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CRIT 2 CRIT: INF + SUB Program on Art Writing

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.

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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.

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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 editor@informalityblog.com

Barred Meadows : New Paintings by Rachel Gregor

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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.

Girl at Desk

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.

Portrait of Mary with Floral Sheet
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 subterraneangallery@gmail.com

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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

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

How To Do Something, All Alone, By Yourself Exhibition: Work

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

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

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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Subterranean to Propose New Project at Bread! KC

BREAD! IS A PUBLIC DINNER DESIGNED TO USE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DEMOCRATICALLY FUND NEW AND EMERGING PROJECTS!

This Sunday Subterranean Gallery Director Ayla Rexroth will publicly present to receive funding for a new project concerning the construction of an art handling area at Subterranean Gallery.  The project will greatly expand the gallery’s ability to sustain itself as a non-profit and provide many more opportunities for artists!   Find out more (and eat well) by attending Bread! This Sunday!

This month Bread KC! will be held at Plug Projects

Plug Projects:  1613 Genessee St. Kansas City, MO 64102
Sunday, August 28 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Space is limited so RSVP to reserve your plate! breadkc@gmail.com

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Subterranean Gallery Hosts Bread KC!

The Family Picnic was a great success ! The killa picnic involved Beef Stew, Fruit Salad, Blueberry and Lime Jam & Peach Jam, Coffee Cake, Southern Style Sweet Tea and Mandel Bread. Continue reading

Subterranean Gallery Presents LOT I8


An Exhibition Featuring New Work By A. Bitterman

Join Us for an Opening Reception

Friday, June 3rd 6:00 – 11:00 pm

Friday, June 3rd 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. Subterranean Gallery will host a public opening showcasing new work by A. Bitterman. The exhibition will feature video, installation, and photography pieces that respond to late 1960′s Land Art. LOT 18 is viewable by appointment June 4th – July 1st. Subterranean Gallery is located at 4124 Warwick Blvd. Apt. B. Kansas City, MO.

A. Bitterman is an artist, writer, and pseudonym for father of five, and owner of The Reading Reptile, Pete Cowdin. LOT 18 is the spring installment in Bitterman’s ongoing (Home)Land Art series, begun in 2008. Bitterman utilizes his house and the land around it as a staging area to dissolve the boundary between the natural world and built environments. He uses aerial photography to capture a simple gesture: taking off his clothes and climbing onto the roof of his Brookside home to place himself between the earth and sky. Continue reading