Opening Reception: NARRATIVE ATLAS by Gerry Trilling

The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present NARRATIVE ATLAS, an exhibition featuring resident artist Gerry Trilling, on view from 05.12.17 to 06.16.17 with an opening reception Friday, 05.12.17 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.NARRATIVE ATLAS is an exhibition of constructed paintings, text and small drawings.  “Narratives are built into maps; where and how you begin, where and why you want to go, how and by what means you get there.  An atlas is a book of maps filled with stories.  NARRATIVE ATLAS is a mainframe for my meditation on assimilation.  What stories we keep, what memories we will lose, and what will happen next.  The unknown is always rich territory for an artist.”   Gerry Trilling is a resident artist at The Studios Inc. The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in the Greater Kansas City.Gallery HoursTues – Friday     10:00 -12:00 PM1:00  – 4:00  PMSaturday            12:00 – 4:00  PMGallery Talk5.13.17 Saturday           12:00 – 1:00  PMFirst Fridays during Exhibition6:00 – 9:00 PM

An Interview With Gerry Trilling

Studios Inc Resident Artist Gerry Trilling received her B.F.A. in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute, and has also studied weaving, dyeing, and paper making. Trilling has traveled extensively through Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe focusing on how patterns can create a large visual landscape. We sat down and asked her a few questions about what inspires her, her creative process, and advice for young artists........Q: What originally inspired you to start creating? What is your background in art?A: I always made things, all my life. I came from a family of creative people, I never thought about it. I just always made things. I have a BFA in painting and it is just something that I have always wanted to do. Q: Is the medium you use now the same as what you started with? How has that evolved over your career?A: I think I work with ideas and I work with a lot of different materials. I have worked in wood, worked in paint, worked in fabric, worked with patterns, I don’t work with patterns. I think you are moved along by what interests you and then you figure out the best way to articulate it in the real world. Q: Where do you derive inspiration from? Do artists have a muse like poets and writers?A: I have artists that I look at - Blinky Palmero, Gerhardt Richter is very interesting to me because his style has certainly changed over the years and he has very good at everything he did. I would say Sigmar Polke is probably my person that I am always happy when I see something he made. I think if you know what something is going to look like when you start, I’m not sure I know why you would make it. When I look at his work it always feels like it evolves as he is thinking at it and we all have components like stretching the canvas but it is the unfolding it’s the how it happens that is the part that is really interesting. And I never know what I’m going to see and I’m always surprised. Q: What themes do you pursue in your art? A: I’m very interested in material culture. If you go into thrift stores or flea markets you have this sort of capture of time. Most booths specialize in something, we are always drawn to the images, the toys, the material culture, the stuff. What was surrounding us that meant life and home. It is not conscious, its that place of comfort and familiar that is a starting place and you look at why and you start thinking about the time it happened. I grew up in the 50’s and women’s opportunities were very limited and you go off that, it’s endless. I look at fabric sometimes in a fabric store and wonder why did they make that, who did they think was going to use that. The design piece of it is pretty interesting. I like to use material that are, I think what I do anyone can do as far as making it. I happen to think of making it this way but most of what I use is readily available so I think people really do have the capacity to look at something and make connections if they will only tryQ: What have you enjoyed about work? A: I love my work, it is where my brain is. It is a record of how I think through time. Q: What have you not enjoyed about your work? Have you ever looked back and not liked what you saw. A: Yeah, that is the best place. When you are in that everything looks the same, I am repeating myself, I don’t know where to go with this, everything I try isn’t working. That is the most wonderful place because you have nothing to lose. You can create something from nothing. Q: Do you have advice to struggling artists?A: Quantity counts. Quality either will come or won’t come. I had an instructor at the art institute that said, never use newsprint because you never know when that perfect drawing is going to show up and then you’ve made it on this totally destructible material that won’t last. Waiting for inspiration is a stupid idea, you have to make a lot of stuff and you will make a lot of bad stuff but then you get to go back and fix the bad stuff but you need to make a lot.

