This Friday: Opening Reception

artist-statementstudios.gallery is pleased to present The Artist Statement, an exhibition featuring current and past resident artists Ricky Allman, Barry Anderson, Miki Baird, Matthew Dehaemers, Marcie Miller Gross, Dylan Mortimer, Garry Noland, Brett Reif, Colby K Smith, Debra M Smith, Gerry Trilling, May Tveit, Peter Warren and Hye Young Shin. Exhibition on view from 12.02.16 to 1.27.17 with an opening reception Friday, 12.02.16 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. studios.gallery is the one-stop shop for Kansas City’s greatest artists. The gallery hosts a large and varied collection of work donated by artists from the Residency Program. studios.gallery is an exhibition space and art lending program included in the Studios Inc non-profit organization. The studios.gallery exhibition rotates four times a year, which allows current works to be displayed from Kansas City’s most prominent artists. Proceeds generated from sales through studios.gallery are used towards funding of Studios Inc programs.Gallery Hours:Tues - Friday 10:00 - 12:00 PM1:00 - 4:00 PMSaturday 12:00 - 4:00 PMOpening Reception 12.02.16 5:00 - 9:00 PM.

StudiosInc:2015 Exhibition featured in KC Star

Blue Sky V 13, mixed-media piece by Colby K SmithGroup exhibition showcases new art from Studio Inc’s underwriting programBy Hallie Smith - Special to the StarKansas City StarIn today’s fiscally challenged world, an artist’s prospects of finding a benefactor often remain a dream. Fortunately, there are exceptions.One example is Studios Inc, a nonprofit organization that provides studio space, professional development, networking and exhibitions for mid-career artists in the Kansas City area. Those selected are matched with a patron, whose fully tax-deductible donation underwrites a studio for one year.A group exhibit now on view in the Studios Inc exhibition space showcases new works by the group’s current beneficiaries.As viewers enter the show, a floor installation in the center of the room grabs the attention.   Dust and Distance II by Jill Downen mesmerizes, in part because of its sheer magnitude. The gypsum and mixed media piece resembles an arctic mass, a Siberia at the viewer’s feet. Strewn across its barren landscape are fossil-like objects, along with a tangled piece of blue string attached to a metal weight.Downen notes that her installation “evolves from the characteristics of the gallery space and the concepts it inspires.” Standing in the midst of the massive, grayish-concrete environment, one feels she has succeeded.Colby K Smith’s Blue Sky V 13 embodies its own somber tone of cool contemplation, mixed with a sad beauty. Though it appears to be a painting, it is more, composed of gypsum, graphite, fiberglass, foam, rubber, butyl and paper. The work’s landscape aesthetic tends toward the abstract, and it draws forth an almost unspeakable emotional truth. Its imagery evokes not just nature’s layers of sky and earth, but the ever-changing layers within the self.While the show claims no specific theme, the works by Smith and Downen induce meditation on the wintry aspects of life. Elsewhere, viewers will find a hint of summer.In Hermit Reflecting on the Ten Thousand Things, Jarrett Mellenbruch uses plants, a hermit crab, wood, mirror and grow lights to create a world of lush, living green. Standing over this microcosm of fertile flora (encased in a large, unfinished wooden crate) and breathing in the moist, pungent scent of plants, one feels a sense of renewal on several sensory levels.Another striking piece is Brett Reif’s Cloudy. True to its name, the work of mixed media and tile appears as a cluster of clouds. From a closer angle, however, it becomes more amusing as one notices the rubber stoppers, complete with chains, inserted within its sculptural curves.Virginia Woolf’s manifesto A Room of One’s Own emphasizes the creative benefits of a private space for a writer to focus on her work. Judging from this show, which also includes works by Miles Neidinger, Debra Smith, Ricky Allman, Gerry Trilling, Tanya Hartman and Robert Josiah Bingaman, a visual artist who is granted a studio of his or her own enjoys the same benefits.Studios Inc:2015 continues at Studios Inc Exhibition Space, 1708 Campbell St., through 04.17.15. Hours are 10:00-12:00 PM and 1:00-4:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, 12:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, and 6:00-9:00 PM on First Friday. For more information, call 816-994-7134.Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article8409822.html#storylink=cpy

Opening Friday: Jaimie Warren

no nippleThe Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present I Will Always Love You, an exhibition featuring resident artist Jaimie Warren, on view from 11.14.14 - 12.14.14 with an opening reception Friday, 11.14.14 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  I Will Always Love You is an exhibition of photographs, videos, and photographic gifs that are a culmination of her creations made throughout the past three years at Studios Inc, and through projects and residencies in San Diego, Los Angeles and New York City. Warren will also create a small performance during the opening reception as a thank you to her community in Kansas City.Warren creates self-portraits that are re-creations of photo-shopped images assembled by anonymous web users, and are hand-made without digital enhancements. They each employ makeup, props, costumes and prosthetics that simulate the reference’s digital effects, but all with a very humorous, DIY aesthetic. These sets, costumes and props are often fabricated as collaborations with friends and family. Expanding on traditions of staged self-portraiture, and centering on performance and identity, each construction is a cross-pollination of art history, pop culture, and Internet. They range from likenesses of Phil Spector and Lil’ Kim to Santa, Yoda, Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’, and an artichoke, leveling the discursive playing field in matters of race and gender fluidity, the politics of satire and the pervasive influence of a media-driven celebrity culture.Jaimie Warren is the 2014 recipient of the Baum Award for an Emerging Photographer, and has had a solo artist monograph published by Aperture (New York). Warren has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, with solo exhibitions at The Hole and Higher Pictures (New York, NY), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO), the Kennedy Museum (Athens, OH) and the Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design. Warren is also Co-Creator/Co-Director of the faux public access television show "Whoop Dee Doo". Whoop Dee Doo has created commissioned projects for organizations including the Smart Museum (Chicago), Loyal Gallery (Sweden), the Time-Based Arts Festival/Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), POP (Montreal, QC), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA), The Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), and others. Warren has received a United States Presidential Teaching Award, presented by Barack Obama in 2013.Jaimie Warren is a resident artist at Studios Inc. Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City.

I Will Always Love YouJaimie Warren11.14.14 - 12.14.14

Gallery Talk11.15.14 Saturday         12:00 - 1:00 PMGallery HoursTues - Friday   10:00 – 12:00 PM, 1:00 – 4:00 PMSaturday          12:00 – 4:00 PM1708 CampbellKansas City MO 64108

The 2014 – 2015 Exhibition Series has been made possible through the generous financial support of Jane Hunt-Meade and Benjamin Meade.

Artist Reception:Jaimie Warren this Friday 8.30.13, 5-7 PM

demoiselles_WarrenJoin the Art in the Loop Foundation, this Friday,  for a fun night of bowling and camaraderie as we celebrate our 2013 ARTwall artist Jaimie Warren.  Light refreshments and one drink ticket per person will be provided.Jaimie's artwork entitled "Self-Portrait as a Woman in Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon / Deceptions by Momma Bird " is currently displayed on the ARTwall on the south side of the Town Pavilion Garage at 13th and Main,  Kansas City MO.For your convenience, please register and print your ticket here and bring it to the event.Z-Strike is located on the second floor of the Live! Block in the Power and Light District at 13th & Grand.   For public transportation to the event check out bus schedules at http://www.kcata.org/ for parking options (at your own expense) download the parking map of the area.Financial assistance for the ARTwall has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, with the generous support of Copaken Brooks, LLC and the H&R Block Foundation.More questions? Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org or 816.979.1072.