Join us Tonight: NARRATIVE ATLAS by Gerry Trilling

Join us tonight: First Friday 5:00 - 9:00 PM  for NARRATIVE ATLAS, an exhibition featuring resident artist Gerry Trilling, on view from 05.12.17 to 06.16.17NARRATIVE 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.”    Hours: Tues – Friday     10:00 -12:00 PM & 1:00  – 4:00  PM, Saturday            12:00 – 4:00  PM   Address: 1708 Campbell - KCMO - 64108  

Book signing this Friday 5-8pm Patty Carroll’s: Anonymous Women

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.

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.

Garry Noland Featured in The Bohemian

noland boheaminFeatured 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.

Studios Inc call for Residency Applications

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. 

Tonight: by Peter Warren

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

In Warren's current storm of creativity, he is dismantling his studio and creating art out of everything for the upcoming exhibition, <<Se opp for Rotemannen>>.  The show will include a broad range of work including installation, sculpture, two dimensional works and a performance by Trina Thompson Warren to create an all encompassing experience.

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.

First Friday      6:00 - 9:00 PMTues - Friday 10:00 - 4:00 PMSaturday          12:00 - 4:00 PM1708 CampbellKansas City MO 64108

Matthew Dehaemers: new public artwork Adaptation

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.

http://www.jocogov.org/countynews/johnson-county-dedicate-public-works-public-art-projects