Ricky Allman: Seven Simultaneous Sunsets @ Studios Inc Exhibition Space
by Dana Self, KC STUDIO, October 2, 2017
Ricky Allman’s multisensory work evokes apocalyptic narrative and images from popular culture, science-fiction movies and books, and the inevitable cyborg. He writes, “The first 30 years of my life I was anticipating the imminent apocalypse; hoarding food, memorizing scriptures and warning the wicked. After leaving these ideas behind . . . my brain allowed me to think of a future, a hundred, thousand, or five thousand years in the future. I began to think about self-replicating printers. Buildings that begin to reproduce by mining their own materials from the earth; errors in the duplication process produce mutations the way DNA mutations happen. Over time some of these mutations will become useful and these buildings will grow stronger and replicate stronger buildings.”
Allman’s paintings are visually stimulating and psychically arousing and his precise renderings of the spaces, architecture, and bodies of his future are mind-blowingly detailed. Painted in subtle shades of neutrals with brilliant colors punctuating the compositions, Allman’s visions never equivocate. His full commitment to his vision, notwithstanding some of the creepier imagery, carries the viewer willingly along this strange trip.
Allman’s fantastical musings of posthuman bodies in a seemingly posthuman world emerge in his dense pictorial matrix. His large-scale paintings depict the architecture, cities, bodies, and infinite spaces that he imagines can create and replicate themselves in an era in which “humans will become autonomous computers, buildings, cities, and super organisms with power and intelligence beyond anything we can currently measure.” In other words, something as yet unnamed, beyond even advanced cyborgs.
But if cyborgs (or their next, next generation) are, according to feminist historian Donna Haraway, the “illegitimate offspring of militarism and patriarchal capitalism,” we know they (more…)
Studios Inc is pleased to announce that studio(s) will become available in the beginning of 2018. Applications are currently being solicited at www.studiosinc.org; materials must be received no later than 3PM on 9.16.17.
Aimed exclusively at mid-career artists, this three-year, free-of-cost program isn’t just about creating a body of work. We augment our resident’s portfolio with both connections intra-program and to the community itself. As our residents build their physical body of work, we work to help them foster relationships with collectors, patrons, and art professionals in the creative community.
Studios Inc provides a three-year residency to competitively selected mid-career artists intent on (more…)
“Gerry Trilling: Narrative Atlas” Studios Inc Exhibition Space
We are a nation of immigrants and refugees. Always have been. Even if we have short memories of who came from where, or for what reasons, countless stories thread in and out and through the families that have come to this country generation after generation. “Narrative Atlas,” Gerry Trilling’s final solo exhibition as a resident of Studios Inc, explores the role of material culture as a vehicle for memories: of family, of place, of ethnicity, of class, of community.
Trilling’s welcome mat to “Narrative Atlas” is the 2017 piece, “Activated Shelter,” a cushy lean-to of woven fabric stretched between two pieces of PVC pipe. Alternating warm wiggly lines in shades of orange, the work is a tactile temptation with op art style. It may be a (more…)
Head to the Haw Contemporary this Saturday, June 24, for a gallery talk with artists Davin Watne and Miki Baird. Davin and Miki will discuss their current exhibitions that are on display at the gallery now through June 28. Light refreshments will be served.
See exhibition details below and stream or read the KCUR interview with Davin on his show Picture the Wallhere.
Address: 1600 Liberty, Kansas City, MO 64102 (map)
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9-5, Saturday 12-5
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 06.16.17
NARRATIVE ATLASis an exhibition ofconstructed 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.”
Ida Patton is one the leaders at Studios Inc. She has held the position of office manager for the past year. She is pursuing a BFA in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and will graduate May of 2018. She spends her free time traveling, painting, and photographing the world around her. We sat down with her to discuss art and her experience at Studios Inc………….Q:How did you come to be at Studios Inc?
This week we are shining a spotlight on our photography intern, Bailey Tann. Bailey currently attends the University of Missouri, Kansas City as a second semester senior. She hopes to continue a creative career through photography and design after her time here at Studios Inc. Check out the Q & A for Baileys perspective……Q: Meeting and continually being surrounded by art can spark some inspiration, have you noticed your outlook on your own art changing or the process that you go through?
A: Spending time around the artists here at Studios Inc, as well as the artists at UMKC, gives me a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to tap into. The gears have definitely been turning in an exciting direction since I’ve been an intern here. I have had first-hand examples of all of the ways to be an artist and all of the ways to create art, and as it turns out, there are no rules to creating your own work. Something I have known but haven’t lived in the past. (more…)
So begins a new conversation on healthcare for artists. Symbiotic relationships with doctors, new models of care, artists defining needs…..and the conversation has just begun!!!!! Thanks to the passionate doctors for bringing the conversation to the table and La Esquina for hosting.
Join us tonight for studiosinc:2017, a group exhibition featuring resident artists Ricky Allman, Patty Carroll, Jill Downen, Caitlin Horsmon, Misha Kligman, Miguel Rivera, Colby K Smith, Debra Smith, Hyeyoung Shin, and Gerry Trilling. The exhibition will open at 6 and go until 9 PM. Prior to the group exhibition is a book signing by resident Patty Carroll with her new book, Anonymous Women from 5-8 PM (refreshments provided). After stopping by Studios Inc and seeing not only the group exhibition but also The Artist Statement installment in studios.gallery space you can head over to The Bunker Center for The Arts and see former resident artist David Ford’s show Bare Edge. This is also his first solo show of new paintings in three years. To round out the night of art, stop by the Haw Contemporary to see current resident artist Debra Smith’s recent work and former resident artist Warren Rosser’s show, Loitering with Intent. This is Rosser’s first solo show at the Haw Contemporary in which he occupies the three ground floor galleries with his work. It is shaping up to be a night full of art, good company and fine crafted beer from the Torn Label Brewery amidst the cold.
Studios Inc, studios.gallery, & Torn Label Brewery: 1708 Campbell, KCMO 64108
The Bunker Center for The Arts: 1014 E 19th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Haw Contemporary: 1600 Liberty St, Kansas City, MO 64102
Join us this Friday @ Studios Inc from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate Patty Carroll’s newest book: Anonymous Womenwith 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 (more…)
Director of Studios Inc, Colby K Smith recently sat down with lifestyle blog, Kansas City Spaces, to discuss Studios Inc and its growth.
The article, written by Kansas City Spaces contributing writer Susan Melgren, gets into the finer details of what influenced the conception of Studios Inc, its various programs, and the challenges that the organization has faced in its journey towards growth in support of mid-career artists.
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.
Regeneration features a collection of pieces that resemble anatomical organs, such as bronchial trees, the brain, and the eye. Covered with glitter and presented in the style of a Times Square billboard, Mortimer intends to transform them to “reflect the growth and healing imagined and hoped for”. The idea of regeneration is invoked in the forms from the combination of inexpensive glitter and more durable materials.