May Tveit’s “Universal Boxes” in the wedge-shaped Kansas Focus Gallery at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, features eight immaculate cardboard sculptures densely installed for this solo exhibition.
Cardboard has a smell.
You notice it as soon as you walk into the glass-encased Kansas Focus Gallery at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, where eight of May Tveit’s cardboard sculptures emerge from the walls like sentries, layers of flat, precision-cut cardboard stacked into pyramids arranged in various rectangles. You recognize the smell; you just weren't expecting it in an art gallery.
“I think about collage as a metaphor to describe black culture,” says Glyneisha Johnson, a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and Charlotte Street Foundation resident artist.