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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.
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.
Have questions about the show or want to make an appointment to see the work? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, November 7th 2014 from 7-11pm
After our DIGITAL @ SUB call, we are hosting the first in our Digital Exhibition series [refresh] + [redraw] will feature work by Eric Fickes (Atlanta,GA) and Eric Scrivner (Kansas City, MO) [refresh] + [redraw] opens on Friday November 7th and will run through December 14th by appointment. Both of these artists interact through the ways they utilize motion and pattern in their respective digital media.
Eric Fickes is an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia utilizing code and motion detection to create generative artworks. As digital art as a medium evolves, so does our ability to manipulate the way in which we create. Using programming to create interactive works Fickes generates code that detects movements within physical space that then relays a signal moving the brushes to create the final drawing. These brush movements often look akin to Fickes’ other interests such as 1980’s video game and skateboarding culture. Bold outlines and graphic color expand in wild motion, vertical shapes and spikes emerge with each movement caught on camera. His work moves beyond the static encourages viewer to play and become the input for the overall algorithm presented.
Eric Scrivner is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. His most recent series of works are bold .GIFs that make use of optical illusions to showcase the depth of the animation’s movement. The work in the Cyclical Ritual series are meditations on the act of waiting; a look at potential, and the utter lack of closure that follows. It’s a reflection on twiddled thumbs, nail biting, incessant toe tapping, and constant phone checking. The works rotate, twist, lumber, bumble, and fall in different directions without ever really making any progress.
In the weeks following we will be hosting programming that will correspond with the works shown. Stay tuned to our WordPress and Facebook pages for more info!
This fall, we want to transform our domestic gallery space in order to showcase a wide range of digitally centered exhibitions.
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.
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.
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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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.
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 email@example.com attach files of/links to your work.
2. Tell us what you want to do in the space.
3. send us a link to something you have read/watched/etc that relates to your studio practice.
We look forward to getting to know even more digital artists both in the Kansas City area and beyond.
This Sunday May 18th from 1-3 PM at Subterranean Gallery, HOME // SPACE Artist R. Shrum and Subterranean Gallery Director Melaney Mitchell will host a conversation about What Makes Contemporary Space.
We will consider the work in the exhibition, and how it relates to the way in which we perceive contemporary space.
Things to consider:
How do we make a space our own? What makes a place feel like a home? What makes a place seem “lived in”? How does the space of the home compare and contrast with our online space? What stories to the objects in our homes hold? What kind of objects do we accumulate to build a home?
Join us! This workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided.
Another HOME // SPACE program to keep on your radar is next Sunday May 25th from 12-2 PM, we will be hosting an ART BRUNCH where we will discuss the topic of Gender and Identity in the Home. Seating is limited and brunch will be served complete with food and drink.
Please RSVP to ART BRUNCH as seating is limited by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at one of these two events. These are both great opportunities to see the exhibition if you have not yet already. To schedule an appointment for another day email Melaney at email@example.com
HOME // SPACE Exhibition Opening Reception!
Friday, May 2nd 2014 from 7-11pm
This May Subterranean Gallery hosts our second relaunch exhibition, HOME // SPACE featuring the work of R.Shrum. HOME // SPACE 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.
In the weeks following the exhibition opening, we will be hosting programming to allow the public to interact further with the artist!
Here are the program dates and themes:
Sunday May 4th: 1-3pm PDF Club guided artist talk and discussion with R.Shrum
Sunday May 11th: 1-3pm Curatorial Activity// The Hidden Stories of Objects
Sunday May 18th: 1-3pm 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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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.
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.
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 email@example.com