Monthly Archives: March 2012

Call to Writers for The Frontier Exhibition

Call to Writers.

As a part of Charlotte Street’s The Frontier exhibition, Curator Molly Kaderka will be creating a book of poetry and short essays inspired by Kansas City and the Midwest. This book will be on exhibit during phase 2 of The Frontier, Opening May 18th.

Submissions are due April 20th and can be sent to
The poetry and essays should be no longer than 600 Words.

These books will then become a part of Charlotte Street’s collection and archives.
All participating writers will be given a manuscript copy of the book.

While a wide variety of work will be considered, the curator has a special interest in pieces that expand on, elaborate, or draw inspiration from the theme that is guiding selection of visual works. That theme is summarized below:

The Midwest, Kansas City in particular, was the historic birthplace of regionalist painting. Famous painters like Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry, throughout their lifetimes, painted images of everyday Midwestern life to use as a platform for expressing social and political issues of the time. While the visual style of, and even the term, regionalist painting has changed and died out, many artists in the Kansas City area are still looking to their immediate surroundings to draw inspiration and offer cultural critique. The works curated by Molly Kaderka feature strong reactions to urban development and the homogenization of suburban architecture.

The Speakeasy

Hello all! Sean Starowitz (a former UCP City Center Square resident) & I (Andrew Erdrich, a current UCP City Center Square Resident) are getting ready to kickoff our month+ long exhibit at La Esquina, April 7 at 6pm! The exhibit is called The Speakeasy & we would love to see your smiling faces there! Sean & I have curated the Speakeasy to be an exhibition that presents dialogue driven art practice through an evolving cultural corridor (a la La Esquina Gallery) following themes of mobility, art & labor, & cultural activism.

Proposal from Tori Abernathy

Proposal from Tori Abernathy

It isn’t a static exhibition of semi-permanently installed works, but a series of organized events where we provide the context & our gallery visitors, artists, contributors, & collaborators provide the content. Some of  our scheduled events include a Food Swap, a Reading Brouhaha, a concert series, a deli, & a dialogue based Exchange series. The Speakeasy is a place and moment for experimenting with and challenging how we understand the economic and social forms that art, our work, and our place take on in order to observe how & if these experiments affect our relationships. To close I’ll borrow from Social Practice artist Gregory Sholette, from his book Dark Matter, who offers a clear interpretation of the character of this form of art practice,“Here ‘politics’ must be understood as the imaginative exploration of ideas, the pleasure of communication, the exchange of education, and the construction of fantasy, all within a radically defined social-artist practice.”

-Andrew William Erdrich

Studio Visits at Town Pavilion and an Update from Molly Kaderka’s Studio

Last Monday, Warren Rosser, Professor and Chair of the painting department at the Kansas City Art Institute, met with residents Luke Firle, Dennis Helsel, and Molly Kaderka at Town Pavilion.

Warren Rosser and Luke Firle in Luke’s Town Pavilion studio.
This information was shared by Molly Kaderka, who has been busy creating two massive paintings in her studio that incorporate multiple self portraits.

New works by Molly Kaderka, both are yet to be titled.

Hope to hear about more studio visitors in the future!

New Exhibition space in the West Bottoms

On Friday March 16th a new exhibition space will open in the west bottoms called 1522 Saint Louis. the first exhibition will be a by current Studio Resident Katie Ford. The following is a bit more about Katie’s project and the space.

-E.L Hanson

Naamah, Ulignous, Laborer
first: Katie Ford
Opening reception: Friday, March 16, 6 – 10 pm Address: 1522 St Louis, Kansas City, MO 64102 Exhibition runs: March 16th – April 15th Gallery hours: Friday March 16th, 6- 10 pm and by appointment: please contact us at
Kansas City, MO – 1522 Saint Louis, a new exhibition space conceived by artists Mike Erickson, Justin Gainan and Erika Lynne Hanson will present its first exhibition Naamah, Ulignous, Laborer: Katie Ford. The curatorial theme of the exhibition was generated randomly, as a starting point for conversation to evolve a structure around, allowing space for the unexpected.
In response to the theme of Naamah, Uliginous, Laborer, Katie Ford has drawn from failed utopian experiments and the creation of controlled environments. She approaches this juncture of biomim- icry and intentional landscapes in an installation of unassuming materials—cardboard, wood, plastic, fabric, dirt—that combine to create a space ambiguously between building up and breaking down.

Katie Ford makes objects and images that dig into the relationships built around the places we inhabit. Interested in locations that gain significance through unexpected moments, she gleans information from repeating patterns, social histories, interpersonal arcs, and structures found and built. She processes these landscapes with the filter of selective memory and personal impact. The result is a collection of patterns and structures scalloped tiles, striated rock, illogical mountains, and moveable homes.
Using print, drawing, fabric, and contextual spaces, Ford create- installations, printed objects, and works on paper. Whether in objects or images, this work addresses human exchange with and within the spaces we share. Ford’s pieces aim for the effect of uncertain familiarity, that place on the tip of your tongue. The components fit together but in a way that is jostled. With apparent layers of materials and forms, she leaves evident this shifting perspective. Her work reconfigures the urban, geological, and domestic to wonder about the significance we embed in the landscapes around us.

1522 Saint Louis is a project exhibition space. Created by Artists Mike Erickson, Justin Gainan, & Erika Lynne Hanson in 2012, 1522 is an experimental endeavor exploring organic curating. The model is that of the studio practice where one action, be it a random or well researched decision, informs the next. Our questions of content, aesthetics, research, and relevance of such a space are open for discussion. Where is the critical dialogue in our community? How can like-minded spaces and individuals come together come together for conversation about contemporary art, design, & craft? The aim of the space is to be voice in the fertile Kansas City community, engaging the local, national, and international dialogue.