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Friday, July 6th through Saturday, August 11th 2018


RADAR is proud to present the exhibition, ALL TERRAIN, featuring a selection of current Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residents. ALL TERRAIN  investigates ideas of intimacy and vulnerability within our immediate landscape. Through image-making, sculpture and performance, these artists provoke questions surrounding our connectedness to the natural world and domestic space, prompting a search for the balance between the wild and the cultivated. The exhibition will take place in La Esquina Gallery  (1000 W 25th St, Kansas City, MO 64108) from Friday, July 6th through Saturday, August 11th 2018. Featured Charlotte Street Studio Residents include S.E. Nash, Glyneisha Johnson, Damien Randolph-Spader, Lilly McElroy, BOIBOY, ARGOT/NOTS, Matthew Johnson and Ruben Castillo.   The opening reception will take place from 6-9PM on Friday, July 6th. The reception is free and open to the public. Free drinks will be provided. The closing reception will take place from 3-5PM on Saturday, August 11th. RADAR is a curatorial platform designed to support artists and their work through emerging and collaborative practices. Founded by Madeline Gallucci, RADAR strives to illuminate these practices through exhibitions, rotating spaces and research projects. Madeline Gallucci is an artist and community organizer. She served as Co-Director of the artist-run-venue Front/Space from 2014-2018 in Kansas City, MO. Her new project, RADAR, looks to further explore her interests of artist as curator and the intersections of these roles in various communities. Madeline graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and plans to relocate to Chicago, IL to pursue her MFA at the University of Chicago this fall.

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June 30 – August 11, 2018

CSF Studio Residency Program Exhibition at SPIVA Center for Arts

Charlotte Street Foundation is presenting showcasing its Studio Residency Program at Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO from June 30th through August 11th. The exhibition will feature work from three current artists participating in the residency program, Ruben Castillo, Glyneisha Johnson, and Rebeka Pech Moguel. An artist panel discussion will take place on the opening day, June 30th, at 11AM. This will be a great opportunity for people outside of the metro KC region to gain exposure and learn more about CSF Studio Residency Program. The exhibition is sponsored by Freeman Women’s Physician Group.
Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program launched with the mission to engage outstanding, emerging curators from around the country with the Kansas City region and its artists. This exhibit pushes Spiva’s traditional regional boundary and features three current resident artists of CSF: Ruben Castillo, Glyneisha Johnson, and Rebeka Pech Moguel. Spiva hopes their own local artists will learn about and be inspired by the possibilities of an artist residency, with Charlotte Street Foundation or elsewhere. Glyneisha Johnson is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting department. She has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Kansas City, including Undergrads Underground at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Through collage, painting, and drawing, Glyneisha Johnson’s work echoes nodes of black culture and her experience of being raised in the South. The work also acknowledges the importance of Black domestic spaces within a society that often overlooks these spaces and the people who inhabit them. She uses the language of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated, collaged nature of Black history due to colonialism. Ruben Bryan Castillo is a visual artist born in Dallas, TX and currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He received his B.F.A. in Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and his M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of Kansas in 2017. His work addresses themes of intimacy, queerness, place, and the body through autobiographical narratives using drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and video. Rebeka Peck Moguel is a Kansas City based visual artist. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Photography and Art History in 2017. Her work bases itself on a photographic practice but uses different mediums to create a multi-dimensional experience. Her work deals with culture identity and is specific to her experience growing up in a Mexican household in Midwest America. Through her work, she invokes the spaces of culture that we all have a close familiarity to.

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Friday, May 11, 2018 through Saturday, June 23, 2018

CSF and Royal NoneSuch present: Basic Essentials

CSF and Royal NoneSuch present: Basic Essentials

KC/Oakland Exchange

Basic Essentials part 1, will open at Charlotte Street Foundation’s La Esquina Gallery on Friday, May 11, 2018 and run through the June 23rd. After that run, Basic Essentials Part 2 will showcase at Royal NoneSuch in Oakland, CA on July 14, 2018 through August 16th. The show is curated by Zoë Taleporos, who is an independent curator in the Bay Area. The exhibition will feature three artists from Kansas City and from the Bay Area. Those artists are Mark Benson (OAK), Brandon Forrest Frederick (KC), Mik Gaspay (SF), Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives (KC), Laura Rokas (SF), and William Toney (KC). Basic Essentials is an exhibition about objects - how they are used to construct identity, create a sense of belonging or isolation, offer or deprive us of agency. The six participating artists, Mark Benson, Brandon Forrest Frederick, Mik Gaspay, Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives, Laura Rokas, and William Toney, all experiment with materials and forms to reveal moments when common things are imbued with larger cultural significance. Working across methods of representation that include still lifes, trompe l’oeil, home movies, arte povera, and readymades, the artists in Basic Essentials examine how objects, and the various economies they represent, attempt to define who we are and how we are meant to be. By co-opting the language of consumer marketing, Mark Benson’s work reveals how target markets are constructed, reinforced and internalized by tapping into our desires. His works function as stand-ins for psychological states that yearn for convenience, connection, romance, entertainment, and comfort. Through anthropomorphizing objects and using humor, he evokes empathy in the viewer as each work becomes representative of a unique, relatable protagonist. Revealing moments when the mundane and the sublime converge, Brandon Forrest Frederick takes the refuse of consumerism - discarded beer cans, product wrappers, etc - and elevates their status through simple poetic gestures. Using lush skyscapes as backdrops, and incorporating imagery into glowing light boxes, these seemingly banal subjects are reinterpreted to offer moments of disruption that emphasize aesthetic over use value. Mik Gaspay’s work investigates how mass-manufactured objects become markers of cultural and personal identity. Focusing on things commonly found in the home, often kitch decorations or other things meant purely for display, he recontextualizes objects to reveal a more complex narrative. Having migrated from the Philippines as a child, his work references the experience of assimilation, and the effect of capitalism on identity.   The Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives is a nomadic project by Kendell Harbin that considers the VHS tape as it heads towards obsolescence, and how that impacts the visibility of LGBTQ+ communities, particularly in the midwest. Through activities that include home movie digitization, a VHS tape lending library, video screenings, and skill building workshops, the RCMA looks to preserve and present stories of queer life, and speaks to the importance of using available tools and technology to self represent. Working across several mediums, Laura Rokas explores symbols, icons, and emblems that are universally understood yet culturally specific. Recurring imagery such as hands with long red fingernails act as both the artist's alter ego and a generalized abstraction of femininity. Embroidered patches speak to how our desire to mark achievement and define identity can easily be co-opted. And referencing the visual rhetoric of professional cycling culture, her work investigates the relationship between branding, sponsorship and individual or group identity William Toney uses mixed media and photography to examine mundane objects as traces of people and their actions. Combining the detritus of everyday life and common signifiers of African American culture, his work conflates the European tradition of still life paintings with the opulence of music video styling. Incorporating elements that are evocative of time and place, such as faux wood paneling and other framing devices, his work is an exploration of associative imagery.  

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