Tag Archives: Clayton Skidmore

The Pitch: Exit Interview with Ayla Rexroth

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Read the Interview By Scott Wilson

Photo by Brooke Vandever

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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Shotgun Review!

Art Practical: Shotgun Review of The Hot Tub Dialogues.

   By Nicole Mauser

A Night With Archie Scott Gobber & Mike Erickson


by Melaney Mitchell

Many moons ago, Saturday, February 25th, Subterranean Gallery hosted its final hot tub lecture. The culmination was highly performative, and at times, the conversation involved the audience more than the lecturers. Artist Archie Scott Gobber, and moderator/artist Mike Erickson, artists represented by and co-workers at the Dolphin Gallery. Gobber’s work is well known for its eye-catching quality and clever wordplay that work as a vehicle for social and political commentary. Moderator and artist Mike Erickson has worked in New York and Los Angeles at the MOMA and Gemini Graphic Editions Limited in LA. Gobber and Erickson are both KCAI alumni and base their painting practices in Kansas City. Continue reading

An Evening with Kate Hackman & Raechell Smith

By Melaney Mitchell

On Saturday February 18th, the second of The Hot Tub Dialogue Lectures featured Kate Hackman and Raechelle Smith. Hackman is the Co-Director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, former Editor-in-Chief of Review magazine, ran the public art program Art in the Loop, wrote art reviews for the Kansas City Star and is the former assistant director of Exit Art in New York City. Smith is a Kansas City Native, and the Founding Director and Chief Curator of the H& R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is also the former Curatorial Assistant of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nelson Atkins Museum. Behind a candlelit and luxuriously draped fourth wall, Smith and Hackman conversed in a style similar to the days when they were room mates. Attempting to channel old breakfast table jokes about “two a.m. last night”, they dove into a discussion that was peppered with questions submitted by the audience on simple notecards.

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A Night With Hesse McGraw & Josh Shelton

By Melaney Mitchell

Saturday February 11th, Subterranean Gallery hosted the first of three Hot Tub Dialogue Lecturesfeaturing Hesse McGraw with moderator Josh Shelton. McGraw founded the Paragraph Gallery in 2004 and acted as a forerunner in revitalizing KC’s downtown through the arts. The space looked to transform the city, and the way in which art worked towards revitalization. He now works in a similar fashion as the Chief Curator of the Bemis Art Center in Omaha, Nebraska which focuses on works with a community impact. The evenings moderator, Josh Shelton is chair of the Steering Committee with Art Thru Architecture, a principal member of the architecture firm, El Dorado, and is on the board for the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. McGraw and Shelton connect through their interest in the community, with Shelton’s teaching and studio practice at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. Shelton and his students work to develop architectural projects that have a direct engagement with the current urban context specific to each project. This is the same direction McGraw was heading in when he opened Paragraph Gallery. Continue reading

The Hot Tub Dialogues Lecture Series

Kansas City, MO (January 19th, 2012) Saturday, February 11th, 18th and 25th Subterranean Gallery will host The Hot Tub Dialogues: a lecture series featuring distinguished members of Kansas City’s arts community. Three lectures will be held featuring local artists and art facilitators in Subterranean Gallery’s hydrotherapy spa. The gallery’s recent installation of the spa/lecture hall follows Sub’s trend of transforming the space to fit the needs of each exhibition and event. The soothing ambiance will allow lecturers to reveal their most intimate observations about the contemporary art world. Guests will enjoy live music, drinks, hors d’oevres, and a dive into the minds of influential people in our community. They may also take a dip in the hot tub following lectures.

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The Hot Tub Dialogues on Sundance Channel’s Best of Kickstarter List

SUNfiltered – Fresh Culture Daily “Best of Kickstarter 10/31″

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Something New

I live in a basement and I have been working for two years to make it livable and a continuously better place to show artwork. I had a wondrous moment today when I was (what I thought was temporarily) moving the living room into the gallery space in order to do some work on the living room ceiling. Clayton (my BF) and I were looking around the big empty room and he said “This should be the gallery!” What a great idea.

My apartment is shaped like a horseshoe and the entrance is at the bottom of the U. So I thought about the composition of my place as a half house half gallery. When I walked into my apartment I saw two paths, one lead to a modern white cube and one led to a 1950′s pink kitchen. This was meaningful for me because I wanted to mash formal art exhibitions into a domestic setting, but it didn’t allow me to interact with the artwork as much as I would have liked because the gallery was off to the side. With this new format, the gallery will be right inside the entrance and I will have to walk through it probably forty times a day. I love having art in my way.

Best of all the gallery space will be almost twice as big.

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