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
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.
studios.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.
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
The 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.
Director Colby K Smith had the privilege of showing Xhingyu Chen, a published author, independent art critic, and contemporary art specialist from China, around Studios Inc. He introduced her to several of our resident artists and gave her a quick tour of the Crossroads and a extensive tour of the Studios Inc. building where she was able to meet about 7 of our current resident artists. Below is an expert from her blog post about her experience with Colby and our resident artists."We arrived in Kansas City a day later to record temperatures (over 100 degrees F!) so our first day in KC was spent in our air conditioned hotel room. I needed to rest up for my big day of visiting artists' studios. My friend Christina had put me in touch with her friend Jill Downen, who had just started a residency in KC. Jill was kind enough to arrange and put me in touch with the director of Studios Inc., even though she herself wasn't available to meet me.I thought I was going to visit just two or three artists but my day turned out to be more of an adventure that I had planned for. The director, Colby Smith, picked me up at my hotel in a big white van; he informed me that the truck was purchased from an old P.I. agency that went under in the nineties. Colby is a wild-eyed man who is never at a loss for words, making him the perfect guide for my whirlwind tour of the city's art scene. We sped through the Crossroads art district, which was vast, much bigger than anything we have in Shanghai or even in Beijing. Crossroads is an integrated part of the city located downtown and not separated into an art ghetto like M50 or 798 is. There were hundreds of galleries (of which I visited none of) and lots of boutiques and cafes.Studios Inc. is located just at the edge of Crossroads in what used to be a tannery. Christina had mentioned that Jill had it the jackpot with her studio and she was right. It's a pretty amazing space. Unfortunately for all you artists out there, the residency is open only to Kansas City residents. It would take too long to describe all the artists that I visited so in the interest of time, I've given very brief descriptions of the work I saw with a link to their website wherever possible; there are also several images in the slideshow at the top of this page.First up was Barry Anderson. I was fortunate to catch his show,The Janus Restraint, in the exhibition space at Studios Inc., as he was actually preparing to take it down. The show consisted mainly of video installations and sound pieces; I was especially drawn to his kaleidoscope pieces, which reminded me of fractals in nature. Next up was Garry Noland, whose recent works were textile-like tapestries and "drawings" made from tape and contact paper. He was the longest resident at Studios Inc. (5 years I believe), although I believe they are finally setting time limits on the residency program. He talked at length about the Midwestern art scene and about his children; his daughter, Peggy, is also an artist and fashion designer.Jill Downen wasn't around but I was still able to see her pristine studio. She works mainly in plaster and wood but in her hands, these common materials possess an uncommon beauty. Colby was excited about her filing cabinet, as was I. Each drawer revealed little vignettes; some were abstract while others, like the one in the image above, had a tangible narrative. This particular drawer actually reminded me of Huang Kui's work from a couple of years ago, when he chronicled his debilitating accident from a fall through a wooden floor.Before lunch,Colby showed me his own studio, which was a maze of just STUFF. Pack rat isn't exactly the word I would use, although most people would call him that. He just seems to find every object in the universe amazing and that energy is contagious; I wanted to explore every nook and cranny of his studio to see what treasures abound. His graphic "canvases" of found objects were my favorites (shown in the slideshow) but really, his studio itself was a thing to behold.We had a quick lunch at an artist-run café (I think everything in the Crossroads area is "artist-run"), where we met Peregrine Honig. Colby described her as the most established artists in the KC area; I found out later that she was on the first season of that Bravo show Work of Art. I've only seen two episodes on a plane from season 2 but cannot find the DVD set in Shanghai. Amazing, since most DVD shops in China have EVERYTHING.Her studio was just around the corner from the café (and from her lingerie boutique, which I didn't have time to visit). It was modest compared to the cavernous spaces at Studios Inc. but still filled with treasures! Here she's shown holding up a limited edition silk scarf she designed; the writing isn't clear but it says "sucker". Not exactly a G-rated item. She has these amazing little taxidermied fawns (that I wasn't allowed to photograph but I've linked to) placed under glass, that were actually actual unborn fetuses. Morbid but sweet at the same time, which I guess describes the artist and her work.Next door was David Ford's studio, where we were greeted enthusiastically by his adorable dog Romeo (here he is at left in an absolutely picture perfect moment). His projects have taken him around the world; the doll heads in the slideshow were sourced from a village in Guatemala. His work reminds of MadeIn Company/ Xu Zhen, especially this piece that's featured on his website: We headed back to Studios Inc. to meet more artists. Matthew Dehaemers is an unassuming, modest guy, the complete opposite of his elaborate installations. Most striking was a large-scale tire shaped lantern structure made of Japanese paper (shown in slideshow). His studio was strewn with models of previous