Category Archives: Project Updates

Z-SPEC this Friday at Subterranean Gallery


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.


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.



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


ENTERFACE opens this Friday at Subterranean Gallery!


This Friday we are hosting an opening reception for the second in our series of digital exhibitions, ENTERFACE features work from Justin Beachler including digital collages in a decorative environment alongside curated YouTube videos. The works will be presented in both the physical gallery space and online via Second Life.  The Exhibition will open this Friday February 6th from 7-11 pm and will run through March 6th by appointment.


The works in ENTERFACE are a derivative of and response to Beachler’s view of the Internet as a forming super culture. The web is vast and sometimes unpredictable.  As we are able to make, view, and participate within a digital world that is increasingly higher in visual definition and quality, there is a skepticism that fuels counter cultures. While excited about technological advancement – in the sense that it will eventually drive our existence into the ground (via a high definition blaze of glory) – Beachler is interested in the counter culture/subculture tools of cassette tapes, VHS, noise filters, and the reuse of anti-modern technology. These forms and their place as micro-cultural signifiers, symbols, and tropes Beachler takes and makes into cultural influence/commentary. Simply, Beachler is binging on the internet and regurgitating the bits of processed information into new works of art.  While we are infinitely linked to everything that is uploaded onto the Internet, it is impossible to stay quarantined to one’s subset of interests. The path one takes while traversing the Daedelus link structures of the net become subjective when discussing one’s own will to click, as there is always click-bait/corporate algorithmic suggestions mapping our internet pathways.  That said, the sheer bombardment of information and subsequent splinter pathways of net data will forever keep the interest variety in flux #noescape

Justin Beachler is an artist who lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri/online.  He has exhibited at Bank Projects, Dolphin Gallery, Hown’s Den Domestic and Nomadic Space, Paragraph Gallery and was a 2013-2014 Charlotte Street Studio Resident.  He is currently somewhere internetting on the web.


We are also excited to announce exhibition programming that will coincide with ENTERFACE.

How to Second Life: Thursday February 12th at 7pm

Want to participate in the exhibition with a Second Life avatar but don’t know the first thing about this virtual world? Join us as we go over the basics of joining and exploring second life, along with showing different ways web-based artists have been utilizing SL. Bring questions and laptops!

PDF CLUB: Internet Art (after social media and new economies) Thursday February 26th at 7pm

Get in on the larger discussion of Beachler’s work with two PDFs about net art and the new economies of the web. Please RSVP with an email to to recieve the readings before February 23rd.

Collaboration with Terry Radio: Date TBD

Stay informed on the Subterranean Gallery Facebook page to find out when we will be partnering with Terry Radio to bring you a virtual DJ set by Justin Beachler.

Have questions about the show or want to make an appointment to see it? Email us at

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Subterranean Gallery Is Going Digital


Subterranean Gallery is now seeking exhibition proposals for an ongoing series of digital exhibitions starting this fall/winter.

Our goal is to curate exhibitions by pairing local KC metro area artists working in or relation “the digital” with other local & national artists. We are specifically interested in artists who utilize some form of digital technologies in their practices to create meaningful conversations for an audience in the gallery and/or online.

Subterranean Gallery has always provided an intimate space for curating conversations.We want to take these discussions beyond the gallery walls and be a catalyst for artists who will benefit from expanding the digital presence of their practice and ideas.


By collaborating with our new digital exhibitions manager, Kevin Heckart, we can utilize a wide variety of av equipment and digital presentation tools. For the physical exhibition space at Subterranean Gallery, we have 1 vga projector, several 15″ monitors and a wall-mountable iPad for displaying work. Our digital exhibition space is limitless, allowing for digitally native works to be displayed seamlessly in a fully interactive version of our gallery space.


digital rendering of Subterranean’s southwest corner


Whether you are an artist native to a digital practice, an artist looking to incorporate more digital technologies into the display of your work, or an artist interested in only the ideas surrounding  new media/digital/ net art etc. please do apply. We are interested in how collaboration can help further inform our curatorial practices.

Please send proposals with images or links to your work and a CV to Melaney Mitchell at with the subject  “DIGITAL @ SUB”  before midnight August 31st 2014

If you have additional questions, feel free to ask in a separate email or in the comments.

We look forward to reading your proposals!


Free Programming with HOME // SPACE Exhibition



This Sunday May 18th from 1-3 PM at Subterranean Gallery, HOME // SPACE Artist R. Shrum and Subterranean Gallery Director Melaney Mitchell will host a conversation about What Makes Contemporary Space.

We will consider the work in the exhibition, and how it relates to the way in which we perceive contemporary space.

Things to consider:

How do we make a space our own? What makes a place feel like a home? What makes a place seem “lived in”? How does the space of the home compare and contrast with our online space? What stories to the objects in our homes hold? What kind of objects do we accumulate to build a home?

Join us! This workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided.


Another HOME // SPACE program to keep on your radar is next Sunday May 25th from 12-2 PM, we will be hosting an ART BRUNCH where we will discuss the topic of Gender and Identity in the Home.  Seating is limited and brunch will be served complete with food and drink.

Please RSVP to ART BRUNCH as seating is limited by emailing


We hope to see you at one of these two events. These are both great opportunities to see the exhibition if you have not yet already. To schedule an appointment for another day email Melaney at


HOME // SPACE : New Work by R. Shrum Exhibition Opening Reception

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The opening reception for HOME // SPACE was booming on Friday night. A big thank you for everyone who made it to the opening! Ryan Shrum’s work looked fantastic in the space and were really excited for the programs we have coming up in tandem with it.

If you couldn’t come to the exhibition last night, schedule an appointment before May 30th by emailing

Barred Meadows Work!

by Rachel Gregor 


First Move as New Director: A Grant!

Hello Subterranean Followers! My first move as New Director is applying for the DISCRIT // 89 PLUS Rebaudengo Serpentine Grant 2013. The prize is a little over $20,000 and would help me make a lot of things possible.

There are two grants being awarded, one by a jury and the other by popular vote. I would use this grant to help keep SUB running, completely revamp our web presence, and make it so that the artists I collaborate with can use the funding to make outstanding exhibitions.

$20,000 is quite a lot of money, so I plan for it to get used in other places. You may or may not know, while taking over Subterranean I am also working on a blog for the Kansas City art scene called Informality. I would like to make a blog similar to Bad at Sports and Hyperallergic to showcase the work and dialogue of Kansas City’s artists, writers, and thinkers. I want be able to PAY all contributors and editors for the work they do. I want to make sure we value the time and effort of contributors as it is going to expand the reach of our community.

Right now, I absolutely cannot afford to make these two projects happen on my own.

I want to be able to put as much work as humanly possible into this blog and the programming efforts I am going to make at Subterranean Gallery this coming year.


Its a pretty easy process, simply follow this link:

Click “Login to vote for this artist” and create a “save and fave profile” once you have registered, paste the link again in the address bar and click “vote for this artist”

Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to continue working closely with this fantastic community.


Subterranean Announces New Director

Residential galleries and alternative spaces have a tendency to fizzle out quickly, sometimes only lasting one day. After three years of running Subterranean, I saw no reason to close it when I decided to move to New York City. I was lucky to have the obvious choice for a new director working in the gallery right next to me.  I’ve appointed my friend and long time gallery assistant Melaney Mitchell to the position of Director. She moved into the gallery August 1st. and is overflowing with ideas for the space.   I learned and was given so much from the KC arts community and I’m riding the NYC subway right now thinking about all of you.