Category Archives: Exhibitions

HOME // SPACE New Work By R. SHRUM

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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.

 

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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 4th1-3pm PDF Club guided artist talk and discussion with R.Shrum

Sunday May 11th1-3pm Curatorial Activity// The Hidden Stories of Objects

Sunday May 18th1-3pm Social Activity // What Makes Contemporary Space?

Sunday May 25th: 12-2pm ART BRUNCH // Gender and Identity in the Home – LIMITED SEATING RSVP REQUIRED-

 

please email subterraneangallery@gmail.com with any additional inquiries, to schedule an appointment, or to RSVP to an event.

Barred Meadows: New Paintings by Rachel Gregor Exhibition Opening Reception

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The opening of Barred Meadows was a great success Friday night. A huge thanks to everyone who made it to then opening! It was great to see all of you  -both new and old faces- and to experience continued support for the space. Eric, Kevin, and Rachel were amazing co-hosts helping pull everything together for the exhibition. We were honored to be on the front page of The Pitch Kansas City‘s First Friday Gallery Guide and feel such a great sense of support from the community. A final thanks to Ayla and Clayton for teaching me how to run and then leaving me such an amazing space to live in and make exhibitions like this happen. If you didn’t get to see the show last night, its open through April 15th send an email to subterraneangallery@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

Barred Meadows : New Paintings by Rachel Gregor

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Barred Meadows Exhibition Opening Reception!

Friday, March 7th 2014 from 7 – 11 pm

 Subterranean Gallery will showcase Barred Meadows by Rachel Gregor: an exhibition of new oil paintings which explore ideas of nostalgia and feminine identity. The opening reception will be held from 7pm until 11pm on Friday March 7th, 2014.  Additional viewing by appointment will run from March 8th, 2014 through April 15th, 2014. Subterranean Gallery is located at 4124 Warwick Blvd. Apt. B. Kansas City, MO 64111.

Girl at Desk

Gregor’s paintings respond to moments of intimacy and vulnerability through depictions of adolescent girls in interior spaces and closed-off landscapes.  The female figures are left by themselves to contemplate their mundane objects and surroundings within their constructed habitats. Isolated still lifes and landscapes in the composition are motifs taken from Gregor’s own memories and experiences. These visual props suggest a narrative within a simplistic scene, allowing the objects to become relics in the small spaces which the figures occupy. Gregor paints using alla-prima techniques to give the scenes a fleeting feeling; blurring the lines between what is being observed, what is constructed, and what is recalled from memory.

Portrait of Mary with Floral Sheet
A 2012 alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute, this is Gregor’s first solo exhibition in Kansas City.  Gregor was a 2012 – 2013 resident of the Charlotte Urban Culture Project Residency program and has participated in multiple group shows throughout Kansas City including shows at H&R Block Art Space, The Paragraph Gallery, Spray Booth Gallery, and Vulpes Bastille, among others.  Gregor now lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

See more work on Gregor’s website : http://www.rachelgregor.com/

for more information or to set up a viewing appointment contact Melaney Mitchell at subterraneangallery@gmail.com

Curatorial Studies

Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, November 2nd from 7 – 11 pm

Open By Appointment: November 3 – 30th 

Friday, November 2nd Subterranean Gallery will host a public reception from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. showcasing work by artists: Robert Josiah Bingaman, David Ford, Amanda Gehin, Molly Kaderka, Garry Noland, Jaclyn Senne, and Paul Anthony Smith. The exhibition will feature drawings, paintings, collages, and sculpture. Curatorial Studies is viewable by appointment November 3rd – 30th. The gallery is located at 4124 Warwick Boulevard, Apartment B, Kansas City, Missouri.

 

     Curatorial Studies is Subterranean Gallery’s first-ever group exhibition. Bringing together seven diverse Kansas City-based artists, Director Ayla Rexroth facilitates a conversation about her curatorial practice within an apartment gallery space. The exhibition stems from a stream of studio visits conducted over the past couple months where Rexroth, and the Subterranean Gallery staff exchanged with artists, encountering a range of ideas, methodologies, and media. For more information about Curatorial Studies check out articles and photo compilations of the studio visits at <subterraneangallery.com>.

