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Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings From Finland.

Sirpa Särkijärvi Viides sukopolvi (Fifth Generation), 2011 acrylic on canvas 41 1/2 x 55 1/8 inches (105.5 x 140 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Gallery AMA, Helsinki​ © Sirpa Särkijärvi, Courtesy Gallery AMA, Helsinki

Sirpa Särkijärvi
Viides sukopolvi (Fifth Generation), 2011
acrylic on canvas
41 1/2 x 55 1/8 inches (105.5 x 140 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gallery AMA, Helsinki​
© Sirpa Särkijärvi, Courtesy Gallery AMA, Helsinki

International Painting Exhibition Opens October 2 at Kemper Museum.
Opening and Artist Panel: Jarmo Mäkilä and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko
Free | Friday, October 2, from 5:00–6:00 p.m. is a CASH bar and FREE live music. 6:00 p.m. continues a FREE artist panel.
Exhibition curator Barbara O’Brien moderates a discussion with artists Jarmo Mäkilä and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko. Enjoy live improvisational electronica music by Kansas City–based Mnemosyne Quartet, and talk with docent guides in the exhibition throughout the evening.


 

PRESS RELEASE

Friday, October 2, 2015 to Sunday, February 21, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick- Kansas City, Missouri

Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland gathers together and investigates the inspirations, methods, and practice of Finnish painters. Dark Days, Bright Nights presents 43 works of art—stylistically disparate and often visually dazzling—from 13 artists ranging from the post-WWII generation to those who have come of age squarely in the 21st century. The exhibition features 41 two-dimensional paintings, a sculptural installation, and a projected video installation.

Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland will be on view at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art from October 2, 2015, through February 21, 2016. With days of 24-hour darkness in the winter months and 24 hours of sunlight during the summer, what is real and what is a dream can seem a narrow distance apart in this most northern of the European countries. Dark Days, Bright Nightsis curated by Barbara O’Brien, executive director Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. “My travels in Finland allowed the opportunity to create a portrait of a time and place where support for the arts has been strong, and the notion of the painter as a respected cultural worker is palpable,” said O’Brien. Admission to the Kemper Museum and this special exhibition is free.

The 13 artists represented in Dark Days, Bright Nights were all born in Finland, and now work in locations including the city and countryside of Finland as well as Berlin, New York City, and Stockholm. Artists include Jani Hänninen, Heikki Marila, Marika Mäkelä, Jarmo Mäkilä, Rauha Mäkilä, Reima Nevalainen, Leena Nio, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Mari Rantanen, Mari Sunna, Nanna Susi, Sirpa Särkijärvi, and Anna Tuori. The artists selected represent a wide range of experiences and painting styles, but are connected by the Kemper Museum’s philosophical focus on investigating the history of the gesture in painting and in creating a conceptual and art historic bridge from the 20th to the 21st century in both exhibition program and the Permanent Collection.

Jarmo Mäkilä’s narrative tales of country life in the shadow of WWII are a counterpoint to the 21st-century inspiration of cityscapes and graffiti in works by Jani Hänninen. The relationship to the natural world, so important to the Finnish people, is vividly realized in the paintings by Lapland artist Sirpa Särkijärvi. The space between waking and sleeping seems to come to life in the snow-globe-like paintings by Anna Tuori. The desire to control and genetically manipulate nature is explored in a video installation by Vesa-Pekka Ranniko.

Anna Tuori Things I’ve Seen I Can See No More, 2013 acrylic and oil on MDF board 84 x 120 1/8 inches Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anhava, Helsinki © Anna Tuori Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Anna Tuori
Things I’ve Seen I Can See No More, 2013
acrylic and oil on MDF board
84 x 120 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
© Anna Tuori
Photo: Jussi Tiainen

A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition, and is available for purchase in the Kemper Museum Shop. The catalogue provides art historical scholarship and cultural context to the exhibition and includes essays written by Peter MacKeith, Honorary Consul General to Finland; Timo Valjakka, an independent writer, curator, and critic based in Helsinki and London; and curator O’Brien.

Support for the Kemper Museum is generously provided by members and donors, especially Frame Visual Art Finland, and The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Finland. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

The Locust Factory Exhibitions Tonight!

The Locust Factory KC First Friday Art Fair presents:

Kansas City Art Institute Senior Thesis Exhibitions-

“Lepidopteric Dichotomy”: Fiber and Video Installation, by Emily Blaser and Kristen McLaren, is an exploration of the process of production with textiles connected to the life cycles of different creatures, such as moths, who both constantly create and destroy fibers.

“Behind Closed Doors Vol. 1”: Photographs by Derek Hutsell, dealing with the subject matter of religious morality and sexuality.

“Woven Sanctuary”: Gradient Hand-Dyed Weaving Installation by Evander Camorlinga.

Locust Factory KC
504 East 18th Street, KCMO, 64108
Contact: Apryl McAnerney 816.716.5940

Opening Reception: First Friday, May 2nd, 6-9pm
Open Saturday, May 3rd, 12-4pm
Show closes May 3rd at 4pm.

Allay

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Allay showcases three individual artists whose aesthetics and concepts behind their work speak to the same idea of the verb allay: meaning to diminish or put to rest fears and worry, or to alleviate pain. While some of the work may be visually diverse, the language they each use comes together to create a fluid and dynamic dialogue.

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Toward An Ideology

Destination Gallery
4421 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 64111
Inside the KCAI Student Living Center

Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd from 6-9PM

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Junior Aneesa Shami describes her work:

Overwhelmed by techniques and information, I did not know where to go next in my artistic journey. I began to make a map of where I’ve been. Notes mark my thoughts about things I’ve read, while various small objects parade the fiber process I’ve learned. All materials are scraps from previous projects or small samples made this semester. I took inventory of all the tools I’ve collected and reorganized them. Working through blind faith and intuitive impulses, this culmination of research is my foundation. It’s becoming my ideology.