and upcoming works, many of which would be public installations. Here he is above demonstrating the movements of one such piece.Next up was Dylan Mortimer, a clean-cut guy who explored the intersection of religion and popular culture, especially hip-hop culture. If I remember correctly, he wanted to be a priest when he was younger but became interested in public expressions of faith and how art could add to that dialogue. He had many pieces in his studio that I loved; I was particularly drawn to his prayer booth, which was installed on the streets of New York City, and his blingy hip-hop medallions with slogans like "Amen bitch" and "Who created your ass?". Above he is demonstrating the mechanisms of his portable church pews and lecterns painted to resemble those Caution signs that janitors use.My last stop at Studios Inc. (but not my last stop of the day) was the painting studio of Robert Josiah, which, as you can see from the image at left, was the neatest I've ever seen for an artist! He was one of the few artists I met that day who worked in a more traditional medium. He did not have many large paintings up but he had many lovely sketches, some of which were part of a project he initiated with a friend to only draw with his left hand. It allowed him to be looser in his approach and get another perspective on his art. I think all artists should do something like this at some point in their practice, especially if they feel blocked.I was exhausted at this point but Colby had one last stop for me, his own home where he keeps his extensive collection. It was mainly made up of artists who had passed through Studios Inc. but he also had antiques like a dresser-sized radio from the 1950s and C.S. Lewis' piano (!). His energy levels throughout the day was impressive (thanks to many many cups of coffee) but that energy went up ten-fold when he showed me the works in his home. He was clearly a big fan of every single artist that graced his walls and it was impressive the amount of enthusiasm that he expressed talking about these works. I think that was the best part of the day, having someone who just absolutely LOVES his job and all artists take me around. It made for an amazing experience.Plus, he had the sweetest dog (whose name eludes me now!) who was just the perfect ending to a great day. My brief descriptions don't do justice to all the artists I visited but at least I can introduce you to new artworks. I encourage you to click on the links to each artists, there's so much more to them than what I've written here! I'm now in New York City and I'm sure there'll be many more posts to come this summer as I explore the never-ending art and culture options of my hometown. The Midwest was fantastic but it's always great to come back home. Stay tuned!”
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.
Barry Anderson: Nightrover, Junk Yard, Lawn Ornaments, and Treebeasties (1)Oklahoma City Museum of ArtApril 25–May 27, 2012Kansas City-based artist Barry Anderson presents four, short, single-channel HD video animations: Nightrover, Junk Yard, Lawn Ornaments, and Treebeasties (1). This collection of animations is quirky, humorous, and offers slightly unsettling glimpses into fantasy worlds culled from popular culture and collaged together in wackily delightful, lushly colored, non-linear vignettes. The camera offers vantage points that alternate between a birds-eye or a snails-eye perspective—from beneath tall grass, through dense forest, below big sky—that affords the onlooker a voyeuristic positioning. Anderson places the viewer within magical natural and constructed environments, each populated with Americana: vintage coquettish characters, cartoon animals, and tourist destinations. This lacing of iconic symbols of material culture at first may read as nostalgia; however, the assemblages bring forth a rich narrative that unfolds in time to reveal a sublime underbelly that works to locate the videos within a perplexing fairy tale setting— alluring and unnerving, at once.An exclusive program at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, project screen presents video art by contemporary artists working regionally, nationally, and internationally. The video series rotates monthly in the Museum’s lobby, presenting the work of 12 artists each year. The artists selected for the series present compelling aesthetic gestures, experiential visual thought, and both narrative and non-narrative explorations through their innovative investigations into an ever-evolving “new” media.ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Barry Anderson was born in Greenville, Texas, in 1969 and currently lives and works in Kansas City. He creates visual art in a wide range of media, including video animation, photography installation, and sound art, that have been presented nationally and internationally. With concentrations in photography and digital media, he received a Bachelors of Fine Art from the College of Fine Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Anderson is Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Anderson has had solo exhibitions at Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, California; ISIS Gallery, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana; Light Work Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; Review Studios, Kansas City, Missouri; and Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri. His work has been included in many group exhibitions: The Big Reveal: Recent Acquisitions, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany; Emblazoned Ciphers: Artists From Kansas City, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; Between Thee and Me, Kansas City Jewish Museum, Leawood, Kansas, and Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri; Video‘ Appart Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and City One Minutes, Expo 2010, Shanghai, China, among others. Anderson’s work is in the permanent collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York.
