March 2017 First Friday Radar


Desolate Truths Overt Absences

Friday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

2012 Baltimore Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64108

Artist Glyneisha Johnson discusses the relevance of Black homes and their inhabitants, something often overlooked in today’s society. Through collage, she depicts the broken landscape of Black History caused by colonialism as well as personal history within her own home.


Michael Strand – Misfit Cup Liberation: Kansas City

Friday 5:00pm – 8:00pm

KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice

1819 Grand Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 64108

Michael Strand’s project Misfit Cup Liberation, which started in Fargo, North Dakota in 2011, began as an experiment attempting to understand the bond and its origin between people and their possessions. Since its start, it has travelled to Europe, Asia, and South America.


The Grand Salon

Friday 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Imagine That! Kansas City

2010 McGee St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

This event celebrates the relocation and re-opening of Imagine That!, there will be a musical performance as well as an exhibition in the new gallery space. The show features all 58 artists represented by the organization.


Variance: An Exposition of Modes of Making

Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Vulpes Bastille

1737 Locust St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

This group exhibit explores the artists’ individual process of art making and the final outcome.


Mujer/Woman: Latina Artists as Examiner, Documenters and Creator

Friday 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery

919 W. 17th St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

This 2nd annual exhibit celebrates Women’s History Month through focusing on the complexity of being a Woman Artist of Color in this time and place. It also discusses the role of an artist within their community.


Treat Yo Self Pop Up

Friday 4:00pm – 9:00pm

The Warehouse

4218 Walnut St

Kansas City, MO 64111

The KCAI Fiber Department presents their first independent pop shop. Young, participating artists and makers will have hand made goods for sale.

February 2017 First Friday Radar

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The Shape of Things: An Interpersonal Circumplex

Friday 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Front / Space

217 W. 18th St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

Portland based artists Justin Seibert and Kayla Mattes collaborate in an exploration of personality based on data collection. Templates are generated in response to a 24- question quiz corresponding to an individuals personality.  These are then folded into a 3D object.

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Public Reading and Performance Featuring Annie Raab and Trey Hock

Friday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Beggars Table Church & Gallery

2010 Baltimore Ave

Kansas City, MO 64108

Local writer Annie Raab will be reading an original short fiction and Trey Hock will give a performative lecture titled “From Whence I Came.”


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Pinch / Punch

Friday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beco Flowers 1922 Baltimore Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64108

This exhibition features a collaborative project between Casey Whittier + Mark Raymer and a part of Third Pill. The show discusses the artists’ studio process and the intersections through artists of different mediums.


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FF: “The Eclectic Company”

Plenum Space Gallery

504 E 18th St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

This multimedia group exhibition includes works by Neil Goss, Laura Maloney, Marie Mckenzie, Carie Musick, and Thomas Woodward.


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Informal Gathering #1

Sunday 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm

The Drugstore

2948 Main St.

Kansas City, MO 64111

Artists, writers, and readers of all kinds! Join us for our first Informal Gathering event sponsored by Rocket Grants! We will provide ample portions of a Vegan/Gluten Free/Kosher Friendly stew along with some wine! Bring a treat or two to share.

Our Informal Gathering events are our way to get in touch with our audience, our writers, and grow our community. We want to support those who support us with a warm meal and conversation.


Paying Tribute to The Everyday in Yoonmi Nam’s Fall Exhibitions

Last September, Yoonmi Nam had two exhibitions back to back. The first, Temporary Arrangements, at HAW Contemporary, and the second, Momentarily, at PLUG Projects. Both dealt with typically discarded everyday objects. The two shows had similar conversations with a different approach. One exhibition, proved stronger through its material presentation and interactive draw with the viewer.  

Installation of Temporary Arrangements photo from @yoonmi_nam on instagram

Installation of Temporary Arrangements  at Haw Contemporary photo from @yoonmi_nam on instagram

In Temporary Arrangements, prints of drawings hung on the wall in white frames that separated the pieces from one another. Each print depicted a plant arrangement inside different containers.  The limited existence of the plant-life parallels the temporality inherent to those disposable containers. The death of the flowers is just as certain as the containers, ending up in the trash. Yet through the print, Nam preserves them both, keeping them in a holding state of balance between existence and not.