          Photos by Clayton Skidmore

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: WORK

By Amanda Martinez

Subterranean Gallery Proudly Presents

New Work By Amanda Martinez

Exhibition Opening: Friday, May 4th from 7 – 11 pm

 Artist Talk: Friday, May 11th 8 – 9 pm

Kansas City, MO (April 2012) Friday, May 4thSubterranean Gallery will host a public reception from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. showcasing new work by artist Amanda Martinez. The exhibition will feature sculptural pieces and an installation by Martinez. Guests may rejoin us, at the gallery, Friday, May 11thfrom 8 -9 pm for an artist talk directly following the closing reception of the BFA exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace. The exhibition will be on view by appointment May 5th – 31st. Please email subterraneangallery@gmail.com to schedule your visit.

Smoke and Mirrors refers to the use of gimmicks one often associates with the formal theater or even a simple magic act. Martinez writes, “There is something comically tawdry or cheap about the phrase itself by way of this association that I enjoy. I think this title will help to settle viewers into not just the tone of the show but the attitude by which I approach and make my work.” Continue reading

How To Do Something, All Alone, By Yourself Exhibition: Work

By Paul Shortt and Robert Heishman

November 4th 2011 – Dec 2nd 2011

How To Do Something, All Alone, By Yourself brings us to a place where we can see the moments that shape human identity. Heishman’s videos and photographs aim to embody the crisis of individuality. He shows us his attempt to form a relationship and compare himself to his soap opera namesake Chase Gioberti. Shortt’s videos and sculptures remind us of how foreign it is to fully adopt society’s rules. His work presents opportunities for spectators to feel their personal agency limited, while at the same time pointing to an emancipation.

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How To Do Something, All Alone, By Yourself


Opening Reception: Friday November 4th  7 – 11 pm 

Artist Talk: Saturday November 5th 1 – 2 pm

Friday November 4th Subterranean Gallery will host a public reception from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. showcasing new work by artists Robert Chase Heishman and Paul Shortt. The exhibition will feature video works, photographic prints, and interactive instruments. Visitors are welcome to join us in the gallery the following afternoon at 1:00 pm for an artist talk and coffee.  The exhibition will be viewable by appointment through December 2nd.

How To Do Something, All Alone, By Yourself brings us to a place where we can see the moments that shape human identity. Heishman’s videos and photographs aim to embody the crisis of individuality. He shows us his attempt to form a relationship and compare himself to his soap opera namesake Chase Gioberti. Shortt’s videos and sculptures remind us of how foreign it is to fully adopt society’s rules. His work presents opportunities for spectators to feel their personal agency limited, while at the same time pointing to an emancipation.

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LOT 18: Work

Photos by Jonathan Blumb

Subterranean Gallery Presents LOT I8


An Exhibition Featuring New Work By A. Bitterman

Join Us for an Opening Reception

Friday, June 3rd 6:00 – 11:00 pm

Friday, June 3rd 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. Subterranean Gallery will host a public opening showcasing new work by A. Bitterman. The exhibition will feature video, installation, and photography pieces that respond to late 1960’s Land Art. LOT 18 is viewable by appointment June 4th – July 1st. Subterranean Gallery is located at 4124 Warwick Blvd. Apt. B. Kansas City, MO.

A. Bitterman is an artist, writer, and pseudonym for father of five, and owner of The Reading Reptile, Pete Cowdin. LOT 18 is the spring installment in Bitterman’s ongoing (Home)Land Art series, begun in 2008. Bitterman utilizes his house and the land around it as a staging area to dissolve the boundary between the natural world and built environments. He uses aerial photography to capture a simple gesture: taking off his clothes and climbing onto the roof of his Brookside home to place himself between the earth and sky. Continue reading