conjured up an even larger array of animals to sit alongside us as we listen to this year’s Campfire Stories. Illuminated by Sarah Mercer’s fire, these adorable wooden critters might just get up and walk away!
Upstairs at the Blue Note, bathe in a sea of video donated by the Chicago Film Archives and resident archivist Anne Wells, encrusted in coral courtesy of local artist Sarah Mercer.
As you pass by the Globe theater, or on your way out, take a gander at the late, great Willy Wilson’s dragon, still going strong.
The Forrest's forest continues to grow ...
Camellia Cosgray’s lighted megamap resides inside the theater along with Shea Boresi’s stained-glass panels; these glowing marvels are made entirely of tissue paper and glue. In the lobby, you’ll discover the interactive Mapacus!, created by our very own APW, and a keyed-up Barb the Buffalo returns for her fourth year.
Artist Taylor Ross has constructed an interactive mechanical sculpture for the Missouri Theatre lobby alcove.
Don’t miss Bob Hartzell’s paper lamps high above the theater floor of the Blue Note.
St Louis artists Georgia McCandlish and Anya Liao’s “a large and sensitive darkness” is a haunting piece on display at the Globe.
Be sure to look out for Maggie Tripp’s work, which causes a big scene on a small scale at Forrest Theater and Hittsville (Ragtag/Uprise/9th St Video/Hitt Records).
Local artist Gabrielle Parish, with the assistance of artist Madeline Carl and carpenter Mac McDermott, transforms the music venues into a magic reality of doors to nowhere and intricate shadow puppets.
With the help of Vimeo, sponsor of the Blue Note for TF 2014 (check out Glenn Rice’s incredible signage on the marquee outside), the Columbia landmark sinks underwater again ...
At @ction, local magic makers Gabe Meyer and Brian Doss bring us their vision of an alternate world where T/F staffers are truly kin. Dance your heart out beneath the figurative glow of their familial affection and the actual glow of intricate light installations. Elsewhere you may stumble upon mirrored tree-houses ready to be inhabited by party-goers.
Inside the theater, Nathan Truesdell, Sam Spencer, Steve Rice, Rick Agran, Nick Michael, Chelsea Myers, and the MU Micro-Doc class bring back the larger-than-life video portraits of our fellow mid-Missourians. Sponsored by Missouri Cancer Associates.
Hailing from St. Louis, SPORE Projects returns to construct a Buckminster Fuller inspired structure spearheaded by area native Emily Hemeyer, installed on the Hittsville lawn.
Local artists Britta Simpson and Lizzie Bryan present “Prismic Illusions,” on display at the Picturehouse.
Minneapolis-based artist Eric Rieger, aka HOTTEA, has worked closely with the T/F ART Team and local artist Katie Jenkins to create "Resilience," installed in the Rotunda at Jesse Hall.
Hittsville hosts the work of Los Angeles-based artist Akiko Stehrenberger, creator of the gorgeous illustration for this year’s T/F poster. Frames courtesy Terry Rice; glass courtesy Koonse glass; frame assemblage courtesy The Missouri Art Gallery.
Returning artist Jesse Graves has created "Sensory Synthesis" with Shannon Molter. Sensory Synthesis is an interactive traveling sculpture-puppet that will make its debut through the March-March parade. Afterwards, you can find this creature at Cafe Berlin!
Glenn Rice, our resident sign czar, has done it again; his largest signs are more than informational: they're works of art.
If the Box Office is the heart of the festival, Alley A is its main artery. At the 9th St intersection, California-based artist Yulia Pinkusevich’s “Stilted” returns -- this imagined city pulls in structures from all corners of the globe to create a utopia on stilts.
While you’re picking up your tickets or purchasing this year’s fabulous T/F merch at the Box Office, don’t miss the Story Store, an interactive project from the folks of Folk to Folk. Open Wed 4P-9P and Thurs, Fri, Sat, & Sun 11A-4P. For more info, visit thestorystore.net.
St Louis-based artist Leland Drexler-Russell’s “TransPlant,” located at the Ragtag end of the alley, will surprise and delight with his glowing nest-egg-polyps that react as Fest-goers venture towards them.
An APW Masterpiece that can be seen from as far away as Locust Street.
As you enter the lobby, look up for these mesmerizing helical forms created by St Louis artists Elisa Sugar, Sarah Paulsen, and D. Lohr Barkley. These hollow structures adorned in fabric skins twist and turn as they amplify the lofty ceilings at the Picturehouse.
The Little Theater, renamed The Willy Wilson Theater in 2013, has been permanently transformed to honor Willy’s legacy; his most famous quote was lovingly painted on the cinder-block walls by family friend and T/F alum Jessie Starbuck, while local artist Michael Marcum has created an intricate maze of pipes and detritus, all found in Willy’s personal collection.