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Join us for an opening reception of The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever, new installation work of Kansas City based artist Amy Kligman. THIS FRIDAY January 15th from 7pm-11pm. The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever is the final exhibition with curator Melaney Mitchell and will run through the end of January by appointment. This exhibition was made possible by a generous Inspiration Grant from ARTS KC!
Kligman’s installation utilizes disposable party goods including balloons, confetti, paper garlands, tissue paper, paper fans and lanterns, as raw material that is repurposed into a dense, large-scale installation. The resulting environment is a claustrophobic immersion of color and texture, which creates a contextually loaded environment for performances and conversations that will take place in the exhibition space during the course of the show run.
Themes and thoughts contributing to the resulting installation include the idealized past, over expectations of the future, mania, overstimulation and overconsumption, and the notion of shared or universal experience.
Amy Kligman has a hybrid practice of studio work and arts administration. Her resume highlights include an Arts KC Inspiration Grant, Missouri Bank Artboards Commission, inclusion in issue #101 of New American Paintings, and an exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art as a 2014 Charlotte Street Visual Award Fellow. She was a founding member & co-director of the curatorial collaboration Plug Projects from 2011-2015, leaving in 2015 to take on a role as Programming Director for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Amy currently is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Charlotte Street Foundation. She lives with her husband Misha and son Sam in Kansas City, MO.
At 7:15 pm on opening night this Friday January 15th Blanked Undercover will be performing their piece The Chamber of Secrets Will be Opened (mark your calendars)
Melissa Lenos’s project, “20 minutes of Forever” will be screening all night.
Subterranean Gallery, founded in 2010 by Ayla Rexroth, is an underground hybrid art and domestic space in Kansas City, Missouri. In contrast to the traditional “white cube” gallery, Subterranean has always strived to facilitate an environment that engages creativity with intimate ambiance. During Melaney Mitchell’s two year run as Director she has taken advantage of its strange and unexpected histories of a basement domestic space to create seven exhibitions in a variety of mediums. Midwestern suburban basements are usually filled with walnut wood panelling, old shag carpet, and light up signs for Old Style beer. The experience of art in that space, in lieu of ones own father’s collected sports memorabilia, forces something different to happen. It’s a space of collaboration but more importantly a space for conversation. As Mitchell leaves the project she says “I realize that the part of Subterranean that I’m going to miss is the conversation. The talk of art in Kansas City is the hearth of what makes a stark white painted basement apartment a wonderful space see and be with art.”
Subterranean Gallery will open again in the Fall/Winter of 2016 with new gallery director Jordan Hauser.
Somebody’s Home Exhibition Opening Reception!
Friday, November 13th 2015 from 7-11pm
We’re hosting an opening reception for Somebody’s Home, an exhibition featuring the work of Juliana Noelle Lynn and Erin Dodson. The work of Lynn and Dodson utilize a multimedia approach to explore memory, adolescence, and girlhood in the context of Midwestern suburbia.
Erin Dodson’s Strange Light, Suburbs is a series of digital images she began on Instagram, and later continued to develop with a full frame camera. Based on the experience of growing up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Dodson was inspired by the eerie nostalgia that arose when she noticed the lights and sounds from high school football games in the fall. The feeling reminded Dodson of the terror she felt as a teenager at the impending winter, and the mounting responsibilities of growing up. She recalled the nights in the woods between houses, building things out of branches by the old broken down car, trying to buy cigarettes, lighting candles in the tunnels that ran under the highway, the streetlights casting orange and green light through walnut trees at night, driving and loitering. Observing the colors of the light in the suburbs of Kansas City, the half-tamed plant and animal life, the idyllic parks and winding, plotted streets, all ignited the melancholy longing of suburban adolescence.
Lynn’s animations and collages explore nostalgia and memory by contrasting idealized symbols of the suburban home and personal occurrences. Her work creates a depiction of the unraveling of home, the secrets, rumors, and stories slowly surfacing through use of mundane objects and interiors. After Dark, a series of paper collages, explores girlhood and budding adolescence within the quiet shroud of suburbia by night. This series reveals the curiosities of an elusive cast of preteen characters; the use of misplaced childhood tropes, such as mermaids and monsters under the bed, examine the unclear border of childhood and adolescence. In a phase of life with increasing social and bodily tensions, yet a nervousness about what lurks in the closet at night, After Dark seeks to examine the confusion, excitement, and discovery of the not quite coming of age.