An Interview With Ida Patton

Ida Patton is one the leaders at Studios Inc. She has held the position of office manager for the past year. She is pursuing a BFA in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and will graduate May of 2018. She spends her free time traveling, painting, and photographing the world around her. We sat down with her to discuss art and her experience at Studios Inc.............Q:How did you come to be at Studios Inc?A: I was bartending full time and felt  unfulfilled in my own creative endeavors and I wanted something that would provide more artistic drive and would give me a new set of skills. Q:What has been your favorite part about working at Studios Inc? A:One of the most unique parts of the job is seeing the importance of everyone's role. We have a small team, but all of our roles are equally important from intern to director.  Our Assistant Director, Robert Gann, really inspires me with his curatorial skills and I have been able to work with him on installing and arranging work. All of the interns have taught me more than I would have imagined as well. And Colby? He is such a fun and fearless leader. I am honored to work alongside him. Q:What originally got you into art? What is your preferred medium when creating art? A:  I come from three generations of painters on my mom’s side. It isn’t something that I chose, but something that was in me. I started as  a Printmaking major and after a year, I switched into the Painting Department. Two years into my college career, I left for a year and started taking photos... a lot of photos. I think anytime you try other mediums you start to learn about what you were doing before and where you want to go next with your work. I started working with clay and I found the glazing process to be challenging and refreshing since you can not see the true glaze color or the way it interacts with other glazes until it is fired.  It’s the same thing with shooting film. I am always thinking about  color relationship with painting, but with ceramics and film there are so many unknowns that I find it a lot more difficult to control the end results. Q: What/ Who do you derive inspiration from? A: I don’t have a set of artists that I look at specifically. I really like Alex Kanevsky and Jonas Wood. I draw most of my inspiration from  my day to day life. I initially started taking photos as a starting point and a reference for paintings. I am constantly thinking about the relationship of the nearest space, objects, color and taking that into my work across all mediums. Q: You have traveled all around the world, do you ever see what you have seen abroad sneak into your work in unexpected ways?A: It is pretty directly related. I wouldn’t say that is the reason I travel, nor the reason I create. I spend so much of my free time traveling that it will inevitably inspire my work. I think I am still riding the wave of Australia because the landscape itself and colors are so vivid.Q:Could you tell us about your current show that is up at PT’s coffee? What was the driving force behind it? A: It is titled Home, which comes from the point of view of somebody who has not had a set residence. I have moved 23 times in 23 years which gets pretty old and it makes it more difficult to stay somewhere. When I started traveling I thought less about a physical home more about home as something you carry with you. The twelve images that are hanging are all pieces of what I would consider home, the people and places that have led me to be who I am now. It is realizing that you don’t need to have a home, to have a home. It is not needing to search for a place to belong but simply being.Q:How would you define Home, do you think it is the cliché that home is where the heart is?A: I think it a sense home truly is where your heart is at. When you think of the word home it changes depending on what season of life you are in. The people around you definitely effect that season of life and ultimately become home to us... so do the landscapes and the objects we surround ourselves with. Home is more of a feeling than a place for me.Q: What are your goals as an artist? How would you define success for yourself?A: I would really like to see some of my prints on a  larger scale. I think my ultimate goal as an artist is to be satisfied with my own work. That is something we all struggle with; finishing a piece and feeling like your goals  you had when you started the piece of work were accomplished by the end of it. I don’t really see myself working as a professional artist. I am more drawn towards working toward social endeavors and working for not for profits. It would be wonderful to find a career that marries these two parts of myself. 

