Charlotte Street is pleased to present I Am What I’m Doing this summer at la Esquina Gallery. This exhibition explores the idea of fearlessness in relation to contemporary art. Using 9/11 as a reference point, artists Sebura and Gartelmann posit that a shift from comfort and complacency to uncertainty and fear has given rise to a need for accountability in our lives. “Being a maker at this moment in culture is an odd position,” they write. “This search for accountability has driven a trend among makers to construct a framework of research, in hopes of gaining some type of ‘real-world’ validation. The inverse are those confronting their practices with fearlessness and sincerity, through a personal approach.”
Opening Reception: July 18, 2014 6pm-9pm
Exhibition Runs: July 18—September 6, 2014
First Friday September: Open until 9pm
Location: la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th Street, Kansas City MO 64108
Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 12pm-5pm; Thursday 11am-6pm
Participating artists do not rely on art history, irony, pretentious language, or obtuse didactic to legitimize conceptual positions. The works produced question shared knowledge and how we comprehend it, but generate from the makers’ personal experiences. With many of the featured artists creating new work specifically for this exhibition, I Am What I’m Doing aims to present a spectrum of conceptual, material, cultural, and physical approaches to art making that confronts fear and embraces self-accountability.
For more details about participating artists, see the full Press Release.
Images from left: Beth Heinly, Untitled; Allison Wade, Untitled; Michael Grothusen, Weight of Skin.