First Friday Opening
December 6, 2013 from 6pm-9pm
Corcoran Rainbow, oil on canvas, 48" x 72"
Now and Then
December 6 - December 28, 2013
Thursday, December 5
5:30pm - 7:30pm
I began painting and drawing from direct observation in the early eighties after twenty five years of working more or less abstractly and primarily from imagination. My early schooling at the Minneapolis School of Art in the late fifties, was largely influenced by the psychological and existential forces that surrounded abstract expressionist thinking. I attended the Minneapolis School of Art immediately following U.S Army service in Japan where I was first introduced to Buddhist thought and oriental culture in general. I have only recently come to realize how those early experiences have unconsciously informed my process. Painting has become a form of present and discovery oriented meditative practice.
Initially, my choice of subject matter was intuitive. I began to paint what I saw before me with no predetermined attitude toward the outcome other than it had to feel right. While I don't subscribe to any "isms," I do consider myself to be a formalist with an interest in pattern, color and expressive composition. I try to appropriately respond to the circumstances of my experience in a manner balanced between external and internal observation. The place or situation of landscape appeals to me particularly because it is an ever changing unpredictable event. Painting, listening, dancing, and gardening are all exciting influences in that they all require that I surrender to the forces of life that play in the moment.
The fact is, I have enjoyed making both images and objects since childhood. The process has been magical, spiritually vital, and integral to my sense of being.
Richard Mattsson : Video
Bloom, oil on canvas, 72" x 54"
All the Same
December 6, 2013 - February 1, 2014
Joe Gregory Joe is a contemporary realist painter, born in Kansas City, MO, and has been painting since 1997, with his first solo show in 2000. He has shown work in Kansas City and New York. After suffering years of depression, he found his passion in painting - primarily still-life and landscape. His early years have been described as Rubenesque and figurative in nature. His early paintings were larger than life pears - purposefully arranged to mimic human form, voluptuous and sexy.
His work has evolved from focusing on the flesh of pears and still-life objects, to the flesh of human bodies. Recent work portrays the human figure, more specifically flesh and what happens to our bodies throughout the course of life. This includes natural aging, wrinkles, scars, injury, illness, disease and surgery. This focus is in reaction to the unrealistic portrayal of the human body in media - movies, television and magazines.
Joe's work has always been narrative, whether multiple subjects, or single subjects with props - masks, toys, etc. The masks add an element of mystique and ambiguity which imitates his personal view of his work - being exposed to the world, while keeping the depths of his personality hidden beneath cover. Despite being narrative, he purposefully does not over elaborate, he likes to allow the viewer to interpret his work based on their own experiences.
Joe's recent work is influenced by Gottfried Helnwein, Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
Muriel Fogarty, Boy and Wolf, digital print, 10" x 7.5" (edition of 10)
KCAI Undergrads Underground
Alternate Bodies: In Series
November 1 - November 30, 2013
I grew up engaged in stories- playing pretend, reading novels, leafing through comics, and drawing. Cur-rently, I work with stories through suggested character and imagery. Evolving in sets of drawings, I work in series exploring particular characters, themes, or palettes, which invite the viewer to experience the sub-jects differently. The drawings are meant to be suggestions of identities or mythologies into which the viewer projects per-sonality and context. Through repetition of minimally described characters and cultures, the viewer can de-velop personal relationships with the implied narrative of the images.
Muriel Fogarty was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. She is a junior at the Kansas City Art Institute, having received the President’s Scholarship, National Merit Award, the Scholastic Arts Award, and Bright Flight Scholarship. She has interned for St. Louis-based artist Cbabi Bayoc and locally at the Nelson Atkins Museum. She is a visual artist inspired by pop surrealism, design, and storytelling.
Kansas City Textile Studio
November 1 - December 28, 2013
Fri, Dec 6, 6pm-9pm
Sat, Dec 7, 10am-2pm
Kim E-M Quilts
Billy Sue Textiles
Owl + Mouse Textiles
Tabbetha McCale Evans
Robin's Nest Outfitters
Left: It's A Secret, 2013,
Monoprint, mixed media, 30" x 42"
Top: Water Under The Bridge, 2013,
Monoprint, mixed media, 30" x 30"
Bottom: Big Hair Kind of Day, 2013,
Monoprint, mixed media, 30" x 30"
November 1 - December 28, 2013
Inspired by layers of memory, ancestry and pattern, my work investigates the sense of longing and acculturation that comes from travel and relocation. Memories are fleeting with the ongoing integration to my immediate environment, inspiring me to seek what was once familiar.
Contrasting Eastern and Western imagery, my work reflects the layered and overlapping cultural elements while synthesizing memories of past with present. The reinterpretation of Chinese brocade patterns alongside found and family photos informs my sense of connection to my cultural heritage and a lifetime of memories. By creating my own patterned language in the midst of my hybrid-amalgam present, this work embodies that familiar sense of assimilation and connection.
My work is hand printed, with multiple runs through an etching press. By combining several printmaking techniques - collagraphs, monotypes and paper-lithography, my work develops into layers of rich color, pattern and imagery.
I am mixed media artist focusing on works on paper. Originally from Singapore, I am a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the La Salle College of the Arts. I have exhibited at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle and several galleries throughout the US. My work is in private and public collections, which include the University Hospital of Cleveland and the Dell Children’s Hospital in Texas. I am most excited to be selected for a printmaking residency at the Penland School of Crafts in January 2014. When I am not making art, I love spending time in the kitchen creating culinary bedlam and I do cook a mean dish of noodles.
by Tracy Abeln