Join us this Friday @ Studios Inc from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate Patty Carroll’s newest book: Anonymous Women with essays by Professor Naren Barfield and Dr. Lauren DeLand.Meet and greet with refreshments from 5:00 - 5:30, brief artist talk at 5:30 with book signing following!!! The book, Anonymous Women, will be available for purchase at the event and is available at Daylight Books & Amazon .For over twenty years, Patty Carroll has staged photographs using models, drapery, and household objects to create humorous, provocative photographic tableaux that comment on the role of women in the home.Anonymous Women (Daylight Books, January 2017) presents visually stunning images of women in theatrical domestic scenes where their identity is lost in the trappings of domesticity. These not-so-still-lifes are colorful, beautiful, and mysterious, articulating the many complex relationships -- both personal and cultural -- existing between women and the home.Anonymous Women is a project in 3 parts. In the first series, Carroll photographs the head of a vulnerable, very white woman with domestic objects covering her head -- a cabbage, a cake, bacon strips, a picture frame, tea bags, and more. As the woman's eyes are obscured, the viewer can only see her through the filter of food or household objects.In the second series, a lone woman hides within her home, behind richly textured fabrics and drapes with an occasional prop. Camouflaged by the domestic interior, the mysterious draped woman has become immersed in it. The draped series highlights the blurred boundaries between the homemaker and her home.In her third series, Carroll moves beyond just drapery to define the woman, by using objects to comment on obsessive collecting, accumulating and decorating. The figure disappears into the claustrophobic surroundings. The pictures provide a variety of narratives about interests and identities of women; for instance, the woman who displays all her trophies, the collector of plates, the compulsive knitter and crocheter, and the woman stuck in the 1970's.Carroll's childhood in mid-century suburban Chicago informs all of her work. She grew up when suburban life was idealized; the home was a place of utter perfection, where every home had matching drapes and sofa, where families had 2.5 children and manicured lawns. It was a time when the "woman's place was in the home." Carroll's photography both idealizes and critiques the conventions of domesticity.Patty Carroll hopes to reach women of any culture, age, country or social standing with the Anonymous Women project. She says: "as photographers, we follow our own heart, and talk about our personal experiences, but if those messages can mean something to a larger group, then we have done our job."The book includes essays by author and artist Naren Barfield and Dr. Lauren DeLand, professor and scholar of contemporary and modern art. Interspersed throughout the book are whimsical texts commenting on the photographs by curators Kate Ware, Lynne Warren, Davis Travis and Xu Jia.ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Patty Carroll has her BFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Graphic Design, and her Master of Science (MS) in Photography from the Institute of Design at IIT, Chicago. Since leaving graduate school in 1972, she has taught photography continuously at the University level, both full and part-time. Carroll has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibitions. Selected one-person exhibits include "Are You Lonesome Tonight" at Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England in 1996, "Elvis?" at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago in 1999, and "Dark and Deadly: Photographs and Digital Movie Posters" at The Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Since 2010, her "Anonymous Women: Draped" series was shown at White Box Museum in Beijing, (2011), at Shanghai University Gallery (2010), several University galleries and museums, and at the Cultural Center in Chicago in 2012. In 2015, the series was exhibited at Zhejiang Art Museum in Hangzhou, China (2015), The Photographers Association in Ningbo, China (2015), and Daura Gallery, in Lynchburg, Virginia (2014), among others. She was the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2003, and has had various International artist residencies. She was one of the "Top 50" of Photolucida in 2014. She is represented by Martha Schneider Gallery in Chicago, and Sherry Leedy Gallery in Kansas City. She is the photographic author of four books, including Living the Life: The World Elvis Tribute Artists, 2005 and Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America, with Bruce Kraig, 2012.BOOK DETAILS:Hardcover, ISBN-13: 9781942084198, 96 pages, 10.20 x 10.20 inches, $45.00 USABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight's uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. For more information, visit www.daylightbooks.org.
Group 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
Join 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, email@example.com or 816.979.1072.
