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First Friday Opening

November 7, 2014

6pm - 9pm

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Study for Fire Extinguisher: Fisch Haus, 3rd 

Floor, West End, Wichita, Kansas (red), 

2011, acrylic, graphite, and ink on paper, 

34 ¼" x 17 ¼"

 

Fire Extinguisher with Clan MacGregor 

Scotch Whiskey: Fisch Haus, 3rd Floor, West End, Wichita, Kansas, 2012, acrylic, ink, screws, and polyurethane on wallboard with aluminum frame, 25 ¼" x 14 ½" 

 

Patrick Duegaw

The Innumerable Anxieties: Studies in Disorder

 

November 7 - December 27, 2014  

Main Gallery


 

STATEMENT

 

Patrick Duegaw presents The Innumerable Anxieties: Studies in Disorder, an examination of the ambiguous region that stretches between opposite extremes of human behavior. Stringent classifications of conduct, ratified by early Christianity into the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues, have served as idealized guidelines for millenia, but Duegaw has chosen to focus on the mundane trials of the human condition that, while not considered mortally sinful, are also not particularly virtuous.

 

Ongoing since 1997, The Innumerable Anxieties portrays humorously nightmarish large-scale figures en-gaged in a myriad of circus-like spectacles; allegorical images illustrating the seemingly infinite, and uniquely personal, incarnations of mankind's primal relationship with anxiety. The circus becomes a backdrop for such largely self-perpetuated melodrama, since it offers an observer the luxury of anxiety without risk: in this con-text, the 'performers' in these paintings assume all liability and even provide an entertaining medium through which one may vicariously partake of danger, albeit the benign perils of manufactured stress. Integral to this commentary, is an intertwining second narrative illustrated by representational images from Duegaw's current Painted Theatre Project. The PTP is part installation, part theatrical event, incorporating highly rendered two dimensional characters, props and sets that replace living thespians, three dimensional objects and a stage. In this PTP production, the artist explores his unintentional self-destructive tendencies; the deliberately mis-leading and foreboding imagery reinforces the futility of any attempt we might make to rationalize, or even resolve, our fears and concerns.


 

*Intrinsic to the Still Play concept is its musical score, the Still Opera: this installation will include an exhibition-specific composition performed by composer Dan Racer (Professor of Music, Friends University; co-founder of Fisch Haus' annual KNOB New Music Festival).


 

www.patrickduegaw.com

 

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Atmosphere and Energy #4, oil, 50" x 57"

 

Visual Music #3, oil, 50" x 57"

 

Edward Navone

A Passion for Painting

November 7 - December 27, 2014

Front Gallery

 

I've been given a gift, and I'd better use it, not waste it. I'd be bored stiff without it. I have to do it. Art is my identity and I've never found anything to replace it.

 

I've always been an "art kid." My grammar school teacher bought me my first set of oil paints and encouraged my mother to let me pursue my love of art. And, so I did.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

Navone's work, which has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States, incorporates religious, literary and political themes. This exhibit includes several bodies of work created throughout Navone's 50-year career. From his early period come religious works in oils inspired by French Expressionist Georges Rouault. Dynamic shaped canvases done in acrylics represent the beginning of abstracted imagery that continues throughout his artistic career. The exhibit also includes textured painting in sand and rope, silverpoint and conté crayon drawings, as well as self-portraits created from mid-career to the present. Of these, Navone said, "I plead guilty to indulgence in color and texture. A dietary approach to art is not mine."

Navone is not only a prolific artist and popular teacher, but also has devoted his time to expanding exposure to art in northeast Kansas communities through volunteer work on art councils and his development of 30 programs on Medieval Art History and 20 programs on Italian Renaissance Art for the university's public television station, KTWU. On several occasions, Navone guided students and art patrons through renowned galleries in Italy.

BIO

 

Born in 1937, Richmond, California native Edward Navone received his B.A. in 1959 from San Jose State University and his M.A. in 1961, followed by additional studies in art at the University of California at Berkeley. Navone joined the art department at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1964 as a professor. He retired in 2007 and continues to paint.

 

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Homeowners Association
 
Elephant
 
Night Riders

 

Merry Menagerie

Hand Cut Papers by Angie Pickman

 

November 7 - December 27, 2014

Opie Gallery

 


STATEMENT

I began cutting paper in 2003 after seeing "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" - a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. I had always wanted to be "an artist" - I knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms taught in school never felt quite right, but when I saw Lotte's work, something clicked.


My life philosophy revolves around achieving simplicity, winnowing away at all the things that are not needed so that the individual can be reduced to the rawest, purest being possible. I think at this level, one is more readily able to truly observe and take in the natural beauty that exists around us. Cut-ting paper is metaphorical for this - the cutting away of all that is unnecessary to reveal the subject in a simple, bold form.


My tools of trade are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, acid-free paper, mechanical pencils, a self-healing cutting mat, and coffee - for consumption and for a few stains here and there.


 

BIO


Angie Pickman, originally from Atchison, Kansas, currently lives and works as a full-time cut paper artist in Lawrence, Kansas, often operating under the moniker, 'Rural Pearl'. She lived and worked in New York City for a number of years before returning to Kansas in 2009 to pursue her artistic career full-time. She exhibits at both galleries and art fairs nationally, does illustration work, and teaches various classes and workshops. She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild and the Guild of American Paper Cutters.

  

ruralpearl.com/blog

 

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Stoic, oil on panel, 14"x14"

Waiting, oil on canvas, 48"x36"

 

David Slone

Aberrations

 

October 3 - November 29, 2014

Back Gallery

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Over the last five years, I have been primarily working with the figure and exploring different combinations of representation and abstraction. The painting process is intuitive, with one mark informing the next and very little planning done in advance. This sense of uncertainty is one of the more rewarding parts of the process for me and leads to an active dialogue between the painting and myself. Though the abstractions are not mapped out, the marks are intentionally precise, as opposed to being "painterly". Within this pursuit, I have also been trying to develop my use of color and create greater complexity throughout the work. Upon close examination, a wide range of skin tones can be seen along with hundreds of minuscule abstract marks. The work in Aberrations is the culmination of this broad exploration and is a bridge to a new, more refined pursuit that this visual language can continue to build upon.

 

The word "aberrations" refers not only to the cloud-like swarm of abstract marks surrounding and encompassing the figures, but also to what these marks could represent. Over time, I have begun to consider these marks as analogous to the subtle chaos and seemingly infinite complexity in life. Some days they simply represent the bombardment of digital information and visual stimuli we are increasingly subject to. Yet at other times, the neutral facial expressions paired with these abstractions imply a more internalized narrative and a glimpse into the psyche of my subjects. This imbuement of meaning is relatively recent and has added a much more intellectually stimulating layer to what was primarily a technical pursuit.

 


 

BIO

Born in 1985, David Slone received a BA in Art from Anderson University in South Carolina. After graduation, he worked as a graphic designer while maintaining an active studio practice, and became a contributing member of Art Bomb Studios, an artist collective in Greenville, SC. Since 2012, he has been living and working in Sterling, KS.

 

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Screen shot from digital video

 

KCAI: Undergrads Underground

 

Assemblage of Form

 

Featuring works by

Lilian Granados and Kiki Serna

 

November 7 - November 29, 2014

Lower Level Gallery

 

 

Assemblage of Form is an installation that incorporates digital film, sculpture, painting and drawing, in order to explore cycles of structure and disorder. Granados and Serna explore image and scale's relationship to sculptural form. They call into question the stability of form through this exhibition.


Through assemblage, form becomes a void that is left to be filled by the viewer. The manip-ulation of scale, space, color, and time set conditions to later be considered in translation.


 

Intentional actions speed the lifespan of a form through material. The artists depict a time lapse of an object to explore control and stability. This opens a dialogue within the space and invites the viewer to witness the transformation and assemblage of form. The exhibited works create an environment where 'phenomena' is a present vehicle for experience.

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

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