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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.

Announcing 2012-2013 Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project Studio Residents

Charlotte Street is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Urban Culture Project Studio Residents!

21 visual artists and 8 performing artists/ensembles have been awarded year-long studio residencies through Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.  With terms beginning in late September, the fall 2012-13 studio residents are:

Visual artists: Elizabeth Allen-CannonJacob Banholzer,  Emily ConnellChristopher DeharshLindsay DeifikEric DobbinsLuke FirleAmy FredmanMadeline GallucciRachel GregorBen Harle, Rachel Helm, Robert HowsareMolly KaderkaCalder KaminSkye LivingstonRodolfo Marron, Katy McRoberts, Will PremanMaegan Stracy, and Jennifer Williams.

Performing artists:  Miles BonnyGamelan Genta KasturiLisa CordesTom Kessler, Juliette Everhart and collaborators (LSR and Big in Japan)Black House CollectiveMarisa MacKay-SmithKacico Dance, and Erin Muenks.

The incoming residents were selected by a panel comprised of:  Jill Downen, artist, incoming Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Kansas City Art Institute;  Ricky Allman, artist, Assistant Professor of Painting, UMKC; Jessica Manco, artist, Educational Arts and Gallery Curator, Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Gallery; Shawn Hansen, composer and musician;  Jamilee Polson Lacy, Charlotte Street 2012-13 Curator-in-Residence.

Watch for more studio residency news in the months ahead, including information about Open Studios and other studio-related programs and events!

Reviews for Resident Calder Kamin’s Exhibition at the grayDUCK Gallery in Austin

Tamed Territory
grayDUCK Gallery, Austin
July 20- August 19, 2012
featuring Calder Kamin, Casey Polacheck and Areca Roe

See the exhibition online: http://www.grayduckgallery.com/exhibition_Tamed_Territory.html

‘Tamed Territory’

Three artists take on the Animal Kingdom and document wildlife with great creativity


<i>Roadkill Armadillo</i>, by Calder Kamin

Roadkill Armadillo, by Calder Kamin

‘Tamed Territory’

grayDUCK Gallery, 608-C Monroe, 826-5334
Through Aug. 20
Good things come in threes, they say, and that’s especially true at grayDUCK Gallery, where the exhibitions tend to feature three artists. “Tamed Territory,” the latest show in this right-off-South-First gallery, provides evidence of that (the goodness and the triplicity) with works by Calder Kamin, Casey Polacheck, and Areca Roe.

Kamin sculpts animals in ceramics, “some that resemble kitsch figurines and others rendered slightly more realistic.” A pair of tigers, part-white, part-orange, prowling atop a pedestal. A brief suite of endangered species on one white shelf. A sweet array of bats – Austin’s own Mexican free-tailed variety and the adorably kawaii flying fox among them – hanging on a wall. There’s a pair of road-killed creatures, too, poignant testament to the sadder intersections of wilderness and civilization: an armadillo and a rabbit. (Poor dear dead and bloodied bunny, realistically rendered and already sold.)

Polacheck’s paintings of animals-in-nature and animals-in-dioramas use oil on canvas to bring a sort of Twilight Zone slant to the depictions. Just what is it that those canines have discovered through digging, in The Coyote Diorama? The solo monkey snacking on the contents of a termite mound in The Chimpanzee Diorama looks as if it might beg your pardon and request some Grey Poupon. And that pair of carrion birds in The Vulture Diorama … you know, they’re somehow less threatening if you’re reading this review in our printed edition.

Roe’s photographs of animals, reproduced here as large archival pigment prints, are as lovely as some of what you might see in the pages of National Geographic, but these creatures aren’t shot in the wild. Roe’s done a tour of several national zoos and captured their caged and unnaturally accommodated denizens in that context. “Are we protectors, exploiters, or compatriots?” asks the accompanying grayDUCK literature. Whatever the answer, it’s certain that we – at least, Roe and Polacheck and Kamin – are creative documentarians of animals. Which is what this exhibition is about, really. As Kamin’s endangered-species group says via its arch title: Collect Them All Before They’re Gone.

Resident Calder Kamin Featured in Three-Person Exhibition at Gray Duck Gallery in Austin

 grayduck presents:Tamed Territory

Calder Kamin, Casey Polacheck & Areca Roe

opening reception: friday, july 20, 7-9pm

exhibition dates: july 20 – august 20, 2012
gallery hours: wed, fri, sat 11-6pm, thur 4-8pm & sun 12-5pm

grayduckgallery.com | 512.826.5334
608 w. monroe st. | suite c | austin tx 78704

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Human’s relationship with the environment and animals has always been complicated. This exhibition explores the longstanding love affair with animals and how that affects them and their landscape. This show features ceramics by Calder Kamin, paintings by Casey Polacheck and photographs by Areca Roe.

