Category Archives: Project Updates

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


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.


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.


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.


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:


for more information or to set up a viewing appointment contact Melaney Mitchell at

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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Call for Digital Art Exhibitions Extended to September 7th


This fall, we want to transform our domestic gallery space in order to showcase a wide range of digitally centered exhibitions.


Why digital in the home?

When currently thinking of how digital art is often presented in traditional white-cube settings, it seems out of place when displayed on a monitor, television, or other digital technology native to the home. The way we connect with computers is typically in a private space. Were interested in exploring how these exhibitions can walk that line of familiar interaction.


We plan to show works that can take advantage of the space that is our home or completely subvert that space into replicating a home page.  The intimacy created at SUB culminates in the conversations that happen with and surrounding the work.  That same type of intimate conversation also can occur online. The screens in a gallery can feel like a barrier or a space to become submerged.



Within this framework, we have the desire and potential to collaborate with artists to create an exhibition structure that would best suit inherently digital works. Whether that is through transferring them into physical objects or creating an entirely digital environment that best suits its format. We look forward to the utilizing  immersive environments for work that would otherwise be impossible in our gallery due to financial or spacial limitations.


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We hope to collaborate on educational programming surrounding the exhibition that engages the local community with an artist’s interests. This can be anything from a workshop/lecture series to an informal discussion of YouTube videos or other media.


Do you want to be a part of the DIGITAL @ SUB series? Let us get to know you. 

Before Sunday September 7th :

1. Send an email with the subject line DIGITAL @ SUB to attach files of/links to your work.

2. Tell us what you want to do in the space.


3. send us a link to something you have read/watched/etc that relates to your studio practice.


We look forward to getting to know even more digital artists both in the Kansas City area and beyond.

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