KCAC Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

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 at Leedy Voulkos Gallery in Kansas City


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.

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Military Rape

I recently became aware of the sexual assault epidemic in the US Military. I was blown away by the lack of justice that US Military rape victims receive as well as the astonishing amounts of men and women assaulted while serving in the Military. Women are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a comrade or a higher ranking personnel than to be killed in combat. The Pentagon expects that in 2010 over 19,000 men and women were raped during their service. Only 13% of men and women report their rape due to the lack of justice and the amount of victim blaming that happens within the military system. Of the 13% that report their assault, 90% are honorably discharged against their will, many of them loosing veteran benefits despite their loyalty to their country. These victims are often forced to serve alongside and/or answer to their rapist on a daily basis without protection. This is something that civilians cannot turn their heads away from. Our military has the right to serve their country, and we should support them and do our best to protect them.  This is why I decided that as an artist and a civilian it was my duty to address this epidemic within my art work to raise awareness.  

I recently began a project in which I am painting the portraits of military rape victims, spending 15 minutes on each portrait. I plan on presenting these as part of an installation including hundreds of blank portrait pages to display the amount of men and women who are assaulted while serving, and to represent the amount of victims who choose not to report.  

This is a big issue to address, but it must be addressed, and the public must know about this atrocity. Follow my progression here as well as on Facebook. For more information click here.

The First Portraits of Military Rape Victims, Gouache, 2013

Studio Update!

Over the past few weeks I have continued my cityscape series that focuses on historical sociological disadvantages for the American population through a couple paintings and sculptures. The sculptures, which are made out of ripped newspapers and personal papers found in the trash, are light brown and khaki and molded into a house shape. So far I have made 200 of these small hand sized houses, and still working on more for an installation in which the public are free to take one. 

This installation/sculpture will be my first work in which the audience is welcome to take a piece of the artwork, however I have made multiple works that incorporate viewer's participation in order to engage my audience. I'm really excited to see how people react to these small houses, and wether people are more attracted to a specific size, color, or texture. I'm hoping to finish this project over the coming months and have it installed in the fall. 

Thanks for reading! 

Todd Hido inspiration

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