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Call for Digital Art Exhibitions Extended to September 7th


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.


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.


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.


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.


Studio Visit with Jaclyn Senne

Visiting Jaclyn Senne’s studio reminded me of the essential questions for painters… “What should I paint?” “How do I create a studio momentum that allows me to produce a lot of work and continuously experiment?” What do I do when that momentum is broken?!What I am so excited about in Jaclyn’s work is that it she is in control of her subject matter, painting technique and color. The one thing that doesn’t follow the same command of her perfectly taped off lines is the overall composition. In her piece Backyard/beach course vacation-planked location with strand-lit courts and towels and iced coolers Senne creates a loose sketch of the images architectural structure. She then plays a strategy game of fitting together pieces and objects that don’t work together until they are just believable enough. In thinking about this, her work becomes so reflective of life. Fake it till you make it.

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Studio Visit With Amanda Gehin

Recently, Ayla and I stopped by the home studio of local artist, Amanda Gehin. Amanda and her boyfriend Idris Raoufi are in the process of renovating an old book bindery in Old Hyde Park to be both a live/ work studio and a new home base for the 816 Bike Collective. Seeing the studio space in process was invigorating, all of the potential the space has is quite exciting. Amanda’s works are mostly small-scale gouache paintings that look like children’s book illustrations. They are woven with characters that reference architectural elements – stairs, walls, and turrets to name a few- and vibrant multicolored patterns. She has also worked on a larger scale and with stop motion animation.

In her studio located above the old book bindery, we were greeted by a room that featured a chevron couch. The room’s color palette reminiscent of her work; a blue floor, bright lime cabinetry, offset with neutral wood paneling. Amanda showed us more of her portfolio, we saw a timeline of her work’s growth, stemming most strongly from the playful nature of the collages she made from her stop motion animations. We could more easily see the sense of play she has when making her images. Continue reading

Studio visit with Stephen T. Johnson

By Ayla Rexroth

My studio visit with Stephen required a drive to Lawrence, Kansas.  I spent the day promenading around the downtown area, and made a stop at the Wonder Fair gallery and print shoppe, before heading to Stephen’s studio in a warehouse filled area of Lawrence.  Appropriately the building has huge red capital  A, B, C & D in giant 3-D block lettering across the front. Stephen’s work includes painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and installations that use an alliterated alphabetic structure to guide material and compositional choices. Stephen is an award winning children’s author and illustrator and his work becomes contextually slippery because it is displayed in museum and gallery exhibitions, public installations, and simultaneously printed in his children’s books.  

Stephen showed me collections of materials and explained some of the semantic rationals that guide his artwork. For Example, “I got all these fake french fries from a guy in New York” and manipulated them into the narrative, “Fourteen hundred and fifty-five fake French fries were flipped, flicked, and flung onto a full-size (75 x 54”) field of faint fuchsia.” From his book A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet.

Alongside his materials he purposefully references art historical movements and era’s . The work reminded me of the type of play found in works by Tom Friedman, but materially did things like replace the use of hay on an Anselm Keifer painting with french fries.

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Studio Visit Season


What I most enjoy about doing studio visits is getting into the artist’s headspace and process.  I always like seeing how the studio space is a reflection of their design sensibilities, and experiencing artwork in the studio as opposed to a gallery setting always takes me on a contextual imagination ride.  I love seeing the understructure of artist’s businesses, and the technologies and equipment they employ. It’s studio visit season so over the next month SUB will feature the studio practices of local artists. Hope you enjoy.

Subterranean Gallery Director,

Ayla Rexroth