Featured Artist: Garry Noland
By BRITTANY FICKENSpecial to The BohemianThe Bohemian, March 2013
There’s a bottle of whiskey and an empty PBR can on the table. Garry Noland has just buzzed us into his top floor Crossroads studio at The Studios Inc. We step into the space as Noland shakes our hands and offers us coffee. In a dark corner of his studio, Noland shares insight on his older paintings with Anna and I. Thick layers of oil paint coat the surfaces of National Geographic magazines, creating a topographic texture. Noland carves borders in the paint to separate the positive and negative space between land and water. Which is land and which is water? These divides are not easy to distinguish. The borders of the countries mimic borders of all kinds. Noland explains how borders which exist between people are always changing and are never as clear as the borders on a map.
Play between positive and negative space is crucial to all of Noland’s work. “There is importance in negative space,” he says. Layered narrow strips of carefully cut tape hang on the wall. The strips hide a message of Morse code within the long and short colors of the tape. The piece reveals the importance of the space between each dot or dash: without it, no message could be conveyed. Noland brings us to the front of his studio where a giant tape and floor debris wall hanging exists. He says he just pulled this one up yesterday.Noland covers the floor of his wooden studio in colored tape and peels it up from the floor one inch at a time. He says his fingers are still sore from yesterday. It was a late night for Noland. Wood grain and debris are picked up by the tape, forming a kind of terrain. Noland says once up on the wall, he stands back and looks at the piece for hours before deciding how to approach it. Noland chooses what parts of the sticky side to cover with pattern and tape and what spaces to leave bare as wood grain. He shows us the painterly strokes on the back of the tape.On another wall, thin strips of paper and marbles are placed on tape in a way that appears as if they are floating. Noland says this is where he tests ideas and plays. Four April 1972 National Geographic magazines are cut to reveal this comical message: “If your six year old saw something like this, would he know how to phone for help?”.Garry Noland is showing this month at La Esquina Gallery in the continuation of the Concept OK-KC exhibition. It features a combination of KC and Oklahoma artists. The exhibition will be curated in KC by Charlotte Street Curator-In-Residence Jamilee Polson Lacy. Check out Garry Noland’s work at the opening reception March 15th 6pm to 9pm. The show will be open until April 20th.
First Friday 6:00 - 9:00 PM
<<Se opp for Rotemannen>>
by Peter Warren
The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present <<Se opp for Rotenmannen>>, an exhibition featuring resident artist Peter Warren, on view from 05.04.12 to 06.22.12
With “process” at its core, Rotemannen searches for strands of what was, what is, and what will be….an experiment to link both the chaotic and focused realms of his world. - Peter WarrenPeter Warren is a resident artist at The Studios Inc. The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City.
Johnson County’s newest public art project, called “Adaptation,” has been completed by Kansas City artist Matthew Dehaemers, a native of Johnson County. Dehaemers’ creation will be unveiled Wednesday, May 30, during the dedication of two new buildings at the Johnson County Department of Public Works and Infrastructure complex, 1800 West 56 Highway, in west Olathe. The public celebration, including tours of two new buildings, speeches, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting, starts at 10 a.m.
The project is unique. It’s kinetic, meaning it slowly changes its shape. It is approximately 16 feet in height when fully closed and extends to roughly 23 feet when fully opened in a series of three movements that are completed a couple times a day.
“When fully opened up, the forearm and hand-like structure mimics our own arms as well as the construction equipment that Public Works workers use on a daily basis. The ‘fingertips’ have a series of abstracted bird structures painted in construction yellow that appear to lift off in a V-formation into the air. The V-formation is symbolic of the team-like quality of Johnson County Public Works,” Dehaemers said.
Matthew Dehaemers was born and raised in Johnson County, growing up near 93rd Street and Mission Road in Leawood where his parents, Dave and Joyce Dehaemers, still reside. His father formerly worked in Olathe for 40 years, operating I-35 Auto Parts, an auto salvage business off of I-35 near Santa Fe Street. The artist graduated from Rockhurst High School in 1991. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (cum laude) in 1996 from Creighton University and a master’s degree in fine arts in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin. He has been awarded the Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship Award, the Joan Mitchell Fellowship, four Public Art Network Recognitions, and an NAACP Community Contribution Award as well as numerous residencies.