January 2017 Second Friday Radar

Studios INC 2017 Opening Reception

Friday 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Studios INC

1708 Campbell St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Exhibit of current and new residents at Studios Inc. Works featured by artists Ricky Allman, Patty Carrol, Jill Downen, Caitlin Horsmon, Misha Kligman, Miguel Rivera, Colby K Smith, Debra Smith, Hyeyoung Shin, and Gerry Trilling.

David Ford, Bare Edge

Friday 6:00 pm -10:00 pm

The Bunker Center for the Arts

1014 E 19th St

Kansas City, MO 64106

Work by David Ford including paintings, and assemblages (from 2014-16) that reflect on his travels. Ford revisits the sensibilities observed in Ethiopia, Haiti, and Cuba, while using the history of the Crossroads to draw relationships between here and there.

Warren Rosser, Loitering with Intent
Samara Umbral, She-Bop
Debra Smith, Recent Work

Friday 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Haw Contemporary

1600 Liberty St

Kansas City, MO 64102

Warren Rosser’s first solo exhibition at Haw Contemporary consists of his large scale paintings and fabric constructions, while Samara Umbral’s She-Bop features the opposite of the spectrum with intensely small works.  Also on display is Debra Smith’s Recent Work, which will remain in the gallery’s permanent collection after the showing.

 

 

 

 

 




December 2016 First Friday Radar

Gordon Hall Lecture

Friday 8:00-10:00 PM

PLUG Projects

1613 Genessee St

Kansas City, MO 64102

Our partner organization PLUG Projects is hosting a lecture with artist Gordon Hall who will discuss their sculptures, performances, writing, and experimental lectures. This evening they will present a non-chronological slide lecture divided into 14 short thematic sections: PLATFORMS, OBJECTS MAKE BODIES, IS THIS FOR A PERFORMANCE?, EXTREMELY PRECISE OBJECTS OF AMBIGUOUS USE, FORMATE-ING, WITNESS OR AUDIENCE, OBJECT LESSONS, SHADOWS, SURFACES, PALINDROMES, WORK NOT WORK, WHAT CAN A BODY DO, THINGS THAT ARE THE SAME CAN BE DIFFERENT, and CONFUSION.

Perfect Sunset (there’s nothing sad about it)

Friday 6:00-9:00 PM

Front/Space

217 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

The work of Dallas-based artist Kristen Cochran is about endings. With video, sound, sculpture and imagery relating to retirement parties, a stage is set for performative retirement parties that begin at 6, 7, and 8 pm. Cochran invites participants to arrive ready to retire and open themselves up to the possibility of what’s next

First Friday Open Studios

Friday 6:00-10:00pm

The Bunker Center for the Arts

1014 E 19th St

Kansas City, MO 64106

Open studios at Bunker of current residents Reed Kyle, Jordan Hauser, Marguerite Rappold, Travis Pratt, and Taylor West. See what is being made on the east side of the Crossroads!

Artspace Open House

Friday 5:00-8:00 pm

H& R Block Artspace

16 E 43rd St

Kansas City, MO 64111

Another opportunity to see the current exhibitions “Dawit L. Petros: The Stranger’s Notebook” and “A Mark Worth Making” along with a chance to meet and mingle with Artspace staff including new assistant curator Jennifer Baker. Hang out, see great art, drink seasonal beverages.

 

KCAI End of Semester Exhibition

Friday 5:00-9:00 pm

Kansas City Art Institute

4415 Warwick Blvd

&

4218 N Walnut St

Kansas City MO 64111

New work by students abound! A campus wide open house in various galleries featuring current projects, pop-up shops, and performances. See, support, and buy work from emerging artists!

 

The Drugstore Holiday Pop Up

Friday 6:00-9:00

Saturday 10:00-5:00

Sunday 12:00-5:00

3948 Main St

Kansas City, MO 64111

Come support select Drugstore Studios Artists selling work and objects at this year’s pop up shop! Also be sure to check out their neighbors KC Urban Potters and Maker Goods for their sales as well.

 

SATURDAY

¿Qué Pasa, USA? Listening/ Roundtable Discussion: Survival Beats

Saturday 3:30-5:00 PM

La Esquina

1000 W 25th St

Kansas City MO 64108

This free listening roundtable will be led by Pat Alexander, Nedra Bonds, and Jose Faus and moderated by Lynnette Miranda discussing narratives and histories embedded in music, poetry, and visual art. These narratives of focus will revolve around stories of resilience and survival.

