Category Archives: Exhibitions

The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever a new Installation by Amy Kligman

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Join us for an opening reception of The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever, new installation work of Kansas City based artist Amy Kligman. THIS FRIDAY January 15th from 7pm-11pm. The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever is the final exhibition with curator Melaney Mitchell and will run through the end of January by appointment. This exhibition was made possible by a generous Inspiration Grant from ARTS KC!

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Kligman’s installation utilizes disposable party goods including balloons, confetti, paper garlands, tissue paper, paper fans and lanterns, as raw material that is repurposed into a dense, large-scale installation. The resulting environment is a claustrophobic immersion of color and texture, which creates a contextually loaded environment for performances and conversations that will take place in the exhibition space during the course of the show run.

Themes and thoughts contributing to the resulting installation include the idealized past, over expectations of the future, mania, overstimulation and overconsumption, and the notion of shared or universal experience.

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Amy Kligman has a hybrid practice of studio work and arts administration. Her resume highlights include an Arts KC Inspiration Grant, Missouri Bank Artboards Commission, inclusion in issue #101 of New American Paintings, and an exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art as a 2014 Charlotte Street Visual Award Fellow. She was a founding member & co-director of the curatorial collaboration Plug Projects from 2011-2015, leaving in 2015 to take on a role as Programming Director for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Amy currently is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Charlotte Street Foundation. She lives with her husband Misha and son Sam in Kansas City, MO.

amy2At 7:15 pm on opening night this Friday January 15th Blanked Undercover will be performing their piece The Chamber of Secrets Will be Opened (mark your calendars)

Melissa Lenos’s project, “20 minutes of Forever” will be screening all night.

subSubterranean Gallery,  founded in 2010 by Ayla Rexroth, is an underground hybrid art and domestic space in Kansas City, Missouri. In contrast to the traditional “white cube” gallery, Subterranean has always strived to facilitate an environment that engages creativity with intimate ambiance. During Melaney Mitchell’s two year run as Director she has taken advantage of its strange and unexpected histories of a basement domestic space to create seven exhibitions in a variety of mediums. Midwestern suburban basements are usually filled with walnut wood panelling, old shag carpet, and light up signs for Old Style beer. The experience of art in that space, in lieu of ones own father’s collected sports memorabilia, forces something different to happen. It’s a space of collaboration but more importantly a space for conversation. As Mitchell leaves the project she says “I realize that the part of Subterranean that I’m going to miss is the conversation. The talk of art in Kansas City is the hearth of what makes a stark white painted basement apartment a wonderful space see and be with art.”

Subterranean Gallery will open again in the Fall/Winter of 2016 with new gallery director Jordan Hauser.

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Somebody’s Home Documentation

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Somebody’s Home : Work by Erin Dodson and Juliana Noelle Lynn

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Somebody’s Home Exhibition Opening Reception!

Friday, November 13th 2015 from 7-11pm

We’re hosting an opening reception for Somebody’s Home, an exhibition featuring the work of Juliana Noelle Lynn and Erin Dodson. The work of Lynn and Dodson utilize a multimedia approach to explore memory, adolescence, and girlhood in the context of Midwestern suburbia.

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Erin Dodson’s Strange Light, Suburbs is a series of digital images she began on Instagram, and later continued to develop with a full frame camera. Based on the experience of growing up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Dodson was inspired by the eerie nostalgia that arose when she noticed the lights and sounds from high school football games in the fall. The feeling reminded Dodson of the terror she felt as a teenager at the impending winter, and the mounting responsibilities of growing up. She recalled the nights in the woods between houses, building things out of branches by the old broken down car, trying to buy cigarettes, lighting candles in the tunnels that ran under the highway, the streetlights casting orange and green light through walnut trees at night, driving and loitering. Observing the colors of the light in the suburbs of Kansas City, the half-tamed plant and animal life, the idyllic parks and winding, plotted streets, all ignited the melancholy longing of suburban adolescence.

