KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 4, 2009) – A new Artspace Project Wall will be unveiled at the opening reception for “The 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards,” which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. The reception also celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, which first opened its doors on Nov. 13, 1999.
Kansas City based artist David Ford has created the new Project Wall at the Artspace. “Relax”is an image constructed from several layers of both reality and painterly illusion.
A hand-painted translucent sign spells “relax” in light yellow, lower-case letters. Drips of paint are almost a successful distraction from the subtle gradations of blue along the edges of the sign, which is held up against a real blue-sky by the arms of a young black woman. Close observation, however, reveals another layer of illusion in the clouds painted by the artist.
Ford has been making political art in public spaces for 25 years. His work covers a range of disciplines and cultures functioning in what he describes as “multiple dimensions.” Ford has developed an intriguing approach, culling and combining images and information from a variety of sources, always keenly aware of the context from which they come and the meaning they carry.
The Artspace Project Wallis a large-scale billboard that serves as a site for temporary public art projects commissioned by the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI and features regional and national artists. Since 1999, the Artspace Project Wall has featured works by Vik Muniz, Mike Sinclair, Jenny Holzer, Deanna Dikeman, Alexis Rockman, Archie Scott Gobber, David Shrigley, Audra Brandt, and Yang Yongliang.
About the H&R Block Artspace
Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace gratefully acknowledges financial support for this exhibition and the 2007-2008 exhibition series from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the H&R Block Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and private contributions. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit the Artspace on the web at www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563.