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
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.
The Studios Inc is pleased to announce that studios will become available in the beginning of 2013. Applications are currently being solicited at www.thestudiosinc.org ; materials must be received no later than August 30th 2012.The Studios Inc provides a three-year residency to competitively selected mid-career artists intent on moving to the next level of success. Expansive private studio space provides room to expand the scale of works. A patron underwrites each artist’s studio, building mutually meaningful relationships between local artists, and new and seasoned collectors. The Studios’ programs support the symbiotic relationship between artists and collectors essential for a thriving visual art community. The Studios nurtures symbiosis at a micro level with focus on a selected group of artists and the patrons who support them. Combined, The Studios Inc is a vital part of the visual art community’s unprecedented growth. A selection panel consisting of a variety of individuals from the Kansas City area is assembled and convenes; it is this selection panel that determines which applicants will be awarded studio spaces in 2013. Residencies are open to all visual artists. The Studios Inc does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, economic or social standing, political or religious beliefs, marital status, or sexual orientation.With seven years behind us, our goal of promoting and providing the tools and resources to the most promising mid-career artists in our area has been extremely successful. Our three-year studio program continues to have major impact, within our local community and on a national and international level, promoting Kansas City as a leader in the visual arts.
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.