In a world that is never quite what it seems is black really black and white really white? Everything is INBETWEEN...
This group exhibition explores colorful concepts in a monotone manner. Featuring the works of six Kansas-City-based artists, Inbetween prods the viewer to read between the lines of subject matter in each piece. Life is a sliding scale of gray, as is each individual's perspective. In turn, the projection of one's own stories, ideas, and identities casts shadows onto everything they see and experience. What is black to one person is not always the same black to another...Here's to hoping society may strive towards a grayer, more open and accepting, future!
Exhibiting Artists Include: Daniela Failla + Jason Harrington + Evan Jackson Jamie McClead + Dan Meeker + Thomas Richmond
Opening Reception on Friday, June 1st, from 6:00-10:00pm
"Sunsets over Kansas City" is a project to photographically capture up to 7 months worth of sunsets over Kansas City and the surround area. These time-lapse photographs are generated with hand-made pinhole cameras which shows the movement of the sun, not just from dawn until dusk, but from the Winter Solstice in the south, to the Summer Solstice in the north. Each day the sun raises and falls in a new location, which are represented in the individual streaks over familiar landscapes.
Aaron Smith is an accomplished contemporary artist and returning Kansas City native. His kinetic photographs ('light art') and still photographs have been exhibited in museums and select exhibition spaces throughout the United States, and have been featured in multiple publications. Aaron earned his MFA from Maine College of Art and is currently a professor of visual art and photography at Johnson County Community College and a Board Member of The Arts Asylum.
"As an artist, I create machines, devices and apparatuses that manipulate light in order to change the way time, space and objects are experienced. I am interested the relationship between visual perception and the existentialist notion of presence, and how they work together to form a part of the human experience. I create work that removes the banality from mundane observations or ideas in order to present an opportunity to reconnect with the conscious act of viewing and inner-personalizing those observations. The resulting work reflects the beauty and importance of living in the present, celebrating what exists right now". -Aaron Smith
***Opening Reception during First Fridays on May 4th, 2018 from 6:00-10:00pm***
Between Chaos and Control is a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Paula Izydorek. The Cleveland based painter will showcase paintings which document her artistic transition from compositionally collaborating with wood grain to her more recent materiality based explorations. Unlike the typical wood grain based abstractions, Izydorek’s compositions show diversity and tell unexpected stories that intersect with raw underlying emotions in a vibrant setting while maintaining a meditative stillness.
Paula Izydorek’s artwork hypothesizes how submersion in the natural environment affects ones biochemistry, interpersonal conflicts and overall wellbeing. She utilizes line markings, repetitious forms and material based patterns to metaphorically portray how ones experiential journey exist in a constant state of being altered by the surrounding energy in ones environment. During Izydorek’s process based exploration, she pairs acrylic paint with birch wood to employ intertwining linear systems and geometric forms that interplay with the surface of the wood while utilizing the naturally occurring grain. Her paintings possess both materiality and immateriality; with subject matter ranging from tangible imagery to the nonphysical representation of thoughts and feelings that harmonize to create a medley of texture, color, and shape. These abstract patterns serve as a recall to the interconnectivity of ones physiological state in response to their immediate environment.
ABOUT Paula Izydorek (born 1970 in Michigan) is an American painter who spent her formative years in Southern California and since has lived in several major US cities. She is passionate about her heritage and has traveled to all but three of the states. During her travels Izydorek looks to contemporary painting and the abundant perfection found in nature for continual inspiration. Although she inherently knows the exquisiteness of nature can never be improved upon through the painting process it is her goal to paint homage to its vast heterogeneity of textures, formations and all-encompassing palates.
Izydorek earned her BFA in Interdisciplinary Art at San Francisco Art Institute. Her first solo exhibition was Resolution or Evolution: An Intimate Interpretation at Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA (2015). Her first catalogue, Ingrained, was published Fall 2016 with coinciding solo exhibitions at InTown Gallery, Cleveland, OH (2016); City Center Gallery, Columbus, OH (2017); 29 Palms Art Gallery, Twentynine Palms, CA (2017); Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH (2018 forthcoming). Early 2018 she was featured in a two person show Paula Izydorek/Debra Sue Solecki, CWAL, Cleveland, OH which was reviewed by CAN Journal.
Izydorek's work is included in CARTA - Cleveland Art Association; and numerous private collections. She is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is exhibited throughout the U.S. Between Chaos and Control at Plenum Space Gallery is her first solo exhibition in Kansas City and features recent artwork alongside paintings from her catalogue Ingrained.
On view this month are the colorful and geometric paintings of Zach Arlan. The works in On Noise & Archaeology were created during the last two years and represent the artist's continued exploration into abstraction of form.
His paintings, multicolored and geometric, are meant to play with perception and what humans consider normal. "I remember when I was younger, I used to paint on walls," Arlan says. "And then it just slowly evolved into geometry and objects and abstract objects. Then I got into, instead of just putting an object on a canvas or a piece of wood, just filling it up and seeing what would happen if I messed with color gradient and stuff like that." - For more info check out zacharyarlan.com
Opening Reception during First Friday, March 2nd, from 6:00-10:00pm
Joha Bisone johabisone.com Bisone completed her BFA in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003. Since then she has participated in numerous exhibits, group shows, collaborations, and art/craft shows. Joha mostly paints in watercolor, enjoying the fluidness and unpredictability of the medium. She creates organic landscapes, taking inspiring patterns from nature among many other inspirations and transforms it into its own world.
Ami Ayars amiayars.com "I am fascinated with the exploration of the planet and what it is still hiding from us.Earth is a vast and varied place, full of wonder. We will never know the full extent of the planet and all it’s inhabitants and that idea is where my inspiration lies. My work aims to capture a sense of exploration and discovery. I make ‘creatures’ and compose their environments. I want to share these little worlds with my viewers in a way that makes them inquisitive and provokes them to create fresh, alternate realities for which these objects can exist within." -Ayars
Brew Lamb spaceshipzulu.com Spaceship Zulu has emerged from the Kansas City street art scene as a gritty, street-smart graffiti artist who has successfully crossed over from his street art origins to the art gallery circuit. In a few fast-paced years. He has swiftly rose to become one of the top up and coming artist in Kansas City. His works range widely in style, but celebrate the new age street art movement hapening across the world.
David Thurn www.behance.net/davidryant "I'm an artist with a passion for traditional illustration. I love drawing pop culture icons or people, and mashing them together with other ideas or subjects that wouldn't usually be related." -Thurn
"Light, Time and Place" is Thomas Woodward's second solo show. His new body of work continues with the theme of flowers as a signifier of memory, with an increased importance placed on the role of light in defining place and time. More info at mrwoodward.com
Opening Reception on Friday, November 3rd, from 6:00-10:00pm