Join us Tonight: NARRATIVE ATLAS by Gerry Trilling

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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 ATLAS is an exhibition of constructed 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.”   

 Hours: Tues – Friday     10:00 -12:00 PM & 1:00  – 4:00  PM, Saturday            12:00 – 4:00  PM   Address: 1708 Campbell – KCMO – 64108

 

 

Book signing this Friday 5-8pm Patty Carroll’s: Anonymous Women

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Join us this Friday @ Studios Inc from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate Patty Carroll’s newest book: Anonymous Women with 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…)

This Friday: Opening Reception

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artist-statementstudios.gallery is pleased to present The Artist Statement, an exhibition featuring current and past resident artists Ricky Allman, Barry Anderson, Miki Baird, Matthew Dehaemers, Marcie Miller Gross, Dylan Mortimer, Garry Noland, Brett Reif, Colby K Smith, Debra M Smith, Gerry Trilling, May Tveit, Peter Warren and Hye Young Shin. Exhibition on view from 12.02.16 to 1.27.17 with an opening reception Friday, 12.02.16 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

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.

Gallery Hours:

Tues – Friday 10:00 – 12:00 PM

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Opening Reception 12.02.16 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

StudiosInc:2015 Exhibition featured in KC Star

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Blue Sky V 13, mixed-media piece by Colby K Smith
Blue Sky V 13, mixed-media piece by Colby K Smith

Group exhibition showcases new art from Studio Inc’s underwriting program
By Hallie Smith – Special to the Star
Kansas City Star

In today’s fiscally challenged world, an artist’s prospects of finding a benefactor often remain a dream. Fortunately, there are exceptions.

One example is Studios Inc, a nonprofit organization that provides studio space, professional development, networking and exhibitions for mid-career artists in the Kansas City area. Those selected are matched with a patron, whose fully tax-deductible donation underwrites a studio for one year.

A group exhibit now on view in the Studios Inc exhibition space showcases new works by the group’s current beneficiaries.

As viewers enter the show, a floor installation in the center of the room grabs the attention.   Dust and Distance II by Jill Downen mesmerizes, in part because of its sheer magnitude. The gypsum and mixed media piece resembles an arctic mass, a Siberia at the viewer’s feet. Strewn across its barren landscape are fossil-like objects, along with a tangled piece of blue string attached to a metal weight.

Downen notes that her installation “evolves from the characteristics of the gallery space and the concepts it inspires.” Standing in the midst of the massive, grayish-concrete environment, one feels she has succeeded.

Colby K Smith’s Blue Sky V 13 embodies its own somber tone of cool contemplation, mixed with a sad beauty. Though it appears to be a painting, it is more, composed of gypsum, graphite, fiberglass, foam, rubber, butyl and paper. The work’s landscape aesthetic tends toward the abstract, and it draws forth an almost unspeakable emotional truth. Its imagery evokes not just nature’s layers of sky and earth, but the ever-changing layers within the self.

While the show claims no specific theme, the works by Smith and Downen induce meditation on the wintry aspects of life. Elsewhere, viewers will find a hint of summer.

In Hermit Reflecting on the Ten Thousand Things, Jarrett Mellenbruch uses plants, a hermit crab, wood, mirror and grow lights to create a world of lush, living green. Standing over this microcosm of fertile flora (encased in a large, unfinished wooden crate) and breathing in the moist, pungent scent of plants, one feels a sense of renewal on several sensory levels.

Another striking piece is Brett Reif’s Cloudy. True to its name, the work of mixed media and tile appears as a cluster of clouds. From a closer angle, however, it becomes more amusing as one notices the rubber stoppers, complete with chains, inserted within its sculptural curves.

Virginia Woolf’s manifesto A Room of One’s Own emphasizes the creative benefits of a private space for a writer to focus on her work. Judging from this show, which also includes works by Miles Neidinger, Debra Smith, Ricky Allman, Gerry Trilling, Tanya Hartman and Robert Josiah Bingaman, a visual artist who is granted a studio of his or her own enjoys the same benefits.

Studios Inc:2015 continues at Studios Inc Exhibition Space, 1708 Campbell St., through 04.17.15. Hours are 10:00-12:00 PM and 1:00-4:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, 12:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, and 6:00-9:00 PM on First Friday. For more information, call 816-994-7134.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article8409822.html#storylink=cpy

Xhingyu Chen, contemporary art specialist from China, tours Studios Inc

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Director Colby K Smith had the privilege of showing Xhingyu Chen, a published author, independent art critic, and contemporary art specialist from China, around Studios Inc. He introduced her to several of our resident artists and gave her a quick tour of the Crossroads and a extensive tour of the Studios Inc. building where she was able to meet about 7 of our current resident artists. Below is an expert from her blog post about her experience with Colby and our resident artists.

“We arrived in Kansas City a day later to record temperatures (over 100 degrees F!) so our first day in KC was spent in our air conditioned hotel room. I needed to rest up for my big day of visiting artists’ studios. My friend Christina had put me in touch with her friend Jill Downen, who had just started a residency in KC. Jill was kind enough to arrange and put me in touch with the director of Studios Inc., even though she herself wasn’t available to meet me.

I thought I was going to visit just two or three artists but my day turned out to be more of an adventure (more…)