Tonight the KCAC Undergraduate Juried Exhibition opened at the Kansas City Artist's Coalition gallery space near the River Market in Kansas City! I'm so excited to hear Tommy Frank, the Juror and Studio Manager at Red Star Studios, and to see the complete show including some of my latest drawings, as well as work from my good friend and peer Sebra Debrecht! It should be wonderful evening, and a great show! I hope to see everyone there!
SITE AS SEEN: KCAI in Florence, Italy
Undergrads/Underground in the Lower Level Gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
2012 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108
October 4th- 26th, 2013
OpeningReception: 6-9pm, Friday, October 4th
The title for this exhibition, Site as Seen, is taken from the teachings of Edwin Dickenson, considered by many the first Modern American painter and one of the greatest painting teachers of his time. Dickenson considered the ‘site’ to be nature, as well as the history of art, and was adamant that his students did not allow preconceived notions of what gave that ‘site’ authority to influence their work. Instead, he asked his students to consider the motif as it was experienced in a phenomenological sense while still allowing academic research to form the core of ones acuity as an artist.
I am currently obsessing over photographer Todd Hido's landscapes and cityscapes. The lighting on houses and the color creates an intense sensation that makes the moment feel completely frozen. I've been using his work to question my own use of the house in my work, as well as challenge my own idea and approach to the house.
The house can be seen as a symbol for so many things. Hido's photographs depict houses almost as people through the spacial relationships created by composition. This method of depicting house with human like expressions adds to the awkward or threatening experience that can be felt and experienced by the viewer. It is this manipulation of aesthetics and elements that I wish to accomplish in my own work in order to evoke a sense of discomfort that is felt when discussing many political
2736, Todd Hido