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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tagged alterative space, anime, avatar, digital art, digital economies, Digital Exhibition series, Exhibition, feminism, hyper-real, Kansas City, Kansas City Apartment gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, kevin heckart, melaney mitchell curator, michael rose, net art, patricia bordallo, second life, simulation, Subterranean Gallery, virtual gallery, virtual reality, web art, world of warcraft
[refresh] + [redraw] Opening Reception!!
Friday, November 7th 2014 from 7-11pm
After our DIGITAL @ SUB call, we are hosting the first in our Digital Exhibition series [refresh] + [redraw] will feature work by Eric Fickes (Atlanta,GA) and Eric Scrivner (Kansas City, MO) [refresh] + [redraw] opens on Friday November 7th and will run through December 14th by appointment. Both of these artists interact through the ways they utilize motion and pattern in their respective digital media.
Eric Fickes is an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia utilizing code and motion detection to create generative artworks. As digital art as a medium evolves, so does our ability to manipulate the way in which we create. Using programming to create interactive works Fickes generates code that detects movements within physical space that then relays a signal moving the brushes to create the final drawing. These brush movements often look akin to Fickes’ other interests such as 1980’s video game and skateboarding culture. Bold outlines and graphic color expand in wild motion, vertical shapes and spikes emerge with each movement caught on camera. His work moves beyond the static encourages viewer to play and become the input for the overall algorithm presented.
Eric Scrivner is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. His most recent series of works are bold .GIFs that make use of optical illusions to showcase the depth of the animation’s movement. The work in the Cyclical Ritual series are meditations on the act of waiting; a look at potential, and the utter lack of closure that follows. It’s a reflection on twiddled thumbs, nail biting, incessant toe tapping, and constant phone checking. The works rotate, twist, lumber, bumble, and fall in different directions without ever really making any progress.
In the weeks following we will be hosting programming that will correspond with the works shown. Stay tuned to our WordPress and Facebook pages for more info!
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Tagged alternative space, Apartment Gallery, atlanta artist, Best of Kansas City, digital, Digital Exhibition series, eric fickes, eric scrivner, Exhibition, gif, glitch, Kansas City, Kansas City Artist, MO, motion, motion detection, refresh + redraw, Subterranean Gallery
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.
programming // programming
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 email@example.com 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.
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Tagged alternative space, Apartment Gallery, artistic programming, artists in kansas city, digital, digital art, Exhibition, internet art, Kansas City, Kansas City Apartment gallery, kansas city art, net art, SUB, Subterranean Gallery, Subterranean gallery studio visit
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Posted in Project Updates
Tagged Apartment Gallery, artistic programming, artists in kansas city, Exhibition, Installation, interior, Kansas City, Kansas City Artist, Melaney Mitchell, pattern, Photography, program, R Shrum, Ryan Shrum, Subterranean Gallery
HOME // SPACE Exhibition Opening Reception!
Friday, May 2nd 2014 from 7-11pm
This May Subterranean Gallery hosts our second relaunch exhibition, HOME // SPACE featuring the work of R.Shrum. HOME // SPACE opens on Friday May 2nd from 7-11 pm and will run through May 30th by appointment. The work of R. Shrum uses digital image and design based installations to explore the idea of home in relation to memory.
R. Shrum is a 2014 BFA Fiber candidate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Shrum has participated in the Ox-Bow School residency in Saugatuck Michigan and has participated in several shows in Kansas City, Missouri. Shrum lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.
Shrum reconstructs childhood memories of domestic spaces through playfully arranging object and image. His work combines the production of image and concept inherent in printmaking, with the study of craft, technique and object based construction in relation to textile. He utilizes the style of Mid-Century American living to activate feelings of security and comfort inherent in the home. Surrealistic, portrait-like photographs of objects, serve as an entry into the mind of the child expressing the spirit of play. Light and reflection employ important roles in blurring the lines between time and space. Shrum uses an retro-specific language of color, form and motif allowing the viewer to draw personal connections by creating visual phenomena within familiar spaces and utilizing artifacts from their past.
In the weeks following the exhibition opening, we will be hosting programming to allow the public to interact further with the artist!
Here are the program dates and themes:
Sunday May 4th: 1-3pm PDF Club guided artist talk and discussion with R.Shrum
Sunday May 11th: 1-3pm Curatorial Activity// The Hidden Stories of Objects
Sunday May 18th: 1-3pm Social Activity // What Makes Contemporary Space?
Sunday May 25th: 12-2pm ART BRUNCH // Gender and Identity in the Home – LIMITED SEATING RSVP REQUIRED-
please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional inquiries, to schedule an appointment, or to RSVP to an event.