Installation shot of Yoonmi Nam’s Momentarily. Image courtesy of PLUG Projects

A stack of newspapers to the right of the entrance leads into the Yoonmi Nam’s show, Momentarily, at PLUG Projects. Directly to the right is a table with styrofoam cups and one of the newspapers folded in half. Throughout the gallery there are pedestals which hold different types of disposable containers. The small space is crowded and a little too warm, the thin paper of the takeout bags rustle slightly as the viewers make their way through the gallery. The buzz of voices filling the small space emphasizes the supposed cheap and prosaic appearance of the pieces placed throughout the space on pedestals. Seeing the crushed container in Take Out (Csirke-Fogo) creates such a realistic illusion that it transports you to a place with a familiar greasy specificity; where the food is so good it doesn’t even matter. The elevated value of takeout boxes, disposable cups, and plastic bags creates a tension where the viewer feels the desire to touch the pieces in order to analyze their materiality. This is accentuated by the materials Nam used such as lithographed gampi paper and glass. The contradicting nature of the ephemeral transformed to a more permanent state. 

In Momentarily at PLUG Projects, the transformation of plastic bag to carefully printed gampi paper, styrofoam containers to ceramic, and cups to cast plaster, allowed for the same delicate and fragile aesthetic found in her prints. Their deceitful appearance challenged the viewers to question what it is they are looking at and even to think, possibly, of their own fast paced, transitory lives. In this translation of these objects, they occupied the same space as the viewer, creating a familiar environment to anyone who has ever had takeout or simply had disposable food containers littering their college apartment. The wooden floors of the gallery space coincidentally tied everything together, something a gallery as ‘slick’ as Haw Contemporary could not have done.


Installation shot of Yoonmi Nam’s Momentarily. Image courtesy of PLUG Projects

Additionally, the inclusion of the prints transformed to a seemingly disposable newspaper which visitors could take home. This reconstructed the idea of transience that was present in the prints in Temporary Arrangements. The delicacy of the linework and colors became gritty through the newspaper gray. The self referential subject matter of the junk mail was humorous. What would just be considered trash becomes interesting to look at, you almost want to flip through the mail itself. The ephemerality is monumentalized yet simultaneously returned to its original state. Transforming the prints into this newspaper form created a clever way to include them in this exhibit. Its physicality and the ability for the viewer to pick it up and handle it pushed the creation of a specific atmosphere.


Yoonmi Nam’s Momentarily Publication cover. Image courtesy of PLUG Projects and the artist.

The long processes in creating each piece honors these types of containers and what they represent. Maybe an ode to our fast paced lives and the fast food culture this generation is so heavily identified with. Looking at this from a cultural aspect, the topic of status and class begin to come up Some of the particular disposables Nam uses such as the styrofoam container and the plastic bag are often used in carryout. From this perspective the containers can be seen as a kind of self portrait, a way in which she identifies herself. She creates a connection between herself and her own cultural background, her home in Seoul, and even her family.

November 2016 Third Friday Radar!


Friday November 18th 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Kiosk Gallery

916 E 5th St.

Kansas City, MO 64106

The exhibit Deviations features Gary Pycior’s most recent photographic work. Through digital manipulation, Pycior transforms photographs, originally of landscapes, into a complex visual of patterns and textures.  

¿Qué Pasa, USA?

Friday November 18th 6:00 – 9:00 pm

La Esquina

1000 W. 25th St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

¿Qué Pasa, USA? will be Charlotte Street’s current Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda’s first exhibition here in Kansas City. It features work from eleven local and national artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. Through a variety of mediums they discuss what they feel it means to be citizen here in the United States today.

An Archive of Crit Night with Archive Collective

Archive Collective hosted their fifth Crit Night at Kiosk Gallery on Thursday September 3, 2015. This Crit Night was for the artists to get feedback on works in progress and in this way, see what is working and what needs to be reassessed. There was a larger turnout than was expected, making for a slightly crowded and very warm environment. Despite that, there was a good atmosphere geared towards critique within the framework of photography.

Guest Moderator Melaney Mitchell image courtesy of Archive Collective

Guest Moderator Melaney Mitchell in front of the work of Kat Richards at Kiosk Gallery image courtesy of Archive Collective

Kat Richards, printmaking senior at KU, presented her work as primarily dealing with the drag culture, virtual presence, and identity. Although there were some elements that were working, there was much room for improvement. One issue with the photographs was the language she used to describe her concepts. Many of the words she used were problematic towards the queer/ drag community. Not only was she using models who are not part of drag culture, but she also put herself in drag, using it as a costume. Participants in the critique thought Richards was not taking into consideration the potentially negative implications of this type of portrayal. Her lack of research in conceptual approach ended up opening different discussions she was not prepared to address. This was a large topic of discussion for the overall body of work.

