Monthly Archives: June 2013

Art Through Architecture MO Bank Artboards feature Calder Kamin

Be sure to look up this First Friday in the Crossroads!

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Photo credit: Jim Walker

On the east-facing billboards of Missouri Bank Artboard in the crossroads district of Kansas City, MO, Calder Kamin presents two images titled Invaders (above). Reading right to left, on the first panel features a sparse flock of flying European starlings. These birds represent the first 100 released in Central Park in by Eugene Schieffelin, a drug manufacturer, who hoped to introduce every bird mentioned by Shakespeare to North America. On the second panel the few have flourished into a dense swarm, representative of the masses of starlings we see on our skyline today. After 150 years the European Starling has come to dominate our skies and cities with populations ranging to all parts of the United States. Kamin’s series of invasive species illustrations serve as reminder of how culture, including the behavior and decisions of specific individuals, affect the natural world.

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About the Artboards:

An Art through Architecture “Art Achievement” project, the Missouri Bank “Artboards” launched fall 2008, when the building’s existing double-sided billboards were renovated and converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists as part of the bank’s purchase and renovation of the building to house its Crossroads Branch, completed by Helix Architecture + Design. Art through Architecture, a partnership of Charlotte Street Foundation and American Institute of Architects-Kansas City, administers the programming of the Artboards in collaboration with a panel of Missouri Bank representatives.

Art through Architecture (AtA) is designed to encourage collecting and commissioning work by Kansas City area artists through architectural practice. Through AtA, new architectural projects may earn Gold, Silver or Bronze levels of Art Achievement by dedicating a percentage of the total construction budget to collecting artworks, commissioning temporary or permanent artworks, and/or including artists on design teams.

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Citrus Paradisi and Figure Obscura, opening July 12th at the Project Space/Paragraph Gallery

Charlotte Street is pleased to present Citrus Paradisi: of flesh & skin and Figure Obscura, part of the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program ¶ Series.

CITRUS PARADISI: OF FLESH & SKIN

Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th from 6-9 pm

Exhibition Runs: July 12 – August 3

Location: Project Space / 21 East 12th Street KCMO 64105

Skye Livingston, Dapple, 2013

Citrus Paradisi: of flesh & skin is an experimental exhibition by Skye Livingston exploring the idea of healing oneself, focusing on the elements of nourishment, tension and fragility. At the heart of this exhibition lies the grapefruit, utilized by Livingston as a metaphor for the human body. Large-scale digital prints of grapefruit skin, juxtaposed by various grapefruit edibles provide viewers with a hands-on experience. Citrus Paradisi: of flesh & skin was partially funded by an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC.

ABOUT SKYE LIVINGSTON:

Skye Livingston is a current resident of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project studios, in downtown Kansas City. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012, where she studied fiber and art history. Her multi-disciplinary work often explores the process of healing through the use of skin-like materials. For more about Skye Livingston, go to www.skyelivingston.com

GALLERY HOURS: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11-6

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FIGURE OBSCURA

Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th from 6-9 pm

Exhibition Runs: July 12 – August 3

Location: Paragraph Gallery / 23 East 12th Street KCMO 64105

Rachel Gregor, Untitled Self Portrait

Rachel Gregor, Untitled Self-Portrait, 2012

Figure Obscura, is a group show that will feature unique depictions of the body and figure. Focusing on capturing the emotional or narrative undertone of figure, and neglecting to portray reality, these works refresh their historical genre. Featuring work by: Elizabeth Allen-Cannon*, Rachel Gregor*, Molly Kaderka*, Krystal Kuhn, Rudy Marron*, Katy McRoberts*, Andy Ozier, Yulie Urano and Teal Wilson. Curated by Skye Livingston*.

GALLERY HOURS: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11-6

*Indicates a current Urban Culture Project studio resident.

ABOUT ARTSKC:

The Arts Council advances and supports the arts for the benefit of the Kansas City region. The Inspiration Grant program funds special projects and professional development for individual artists. The ArtsKC Fund raises approximately $420,000 annually from Workplace Giving, corporate, foundation, and individual support. As Kansas City’s united arts fund, the ArtsKC Fund is the community’s opportunity to support arts programming, arts organizations, and artists. Grants are awarded four times a year to applicants selected by a panel of community representatives.

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE STREET STUDIO RESIDENCY ¶ SERIES:

The Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program ¶ Series is 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 featuring the work of its 2012-13 Studio Residency artists.

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Music and Movement on Impulse

Music and Movement on Impulse

Here is a link to an FB photo album for the Music and Movement on Impulse performance from last Friday at Oppenstien Brothers Park. Performance by: The Smith Project and The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes.