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…)
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.
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.
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.
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…)
By BRITTANY FICKEN
Special to The Bohemian
The Bohemian, March 2013
There’s a bottle of whiskey and an empty PBR can on the table. Garry Noland has just buzzed us into his top floor Crossroads studio at The Studios Inc. We step into the space as Noland shakes our hands and offers us coffee. In a dark corner of his studio, Noland shares insight on his older paintings with Anna and I. Thick layers of oil paint coat the surfaces of National Geographic magazines, creating a topographic texture. Noland carves borders in the paint to separate the positive and negative space between land and water. Which is land and which is water? These divides are not easy to distinguish. The borders of the countries mimic borders of all kinds. Noland explains how borders which exist between people are always changing and are never as clear as the borders on a map. (more…)
The Studios Inc is pleased to announce that studios will become available in the beginning of 2013. Applications are currently being solicited at www.thestudiosinc.org ; materials must be received no later than August 30th 2012.
The Studios Inc provides a three-year residency to competitively selected mid-career artists intent on moving to the next level of success.
Expansive private studio space provides room to expand the scale of works. A patron underwrites each artist’s studio, building mutually meaningful relationships between local artists, and new and seasoned collectors. The Studios’ programs support the symbiotic relationship between artists and collectors essential for a thriving visual art community. The Studios nurtures symbiosis at a micro level with focus on a selected group of artists and the patrons who support them. Combined, The Studios Inc is a vital part of the visual art community’s unprecedented growth.
A selection panel consisting of a variety of individuals from the Kansas City area is assembled and convenes; it is this selection panel that determines which applicants will be awarded studio spaces in 2013.
Residencies are open to all visual artists. The Studios Inc does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, economic or social standing, political or religious beliefs, marital status, or sexual orientation.
With seven years behind us, our goal of promoting and providing the tools and resources to the most promising mid-career artists in our area has been extremely successful. Our three-year studio program continues to have major impact, within our local community and on a national and international level, promoting Kansas City as a leader in the visual arts.
Johnson County’s newest public art project, called “Adaptation,” has been completed by Kansas City artist Matthew Dehaemers, a native of Johnson County. Dehaemers’ creation will be unveiled Wednesday, May 30, during the dedication of two new buildings at the Johnson County Department of Public Works and Infrastructure complex, 1800 West 56 Highway, in west Olathe. The public celebration, including tours of two new buildings, speeches, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting, starts at 10 a.m. (more…)