Richards use of photography -in technical terms-was problematic.  the works presented were decent, well lit, subjects in focus, but the glossy finish on the prints reflected the overhead lights. The colors she chose for the background of the two gender centric studio portraits – pink and blue – were an obvious choice and did nothing to for her already questionable concepts. To be fair, she was attempting to achieve the cinematic. The audience discussion was largely about problematic ideas on gender identity. One of the attendees, Donut, commented on how Richards’ idea of what the work was about did not come across because of how directly they mimicked aesthetics the queer community. It seemed to be that Richards had not taken into consideration many of the points that were brought up so hopefully this critique works to her favor moving forward.

This critique could have been better balanced between the two bodies of work and spent more time discussing the photographs that dealt more with value within the virtual realm and strange object phenomena. These seemed to have potential for further exploration. Her use of color and the objects within her constructed spaces alluded internet culture and virtual space and presence. Whether intentional or not, certain objects she included were referential to American culture as well and I felt that could compliment her other interests well also, given she researches more in depth.

Emma Provin and Critique Night guests image courtesy of Archive Collective

Emma Porvin and Critique Night guests at Kiosk Gallery image courtesy of Archive Collective

Second to present was Emma Provin, who was projecting a short film. Her piece, Agnes Cannibale, featured Agnes, whose body is having a negative reaction to the human meat she has been ingesting. Strong female lead characters are not often seen within the context of the horror genre. Provin managed to use this atypical narrative through execution.  The film was shot and edited handsomely; the framing throughout the entire length was consistent in its intentions and correlated nicely with the overall concept. The tension built by not seeing Agnes’ face, and instead just her hand gestures, kept the audience engaged with the character. At the end, this payed off by finally revealing an entirely different dimension of self mutilation. Overall, the environment Provin created was appealing and counterbalanced the grotesque implications.

The conversation revolved a lot around the main character and her persona. The one point that was discussed, a bit too extensively, was the sound throughout the film. Fellow Crit Night participants felt the sound was too low, even when scenes were functioning properly silent. The music also surfaced comments on the time setting and the contrast between the chosen aesthetics of Agnes’ old fashioned space and her modern objects. This played into the conversation surrounding her persona and the way in which the juxtaposing of these two served as a way to confirm assumptions made by the audience about the character.


Crit Night Group discussing the work of Dustin Downey at Kiosk Gallery image courtesy of Archive Collective

Last to present work was Dustin Downey. Primarily an installation based artist, Downey showed photographs that were meant to serve as documentation of installations. His work explores the relationship between light, space, and form. However, instead of providing the viewer with simulation of those installations they left much to be uncovered. That physical presence of light in space was unfortunately not translated through the photographs. Many of the prints were too dark, abstracting the space from the image entirely. Downey’s documentation of his installations seemed to be referencing Dan Flavin’s fluorescent works in the way the light source is supposed interact with the space. Flavin’s documentation of his installations can double as artwork themselves because they consider the medium they are being translated through instead of simulating the experience. Downey’s work did not evoke any sense of presence or spatial depth instead the contrast ratio of the photos made the spaces ambiguous.

By the end of the night, all three artists were able to hear the reception of their work from a small but diverse audience. Each artist received constructive suggestions for ways to improve or reevaluate the directions of their work.


November 2015 First Friday Radar


Other Windows 

Friday 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Vulpes Bastille

1737 Locust St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Group exhibition curated by Jonah Criswell featuring works by Olivia Gibb, Cristina Muñiz, and Annie Woodfill. Each individual artists looks to portray the world as they see it through different aesthetic pursuits. The conversations created by placing these works together will allow for interpretation and exploration.



Hand Work: Paintings and Process by Kelsey Wroten

Friday 6:00- 9:00 pm

Artist & Craftsmen Supply Kansas City

229 Southwest Blvd

Kansas City, MO 64108

Kelsey Wroten will be displaying paintings accompanied by process work for illustrations she is currently working on.



Intimate Response – A Small Works Show

Friday 6:00- 9:00 pm


130 W. 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Group show, displays works by Dean Kube, Kathy Liao, Melissa Powlas, and Cheryl Toh, include paintings, collages, and mixed media work that explore relationships between observation and response from the viewpoint of both the artist and viewer.



