Studios Inc Resident Artist Gerry Trilling received her B.F.A. in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute, and has also studied weaving, dyeing, and paper making. Trilling has traveled extensively through Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe focusing on how patterns can create a large visual landscape. We sat down and asked her a few questions about what inspires her, her creative process, and advice for young artists……..Q: What originally inspired you to start creating? What is your background in art? (more…)
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?
April showers bring May flowers and a new show to studios.gallery. Anti-mimesis: Life imitating art and other print perspectives opened for April’s First Friday. Featured in the show is work from Andrea Flamini’s Topopah Test Range as well as Patty Carroll’s Anonymous Women. Also included in the show are Miki Bair, Jill Downen, Elijah Gowin, Colby K smith, and Jamie Warren; on view from 04.07.17 to 05.22.17
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Resident Artist Patty Carroll was launched onto the scene with the release of her book, Anonymous Women. It is a compilation of staged photographs, essays, and commentary by Carroll, and art critics. Abbey Schubert from the Chicago Reader said, “Carroll describes this split as the ‘dichotomy of domesticity’, a phrase alluding to the way the home can function as both a relaxing refuge and a restrictive prison for women.”
The photographs depict models that are costumed in drapes, obscured by lettuce, and sometimes the subject is lost within the background. Carroll uses the images to continue to question the gender norms of the Chicago suburb she grew up in but also the rest of the United States. It is a culmination of 25 years of work, as she started the project the 90’s.
The book can be ordered through Amazon.
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…)
The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present Unapologetic, an exhibition featuring resident artist Hyeyoung Shin, on view from 3.10.17 to 4.14.17 with an opening reception Friday, 3.10.17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
Unapologetic is an exhibition of drawings inspired by Joan Didion’s book ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ and Shin’s experience of loss. The exhibition expresses the profound appreciation for human life that Shin gained during her father’s final stage of life. Shin is the Assistant Professor of Print Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Shin received a Master’s of Fine Art from University at Buffalo, and two BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Printmaking and Painting from Hong-Ik University and Kyoung-Sung University in Korea. Shin has exhibited in the Fine Art Gallery at San Francisco State University, University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, 20|20 Gallery of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in the Elizabeth Arts Foundation, Big Orbit Gallery, Western New York Book Arts Center and has been featured in many group shows nationally and internationally.
The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists living in the Greater Kansas City metro area.
Kansas City MO 64108
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Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 PM
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First Fridays during Exhibition
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Robert Gann has been the associate director of studios.gallery since the fall of 2016. In addition to curating studios.gallery Gann is finishing his degree in art history, criticism and conservation at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. We recently sat down and spoke with Robert about what drew him to curatorial work, what goes into planning a show, and what he aspires to do next in his life.
- Who or what got you interested in art? More specifically what sparked your interested in curatorial work?
I have always had artistic inclinations. Over the years my interest and areas of study have gone from drafting, studio art and finally Art History. When I first started my collegiate pursuits this was the only field of study that held a passion for me. I have always been in gallery settings in one form or another. All these factors eventually brought me to Studios Inc where I was given the chance in the curatorial role to utilize my skills, creativity and education.
- What brought you to Studios Inc?
I was attracted to Studios Inc because it was a non-profit organization. Throughout my life I have always wanted to give back through volunteering and have sought organizations that offer that. I have been acquainted with Studios Inc for a long period of time and was always immensely impressed with the opportunity they offer mid-career Artist. Studios Inc was the perfect place to land for me, it’s an extremely creative environment which believes in giving back to the Artist in our community.
- When you finish your degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City what do you hope to do?
Take a day off. Maybe even treat myself to a weekend off who knows? On professional note it has been a long term goal to combine my insurance background and academia to pursue a career insuring fine art and specie. Professional goals change though so we will see what the future holds.
- When putting together a show, who decides what pieces are in the show? If it is you, how do you go about which pieces will be the best fit for the show?
I make the decisions, but also use the knowledge and skill set of my coworkers if I am second guessing exhibition of a piece. When curating each new show, I look to the different types of works in the collection to see how well they will speak to each other within their juxtaposition once displayed. My goals when I curate the quarterly exhibit is to ensure its cohesive and the pieces are displayed in a manner that maintains the artist integrity of the works
- To bounce off the last the question, what all is involved in curating? Is it just organizing the exhibition or is there more to it? Is there more that you wish curators did?
As the public enters the gallery, they have to walk into an environment that flows and invites their attention to the works. The exhibit requires a cohesiveness and the show should stand out to make an impression. This takes weeks of planning and preparation. Several phases are required. These include conceptualizing the next show, selecting the right pieces, if acquiring a new piece also working with artists to coordinate pick up, removal of the prior show, repairs to the gallery space, meticulous attention to hanging and spacing, ensuring press releases go out, updating online public art forums and on occasion making a last minute change in the exhibition to make the show flow better. To answer the last question I think it would be beneficial for curators around Kansas City to meet and exchange ideas regularly. This would work towards best practices, offer broader inspiration and create closer ties within the Arts community.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job at Studios Inc?
Each show highlights some of the best artist that Kansas City has to offer. I am thrilled to be able to use my creative process to help recognize them.
- Contrary to that, what is the least rewarding part of your job?
Love the Vinyl letter signs but they are definitely not my favorite to put up.
- What has been your favorite show put on at Studios Inc?
The Artist Statement. This allowed studios.gallery to exhibit spectacular pieces but also provided the public insight into what may have been a driving force or influence of the Artist at the time the piece was being created.
Resident artist Debra Smith’s show The Thread you Follow is ongoing at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, MO until December 20. The exhibition features her work as well as the art of artist Donna Sharrett. The exhibition premiered at a member’s reception Sept 30.
In the Thread you Follow: Debra M. Smith and Donna Sharrett, the two artists partner their techniques together for an interesting dialogue. The aesthetic space between Smith’s and Sharrett’s creations returns the audience to the past. In the former, the viewer’s imagination is presented with an intangible narrative that disrupts the otherwise formal quality of the compositions with ghostly and poetic connections to the past. In the latter, the viewer is grounded through familiar fabrics and cultural arrangements of fabric.
Smith, through combinations of fabric that resemble paint from Japanese silk kimonos, suit linings, and neckties, composes abstract, rectangular assemblages that take the viewer to another place and time. Smith’s compositions are meant to stimulate the mind and imaginations of her viewers
A gallery talk for The Thread you Follow is Nov 3 at 6 pm, at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art located in State Fair Community College, 3201 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301. Visit the Museum’s website at www.daummuseum.org.
Resident artist Tanya Hartman’s most recent installation, When a Stranger Sojourns in your Land, was featured at her Exhibition Opening Friday, Sept 10. Patrons and donors were in attendance. Tanya’s work was also featured at a Gallery Talk session open to the public that Saturday.
When a Stranger Sojourns in your Land is a ceramic clay installation of letters in tones of gray, silver, and gold sprawled across Hartman’s exhibition space and reads “When a stranger sojourns in your land, you shall not do him/her wrong. The stranger who sojourns with us shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him/her as yourself.” Displayed directly in front of this principle statement is a pile of letters – collected, disarrayed, and forgotten.
While beautifully crafted, the words carry with them a certain sorrow. She says that the underlying goal of When a Stranger Sojourns in Your Land was to underline the importance of kindness and acceptance, especially in the current political environment of the country.
“Words are how we interact with one another on a daily basis. We don’t realize how much power they have,” Hartman said. The influence for much of her work focuses on the human language and connections. “There is something terrifyingly beautiful, yet terribly ugly in the human heart.” She conveys this contrast of joy and pain in much of her work.
Hartman’s closing exhibition was Friday Oct. 14.