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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.

VOTE SO THIS CAN BE POSSIBLE!

Its a pretty easy process, simply follow this link:

http://dismagazine.com/discrit89plus/users/profile/105

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.

Best,
Melaney

The Pitch: Exit Interview with Ayla Rexroth

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Read the Interview By Scott Wilson

Photo by Brooke Vandever

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.

Cheers,
Ayla

Kansas City Creative Couple: Rexroth & Skidmore

KCUR: KC Currents Interview with Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore of Subterranean Gallery   By  AND 

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Subterranean Celebrates Third Anniversary!

With 8 custom exhibitions and 19 public events under our belt we are thrilled to move forward with this community! Thank you Kansas City artists and cultural workers for three wonderful years of support, hard work, and pure fun! Subterranean turns 3 today!

-Ayla

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Studio Visit With Paul Anthony Smith

By Ayla Rexroth

Paul Anthony Smith is Jamaican American, his attitude is positive, he is opinionated and his works employ traditional genre scenes. His media ranges from ceramics, paintings, drawings, collages and photography, and this gives him a wide range of visual and material strategies for communicating his ideas about cultural tradition, world politics, and race.

I was excited to meet with Paul because his work challenges me to think outside of my own cultural perspectives and I can read it on several levels. Growing up in Iowa, my hometown happened to have an amazing collection of Haitian genre paintings, and they were my favorite because they were out of place in a museum where most of the exhibits were either by regionalist painter Grant Wood or about corn production. I can easily connect much of Paul’s imagery to the Caribbean paintings I love, but there are several differences. Paul is making art in historically regionalist Kansas City, and he’s working with contemporary themes, events, and methods.

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The Pitch Cover Story: Art of Conversation

Ayla Rexroth digs into a new art underground with the Subterranean Gallery

By Theresa Bembnister

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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