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(Images from left: Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed, Your Lupines or Your Life, 2012. The Pedagogical Impulse—Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, ON; Scott Dickson, Immerge, Emerge, 2014, inlaid photographic prints)

Disturbances in the Field, at Charlotte Street Foundation’s la Esquina Gallery May 8 to June 13, 2015, brings together contemporary practitioners–artists, writers, and activists–whose work hinges on moments that offer a break from the ordinary, a deviation from the status quo. This multi-disciplinary exhibition defines “disturbance” in a broad sense–an interruption, distraction, agitation, upheaval or disruption–perhaps a creative disruption. Disturbances at once attune the senses and stimulate the mind, bringing a pause that allows one to reconsider and to ponder anew or re-form what was expected.

Visually, linguistically and experientially, this exhibition and associated programs investigate disturbances as potentially generative. What can emerge, mutate, transform or co-evolve when we’re caught off guard, become ruffled, perturbed or are otherwise disturbed? Following conceptual, nonlinear threads, this exhibition insists that a disturbance can be productive or generative: thought, action or reaction inducing.

Disturbances in the Field is curated by Lacey Wozny.

Participants: Cyrus Console, Scott Dickson, Casey Dobbins, Leo Esquivel, Amanda Gehin, Shawn E. Hansen, Erika Lynne Hanson, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Judith G. Levy, Sarah Lewison & duskin drum, Vanessa Norton

Exhibition: Disturbances in the Field
Opening Reception: Fri May 8, 2015
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Where: la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th Street, KCMO
Exhibition Dates: May 8-June 13, 2015
Gallery Hours: Thurs 11am-6pm; Weds, Fri, Sat 12-5pm

Public Programs

Shawn E. Hansen presents: Sycamore House Music Series
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:00PM

The Sycamore House Music Series continues with Daniel Bachman (Virginia), Ignatz (Belgium) and Mike Stover (Kansas City) hosted within the exhibition at La Esquina. $8 donation

Control Losing: exercises for melting –or– Some discursive seed bombs
: Saturday, May 23, 2015 7:30PM

Sarah Lewison (Illinois) and duskin drum (California) share from their work on the nature of being in a time of melting. Poaching from permaculture and microbiology to experimentally enact discursive seed bombs, participants are invited to temporarily lose control of imagining feelings about futures…. and mash-it up. Storytelling, word games, dance; risk germination. Free and open to the public.

Linked Verse in Plein Air
Saturday, May 30th 1-4PM

Inspired by renga, a collaborative, Japanese poetic form, Cyrus Console (Kansas City) will lead this workshop. Meet on site at La Esquina. Bring some portable writing equipment and wear comfortable clothing and footwear as this workshop will be held out of doors, weather permitting. Work generated in this event feature in a compendium booklet to be released later during the run of Disturbances. To reserve a spot, please email for further instructions.

Open Compilation Day
Saturday, June 6th 2-4PM

Peruse the exhibition and make your own compilation of formative project texts including essays, poems and short works of fiction. Book-binding tutorial and supplies provided as well as tea and snacks.

Disrupted Patterns and Edge Harmonics
Wednesday, June 10th, 7:00pm

Amanda Gehin (KC), artist, and Stephen Van Rhein (KC), ecologist, explore the harmonies found in nature and art along edges, boundaries and margins a.k.a. edge harmonics. Discover the realms in which dynamic interactions take place between species and how transformed systems manifest in ways observable to the naked eye.



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