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.
The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present I Will Always Love You, an exhibition featuring resident artist Jaimie Warren, on view from 11.14.14 – 12.14.14 with an opening reception Friday, 11.14.14 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. I Will Always Love You is an exhibition of photographs, videos, and photographic gifs that are a culmination of her creations made throughout the past three years at Studios Inc, and through projects and residencies in San Diego, Los Angeles and New York City. Warren will also create a small performance during the opening reception as
Join the Art in the Loop Foundation, this Friday, for a fun night of bowling and camaraderie as we celebrate our 2013 ARTwall artist Jaimie Warren. Light refreshments and one drink ticket per person will be provided.
Jaimie’s artwork entitled “Self-Portrait as a Woman in Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon / Deceptions by Momma Bird ” is currently displayed on the ARTwall on the south side of the Town Pavilion Garage at 13th and Main, Kansas City MO.
Z-Strike is located on the second floor of the Live! Block in the Power and Light District at 13th & Grand. For public transportation to the event check out bus schedules at http://www.kcata.org/ for parking options (at your own expense) download the parking map of the area.