Posts Tagged ‘Kansas City MO’

Archie Scott Gobber: Super Power at Dolphin Gallery, November 12, 2010-January 8, 2011.

From the press release:  “In his latest solo show, Archie Scott Gobber continues to skewer popular culture, from America itself, down to the individual citizen. He taps into the cultural anxieties resulting from current economic woes and political failings to examine contemporary social polarities.”


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British painter Ryan Mosley is an artist in residence at Grand Arts in Kansas City.  There will be a open studio/welcome-to-KC event May 7, 2010, followed by an exhibit to be on view June 4-July 24, 2010.  More Ryan Mosley.

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Jaimie Warren:  You Are So Beautiful In The Face, June 5-October 3, 2009.

(link to artist’s site)

There is one sentence from the Kemper’s synopsis of this show that I think is critical:  While her portraits and close-ups of food invoke photographers Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Nikki S. Lee, among others, Warren’s photographs are uniquely her own in their strategic balance of artifice and authenticity, subtly conjuring all of the inconsistencies, ironies, and hilariously awkward moments that permeate everyday life.

So here’s how I’m reading this, Jaimie Warren works within a received aesthetic, and she takes on the topics and  issues of this aesthetic but there is this idiosyncratic re-shuffling of the deck that happens, just because she is her and she is not Cindy Sherman or Nikki Lee.  The artwork is worthwhile because Warren is building her own house of cards with someone else’s deck and it’s not built quite the same way—it’s a similar shape and structure, but not identical.  Just what is gained or lossed working this way, I wonder?

Admittedly, the lo-fi quality to this work is probably responsible for make the questions of  uniqueness and originality so relevant to me.  I do recommend reading the essay by James Yood on the first link; he’s able to get to the slightly trashy, sometimes icky fun of these while wrangling with the question of influence.

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Linnea Spransy (and here):  “I am like a line:  finite, simple, acutely limited.”


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‘Unusual’ is the most useful description of my childhood. My earliest years were spent (more…)

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Ke-Sook Lee

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The Saucy drawings of Anne Austin Pearce.

Armin Muhsam at the UCM Art Center Gallery in Warrensburg, MO.  October 2-November 6,2008.  More shots from Muhsam and Pearce after the “Continue Reading…”


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The Drawing Lesson

The Music Lesson

A couple of longtime favorites from the Nelson-Atkins. More on Traversi at Wikipedia.

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