April First Friday: Anti-mimesis

April showers bring May flowers and a new show to Anti-mimesis: Life imitating art and other print perspectives opened for April’s First Friday. Featured in the show is work from Andrea Flamini’s Topopah Test Range as well as Patty Carroll’s Anonymous Women. Also included in the show are Miki Bair, Jill Downen, Elijah Gowin, Colby K smith, and Jamie Warren; on view from 04.07.17 to 05.22.17

Gallery HoursTues – Friday 10:00 -12:00 PM1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Patty Carroll and The Dichotomy of Domesticity

Resident Artist Patty Carroll was launched onto the scene with the release of her book, Anonymous Women. It is a compilation of staged photographs, essays, and commentary by Carroll, and art critics. Abbey Schubert from the Chicago Reader said, “Carroll describes this split as the ‘dichotomy of domesticity’, a phrase alluding to the way the home can function as both a relaxing refuge and a restrictive prison for women.” The photographs depict models that are costumed in drapes, obscured by lettuce, and sometimes the subject is lost within the background. Carroll uses the images to continue to question the gender norms of the Chicago suburb she grew up in but also the rest of the United States. It is a culmination of 25 years of work, as she started the project the 90’s. The book can be ordered through Amazon.

Internship Program Spotlight

No making coffee, no filing, and no busy work — this internship is designed with you, for you.This week we are shining a spotlight on our photography intern, Bailey Tann. Bailey currently attends the University of Missouri, Kansas City as a second semester senior. She hopes to continue a creative career through photography and design after her time here at Studios Inc.  Check out the Q & A for Baileys perspective……Q: Meeting and continually being surrounded by art can spark some inspiration, have you noticed your outlook on your own art changing or the process that you go through? A: Spending time around the artists here at Studios Inc, as well as the artists at UMKC, gives me a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to tap into. The gears have definitely been turning in an exciting direction since I’ve been an intern here. I have had first-hand examples of all of the ways to be an artist and all of the ways to create art, and as it turns out, there are no rules to creating your own work. Something I have known but haven’t lived in the past.  Q: What originally interested about photography? Or art in general?A: I have had some kind of a camera for as long as I can remember, from Polaroid I-Zone cameras from the 90s, numerous cheap film cameras, point-and-shoots, and finally my DSLR. My camera was just a tool. As I needed my bike to travel around the neighborhood, I needed my camera to document life with my friends. It wasn’t until high school that one of my English professors submitted a photo of mine into a competition. The first prize winner got to take home a brand new DSLR, which I only knew of at the time as ‘cameras that take pictures with blurred backgrounds’. Long story short, I ended up taking third place, but with the help of the community in my small town and family, I was able to get my own DSLR. That changed my perspective entirely… and as they say, the rest is history.Q: What are you going to school for and what do you hope to do post-graduation?A: I am finishing up my final semester at UMKC studying design and photography. This final semester I have directed my attention primarily to design courses- giving myself the skills I may need during the always looming ‘post grad job hunt’. Currently I have plans post grad for traveling and freelance design work, as well as trying to get my foot in the door with my travel photography. I hope to just try a bunch of different directions to find which best fits me.Q: What brought you to Studios Inc?A: This semester is my last at UMKC and the pressure was on to seek answers, do more, and actively search for my different opportunities. Kind of last minute, I found the Studios Inc call for interns on the UMKC art newsletter. I was so excited I hadn’t missed the deadline and I have enjoyed all of my time here since.Q: What has been the most valuable part of working at Studios Inc?A: Working at Studios Inc hasn’t felt like even a minute of work. I get to spend my time meeting the residents, attending the events and meeting the local artist community, all while getting the chance to work on my technical photography skills. I’ve had the chance to work one on one with each resident to document their work, process, and their space, and that has been completely invaluable. Q: What has been the most rewarding part of being a photographer?A: Last year a couple of my photography projects were accepted into the UMKC student show. At the show’s opening night, so many people came up to me to tell me how my photos made them feel. It was the first time I had commentary outside of my classes and a felt a huge connection to the people around me, who were various ages, professions, genders. Absolutely the most rewarding time in my photographic career.Q: Consequently, what has been the least rewarding part of being a photographer?A: As with many different art careers, there is a lot of misunderstanding around the process of taking images. I often have people asking if I could “just take a few quick photos” for them in my free time, assuming the process is as simple as point, click, send. The misconception of the time that goes into making images is definitely the most frustrating aspect of being a photographer, but it also fuels me to show ‘them’ what I got.Q: Meeting and continually being surrounded by art can spark some inspiration, have you noticed your outlook on your own art changing or the process that you go through?A: Spending time around the artists here at Studios Inc, as well as the artists at UMKC, gives me a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to tap into. The gears have definitely been turning in an exciting direction since I’ve been an intern here. I have had first-hand examples of all of the ways to be an artist and all of the ways to create art, and as it turns out, there are no rules to creating your own work. Something I have known but haven’t lived in the past. Internship Program Description: With committed staff, dedicated resident artists, patron involvement and a compelling mission Studios Inc offers opportunity for an immersive and contagious experience.  The intern will interact with business and visual art community leaders who offer a valuable network for career development. The internships are custom designed in respect to specific programmatic needs and the creative inclinations of the participant.  Through the process of interviews, identifying intern goals and tracking performance measures, the program results insure the development of all parties involved. The intern’s abilities, interests, and availability will shape specific duties.  This is a volunteer position; if it fulfills an academic requirement, Studios Inc will collaborate with the candidate and academic institution to create a fun, resume-building experience. 