 

 




CRIT 2 CRIT at PLUG Projects Book Fair

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Our partnership with PLUG Projects’ Book Fair this coming weekend has allowed us an opportunity to facilitate a writing workshop for the public. In this workshop, our original focus was to create strategies to support local artist writers and expand criticism in our community. With the results of this election, Informality, as a publication, is taking a political stance. We are appalled at the results of Tuesday night and now face an upcoming presidency and Congress that drastically impacts the lives of individuals of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, and women. As an artist community, this is an opportunity for us to discuss solidarity. In what ways can we utilize this workshop and our platform to discuss mobilizing against the forces of hate that are impacting our communities?

This Saturday CRIT 2 CRIT will be a platform for artists in the community to come together, speak up, and be given a platform for their voices to be heard. This is a contentious time in our country. Through creative work, whether it be visual, performative, or written that we will unite as a creative community against hatred and bigotry.

Over the next month we look forward to publishing work by artists, writers, and creative people of all kinds in the forms of fiction, op-eds, and critical responses to our changing world.

Please join us this Saturday November 12th from 10am- 12:30pm at PLUG Projects (1613 Genessee St. Kansas City MO 64102) to plan what our future holds. We are thankful to PLUG Projects for this opportunity to utilize their space and to Rocket Grants for funding to make our writing programming possible. 

 

Please send an email to info@plugprojects.com by Friday November 11th to RSVP so that there is an adequate amount of snacks and coffee.

 

With a heavy heart,

Melaney Mitchell

Editor-in-Chief




November 2016 First Friday Radar!

FRIDAY

The Cave-  Ky Anderson at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Friday November 4th 5:00-8:00 pm

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

2004 Baltimore Ave

Kansas City, MO 64108

“The Cave” is a series of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Ky Anderson. Her paintings calls to mind artist Philip Guston. There is a similarity in which, as Guston himself says,   “The act of drawing is what locates, suggests, discovers.” Her painting reverberates and gently makes trouble.  Like Guston, it abandons the principals of “pure abstraction” in favor of shapes and forms that are more representational.    Anderson’s work is neither absolute, directed imagery nor too random as to not imply anything.  There is dialogue to be sussed out in each painting. Questions about color, line and mark-making are waiting to be asked when the viewer is willing to take the time and question it.

Ky Anderson has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY for over twenty years.  She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from The Kansas City Art Institute in 1995.  Anderson’s work is exhibited across the country including New York, San Francisco and Chicago.  She continues to have strong ties to the Kansas City community. This is Ky Anderson’s inaugural solo show at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.

Latent Troll

Friday November 4th 6:00-9:00 pm

Front/Space

217 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

New work by Austin, TX based Nathan Ellefson who has been making work about foodie/health culture, survivalist and escapist modes of operation, and functional illustration online. This exhibition’s press release is made up of a short fiction/facebook post of an everyday exploration of TFW (that feeling when) the infinite scroll grabs you by the feet and wont let go.

 

Veracity

Friday November 4th 6:00-9:00 pm

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

2012 Baltimore Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64108

A group exhibition by a group of undergrads from KCAI is showcasing a varied approach to the idea of representation.  As part of Leedy-Voulkos Art Center’s ongoing undergrads underground series the show will feature artists Baron Mattern, Kylie McConnell, and -Informality’s rad fall intern- Julia Monte.

Expo 70 at the Quintessence Temple at the Bunker Center for the Arts

Friday November, 4th 8:30-11:30

The Bunker Center for the Arts

1014 E 19th St

Kansas City, MO 64106

Within the exhibition of Ari Fish’s temple immersive installation, Expo 70 and Shawn E. Hanson will be performing within the temple space. $5 cover at the door.

Replication: Molds & Meaning

Friday November 4th 6:00-8:00pm

KCAI Center for Contemporary Practice

1819 Grand Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 64108

As the outcome of Casey Whittier’s course “Replication: Molds & Meaning” at KCAI, this exhibition features photographs from Archive Collective members Max Wagner, Brandon Forrest Frederick, Casey Holden, Alec Smith, Briana Bosworth & Megan Pobywajlo, KCAI Students Damien Spader, Kathryn Cook, Astrid Blurr, Hannah Kaplan, Zoa Smalley, Salacia Loe & Bailey Glass, and KU drawing students Jordan Alonzo, Dahne Chen, Reece Dickson, Jordan Graves, Millie Jones, Conan Lee, Erika Mrgan, Sterling Reynolds, Katelynn Schultz, Michaela Theis, Rachel Wakefield, Kelsey Willits & Jeffrey Xu