<<Se opp for Rotenmannen>> by Peter Warren
Opening Reception: Fri May 4 | 6 - 9 PMDance Performances: Fri May 4 | 6 - 9 PM
Artist's Talk: Sat May 5 | Noon - 1 PMThe 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 an opening reception Friday, 05.04.12 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.
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.The Studios Inc1708 Campbell StKansas City Mo 64108
The Studios Inc: Come Join Us to Explore and Learn More PLACE: The Studios Inc1708 Campbell StreetKansas CityMO64108DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2012TIME: 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org $20.00 Guest Fee Payable at Door (Guest and Membership fees can now be paid by debit/credit card at the door!)The Urban Core is a grassroots effort dedicated to learning more about how urban pioneers are preserving and enriching ourKansas Cityexperience. Each month we gather to discover and learn how new projects and redevelopment efforts are revitalizing our urban core. Join us at this great location to discover a place that truly contributes to the vitality of our Urban Core.This 51,000 square foot building located on the east side of the Crossroads Arts District provides studio space, professional development, networking and a 4500 square foot exhibition space for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City.The current building is a hodgepodge of many buildings that have been combined over the years. A three-story brick and stone planing mill and shed was built for P.S. Ford in 1907. Then in 1924 a factory building designed byKansas Cityarchitect Von Unwerth was constructed and attached to the original 1907 structure. Finally the property was modified in 1965 by the Estrin Construction Company and again in 1969 for the MO-KAN Chemical Company when two one-story additions were added to create what we see today.
Studios Inc: 2011
Gallery HoursTues – Friday 10 – 4 PMSaturday 12 – 4 PM
The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present Studios Inc: 2011, an exhibition featuring resident artists Barry Anderson, Julie Farstad, Andrea Flamini, Archie Scott Gobber, Marcie Miller Gross, Diana Heise, Beniah Leuschke, Dylan Mortimer, Garry Noland, Colby K Smith, Peter Warren, Davin Watne, and James Woodfill, on view from 12.9.11 to 2.17.12, with an opening reception, Friday, 12.9.11, 6 - 9 PM.Studios Inc: 2011, an annual exhibition, features work by each resident artist and serves as an introduction to The Studios Inc Corporate Collection Program. Through this program, The Studios Inc makes available an exclusive collection consisting of one piece of work from each of The Studios Inc resident artists. The Studios Inc is eager to begin promoting the Corporate Collector Program and help fuel corporate patronage of the visual arts community, along with increasing exposure for The Studios Inc resident artists. The Studios Inc underwrites the cost of an independent curator to assemble the collection.
