STNDRD is an artist-run gallery organized by Sage Dawson. Its exhibitions examine the power and potentiality of flags, richly evidenced by flag history and their use within contemporary art as cultural objects that abstract, encapsulate, and canonize.
STNDRD debuted in September 2016 within The Luminary in St. Louis, which offered STNDRD a temporary space to begin its first season of exhibitions. During the fall of 2017 it traveled to DEMO Project, and the partnership offered STNDRD a new model and audience—flags were installed outdoors mounted to the façade of the site. Shortly thereafter, STNDRD participated in the 2017 Terrain Biennial in Enos Park.
In 2018 STNDRD returned to the St. Louis metro area with a new iteration of its concept –as a 15 foot outdoor flag pole at the end of a peninsula created by Chris Carl at Granite City Art and Design District (G-CADD). A partnership with G-CADD began to take form in March 2017, and nearly a year later its third season opened with G-CADD’s generous support. Alongside the new permanent location, special off-site exhibitions are taking place during 2018 in collaboration with Dalton Warehouse in South Central Los Angeles. It’s through the vision, friendship, and generosity of like-minded spaces that STNDRD has flourished and continues to provide opportunities to artists based locally, regionally, and beyond.
All events are free and open to the public.