Heather Leigh McPherson: 30 Special Colors

Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University

1100 Rockhurst Rd

Kansas City, MO 64110

This exhibition shows work by Heather Leigh McPherson who’s painting explores surface and space and deal matters of painting and the digital age. The work shows a variety of cultural reference and an exploration of different surfaces.



Current Works 2015

Friday 6:00- 9:00 pm

Haw Contemporary

1600 Liberty St

Kansas City, MO 64102

The Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography will be hosting their first juried show, with guest juror Jan Schall, featuring works by thirty-three photographers, allowing for a look into the local photography community. The work shows a wide range of style of capturing and translating images through the lens.



Full Phase

Friday 6:00- 9:00 pm

Haw Contemporary

1600 Liberty St

Kansas City, MO 64102

Eric Sall will be exhibiting work from his recent residency at the Roswell Artist- in- Residence Program in New Mexico. The abstract paintings recall real world references; other elements explored are scale, texture, and color among others.



October 2015 First Friday Radar

More or Less

Friday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


217 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Exhibition of abstract paintings by Jessica Simorte, Max Manning, and Peter Shear. All work is focusing on the presence of paint as a malleable material. Inside the tiny storefront of Front/Space, the intimate scale of the works will allow for viewers to read further into the painterly moments.



Space for Site Unseen: Architectural Installations

Friday 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Studios Inc

1708 Campbell St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Resident artist Jill Downen will be exhibiting sculptural miniature rooms commenting on the harmonious exchange between architecture and the human body. Elements like scale and point of view work towards an immersive experience for the viewer.



SCHEMA: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery 

Friday 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Belger Crane Yard Studios

2011 Tracy Ave

Kansas City, MO 64108

Melanie Sherman will be showing more than 50 pieces of work in a variety of mediums, including ceramics and photography, which will all be connected through its China paint decoration and combination of traditional and contemporary imagery and patterns.


Flora Veil of the Mulberry Moth

Friday 6:oo pm- 8:00 pm

Garcia Squared Contemporary

115 W 18th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Influenced by his traditional Mexican catholic family upbringing, emerging artist Rodolfo Marron III will be showing images of butterfly and moth wings with slight berry stains on paper.



Installation Exhibition

Imagine That!

Friday 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Imagine That! Kansas City

2040 Central St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Imagine That! artists and students have transform the studio space into an immersive installation piece, allowing for a unique encounter with the work.



Resident Stories: A Panel Discussion

Saturday 1:00 pm

La Esquina Gallery

1000 W 25th St

Kansas City, MO 64108

Local artists Cory Imig, Madeline Gallucci, and Hunter Long will be sharing past experiences with Charlotte Street Foundation’s residency programs including the Urban Culture Project and Art Omi.

First Friday September 2015 Radar

The Center is a Moving Target

Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kemper at the Crossroads

33 W 19 St,

Kansas City, MO 64108

Midwestern artists dealing with the concept of regionalism will be exhibiting in the second of a series of exhibitions on the topic at Kemper Crossroads. Work from artists Gina Adams, Jill Downen, Peter P. Goche, Eyakem Gulilat, Caitlin Horsmon, and James Woodfill.

September Exhibition

Friday 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Imagine That! Kansas City

2040 Central St

Kansas City, MO 64108

A selection of works by artists studying at Imagine That!, a creative art studio that produces arts programming for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Time Travel with Zanzibar Dior

Friday 7:00 pm


217 W 18th St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

Want to learn how to time travel? Come to Front/Space and experience a class with Zanzibar Dior! Classes will take place at Front/Space on First Friday from 7-10pm for a personal time travel experience. No prior knowledge necessary and fun is promised.

Metatone/ Mount Veritas/ Mikal Shapiro

Friday 9:00 pm – 12:00 am

2016 Main

Kansas City, MO 64108

Mount Veritas will debut the first of three new musical pieces, WAR, a horn suite that considers issues related to domestic violence and gender driven conflict. Mount Veritas will also be accompanied by Mikal Shapiro and Metatone

Vulpes Bastille Open Studios

Saturday 3:00 pm- 9:00 pm

1737 Locust St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

Vulpes Bastille resident artists will have an open studio event in which they will be providing tours and encouraging people to discuss their work.


Tuesday 7:30 pm

Epperson Auditorium

4415 Warwick Blvd

Kansas City, MO 64111

Inspired by the birds of Missouri, BIRD-LIKE is a collaboration between composer Cooper Ottum, artist Cara Strever, and performance directed by Mark Allen. Featured performers include Gigi Harris, Jillian Youngbird, and fashion design by Rachel Anne Gottlieb.