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I sculpt animals in ceramics, some that resemble kitsch figurines and others rendered slightly more realistic. Biophilia theory explains that humans inherently need to coexist with a nature, yet our capability to construct the type of nature we want affects biodiversity. The mammal with the “largest brain” and the “biggest heart” will favor its emotions over responsibility. For example there are more tigers existing in Texas than in the wild due to a lack of regulations for breeding exotic animals and the destruction of their native habitat.  There is something wrong with manufacturing animals for human interest when we don’t make space where the species belongs. My fabricated fauna illustrate our complicated relationship with animals.

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The works rely on an array of subtle narratives, simple fragments of an idea. Each attempts to convey puzzles of representation and inherent faults of imagery, natural or fabricated. They hint at parody of the pictured world and the narratives that surround them, from the source of a work’s inception to its viewing. Often the works call attention to themselves. They may not always function as a metafictional piece of literature would, but can carry a similar tone or sense of self-awareness. There is meant to be something to ruminate over, but for no more than the sake of an enjoyable thought. No idea depicted is wholly mocking or reliant on its visual cynicism. Those ideas can remain comfortably obscured.

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Animals represent a multitude of different, conflicting meanings to us, whether we are consuming them, housing them as companions, using their images to decorate our homes and sell our products, or enclosing wild animals. Are we protectors, exploiters, or compatriots? Zoos serve as a clear manifestation of the state of our relationship to wild animals. They are a manufactured point of contact with the wild, and fulfill some need we have as humans to connect with nature, with wildness, and perhaps to have dominion and control over that wildness. The animals are both revered and constrained by us.


UCP Residents Awarded Inspiration Grants for Upcoming Exhibitions

Residents Angelica Sandoval and Calder Kamin have accepted the first round of Inspiration Grants awarded by Arts KC.

These residents are 2 of 9 artists selected from twenty eight applicants after a two part application process which includes review by a panel of community members. Annually, approximately eighty artists apply, all of which receive individualized coaching on their proposals.


Angelica Sandoval: ($750)

A fall installation in the storefront windows at the offices of BNIM in the Power & Light Building by ceramicist Angelica Sandoval will feature 200 sculpted light vessels with LED bulbs. At night, light from the porcelain globes will draw visitors from several blocks away to experience the exhibition.

Calder Kamin: ($250)

Funding for the costs of documenting and transporting new work by visual artist Calder Kamin will help her take advantage of several regional and local exhibition opportunities, including two shows planned for Austin. Calder’s work focuses on synanthropes, incorporating themes of biodiversity and the impact on animals living in man-made environments.

Resident Calder Kamin’s New Work the Synanthrope Station and Impact Proof

I am interested in synanthropes- animals that thrive due to mankind’s impact on biodiversity. Urbanization has been detrimental to many species, but it has also accelerated adaptations and successful symbiosis in some animals living amongst humans. I celebrate the creative effects of our influence on nature in addition to concerning ourselves with the negative.


Synanthrope Stations are sculptural installations equipped to accommodate the seasonal needs of urban dwelling birds. Trash infused bird nests are a common sight in cities and suburban areas, and some researches say that birds benefit from the longevity of synthetic over natural. I will process and organize various man-made materials, taken from litter, and weave it through sculptural steel and ceramic supply stations for birds. By removing waste from a site and transforming it for animal use, I am hoping to initiate other ways of looking at waste and our responsibility to nature.



I will exhibit the Synanthrope Station and the results of the project at the Urban Culture Project Open Studios May 18 and 19, the Trap Gallery May 18, and Co-Lab in Austin, June 2-9.

Impact proof will prevent urban bird deaths caused from collisions with high-rise windows. During the day, we may see clearly inside, but what birds see is a reflection of endless sky. I recently attempted to save a kestrel after she hit translucent plexi glass at a downtown bus stop. Although the kestrel did not survive the trauma, I was inspired find creative ways to prevent other birds from flying into windows and educate others about my experience. One solution is my project Impact Proof, vinyl decals in the shape of birds that will be applied to windows around downtown, including Window Unit, a new apartment gallery near pARTnerships studios, and where I first discovered the kestrel. On Saturday May 19, from 11-11:30 Sharon Goff, President of Friends of the Lakeside Nature Center, will visit my studio in pARTnership place to share a family friendly presentation on what to do if you find animals in your back yard and specimens of other birds of prey. I have also created a porcelain replica of the injured kestrel that will be available for purchase through a silent auction with 50% of the proceeds gifted to the Nature Center.

See more of my work on calderkamin.wordpress.com or here.

This year Open Studios will have kid friendly opportunities! Come see Calder Kamin’s Love Seat at pARTnership Place

The Love Seat is an interactive furry chair that features hybrid ceramic puppy bellies and audio of pet owners speaking sweet sentiments to their dogs. UCP Open Studio visitors, of all ages, are welcome to participate, and consider the very human ways we interact with animals.

In addition to The Love Seat there will be two other Love Seat listening stations.(Basically CD players and headphones with puppy ears!) I will also have several new sculptures in progress on display, and lots of ceramic gifts for sale!

Bird Ornaments by Calder $15 each
To see more of my work visit calderkamin.wordpress.com
Hope to see you there!