This Months Featured Artist: Dylan Mortimer

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This month’s featured artist from the studios.gallery collection is Studios Inc alumni, Dylan Mortimer.

Recently Dylan has been featured in publications such as Sculpture magazine and KC Studio. In the September 2017 issue of Sculpture magazine, Dylan’s work at The Drugstore is mentioned as “…sizable glittering sculptures…” that “…examines health, Christianity, and the biology of disease.”

In the October 2017 issue of Sculpture magazine Dylan is the featured artist.  Neil Thrun says that Dylan’s work is “…uniquely honest to Mortimer’s personal sense of both art and ministry.” Check out the in-depth article where he discusses the intersection of his Christian and artistic identity.

Currently two of Dylan’s pieces in the studios.gallery show titled Structure,  on view from 10.06.17 to 11.24.17.

Current and alumni featured in 3 publications!!!

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Studios Inc is proud to host the 27th International Sculpture Conference: Intersections + Identities, from October 25-28, 2017. With three days of programming, they will explore new communities and discuss exciting topics in contemporary sculpture.

In anticipation, several publications are featuring Kansas City artists and shows.  The September issue of Sculpture Magazine features current resident Caitlin Horsmon and Studios Inc alumni  Brett Reif and Dylan Mortimer in the “Made in the Middle: Art and the Crossroads of Kansas City” article. Dylan Mortimer is also given a more in-depth article in Sculpture Magazine’s October issue where he discusses the intersection of his Christian and artistic identity.  In the September/October issue of KC Studio magazine current resident artists, Caitlin Horsmon, Jill Downen (extension program resident), and past Studios Inc alumni, Dylan Mortimer, and Jarrett Mellenbruch are featured in Artists Pages: Kansas City Sculpture.

First Friday Line up!

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First Friday, KC’s top contemporary artists, live performance, amazing craft beer, and ample parking!!! What do all these have in common? Studios Inc!!!

Start your evening with us at 5:00 PM with the opening reception for structure, an exhibition featuring work by Jill Downen, Tanya Hartman, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Dylan Mortimer, Brett Reif, Colby K Smith and Gerry Trilling.

Seven Simultaneous Sunsets by Ricky Allman, with Hexray, a live performance by Barry Anderson and Ricky Allman at 8:00 PM

 

 

Review of Allman’s current show!

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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…)

Gerry Trilling exhibition review!!!

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“Gerry Trilling: Narrative AtlasStudios 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…)

Gallery Talk @ Haw: MIKI BAIRD & DAVIN WATNE

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GALLERY TALK – MIKI BAIRD & DAVIN WATNE @ Haw Contemporary
Saturday, June 24 (2-3PM)

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 Wall here.

Telephone: 816.842.5877
Address: 1600 Liberty, Kansas City, MO 64102 (map)
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9-5, Saturday 12-5

Patty Carroll and The Dichotomy of Domesticity

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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.

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Internship Program Spotlight

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No making coffee, no filing, and no busy work — this internship is designed with you, for you.

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…)

Opening Reception: Unapologetic by Hye Young Shin

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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.

1708 Campbell
Kansas City MO 64108

Gallery Hours
Tues – Friday     10:00 -12:00 PM
1:00  – 4:00  PM
Saturday            12:00 – 4:00  PM

Gallery Talk
3.11.17
Saturday           12:00 – 1:00  PM

First Fridays during Exhibition
6:00 – 9:00 PM

An Interview with Robert Gann

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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.

  1.    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.

  1.    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.   

  1.    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.

  1.    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

  1.    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.

  1.    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.

  1.    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.

  1.    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.

Internship Spotlight: Northland CAPS

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Studios Inc is proud to be a partner of Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (Northland CAPS) this semester. The Northland CAPS program provides high school students with a hands on learning environment while being immersed in the business community. The goal is to have students ready for the real world and give them the opportunity to pursue their desire
d career path. Our first two interns from the Northland CAPS program are Sicily and Jesse.

Sicily is interested in pursuing journalism after high school, which is why she decided to join th
e team. She helps with managing the Studios’ social media accounts and assists the other interns with content production for the Studios’ various media outlets.

Jesse, our Digital Medial and Design intern,  is in charge of digital media content. When being asked why Jesse wanted to pursue an internship with the Studios he said, “The instructor for CAPS told me about the program and knew it was something that could get me started in the graphic design world.”  Jesse closed his interview by stating, “I researched the Studios Inc and saw how helpful they are to artist and the arts community in Kansas and decided to dip my toes in”. (more…)

First Friday opening: \spek-trəm\ 5:00 PM

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studios.gallery is pleased to present \spek-trəm\ variance of sculpture and form, an exhibition featuring current and former resident artists ; on view from 2.03.17 to 3.21.17.

studios.gallery is the one-stop shop for KC’s greatest artists. The gallery in the Studios Inc facility hosts a large and varied collection of work donated by artists from our Residency Program. Proceeds generated through sales and lending program are used towards funding of Studios Inc programs.
 Gallery Hours
Tues – Friday 10:00 -12:00 PM
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 PM
1708 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Tonight: full of art, good company and fine crafted beer!!!!!

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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