Opening Reception: Unapologetic by Hye Young Shin

The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present Unapologetic, an exhibition featuring resident artist Hyeyoung Shin, on view from 3.10.17 to 4.14.17 with an opening reception Friday, 3.10.17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.Unapologetic is an exhibition of drawings inspired by Joan Didion’s book ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ and Shin’s  experience of loss. The exhibition expresses the profound appreciation for human life that Shin gained during her father’s final stage of life. Shin is the Assistant Professor of Print Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Shin received a Master's of Fine Art from University at Buffalo, and two BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Printmaking and Painting from Hong-Ik University and Kyoung-Sung University in Korea. Shin has exhibited in the Fine Art Gallery at San Francisco State University, University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, 20|20 Gallery of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in the Elizabeth Arts Foundation, Big Orbit Gallery, Western New York Book Arts Center and has been featured in many group shows nationally and internationally.The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists living in the Greater Kansas City metro area.1708 CampbellKansas City MO 64108Gallery HoursTues – Friday     10:00 -12:00 PM1:00  – 4:00  PMSaturday            12:00 – 4:00  PMGallery Talk3.11.17Saturday           12:00 – 1:00  PMFirst Fridays during Exhibition6:00 – 9:00 PM

An Interview with Robert Gann

Robert Gann has been the associate director of since the fall of 2016. In addition to curating Gann is finishing his degree in art history, criticism and conservation at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  We recently sat down and spoke with Robert about what drew him to curatorial work, what goes into planning a show, and what he aspires to do next in his life.

  1.    Who or what got you interested in art? More specifically what sparked your interested in curatorial work?   

I have always had artistic inclinations.  Over the years my interest and areas of study have gone from drafting, studio art and finally Art History.  When I first started my collegiate pursuits this was the only field of study that held a passion for me.  I have always been in gallery settings in one form or another.   All these factors eventually brought me to Studios Inc where I was given the chance in the curatorial role to utilize my skills, creativity and education.

  1.    What brought you to Studios Inc?

I was attracted to Studios Inc because it was a non-profit organization.  Throughout my life I have always wanted to give back through volunteering and have sought organizations that offer that.  I have been acquainted with Studios Inc for a long period of time and was always immensely impressed with the opportunity they offer mid-career Artist.  Studios Inc was the perfect place to land for me, it's an extremely creative environment which believes in giving back to the Artist in our community.   

  1.    When you finish your degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City what do you hope to do?  

Take a day off.  Maybe even treat myself to a weekend off who knows?  On professional note it has been a long term goal to combine my insurance background and academia to pursue a career insuring fine art and specie.  Professional goals change though so we will see what the future holds.

  1.    When putting together a show, who decides what pieces are in the show? If it is you, how do you go about which pieces will be the best fit for the show?

