KANSAS CITY, Mo (Jan. 20, 2014) — “Sculpties,” a one-night-only group exhibition by guest curator David Rhoads ('10 painting) will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St.
The exhibition is presented by SPECTRA: A Nomadic Platform for Experimental Film and Video, which presents a monthly program featuring experimental time-based artworks in partnership with a selected venue. SPECTRA has invited the Kansas City-based artist and curator David Rhoads to curate this special program.
“Sculpties” focuses on video works that lie closer to the realm of sculpture than their film counterpart. The participating artists approach their work through a variety of methods and conceptual backgrounds, resulting in a both singular and intensely physical outcome.
The exhibition features collaborative work by Robert Chase Heishman ('08 photography and art history) and Megan Schvaneveldt, whose hands-on method of dealing with the picture plane is playful, self-aware and at times perplexing. Jordan Johnson’s ('10, sculpture) “Leaves and Open Road” attempts to create a physical manifestation of what the artist describes as an ecstatic moment. Also included is Bonnie Lane’s masked off projection “Ordinary Grind,” which depicts a familiar object made new — reflecting the subject’s physical reality while also disrupting the viewer’s habitual expectations. Finally, Brendan Meara’s ('04, painting) absolutely captivating “Dielectric” is incredibly simple, specific and enchanting in its pallet, imagery and execution.
In response to the more conventional presentation of time-based works autonomously in a theater-screening format, “Sculpties” adopts a non-linear format of video works playing simultaneously, emphasizing their physical presence in the gallery space as well as the potential for the works to inform one another.
Robert Chase Heishman completed his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2008 and his M.F.A. degree from Northwestern University in 2012. Utilizing photography, sculpture and video, his artwork explores self-referentiality, flatness and the peripheral. He has collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as a décor artist on the work "Split-Sides"; provided artwork for Icelandic band Sigur Rós’ album "BA BA TI KI DI DO" and exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Heishman's work is held in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. He currently lives and works in Chicago.
Megan Schvanevekdt is a visual artist based in Portland, Ore. Her work revolves around concepts of balance and compromise. She seeks to literalize the complications experienced both visually and structurally when disparate elements are brought together. Schvaneveldt received a bachelor's degree in studio art at Wheaton College and an M.F.A. degree in art theory and practice from Northwestern University. Her work has been shown at Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum, Cincinnati; the University of Cincinnati’s Meyers Gallery; the Block Museum, Evanston, Ill.; DOCUMENT gallery at the MDW Fair, Chicago; Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill.; the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto; and Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago.
Jordan Johnson is a skateboarder, artist, woodworker and writer. He grew up in Houston cutting wood and pushing wood. He arrived in New York April 21, 2013, for a residency at the Boatel in Far Rockaway, where he rebuilt a 35-foot junk boat into a floating installation/hotel room. He eventually drifted ashore to co-open Grim Schultz Gallery for the Mark Flood/Culturecide show "Bushwick Basement." He has recently co-opened Jay & Jay Studios with Joey Grimm in Brooklyn, specializing in design objects, art fabrication and custom buildouts. Johnson lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bonnie Lane is a video artist currently based in Melbourne, Australia, and Los Angeles. Working predominantly in video and video installation, her practice focuses on universal human experiences from an often-existential perspective. Exploring emotional responses to the world in which we live, she utilizes the atmosphere and history of existing architectural spaces to create immersive environments to be "stepped into." Visual techniques such as masking and unusual methods of video projection create a departure and escape from the "flat rectangular screen" and allow video to be used as a means of recreating memory and triggering sensorial experience. Her artworks are often wholly or partly autobiographical — an amalgamation of experiences and memories, dreams and nightmares, fantasies and fears. She is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and scholarships from the Australia Council for the Arts, The National Association for the Visual Arts, the City of Melbourne and more. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Los Angeles, Utah, Vermont, New Mexico, Norway, Portugal and Seoul. Her video installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions "Make Believe" at Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne; a selection of works at the Melbourne Art Fair (2012); "Present Memory" at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in Melbourne (2012); "Sleepless" at Art Currents Institute, New York (2012); and "Into the Dark," an elaborate solo video installation exhibition spanning each of BUS Projects’ five basement gallery spaces (2011). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Victorian College of the Arts (2007) and a first-class Honours Degree from Monash University (2010). She is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery.
Brendan Meara is an emerging artist based in Chicago. His itinerant practice employs film, photography and object-making to explore social, political and cultural concerns, often through quotidian gesture(s). Solo and two-person exhibitions include ACRE Projects, Chicago; Roots and Culture, Chicago; Review Inc., Kansas City; and University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico. He received a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012.
David Rhoads is an artist and curator currently living and working in Kansas City, Mo. Rhoads earned his B.F.A. degree in 2010 from the Kansas City Art Institute and was a 2011 resident at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.
SPECTRA is a Kansas City initiative that presents contemporary moving image artworks. SPECTRA is a collaborative effort organized by the Kansas City based artists Yann Aguirre ('08 interdisciplinary arts), Tim Amundson ('09 digital filmmaking), Crystal Ann Brown, Jeff Eaton ('07 photography and art history) and Robert Howsare ('09 printmaking). This monthly platform presents a selection of avant-garde and experimental works by regional, national and international artists. Each SPECTRA program is hosted by a different venue, reflecting the desire to develop a dedicated yet inclusive community audience. SPECTRA seeks to connect artists and audiences to communities and ideas outside their normal purview. In addition, SPECTRA aims to invite guest programmers, both local and national, to further this goal and foster a sense of connectedness.
About the H&R Block Artspace
Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts, and the general public. Support for these programs has been provided by the Richard J. Stern Foundation, H&R Block Foundation for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Parking is available at 4218 Walnut St., just north of The Warehouse, home of KCAI’s fiber program. 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 public programs and exhibitions, including “Saints Stars & Selfies” opening on Feb. 22, visit the Artspace at www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
Contact: Beverly Ahern, 816-802-3571