Be sure to look up this First Friday in the Crossroads!
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.
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.
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-Cannon, Jacob Banholzer, Emily Connell, Christopher Deharsh, Lindsay Deifik, Eric Dobbins, Luke Firle, Amy Fredman, Madeline Gallucci, Rachel Gregor, Ben Harle, Rachel Helm, Robert Howsare, Molly Kaderka, Calder Kamin, Skye Livingston, Rodolfo Marron, Katy McRoberts, Will Preman, Maegan Stracy, and Jennifer Williams.
Performing artists: Miles Bonny, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Lisa Cordes, Tom Kessler, Juliette Everhart and collaborators (LSR and Big in Japan), Black House Collective, Marisa MacKay-Smith, Kacico 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!
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Tagged Amy Fredman, and Erin Muenks., and Jennifer Williams. Performing artists: Miles Bonny, Ben Harle, Black House Collective, calder kamin, Christopher Deharsh, Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Emily Connell, eric dobbins, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Jacob Banholzer, Juliette Everhart and collaborators (LSR and Big in Japan), Kacico Dance, Katy McRoberts, Lindsay Deifik, Lisa Cordes, Luke Firle, Madeline Gallucci, Maegan Stracy, Marisa MacKay-Smith, molly kaderka, Rachel Gregor, Rachel Helm, Robert Howsare, Rodolfo Marron, Skye Livingston, Tom Kessler, Will Preman
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.
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!