STNDRD is an artist-run gallery founded 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. The Luminary has long-valued supporting artists and artist-run spaces, and with this in mind they generously offered STNDRD a temporary space to start-up and begin its first season of exhibitions. During the fall of 2017 for its second season, STNDRD traveled to a new site in residence at DEMO Project in Springfield, Illinois. The partnership with DEMO Project offered STNDRD a new model and audience—flags were installed outdoors mounted to the façade of the site. Shortly thereafter, Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson invited STNDRD to participate in the 2017 Terrain Biennial in Enos Park – Springfield, Illinois.
In 2018 STNDRD returns to the St. Louis region and art community with an exciting new iteration of its gallery concept –this time as a 16 foot outdoor flag pole at the end of a man-made peninsula created by Landscape Architect Chris Carl at Granite City Art and Design District (GCADD). A partnership with GCADD began to take form in March 2017 through conversations surrounding acquiring a large flag pole to install on site, and nearly a year later STNDRD’s third season will open with GCADD’s generous support. Alongside this new permanent location, two special off-site exhibitions will take place during 2018 at Dalton Warehouse in South Central Los Angeles.
It’s through the vision, friendship, and generosity of like-minded space like the The Luminary, DEMO Project, G-CADD, and Dalton Warehouse 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.