 

 

SATURDAY

Shelf Life-Election Season

Saturday 7:30-9:00

The Brick

1727 McGee St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Shelf-Life, a themed show and tell event hosted by David Wayne Reed features an array of objects from the area and their stories. This week, ELECTION SEASON. Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 7:30

Illumaphonic Fest – Live Music + Video

Saturday 7:00pm-12:00am

La Esquina

1000 W 25th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

A collaborative evening of time based media work by Kansas City musicians, composers and video artists. The performances -in order- are KCEMA featuring Cody Kauhl and Stacy Busch, ART/sounds: MNEMOSYNE QUARTET + video artist, Eric Souther, YOUR REFLECTION + Luke Rocha, HUNTER LONG, and GEMINI REVOLUTION + Cinemaphonic with video work by Zoe Chressanthis,  Joe Hammers, Britt Adair, Molly Garrett, Aaron Hawn, Nihan Yesil

 




Roof Chill Episode 2 – Rachel Gregor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHgnMfX5oM

A big ol’ thanks to our second guest Rachel Gregor! see more of her work on http://www.rachelgregor.com/

Image Credits are as follows:
SWxC Street Fest images courtesy of Rebeka Pech Moguel
Gender Treason images courtesy of Ryan Wilks
Flesh Crisis images courtesy of Jessica Borusky and Emma Penrose
Works and Days images courtesy of Corey Antis and Clear Bright Matter
Rachel Studio Images:
Melaney Ann Mitchell

Script Writing:
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Melaney Ann Mitchell, Blair Schulman
Director/ Camera 1:
Kevin Heckart
Assistant Director/ Camera 2:
Rebeka Pech Moguel
Opening Theme & Bumper video:
Kevin Heckart
Video Production:
Kevin Heckart
Sound Consultant:
J Ashley Miller
Production Advisory Group:
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Kevin Heckart, Juliana Noelle Lynn, Rebeka Pech, and Blair Schulman
Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
See more about Rocket Grants here https://rocketgrants.org/




October 2016 First Friday Radar

Featured First Friday Stop:

THE MIRROR SELF.ie

Friday 6:00-9:00pm

Beco Flowers

1922 Baltimore Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64108

New work by Trey Hock exploring how we construct modern identity through public/private spaces and photographic images. Outside of Beco tonight you will find Guerrilla Docents Blair Schulman and Melaney Mitchell make sure to stop by and hop on a tour with the public of this show!

 

FRIDAY:

Quintessence | Sirens in Distance

Friday 5:30-9:30 pm

The Bunker Center for the Arts

1014 E 19th St

Kansas City, MO 64106

A solo exhibition by Ari Fish is the fifth in a series of immersive temples. These Speak and Spell spaces will be available to the public for meetings, music, performance, and classes through the duration of the show.


She Was Right: a Museum of Strange Archaeology

Friday 6:00-9:00 pm

Front/Space

217 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

A solo exhibition of sixteen drawings of historical fiction by artist/educator Erin Zona. This show is also framed as a micro-museum, She Was Right, which deals with the experience of revelation, desire, and truth.

Lorenzo Triburgo, “Policing Gender”

Friday 6:00- 8:00 pm

KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice

1819 Grand Blvd.

Kansas City, MO

Policing Gender is an installation and sound based series of work that deals with loneliness, danger, and fear of queer existence in the US Prison System,

Happiness Is A Place Where Everybody Knows My Name

Friday 6:00pm- 1:00am

LAND

3222 Smart Ave

Kansas City, MO 64124

First exhibition of new alternative space LAND featuring work by Keller Gordon

 

SATURDAY:

The Fade

Saturday 7:00-10:00pm

The Drugstore

3948 Main St.

Kansas City, MO 64111

The second in the Cut Your Hair in the Socialist Style project by Don Wilkison aka M.O.I and his daughter Sarah Wilkison. This time, a film screening with Nicholas Ward and Amber Hansen followed by a barber’s chair artist talk that will also feature Jose Faus. Up for discussion, creating community murals in the Mid-West, Mexico, and Bolivia.




2016 Fall Writing Call: The Studio Visit

Our writing call for this fall is the studio visit. What is the conversation about art in Kansas City? Are your peers making interesting work? Get a “beer with a painter” Tell us about what artists around you are making. You may use this form as a structure to build your piece or experiment with your own format. All published writings will receive your choice of a $30 honorarium (Thanks Rocket Grants!) or a 6 month ad share. Remember the mission of Informality is to document the conversation about art in Kansas City and publish writing that is informal and informative. 

