Mar. 15 – Apr. 20, 2013
La Esquina, Kansas City, MO
Focus: OK↔KC is a regional exhibition project designed to nurture, support, and connect artists and arts practitioners from the Midwest region, specifically from Kansas City and Oklahoma. A collaboration between Charlotte Street Foundation and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC), this project encompasses two exhibitions featuring eight artists/collaboratives.
Mar. 15 – May 5, 2013
PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO
Floor Plan features works that blur the lines between design and art object, mixing the two purposefully to create a space that mimics a deconstructed living space. Works in the exhibition by Egawa-Zbryk, Kim Faler, Michael Fujita, Dan Funderburgh, Brian Giniewski, Gary Kachadourian and Tom Lauerman.
PLUG PROJECTS is a curatorial collaboration by five Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community. Our goal is to energize artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists.
Anthony Baab: A Strenuous Nonbeing
Jan. 18 – Mar. 30, 2013
Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
A Strenuous Nonbeing is the culmination of Baab’s three-year collaboration with Grand Arts, and will include works of photography, décollage, drawing, and a live video feed from an undisclosed location in the city. A Strenuous Nonbeing explores liminalities of time, place and scale, through carefully constructed images that suggest otherworldly zones of possibility. Monumental and industrial architectures, 3-D models, Photoshoppism, spirit photography and the curious phenomenon of modern-design cat furniture form a constellation of references in these new works, which began with a series of models the artist constructed in his studio.
The Xijing Men: Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong, and Gimhongsok
Feb. 2 – Apr. 2, 2013
H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
The H&R Block Artspace and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas are pleased to present the first North American exhibition by the Xijing Men, the internationally renowned, project-based collaborative team of Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Japan), Chen Shaoxiong (China) and Gimhongsok (Korea).
The Xijing Men hail, conceptually, from the fictitious city of Xijing, an imaged political entity in East Asia. The term Xijing is composed of Chinese characters meaning “western capital” (the city’s name would be saikyō in Japanese and suhkyung in Korean). The word play has roots in the names of real cities: Beijing (“northern capital”), Nanjing (“southern capital”) and Tokyo, known in Chinese as Donjing (“eastern capital”).
Since 2006, the Xijing Men have used humor, satire, sarcasm and absurdity to create elaborate performances, drawings, photographs and objects that explore the imagined history, politics, economics and culture of this legendary place. The exhibition will survey previous work by the Xijing Men and unveil a new work created during the artists’ 10-day residency in Kansas City.
Erin Dziedzic is Founder/Editor of artcore journal.