New large-scale commissioned images by Kansas City based artists Michael Sinclair and Allan Winkler debut on Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch’s Art through Architecture “Artboards” at 125 Southwest Boulevard in time for First Friday March, 2010.
Michael Sinclair presents photographs taken at two Kansas City, Missouri parks: Blue Valley Park at East 23rd and Topping, and Loose Park at 52nd and Wornall. The two images (from a much larger body of Sinclair’s work focused on urban parks in the area) share a strong sense symmetry, emphasizing the carefully designed interplay of nature and culture in these places while also calling into relief the contrast between the two parks, one on the East side of the city, the other on the West. Allan Winkler presents images of two new black and white paper-cut artworks that offer a portrait of community; a lively, diverse neighborhood of friendly cohorts. Titled “Community Meeting,” Winkler’s detailed pair of images exemplify the artist’s skillfulness in the medium of paper cutting as well as his ability to convey joy, delight, and a deep sense of humanity using the simplest of means.
An Art through Architecture “Art Achievement” project, the Missouri Bank “Artboards” launched fall 2008, when the building’s existing double-sided billboards were renovated and converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists as part of the bank’s purchase and renovation of the building to house its Crossroads Branch, completed by Helix Architecture + Design. Art through Architecture (AtA) is a partnership of American Institute of Architects-Kansas City and Charlotte Street Foundation designed to encourage collecting and commissioning work by Kansas City area artists through architectural practice. Read full press release.