By DANA SELFSpecial to the StarPosted on Wed, Oct. 05, 2011If patience is a virtue, then Marcie Miller Gross and her audience should be handsomely rewarded.Gross’ work is a study in stamina and the subtle delight that a tidy, orderly world manifests.In this show at Studios Inc.’s exhibition space, where she’s been a resident artist for several years, Gross’ industrial gray felt installation is a fitting companion to the gallery.The gray floors, walls, and ceilings in this voluminous space are oppressive, and here Gross’ immaculate fiber work actually seems to lift the space, to suggest its rightness as a gallery.While working almost exclusively in gray felt for this exhibition, Gross does include several minimalist drawings and some works incorporating lush, creamy-white felt and white military blankets.In “Working Parts (wedges, blocks, slabs),” we are led through a field of felt and wood objects displayed on a long table. These components embody Gross’ ongoing interest in opposites: mass/void, large/small, soft/hard and absence/presence.In her larger wall pieces, the dominant gray felt squares, rectangles and other hard right angles shape our experience of the gallery and the relationship of each work to the other.Heavy gray felt inevitably suggests German artist Joseph Beuys’ work. Beuys prized the material for its ordinariness, the warmth that felt provides, its flexibility and its personal mythology.Gross, on the other hand, revels in the material as a measure of spatial relationships rather than for its more liquid effects, configuring it into grids and patterns. The pieces are methodical, balanced and severe in their restraint and reliance on relational proportions.She cuts the felt on a variety of band saw blades, causing tufts in the fiber that she exploits for their surprisingly mammalian effects.Gross works these tufts into furry ridges that suggest human hair or animal fur. The tufted gray felt adds a gentle humanity to Gross’ sedate and overtly formal explorations of space and geometry and softens the edges of “Sheared #2 (shift)” and “Sheared #1 (alternating).”“Untitled (blankets)” is the most animate and anomalous of Gross’ quiet work in this exhibition. Stacked four deep and softly draped over the edge of a shelf, the blankets suggest comfort and presence, or at least the presence of absence.The blankets offer a sensual and sensory moment in an otherwise rigid exhibition defined by tight organization, right angles and measured spaces.While Gross’ work, in some aspects, may remind us of Ohio artist Ann Hamilton’s monumentally expansive installations and fiber’s vast possibilities, Gross’ work is, instead, an accumulation of smaller moments, movements and relationships.But just when you think that Gross’ work is too austere, she smartly produces subtle touches in the pieces that bring us back to our physical selves and our infinite and essential relationship to fiber.On exhibit:“Marcie Miller Gross: Concentrations” continues at The Studios Inc. Exhibition Space, 1708 Campbell St., through Oct. 21. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 816-994-7134 or go to http://thestudiosinc.org.
The Studios Inc is pleased to announce that three studios will become available in the beginning of 2012. Applications are to be submitted online @ http://thestudiosinc.org/residenc/ Application materials must be received no later than June 15th 2012.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 the three studio spaces in 2012.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, sexual orientation, or artistic expression.With six 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.
America: Now and Here Launch Party with DJ SpookyFriday, May 6th, 7pmLeedy-Voulkos2012 Baltimore AvenueKansas City, MO 64108-1914Celebrate the launch of America: Now and Here, Kansas City, on First Friday, May 6th, in the Crossroads Arts District with a live performance by audio-visual installation artist and mix-master extraordinaire DJ Spooky and DJ Sheppa (of Nomathmatics). America: Now and Here presents a cross-disciplinary experience in visual art, poetry, music, theater, and film as the foundation for engaging audiences in a unique American experience. Through art, people will come together for timely dialogues about America, sharing their insights, ideas, and points of view. Through the America: Now and Here experience, everyone can participate in an exciting national conversation and contribute to this historic American journey. While in Kansas City, America: Now and here will present innovative and exciting programs in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District as well as a series of co-sponsored events with cultural partners throughout the city.The Studios Inc resident artists Archie Scott Gobber, Beniah Leuschke, and Dylan Mortimer will be exhibiting along side artists Eric Fischl, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Jim Leedy, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Chuck Close and many more. Curated by former resident artist David Ford, the exhibition will also include former resident artist May Tveit and Studios Inc Patron and newest member of our Board of Directors, Mike Lyon.Additionally, resident artist James Woodfill has been commissioned to design and fabricate the interior of the “Pop up Shop” located at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center.