The Set Up:

Before starting the interview use this list of questions to setup the environment for your reader

  • What are they doing?
  • What does the space look like?
  • How do you imagine it existing outside the studio?
  • Where would you like to see it go?

The Visit:

Use this line of questioning as a template – feel free to deviate and allow the conversation to go where it may.

  • Why are you making what you’re making?
  • What questions are you asking?
  • What are you listening to/reading/or watching? Is that feeding into your work at all?
  • Are there different bodies of work being made at the same time? Are they having a similar conversation?
  • What do you anticipate the audience perceiving in regards to this work?
  • Why is your particular medium specific for what you are doing?

Here are some examples of different approaches:

Q & A Format

Short Essay Format

Submit your answers/writing with 3-6 hi-res cellphone photos by midnight, Saturday, October 8th 2016 to editor@informalityblog.com

 

This call is not limited to the studio visit! SEND US WRITING!

If you choose you can also publish alternative form -we’re open to experimentation!

If you are interested in submitting writing outside of this call for an honorarium, please set up a pitch meeting via email to melaneyannmitchell@gmail.com




September 2016 Third Friday Weekend Radar

THURSDAY

The Disconnected Undercut

Thursday September 15, 2016 6:00-9:00pm

The Drugstore

3948 Main St

Kansas City, MO 64111

Artists, past Charlotte Street Fellows, and Drugstore Studio residents Dylan Mortimer and Misha Kligman will sit in barber chairs for the first event of M.O.I’s Rocket Grant Project Cut Your Hair In The Socialist Style. The event itself will not be about socialism, but instead will be chopping up heady topics such as “sports as collectivism” and “art as individualism” Audiences are encouraged to bring an opinion and share it.

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Cuba Bound: Photographs by Jesse A. Fernández

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St. Kansas City MO 64111

Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch

14 W 10th St, Kansas City MO 64108

 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gem Theatre

1615 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has organized a free, three-venue exhibition of the photographs of Cuban-born photographer Jesse A. Fernández. This is the first and largest compilation of his work ever presented in the U.S., is curated by Jane Aspinwall, Associate Curator, Photography at the Nelson-Atkins.

 

Fernandez spent most of his life in exile in Europe, Latin America and the United States. In addition to photographing artists, performers, dancers and writers in the circles through which he moved. “Fernández also made a significant series of photographs in and around Havana in 1958–59 just in time to photograph Fidel Castro’s ascent to power,” said Aspinwall.  “These pictures serve as a time capsule of Cuba during this pivotal moment in the nation’s history.”

FRIDAY

Say I Am

Friday 6:00-9:00pm

PLUG Projects

1613 Genessee St

Kansas City, MO 64102

PLUG’s September national exhibition features work by Lauren Frances Adams, Caroline Wells Chandler, Yijun Liao, and Yvonne Osei. All artists are challenging normative patriarchal structures through fiber, photography, film, and multimedia installations.

Momentarily / a solo exhibition by Yoonmi Nam

Friday 6:00-9:00pm

PLUG Projects

1613 Genessee St

Kansas City, MO 64102

In PLUG’s Local Solo space, Yoonmi Nam’s new sculptural work will be featured. Nam’s work is in response to the parade of disposable objects we encounter on a daily basis. There will also be a FREE zine available featuring some of Nam’s daily drawings of junk mail and other common piles.

Black House Collective – Jason Charney: Chromatic Bowls

Friday 6:00-9:00 pm

Kiosk Gallery

915 E 5th St.

Kansas City, MO 64106

This last month, Kiosk Gallery has been focused on a Sound Art Residency Collaboration with Black House Collective. Resident sound artist Jason Charney has created an installation with steel bowls that function as resonant vessels, utilizing ambient noise in the gallery to create responsive sound and light.

There Then- Travis Pratt

Friday 6:30-9:00pm

Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University

1100 Rockhurst Rd (54 & Troost Avenue)

Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Missouri artist Travis Pratt presents “There Then,” a series of new, large-scale paintings that tell a personal story of places and objects to relate moods about universal truths. The St. Johns River in Geneva, Fla. present a backdrop for his works that includes mossy oaks, cypress knees and black waters.  Varying colors communicate the energy and emotion of his exploration of complex events.
Pratt is a 2008 graduate of the Kansas City Institute (Ceramics). In 2011, after an F5 tornado struck his hometown of Joplin, Missouri, he returned from his home in New York to help with the cleanup. He then spent the next three years creating The Joplin Paintings, a body of work based on photographs he took of his extended family’s homes, many of which were devastated by the tornado.
SATURDAY

Shelf Life-Winning

Saturday 7:00-9:00 pm

The Brick

1727 McGee St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

Shelf Life is a bi-monthly storytelling event featuring objects and the stories behind them. Hosted by David Wayne Reed. This month’s round features stories and objects about the idea of winning.

