July 4 2014 First Friday Weekend Radar

July 4 2014 First Friday Weekend Radar

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Follow the links below to fill your Independence day weekend with local art!

Plug Projects 2nd Annual Book Fair

1613 Genessee St, Kansas City, Missouri 64102
PLUG Projects is proud to announce our second annual Art Book Fair. On July 4th and 5th PLUG Projects is transforming the gallery space at 1613 Genessee into a book fair made up of zines, artist-made books and publications from across the United States. The fair will focus on individually produced publications and books (local and national) but will also include larger publishers such as, White Columns (New York, NY), Half Letter Press (Chicago, IL), Green Lantern Press (Chicago, IL), NoThoughts (Portland, OR), Paper Monument (New York, NY), PM Press (Oakland, CA), Ugly Duckling Presse (New York, NY) and COLPA Press (San Francisco, CA). Local artists and publishers participating include, Charlie Mylie, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Luke Rocha, The Hand Magazine, KC Zine Collective, Pioneer Press and Tea Time Publishing.

Book Fair hours:
Friday, July 4th: 5:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, July 5th: 10:00am – 5:00pm

1613 Genessee St, Kansas City, Missouri 64102
Lecture by

Mixed Media cofounder Sean Keenan.Keenan elaborates on the link between visual art and music as they developed through the latter half of the 20th century. This relationship, Keenan argues, is more than superficial. There’s a focus on Cagean ideas, disseminated throughout the fields of music composition and performance, which ultimately impacted all media, including painting and sculpture. Sean Keenan is an artist living in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in Studio Art from Columbia College in Chicago. He is the Curatorial Associate / Archivist at White Columns in New York. He is also the cofounder of Mixed Media, a record company releasing sound and music projects by artists. Additionally, Keenan plays in the experimental music ensemble Das Audit.Friday, July 4 / 5:30 pm

PLUG Projects

1613 Genessee St, Kansas City, Missouri 64102
In a 2 hour workshop, participants will create a site-specific booklet, learning everything from pre-production to distribution of the final product. Beginning in the gallery with a basic run down of Risograph printing, students will gain an understanding of page layout, printing possibilities, and content development. After a quick dip in the think tank, we’ll surface elsewhere to collect information with which to fill our booklets. Like brave explorers, we will march into the streets and seek out unseen details. This may take the form of poems, doodles, drawings, rubbings, field notes, etc. When our adventure concludes, we’ll retire to the cozy corners of Plug to ask the inevitable: What do we do with what we’ve done?
All participants will leave with an original book of joint creation.
To attend, please email rsvp@plugprojects.com

Plenum Space Gallery

504 E 18th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
⌘+ is a keyboard shortcut used to zoom in on a computer screen. The action of ‘zooming in’ is an important part of the show, as viewers use provided magnifying glasses to get a closer look at miniature oil paintings on microchips. ‘Zoom’ also references the artist’s experiences of a rapidly evolving world and ever-accelerating pace of life.As well as painting on their guts, Zupancic uses computers and digital cameras to create glitched-out video paintings. These looped permutations of the natural world have no narrative and exude a meditative ambiance in spite of glitchy patterns which usually signal only malfunction.An installation work consisting of dozens of blinking alarm clocks further mixes electronic chaos with natural beauty. ‘Feral Clock Flicker’ is inspired by firefly mating signals. There’s a hypnotic quality to these flickering numbers which nods to the unknown future of human gadgetry as it takes on a life of its own.

Born in 1980 and active since 2001, Zupancic has exhibited in seven countries and been featured in such publications as Huffington Post, WIRED, Juxtapoz, and London Times. More info at Yuri-Z.com

1737 Locust St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

6 Inches of Progress is a solo exhibition by Jillian Youngbird at Vulpes Bastille in Kansas City, Missouri.The opening reception will be from 6-9pm on July 4th and there will be a second opening on July 11th from 6-9pm.This exhibition was made possible through donations made to her Indiegogo campaign.

-All images via Facebook event pages unless otherwise noted-
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