Curatorial Studies Exhibition Opening Reception

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We had so much fun at the opening! The work looked awesome and we had a record # of new visitors. Special thanks to Clayton, Melaney, Paul, Molly, Garry, David, Tiffany, Amanda, Robert B, Robert H, Emily H, Jaclyn, Matt, Cory and Plug, Bread KC, and all our guests!

Commentary on Curatorial studies

Read the first review of the Curatorial Studies Exhibition by Blair Schulman on Cupcakes in Regalia

See you tonight at the opening! 7 – 11pm.    4124 Warwick Blvd. Apt. B!

Studio Visit with Jaclyn Senne

Visiting Jaclyn Senne’s studio reminded me of the essential questions for painters… “What should I paint?” “How do I create a studio momentum that allows me to produce a lot of work and continuously experiment?” What do I do when that momentum is broken?!What I am so excited about in Jaclyn’s work is that it she is in control of her subject matter, painting technique and color. The one thing that doesn’t follow the same command of her perfectly taped off lines is the overall composition. In her piece Backyard/beach course vacation-planked location with strand-lit courts and towels and iced coolers Senne creates a loose sketch of the images architectural structure. She then plays a strategy game of fitting together pieces and objects that don’t work together until they are just believable enough. In thinking about this, her work becomes so reflective of life. Fake it till you make it.

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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 <>.

          Photos by Clayton Skidmore

Studio Visit With Garry Noland

By Clayton Skidmore

What is a mid-career artist?  Does it describe an artist’s income or how influential they are?  Ayla and I pondered these questions over beers with Garry Noland in our recent studio visit.  It became the initial topic of our conversation, an idea that Garry himself seemed confused of since he’s been a practicing artist for over 30 years. As a prerequisite to having his studio at Studios Inc., being mid-career seems to be a loose title assigned to a group of artists with widely varying years of practice.  If age isn’t a variable, what does it mean to be mid-career in a city where it seems there are not enough collectors to earn a living, and to gain prestige artists have to show outside of their own city?

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Studio Visit With Amanda Gehin

Recently, Ayla and I stopped by the home studio of local artist, Amanda Gehin. Amanda and her boyfriend Idris Raoufi are in the process of renovating an old book bindery in Old Hyde Park to be both a live/ work studio and a new home base for the 816 Bike Collective. Seeing the studio space in process was invigorating, all of the potential the space has is quite exciting. Amanda’s works are mostly small-scale gouache paintings that look like children’s book illustrations. They are woven with characters that reference architectural elements – stairs, walls, and turrets to name a few- and vibrant multicolored patterns. She has also worked on a larger scale and with stop motion animation.

In her studio located above the old book bindery, we were greeted by a room that featured a chevron couch. The room’s color palette reminiscent of her work; a blue floor, bright lime cabinetry, offset with neutral wood paneling. Amanda showed us more of her portfolio, we saw a timeline of her work’s growth, stemming most strongly from the playful nature of the collages she made from her stop motion animations. We could more easily see the sense of play she has when making her images. Continue reading

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The Hot Tub Dialogues at Subterranean Gallery

with the help of 58 kickstarter backers, Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore raised $2773.00 to cover the installation of a hot tub in their basement apartment, which doubles as an art gallery. The Jacuzzi, which was donated by an exhibiting artists parents, served as a wet, hot podium for a series of three discussions that included regional curators, artists, and an architect.  An audience of 30 squeezed into tiny plastic folding chairs to eavesdrop on a brilliant mix of high- and lowbrow art talk.  The Hot Tub Dialogues encouraged speakers to reveal a little more (skin and theory) than usual, when discussing art, life and their careers.  File under Best Talent Pool.

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Studio visit with Stephen T. Johnson

By Ayla Rexroth

My studio visit with Stephen required a drive to Lawrence, Kansas.  I spent the day promenading around the downtown area, and made a stop at the Wonder Fair gallery and print shoppe, before heading to Stephen’s studio in a warehouse filled area of Lawrence.  Appropriately the building has huge red capital  A, B, C & D in giant 3-D block lettering across the front. Stephen’s work includes painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and installations that use an alliterated alphabetic structure to guide material and compositional choices. Stephen is an award winning children’s author and illustrator and his work becomes contextually slippery because it is displayed in museum and gallery exhibitions, public installations, and simultaneously printed in his children’s books.  

Stephen showed me collections of materials and explained some of the semantic rationals that guide his artwork. For Example, “I got all these fake french fries from a guy in New York” and manipulated them into the narrative, “Fourteen hundred and fifty-five fake French fries were flipped, flicked, and flung onto a full-size (75 x 54”) field of faint fuchsia.” From his book A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet.

Alongside his materials he purposefully references art historical movements and era’s . The work reminded me of the type of play found in works by Tom Friedman, but materially did things like replace the use of hay on an Anselm Keifer painting with french fries.

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Studio Visit Season


What I most enjoy about doing studio visits is getting into the artist’s headspace and process.  I always like seeing how the studio space is a reflection of their design sensibilities, and experiencing artwork in the studio as opposed to a gallery setting always takes me on a contextual imagination ride.  I love seeing the understructure of artist’s businesses, and the technologies and equipment they employ. It’s studio visit season so over the next month SUB will feature the studio practices of local artists. Hope you enjoy.

Subterranean Gallery Director,

Ayla Rexroth