Pinhole Photography Workshop with Adam Finkelston

Saturday 4:00-6:00 pm

Front/Space

217 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

As a part of Caitlin Horsmon’s exhibition Practical Optics, that features a working Camera Obscura taking over most of the gallery, Front/Space presents a workshop by Adam Finkelston. This participatory workshop will allow the audience to make cameras out of ordinary boxes and light tight containers.

 

SUNDAY

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

Sunday 5:00-8:00pm

The Drugstore

3948 Main St.

Kansas City, MO 64111

To raise money to travel to the upcoming Common Field conference in Miami, Archive Collective will be hosting a fundraiser to support Olivia Clanton and Brandon Frederick. A small documentation station/headshot service will be provided. $20 for headshots $10 for small works. Apparently there will also be dog horoscope readings, and other fun activities.




September 2016 First Friday Radar

Here is what is on our radar this week! Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for information on where to find Guerilla Docents!

2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Kemper at the Crossroads

33 W 19th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s crossroads gallery will be showing the work of the three 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Fellows. Work by local artists Madeline Gallucci, Rodolfo Marron III, and Shawn Bitters will be featured in a show curated by Erin Dziedzic.

Practical Optics

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Front/Space

217 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Led by artist Caitlin Horsmon, Front/Space has been transformed into a Camera Obscura! This device creates a projection of the outside world using the sun and a pinhole. With this installation Horsmon has a variety of workshops, performances, screenings, and talks over the course of the month. A calendar of events will be posted on Front/Space’s website and Facebook page.

PLUG OUTLETS curated by Boi Boy and Madelyn Girard

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Sex + Ice Cream

1515 Walnut St

Kansas City, MO 64108

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Front/Space

217 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

PLUG OUTLETS is a new program with PLUG Projects interns. PLUG Projects’ news stands are repurposed to introduce new forms of media to an older distribution model. The second iteration of this project is lead by BOI BOY and Madelyn Girard exploring what is classified as a gallery. Small installations encorporate writing and miniatures to question the significance of spaces and bring attention to the small details in our surroundings. The two outlets will feature the installations Visitation, 2016 A collaboration between Zoe Chressanthis and Sheila Rae & Nest, 2016 A collaboration between Emily Souers and Crista Siglin

WEIRD WOMEN WHO DRAW

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Windhorse Tatooing and Art Gallery

1717 Wyandotte St

Kansas City, MO 64108

All drawing exhibition featuring work by female artists Alex Micallef, Aminah Slor, Andrea Lukic, Cara Murphy, Erin Zona, Georgia Galloway, Heather Benjamin, Jessica Poplawski, Lily Wong, Olivia Gibb, Pearl Olsen, Sarabeth Dunton, and Theresa Moher. There will also be a risograph printed zine available at the opening cataloging the exhibition with artist interviews.




Roof Chill Episode 1 – Garry Noland

We’re super excited to share with you our first episode of Roof Chill featuring Garry Noland

https://youtu.be/jzVYBfEWZf8

Huge thanks to our first guest Garry Noland see more of his work thru July 30th at Haw Contemporary and at garrynolandart.com

Links referenced:
Every City’s Second City by Garry Noland
http://badatsports.com/2014/its-a-kansas-city-day-part-1/

Image Credits are as follows
Garry Noland Work Images:
Garry Noland & E.G. Schempf

Images of Ethan Herberer at Front/Space:
Timothy Amundsen

Images of Ruben Bryan Castillo at Becco Flowers:
Ruben Bryan Castillo

Garry Studio Images:
Melaney Ann Mitchell

Script Writing:
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Melaney Ann Mitchell, Blair Schulman

Videographer:
Kevin Heckart

Opening Theme & Bumper video:
Kevin Heckart

Video Production:
Melaney Ann Mitchell and Kevin Heckart

Sound Consultant:
J Ashley Miller

Production Advisory Group:
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Kevin Heckart, Juliana Noelle Lynn, Rebeka Pech, and Blair Schulman

Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
See more about Rocket Grants here https://rocketgrants.org/