Erin Dodson is currently the Assistant Curator at the Hallmark Art Collection, and Curator at Kiosk Gallery. She has her BA in Photography from City College of New York, and has shown recently at the East Gallery at KCAI, West Patrons’ Gallery, and the Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs. Lynn received her BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman Award and the 2014 winner of the Lester Goldman Drawing Competition. Lynn has shown work locally and within traveling exhibitions
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This Weekend we are hosting the opening reception of Michael Rose’s Z-SPEC and celebration of Subterranean Gallery’s 5th Anniversary!
Sculptures, prints, and various digital media by Michael Rose will be displayed in both a physical space and in an online interactive environment.
Rose works through print and digital media to address the formation of values in regards to the Post Internet world. One now can own a jpeg of something and associate it with themselves or covet a rare in-game item. Thus, the way one experiences, owns, and derives meaning from objects in both physical and online space sets the tone of the conversation for Z-SPEC. Non-physical currencies, technological ideals, and internet subculture fads work together to point out the absurdity of our complex new reality. 3D rendered space creates a conversation about flatness, simulation, and value of our web-influenced existence.
Michael Rose is a 2015 BFA candidate at the Kansas City Art Institute. He has participated in several online and offline group exhibitions including The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale: Homeostasis Lab and Selected Works for Domestic Situations.
We are also announcing two gallery programs that will coincide with this discussion.
Centering on the imagery in Rose’s work we are going to talk about feminine perception, and agency in the world of anime and digital avatars. Bring your questions both about the work and this topic to the discussion!
Its all about the money in the gaming world. Come join our discussion on the strange micro economies of video games. Everything from World of Warcraft gold, Team Fortress hats, and the Kim Kardashian mobile game is all on the table.
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This Friday we are hosting an opening reception for the second in our series of digital exhibitions, ENTERFACE features work from Justin Beachler including digital collages in a decorative environment alongside curated YouTube videos. The works will be presented in both the physical gallery space and online via Second Life. The Exhibition will open this Friday February 6th from 7-11 pm and will run through March 6th by appointment.
The works in ENTERFACE are a derivative of and response to Beachler’s view of the Internet as a forming super culture. The web is vast and sometimes unpredictable. As we are able to make, view, and participate within a digital world that is increasingly higher in visual definition and quality, there is a skepticism that fuels counter cultures. While excited about technological advancement – in the sense that it will eventually drive our existence into the ground (via a high definition blaze of glory) – Beachler is interested in the counter culture/subculture tools of cassette tapes, VHS, noise filters, and the reuse of anti-modern technology. These forms and their place as micro-cultural signifiers, symbols, and tropes Beachler takes and makes into cultural influence/commentary. Simply, Beachler is binging on the internet and regurgitating the bits of processed information into new works of art. While we are infinitely linked to everything that is uploaded onto the Internet, it is impossible to stay quarantined to one’s subset of interests. The path one takes while traversing the Daedelus link structures of the net become subjective when discussing one’s own will to click, as there is always click-bait/corporate algorithmic suggestions mapping our internet pathways. That said, the sheer bombardment of information and subsequent splinter pathways of net data will forever keep the interest variety in flux #noescape
Justin Beachler is an artist who lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri/online. He has exhibited at Bank Projects, Dolphin Gallery, Hown’s Den Domestic and Nomadic Space, Paragraph Gallery and was a 2013-2014 Charlotte Street Studio Resident. He is currently somewhere internetting on the web.
We are also excited to announce exhibition programming that will coincide with ENTERFACE.
Want to participate in the exhibition with a Second Life avatar but don’t know the first thing about this virtual world? Join us as we go over the basics of joining and exploring second life, along with showing different ways web-based artists have been utilizing SL. Bring questions and laptops!
Get in on the larger discussion of Beachler’s work with two PDFs about net art and the new economies of the web. Please RSVP with an email to email@example.com to recieve the readings before February 23rd.
Stay informed on the Subterranean Gallery Facebook page to find out when we will be partnering with Terry Radio to bring you a virtual DJ set by Justin Beachler.
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