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Tagged alternative space, Apartment Gallery, Exhibition, fiber, Installation, interior, Kansas City, kansas city art, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City Artists, Mid-century, Oxbow, pattern, printmaking, R Shrum, Ryan Shrum, space, Subterranean Gallery
During this exhibition, we have a little more in store for you! Rachel Gregor’s fantastic show Barred Meadows is up through April 15th by appointment and during that time we have teamed up with Informality to bring you a series of programming inspired by the conversations that occur at Subterranean Gallery.
CRIT 2 CRIT was developed as a program to increase awareness of Informality as a writing platform and to encourage more of the community to write about art. Over the years, Subterranean Gallery has proven to be the site of unique, intimate, and informal conversation so were hosting CRIT 2 CRIT this March and April.
CRIT 2 CRIT consists of four free drop in weekly workshops on a variety of topics to help transition Kansas City’s contemporary art conversation into writing! All sessions will occur Wednesday evenings at Subterranean Gallery through the duration of their current exhibition, Barred Meadows: New Paintings by Rachel Gregor.
All four of these programs are completely free and attendance at all sessions is not required to participate Informality‘s programs are made possible by a generous ARTS KC Inspiration Grant. We’re happy to host Informality and promote these programs as we think they will help expand and diversify the kind of written dialogue in Kansas City.
For more information on this program, others like it, to submit writing, or to RSVP for any of these events, please contact email@example.com
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Tagged Art criticism, art writing, artist writers, artistic programming, artists in kansas city, Critical art dialogue Kansas City, critical writing, free, free event, informal, informality blog, Kansas City, Kansas City Apartment gallery, writing workshop
Barred Meadows Exhibition Opening Reception!
Friday, March 7th 2014 from 7 – 11 pm
Subterranean Gallery will showcase Barred Meadows by Rachel Gregor: an exhibition of new oil paintings which explore ideas of nostalgia and feminine identity. The opening reception will be held from 7pm until 11pm on Friday March 7th, 2014. Additional viewing by appointment will run from March 8th, 2014 through April 15th, 2014. Subterranean Gallery is located at 4124 Warwick Blvd. Apt. B. Kansas City, MO 64111.
Gregor’s paintings respond to moments of intimacy and vulnerability through depictions of adolescent girls in interior spaces and closed-off landscapes. The female figures are left by themselves to contemplate their mundane objects and surroundings within their constructed habitats. Isolated still lifes and landscapes in the composition are motifs taken from Gregor’s own memories and experiences. These visual props suggest a narrative within a simplistic scene, allowing the objects to become relics in the small spaces which the figures occupy. Gregor paints using alla-prima techniques to give the scenes a fleeting feeling; blurring the lines between what is being observed, what is constructed, and what is recalled from memory.
A 2012 alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute, this is Gregor’s first solo exhibition in Kansas City. Gregor was a 2012 – 2013 resident of the Charlotte Urban Culture Project Residency program and has participated in multiple group shows throughout Kansas City including shows at H&R Block Art Space, The Paragraph Gallery, Spray Booth Gallery, and Vulpes Bastille, among others. Gregor now lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
See more work on Gregor’s website : http://www.rachelgregor.com/
for more information or to set up a viewing appointment contact Melaney Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tagged alternative space, Apartment Gallery, Exhibition, female portrait, figurative painting, interior, Kansas City, kansas city art, painting, pattern, space, st louis art, Subterranean Gallery
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:
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.
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
Posted in Events, Hot Tub Dialogues Lecture Series
Tagged Apartment Gallery, Ayla Rexroth, Clayton Skidmore, Hesse McGraw, Hot Tub, Hot Tub Dialogues Lecture Series, Josh Shelton, Kansas City, Kickstarter, Melaney Mitchell, SUB, Subterranean Gallery
By Paul Shortt and Robert Heishman
November 4th 2011 – Dec 2nd 2011
How To Do Something, All Alone, By Yourself brings us to a place where we can see the moments that shape human identity. Heishman’s videos and photographs aim to embody the crisis of individuality. He shows us his attempt to form a relationship and compare himself to his soap opera namesake Chase Gioberti. Shortt’s videos and sculptures remind us of how foreign it is to fully adopt society’s rules. His work presents opportunities for spectators to feel their personal agency limited, while at the same time pointing to an emancipation.
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Tagged All Alone, Arts, By Yourself, Curator Ayla Rexroth, Exhibition, Falcon Crest, How To Do Something, Kansas City, November Exhibition, Paul Shortt, Robert Chase Heishman, Subterranean Gallery