Flood Plain announces second exhibition, “Youthful Discretion,” a group show featuring work by five St. Louis-based emerging artists

Clockwise, left to right: Rachel Youn, Untitled (Cranes); rista Valdez, Between Who I Am and What I Am; Marina Peng, Vaughn (On Gurad); Theresa Moher, Nowhere Fast. Please see attachments for full image details and individual image files.

Through photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and illustration, "Youthful Discretion" highlights and celebrates the creative wisdom and insight of artists at the early stage of their careers. It plays on and subverts the notion of “youthful indiscretion,” a term based on the assumption that due to their biological age, young people inherently lack knowledge and understanding of the world. At this same time as this phrase presents itself as a form of common sense grounded in the naturalized process of aging, this social construct is often mobilized to excuse the bad (and frequently illegal) behavior of those with racial, gender, economic and other forms of social privilege, while those lacking in such privileges are statistically more likely to be harshly disciplined by schools and/or the state for equivalent actions. Through the works presented in this show, “Youthful Discretion” insists on the significance and value of young(er) people’s creative exploration of their world and reflection through art on lived experience, identity, culture, and society. 


Artist bios:


Dara Garcia

Dara Garcia’s Mother and Mother’s Mother migrated through this country, as field workers. Within her line, as a Second Generation Mexican-American, she was instilled the pride that comes from the works of her hands and Faith in her God. She creates primarily three-dimensional forms, as well photographic series, to raise platforms of The Laborer, The Field-Worker, the refugee and the forgotten. As a form of remembrance, she utilizes traditional techniques and materials: rebar and cement infrastructures, weaving these to elevate the Laborer as seen. She is currently pursuing her BFA at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Theresa Moher

Theresa Moher is a Chicana artist born and raised in south Texas and recently resettled in St. Louis. Her paintings and illustrations create an escapist universe of hyperbolized organic forms, lymphatic landscapes, and divergent characters. It is influenced by an ongoing rebellion against the norm.


Marina Peng

Marina Peng (b. Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a multimedia installation artist based in St. Louis. She received her BFA from Washington University. Her work combines built structures with video or performance to create interactive installations that examine the structures that restrict marginalized identities. Marina has been awarded residencies at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA), Paul Artspace (St. Louis, MO), and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT). She is currently an artist in residence at Caldera Arts (Sisters, Oregon). Take Care, a solo-exhibition of her work, opened at 50/50 (Kansas City, MO) last October. Her next solo-project will take place at Granite City Art & Design District in March 2018.


Krista Valdez

Krista Valdez abstracts various materials and uses her own body to represent how an individual functions within various social environments. Her perception of self and social relationships are navigated through the lens of her mother and father’s complicated marriage. Photographically, she creates spaces conflicted by reality and memory, unsure of how to enter. Currently finishing her BFA in Photography at Webster University, her use of decorative eucalyptus has become the focal point to her practice. She strips the plant from its original context while establishing the material as a prologue to understanding past and present interpersonal experiences.


Rachel Youn

Rachel Youn is an artist living and working in St. Louis. Their work uses sculpture and new media to poke fun at hierarchal narratives embedded in objects and lifestyles. They received their BFA from Washington University in St. Louis.


“Youthful Discretion” opens with a public reception on February 17, from 6-9pm and runs through March 17. Open hours will be held on Saturdays 12-5pm and by appointment. Viewing appointments may be scheduled by email at director@floodplaingallery.org.


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Flood Plain is a non-profit, artist-run art space located in St. Louis’s Gravois Park neighborhood, founded in September 2017. Flood Plain is dedicated to exploring new ways of being and of being together in the world through collective experiences around art. We aim to support St. Louis’ artistic communities by showcasing the work of socially, aesthetically and intellectually experimental artists, and by facilitating connections between St. Louis and the creative communities of the Midwest and South.