The 2010 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition, featuring the work of this year’s Awards recipients Ari Fish, Sonié Ruffin and Caleb Taylor, opens Friday, September 3, 6-9pm, at Grand Arts, 1819, and runs through October 30, with a gallery talk with the artists on Saturday, September 4, 2pm.
Ari Fish will unveil a new series of garments in the context of an ethereal video installation. Projected onto white silk banners, Fish’s multi-channel video is combined with an original sound track and features a group of people practicing Qigong clad in matching robes constructed by Fish. Sonié Ruffin will show a range of new and recent quilts and fabric pieces, including new works exploring surface design through direct application of pigment, paint and screen-printed images. Included among Caleb Taylor’s many new works on view will be a large-scale drawing in painted aluminum, realized with assistance from A. Zahner Company.
Each of these three artists received an unrestricted cash grant of $10,000 from Charlotte Street Foundation earlier this year. To date, Charlotte Street has recognized a total of 78 Kansas City based visual and generative performing artists, with a total of $490,500 in unrestricted cash grants distributed directly to the artists. Through its Awards, CSF seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City’s art community and to enhance Kansas City’s desirability as a place for artists to work and live.