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Lynn’s animations and collages explore nostalgia and memory by contrasting idealized symbols of the suburban home and personal occurrences. Her work creates a depiction of the unraveling of home, the secrets, rumors, and stories slowly surfacing through use of mundane objects and interiors. After Dark, a series of paper collages, explores girlhood and budding adolescence within the quiet shroud of suburbia by night. This series reveals the curiosities of an elusive cast of preteen characters; the use of misplaced childhood tropes, such as mermaids and monsters under the bed, examine the unclear border of childhood and adolescence. In a phase of life with increasing social and bodily tensions, yet a nervousness about what lurks in the closet at night, After Dark seeks to examine the confusion, excitement, and discovery of the not quite coming of age.

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Erin Dodson is currently the Assistant Curator at the Hallmark Art Collection, and Curator at Kiosk Gallery. She has her BA in Photography from City College of New York, and has shown recently at the East Gallery at KCAI, West Patrons’ Gallery, and the Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs. Lynn received her BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman Award and the 2014 winner of the Lester Goldman Drawing Competition. Lynn has shown work locally and within traveling exhibitions

 See more work on the artists’ websites here:

http://www.juliananoellelynn.com/

http://erinlindsaydodson.com/

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

Z-SPEC Work

Z-SPEC this Friday at Subterranean Gallery

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This Weekend we are hosting the opening reception of Michael Rose’s Z-SPEC and celebration of Subterranean Gallery’s 5th Anniversary!
Sculptures, prints, and various digital media by Michael Rose will be displayed in both a physical space and in an online interactive environment.

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Rose works through print and digital media to address the formation of values in regards to the Post Internet world. One now can own a jpeg of something and associate it with themselves or covet a rare in-game item. Thus, the way one experiences, owns, and derives meaning from objects in both physical and online space sets the tone of the conversation for Z-SPEC. Non-physical currencies, technological ideals, and internet subculture fads work together to point out the absurdity of our complex new reality. 3D rendered space creates a conversation about flatness, simulation, and value of our web-influenced existence.

Michael Rose is a 2015 BFA candidate at the Kansas City Art Institute. He has participated in several online and offline group exhibitions including The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale: Homeostasis Lab and Selected Works for Domestic Situations.

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We are also announcing two gallery programs that will coincide with this discussion.

Tuesday April 28th at 7pm Feminism, Anime,  avatars and the Perception of Female virtual bodies

Centering on the imagery in Rose’s work we are going to talk about feminine perception, and agency in the world of anime and digital avatars. Bring your questions both about the work and this topic to the discussion!

Thursday April 30th at 8pm Digital Money: Warcraft Gold and the Hat Economy

Its all about the money in the gaming world. Come join our discussion on the strange micro economies of video games. Everything from World of Warcraft gold, Team Fortress hats, and the Kim Kardashian mobile game is all on the table.

Have questions about the show or want to make an appointment to see the work? Email us at subterraneangallery@gmail.com

 

ENTERFACE Work

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Friday, November 7th 2014 from 7-11pm

 

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Eric Fickes is an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia utilizing code and motion detection to create generative artworks. As digital art as a medium evolves, so does our ability to manipulate the way in which we create. Using programming to create interactive works Fickes generates code that detects movements within physical space that then relays a signal moving the brushes to create the final drawing. These brush movements often look akin to Fickes’ other interests such as 1980’s video game and skateboarding culture. Bold outlines and graphic color expand in wild motion, vertical shapes and spikes emerge with each movement caught on camera. His work moves beyond the static encourages viewer to play and become the input for the overall algorithm presented.

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Eric Scrivner is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. His most recent series of works are bold .GIFs that make use of optical illusions to showcase the depth of the animation’s movement. The work in the Cyclical Ritual series are meditations on the act of waiting; a look at potential, and the utter lack of closure that follows. It’s a reflection on twiddled thumbs, nail biting, incessant toe tapping, and constant phone checking. The works rotate, twist, lumber, bumble, and fall in different directions without ever really making any progress.

In the weeks following we will be hosting programming that will correspond with the works shown. Stay tuned to our WordPress and Facebook pages for more info!

 

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.