Category Archives: Faculty Updates

Field Trip to the Plug

The Fiber department at the Kansas City Art Institute recently went on a field trip to Plug Projects.  There, one of our favorite faculty members at KCAI, Marie McInerney, gave a presentation not only on Plug programming, but also about her piece in one of the galleries as well as what she knew about the other artist, Sonja Dahl, currently exhibiting there.

marie in lectureA little FYI about Plug:

*Plug hosts Exhibitions every other third Friday (6 exhibitions a year)

*unPLUGGED is a series of exhibitions that occur outside of the Plug Projects gallery space in which Plug works with galleries and organizations outside of the Kansas City area to promote the work of Kansas City Artists in the national arena.

*Critique Night Series happens in-between exhibitions. Crit nights feature a small rotating panel of artists and art professionals in the community who participate in live dialogue (open to contribution from the public) with local artists about their work.

…..and more. Check it all out here: PLUG Projects KC
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As I am not an art critic but rather an informer, it is difficult for me to give a perspective on the work being shown at PLUG. I WILL share that after seeing both exhibitions twice, I experienced something meaningful and different each time.  Both of the installations are very poetic and definitely thought provoking, AND worth the trip down to the stockyard district in Kansas City where you can eat or have a cocktail next door at Voltaire.

Check it.

Author: Rochelle Brickner

 

Stories….Between Blues

PLUG_9.18This upcoming Friday, September 18th, marks the opening reception of two solo exhibitions taking place at PLUG Projects, located in the Stockyards District of Kansas City.

The front space at PLUG projects presents Between Blues, a solo exhibition featuring Sonja Dahl and the Local Solo space in PLUG Projects will present …or the stories we tell ourselvesa solo exhibition featuring the work of interdisciplinary studio artist and Assistant Professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute, Marie Bannerot McInerney.

Exhibition Opening: Friday, September 18, 6pm – 9pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm and by appointment
Contact: info@plugprojects.com
646-535-PLUG (7584)
*print quality images available on request


Mmcinerney…or the stories we tell ourselves: Featuring the work of Marie Bannerot McInerney

KANSAS CITY – Opening September 18, 2015 PLUG Projects is pleased to present, …or the stories we tell ourselves, in the Local Solo space, an exhibition by Marie Bannerot McInerney. In her installation, McInerney examines our sources of knowledge and the variability of our shared history. Her process driven work utilizes the properties of found materials and recontexualizes them through methodic augmentation. For her new installation at Plug Projects she will construct a pyramid form with roughly two thousand collected books that have been laboriously sealed within handmade paper skins and dipped into black ink.  Set against an atmospheric sound piece, the redacted texts call to question what we know, what we don’t know, and who controls our narrative.

About the Artist:
Marie Bannerot McInerney  is an interdisciplinary studio artist and educator.  Her work investigates conceptions of fragility, instability, truth, and experiential knowledge. is an interdisciplinary studio artist and educator.  Her work investigates She has exhibited across the United States and abroad including shows at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA, Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in Saint Louis, MO, Corcoran College in Washington, DC, The Schiller Garden House at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in Saint Louis, MO. McInerney co-authored an essay in the newly published book, Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of our Contact Zone and was recently awarded a Cultural Exchange Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin to travel and present work. Her formative years were spent in Houston, TX before she earned her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis as a Danforth Scholar. She is currently Vice President of Annual Meetings for the Friends of Dard Hunter and serves as Assistant Professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. www.mbmcinerney.com


S.DahlBETWEEN BLUES: Featuring the work of Sonja Dahl

KANSAS CITY – Opening September 18, 2015 Plug Projects is pleased to present, Between Blues, a solo exhibition by Sonja Dahl which engages ideas of communities, collectives and collaboration. Her recent works involve looking at the complex relationships between humans and the natural and constructed worlds we live in. Utilizing the deep blue of indigo dye and of cyanotype prints, Dahl instrumentalizes natures “blues” to actively respond to our contemporary ecological devastation.

About the Artist:
Sonja Dahl is an independent artist and researcher with a fluid, traveling, and collaboration-focused practice. She is a founding member of Craft Mystery Cult (United States) and has worked with The Poetic Everyman Project based out of Indonesia and Australia. Her 2012-2014 research projects in Indonesia, supported by the Fulbright Foundation and Asian Cultural Council, focused on the culture of collaboration, artist collectives and participatory projects in Yogyakarta’s contemporary arts, as well as in-depth study of batik, ikat weaving and indigo dye production in Java, Bali, Sumba and Flores. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2012. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Bezirksmuseum Neubau, Vienna, Austria; The Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin NT, Australia; and The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, USA. Her writing is published with Carets and Sticks Contemporary Arts online, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Dilettante, and forthcoming in Surface Design.

www.sonjakdahl.com


About PLUG Projects:
PLUG Projects is a curatorial collaboration and exhibition space run by six Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community. Our goal is to energize artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists.

PLUG Projects presents bi-monthly exhibitions featuring national and international artists who are actively challenging contemporary perspectives in all disciplines. Accompanying each exhibition, PLUG’s program includes critique nights, a curated blog, interdisciplinary events, lectures and studio visits to contribute to greater artistic dialogues.

PLUG Projects is in the Stockyards District of Kansas City, Missouri at 1613 Genessee Street, 64102.
Gallery Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm and by appointment

Additional information regarding PLUG Projects programming and schedules are available at http://www.plugprojects.com


One of our lovely and talented teachers, Kim Eichler-Messmer has a book coming out on November 1st.

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You can pre-order it here:https://www.etsy.com/listing/165634276/modern-color-an-illustrated-guide-to?ref=listing-shop-header-2Also, you can hear Kim talking about it during this interview on All People Quilt:

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html

Kim is hosting workshops and other events through the Kansas City Textile Studio, which she just co-opened with Debbie Barrett Jones. You can find the schedule of events on their website: http://kctextilestudio.com/

And just for good measure, here’s Kim’s website: http://kimemquilts.com

Kim

Modern Color

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