Charlotte Street Studio Residency ¶ Series presents: Observation/Hypothesis/Experiment: Studio as Laboratory curated by PLUG Projects @ Paragraph -opens Dec 7

Charlotte Street is pleased to present a new series, Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program ¶ Series, a new effort to expand opportunities for- and public engagement with the work of- Charlotte Street’s Studio Residents. From December 2012 through mid-2013, Paragraph Gallery is dedicated to exhibitions, performances, and projects produced by and/or featuring the work of its 2012-13 Studio Residency artists.

The first exhibition in this new series, Observation/Hypothesis/Experiment: Studio as Laboratory, curated by PLUG Projects, is a group exhibition which explores the idea of the studio as a place to discover and explore. This exhibition examines the work of the resident artists in the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Projects Studio Residency.  The common element between these artists is the willingness to experiment with unfamiliar materials and unique processes. The structure of the residency program encourages artists to take risks, try new things, and push themselves in different ways.

OBSERVATION/HYPOTHESIS/EXPERIMENT: STUDIO AS LABORATORY
Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 6-9pm featuring Black House Quartet
Exhibition Runs: December 7, 2012 – February 1, 2013
Location: Paragraph Gallery / 23 East 12th Street KCMO 64105
Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11-6; Closed Christmas and New Years Day

Observation/Hypothesis/Experiment: Studio as Laboratory is based loosely on the principles of the scientific method, which are often employed in artmaking, deliberately and/or unconsciously. The work in the exhibition is classified between three different stages: observation, hypothesis, and experimentation.  All of the work demonstrates evidence of each of these methodologies, but we choose to highlight a certain element in each of the artists’ work that we felt was significant.  Work that focuses on looking and listening, and is reliant on taking in external information is classified as “Observation.”  Artists that utilize a different method of collecting information, based on testing and revising, are classified in the “Experiment” category.  If the artist is making work based on a proposition as basis for the reasoning in making decisions then it is classified as “hypothesis.”

Charlotte Street Studio Residents featured in the exhibition include:
Observation – Madeline Gallucci, Rachel Gregor, Rachel Helm, Molly Kaderka, Calder Kamin
Experimentation – Black House Improv Lab, Elizabeth Allen Cannon, Emily Connell, Chris Daharsh, Lindsay Deifik, Luke Firle, Robert Howsare, Skye Livingston, Will Preman, Maegan Stracey
Hypothesis – Jacob Banholzer, Amy Fredman, Kathryn McRoberts, Rudy Marron, Jennifer Williams

As part of the art-making process, the research behind the individual artists practice is important.  A section of Paragraph Gallery is dedicated to showcasing that process by featuring sketchbooks, material samples, inspiration images and reading material influencing the work that happens in the studio.

 

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