I make the decisions, but also use the knowledge and skill set of my coworkers if I am second guessing exhibition of a piece. When curating each new show, I look to the different types of works in the collection to see how well they will speak to each other within their juxtaposition once displayed.  My goals when I curate the quarterly exhibit is to ensure its cohesive and the pieces are displayed in a manner that maintains the artist integrity of the works

  1.    To bounce off the last the question, what all is involved in curating? Is it just organizing the exhibition or is there more to it? Is there more that you wish curators did?

As the public enters the gallery, they have to walk into an environment that flows and invites their attention to the works.  The exhibit requires a cohesiveness and the show should stand out to make an impression.  This takes weeks of planning and preparation.  Several phases are required.  These include conceptualizing the next show, selecting the right pieces, if acquiring a new piece also working with artists to coordinate pick up, removal of the prior show, repairs to the gallery space, meticulous attention to hanging and spacing, ensuring press releases go out, updating online public art forums and on occasion making a last minute change in the exhibition to make the show flow better.  To answer the last question I think it would be beneficial for curators around Kansas City to meet and exchange ideas regularly.  This would work towards best practices, offer broader inspiration and create closer ties within the Arts community.

  1.    What is the most rewarding part of your job at Studios Inc?

Each show highlights some of the best artist that Kansas City has to offer.  I am thrilled to be able to use my creative process to help recognize them.

  1.    Contrary to that, what is the least rewarding part of your job?

Love the Vinyl letter signs but they are definitely not my favorite to put up.

  1.    What has been your favorite show put on at Studios Inc?

The Artist Statement.  This allowed to exhibit spectacular pieces but also provided the public insight into what may have been a driving force or influence of the Artist at the time the piece was being created.

The Thread You Follow: Debra M Smith

Resident artist Debra Smith’s show The Thread you Follow is ongoing at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, MO until December 20. The exhibition features her work as well as the art of artist Donna Sharrett. The exhibition premiered at a member’s reception Sept 30.In the Thread you Follow: Debra M. Smith and Donna Sharrett, the two artists partner their techniques together for an interesting dialogue. The aesthetic space between Smith’s and Sharrett’s creations returns the audience to the past. In the former, the viewer’s imagination is presented with an intangible narrative that disrupts the otherwise formal quality of the compositions with ghostly and poetic connections to the past. In the latter, the viewer is grounded through familiar fabrics and cultural arrangements of fabric.Smith, through combinations of fabric that resemble paint from Japanese silk kimonos, suit linings, and neckties, composes abstract, rectangular assemblages that take the viewer to another place and time. Smith’s compositions are meant to stimulate the mind and imaginations of her viewersA gallery talk for The Thread you Follow is Nov 3 at 6 pm, at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art located in State Fair Community College, 3201 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301. Visit the Museum’s website at here for more photos of the exhibition.

Last Chance to View Tanya Hartman's When a Stranger Sojourns

Resident artist Tanya Hartman’s most recent installation, When a Stranger Sojourns in your Land, was featured at her Exhibition Opening Friday, Sept 10. Patrons and donors were in attendance. Tanya’s work was also featured at a Gallery Talk session open to the public that Saturday.When a Stranger Sojourns in your Land is a ceramic clay installation of letters in tones of gray, silver, and gold sprawled across Hartman’s exhibition space and reads “When a stranger sojourns in your land, you shall not do him/her wrong. The stranger who sojourns with us shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him/her as yourself.” Displayed directly in front of this principle statement is a pile of letters - collected, disarrayed, and forgotten.While beautifully crafted, the words carry with them a certain sorrow. She says that the underlying goal of When a Stranger Sojourns in Your Land was to underline the importance of kindness and acceptance, especially in the current political environment of the country.“Words are how we interact with one another on a daily basis. We don’t realize how much power they have,” Hartman said. The influence for much of her work focuses on the human language and connections. “There is something terrifyingly beautiful, yet terribly ugly in the human heart.” She conveys this contrast of joy and pain in much of her work.Hartman, a Visual Art’s professor at the University of Kansas, is currently studying migration in the Midwest as a workshop leader in a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.Hartman's closing exhibition was Friday Oct. 14.