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HOME // SPACE

This May Subterranean Gallery hosts our second relaunch exhibition, HOME // SPACE featuring the work of R.Shrum. The Exhibition opens on Friday May 2nd from 7-11 pm and will run through May 30th by appointment. The work of R. Shrum uses digital image and design based installations to explore the idea of home in relation to memory.

R. Shrum is a 2014 BFA Fiber candidate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Shrum has participated in the Ox-Bow School residency in Saugatuck Michigan and has participated in several shows in Kansas City, Missouri. Shrum lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shrum reconstructs childhood memories of domestic spaces through playfully arranging object and image. His work combines the production of image and concept inherent in printmaking, with the study of craft, technique and object based construction in relation to textile.  He utilizes the style of Mid-Century American living to activate feelings of security and comfort inherent in the home.  Surrealistic, portrait-like photographs of objects, serve as an entry into the mind of the child expressing the spirit of play. Light and reflection employ important roles in blurring the lines between time and space. Shrum uses an retro-specific language of color, form and motif allowing the viewer to draw personal connections by creating visual phenomena within familiar spaces and utilizing artifacts from their past.

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS with HOME// SPACE

Through the duration of R.Shrum’s Exhibition, Subterranean Gallery will be facilitating programs to help engage the public with his work.

Here are the program dates and themes:
Sunday May 4th1-3pm PDF Club guided artist talk and discussion with R.Shrum

Sunday May 11th1-3pm Curatorial Activity// The Hidden Stories of Objects

Sunday May 18th1-3pm Social Activity // What Makes Contemporary Space?

Sunday May 25th: 12-2pm ART BRUNCH // Gender and Identity in the Home – LIMITED SEATING RSVP REQUIRED-

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Te ak San

A solo exhibition by Krystal Jolicoeur

Opening Reception: May 2, 2014 6-9 pm

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center: KCAI Undergrads Underground

2012 Baltimore Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64108

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Tè ak San, or Soil and Blood, introduces Kansas City to the work of mixed-media artist, Krystal Jolicoeur. While living in a remote Australian aboriginal desert community, she observed the communal treatment of death by the residents. Individuals, deceased or living, did not simply pass or mourn, they experienced a transformative process. Those left behind were reminded of the true value of their life. Following a mourning ritual they embraced rejuvenation. Observing others’ external style of mourning made it easier for Jolicoeur to address her own losses, which she had quietly internalized. The patterns left in the red soil from the “sorry” ceremonies, had a lasting impact upon the artist, attracting her to the irrefutable connection to the human condition embedded in soil. Soil gives life, nurtures, and erases existence. The land supplements human needs and determines their lifestyle, all people are bound by blood to its constraints and freedoms. In Jolicoeur’s solo exhibition at the Leedy-Voulkos Underground Gallery, she presents a series of earthen sculptures and installations that correlate with the inevitabilities of life and its regenerative processes.

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Krystal Jolicoeur is a Haitian-American artist who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Krystal was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarship in 2013, to travel internationally, where she studied in Tasmania and later volunteered in a remote Australian aboriginal community. Jolicoeur will graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute in May 2014 with a BFA from the fiber program, and is a mixed media artist whose work deals with culture and the human condition. http://www.krystaljolicoeur.com

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Pieced Together

Just a reminder that the opening reception for the Junior show, Pieced Together, is this Friday night from 5-7.

 

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“Pieced Together”, curated by Danny Orendorff, will feature work by eight junior fiber majors, creating work using a variety of materials and methods including weaving, quilting, fashion garments, and installation. The opening reception will be held in the gallery space on April 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The show itself will run from April 7th – April 28th. Featured artists include: Kadie Nugent, Lexie Abra, Zulian Martinez, Lauren Ventura, Nicole Leth, Alexis Flores, Kerry Hagins, and Aneesa Shami. Please join us for a fun and informative exhibition!

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Simultaneous Contrast: Quilted Color Works

 

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Simultaneous Contrast : Quilted Color Works

A Solo Show by Mariah Gillespie

Quilts have played a large role in America’s domestic history and are closely tied to the female experience. Women have created these objects for generations, contributing their time and expertise to the home. In contrast, paintings are understood through an art historical or museum context as objects of wonder or artifacts of history. By pairing quilt as object and paint as direct color a contrast forms between our expectations and known experiences.

Gillespie’s recent body of work, Quilted Color Works, uses quilt and paint as medium to transcend the ways color, shape, pattern, and material can interact. The work is dependent on the formal elements of composition, shape, and color pairing inspired by the work of painters Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella. Each quilted piece playfully overlooks this historical divide through the whimsical use of shape, color, and line.

About the artist:

Mariah Gillespie, originally from Norman, Oklahoma, is a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute pursuing her BFA in Fiber. She is interested in the history of quilt making, gender constructs, modern and vintage textiles, and color theory. Originally coming to KCAI to focus on photography, she soon realized that the textiles she was photographing were more important than the photographs themselves. This lead her to transfer into the Fiber department. Gillespie’s rich Oklahoman background, flled with memories of her grandmothers, home- made textiles, and near-by farm animals nurtured an aesthetic that is intrinsic to her daily life.

About Kansas City Textile Studio:

The Kansas City Textile Studio is a small art center in the historic Columbus Park neighborhood of Kansas City that is dedicated to providing education in textiles and fber arts, affordable and well-equipped communal work space, community gatherings, and fber art related exhibitions. http://www.kctextilestudio.com

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