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The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever an Installation by Amy Kligman

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The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever Opening Reception!

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The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever a new Installation by Amy Kligman

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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!

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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.

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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.

amy2At 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.

subSubterranean 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.

Z-SPEC this Friday at Subterranean Gallery

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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.

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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.

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We are also announcing two gallery programs that will coincide with this discussion.

Tuesday April 28th at 7pm Feminism, Anime,  avatars and the Perception of Female virtual bodies

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!

Thursday April 30th at 8pm Digital Money: Warcraft Gold and the Hat Economy

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.

Have questions about the show or want to make an appointment to see the work? Email us at subterraneangallery@gmail.com

 

Call for Digital Art Exhibitions Extended to September 7th

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This fall, we want to transform our domestic gallery space in order to showcase a wide range of digitally centered exhibitions.

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Why digital in the home?

When currently thinking of how digital art is often presented in traditional white-cube settings, it seems out of place when displayed on a monitor, television, or other digital technology native to the home. The way we connect with computers is typically in a private space. Were interested in exploring how these exhibitions can walk that line of familiar interaction.

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We plan to show works that can take advantage of the space that is our home or completely subvert that space into replicating a home page.  The intimacy created at SUB culminates in the conversations that happen with and surrounding the work.  That same type of intimate conversation also can occur online. The screens in a gallery can feel like a barrier or a space to become submerged.

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interactivity?

Within this framework, we have the desire and potential to collaborate with artists to create an exhibition structure that would best suit inherently digital works. Whether that is through transferring them into physical objects or creating an entirely digital environment that best suits its format. We look forward to the utilizing  immersive environments for work that would otherwise be impossible in our gallery due to financial or spacial limitations.

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programming // programming

We hope to collaborate on educational programming surrounding the exhibition that engages the local community with an artist’s interests. This can be anything from a workshop/lecture series to an informal discussion of YouTube videos or other media.

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Do you want to be a part of the DIGITAL @ SUB series? Let us get to know you. 

Before Sunday September 7th :

1. Send an email with the subject line DIGITAL @ SUB to subterraneangallery@gmail.com attach files of/links to your work.

2. Tell us what you want to do in the space.

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3. send us a link to something you have read/watched/etc that relates to your studio practice.

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We look forward to getting to know even more digital artists both in the Kansas City area and beyond.

CRIT 2 CRIT: INF + SUB Program on Art Writing

During this exhibition, we have a little more in store for you! Rachel Gregor’s fantastic show Barred Meadows is up through April 15th by appointment and during that time we have teamed up with Informality to bring you a series of programming inspired by the conversations that occur at Subterranean Gallery.

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CRIT 2 CRIT was developed as a program to increase awareness of  Informality  as a writing platform and to encourage more of the community to write about art. Over the years, Subterranean Gallery has proven to be the site of unique, intimate, and informal conversation so were hosting CRIT 2 CRIT this March and April.

CRIT 2 CRIT consists of four free drop in weekly workshops on a variety of topics to help transition Kansas City’s contemporary art conversation into writing! All sessions will occur Wednesday evenings at Subterranean Gallery through the duration of their current exhibition, Barred Meadows: New Paintings by Rachel Gregor.

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All four of these programs are completely free and attendance at all sessions is not required to participate Informality‘s programs are made possible by a generous ARTS KC Inspiration Grant. We’re happy to host Informality and promote these programs as we think they will help expand and diversify the kind of written dialogue in Kansas City.

For more information on this program, others like it, to submit writing, or to RSVP for any of these events, please contact editor@informalityblog.com

Smoke and Mirrors Exhibition Opening Reception

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Missed the opening? Make an appointment to view the exhibition by emailing us at subterraneangallery@gmail.com.

Subterranean Gallery Proudly Presents

New Work By Amanda Martinez

Exhibition Opening: Friday, May 4th from 7 – 11 pm

 Artist Talk: Friday, May 11th 8 – 9 pm

Kansas City, MO (April 2012) Friday, May 4thSubterranean Gallery will host a public reception from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. showcasing new work by artist Amanda Martinez. The exhibition will feature sculptural pieces and an installation by Martinez. Guests may rejoin us, at the gallery, Friday, May 11thfrom 8 -9 pm for an artist talk directly following the closing reception of the BFA exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace. The exhibition will be on view by appointment May 5th – 31st. Please email subterraneangallery@gmail.com to schedule your visit.

Smoke and Mirrors refers to the use of gimmicks one often associates with the formal theater or even a simple magic act. Martinez writes, “There is something comically tawdry or cheap about the phrase itself by way of this association that I enjoy. I think this title will help to settle viewers into not just the tone of the show but the attitude by which I approach and make my work.” Continue reading

A Call For Arts Criticism in KC: Featuring Subterranean Gallery

KCUR’s Central Standard:

A Call For Arts Criticism in KC <Listen!

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On this Wednesday’s Central Standarda conversation about the importance of art criticism in the process of art-making and reception. We’ll hear why a San Francisco arts publication called Art Practical devoted an entire issue to our local scene. Continue reading

Review: In KC’s The Pitch!

Nothing watered down at Subterranean Gallery’s Hot Tub Dialogues.

By Theresa Bembnister

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