This June, the Missouri Bank’s Crossroads location at 125 Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri will debut four new large-scale commissioned images by artists, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox and Thayer Bray as part of its ongoing Artboards series! Installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank, the Artboards are visible to the public all hours of the day, and will remain on view for three months. For more information about Missouri Bank’s Artboards series, please visit https://mobank.com/crossroads-artboard or see the “Artboards” section of our website. Watch this clip from KCPT’s interview with Missouri Bank and Charlotte Street to find out more about the history of the Missouri Bank’s Artboards.
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, “Today is the day, I hope you feel it too”, to be displayed on the west-facing billboards
On the West-facing billboards, artist, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, pulls inspiration from her recent travels to Venice, Italy and portrays notions of perception and empathy. Bordallo Dibildox said of her work, “I chose two images of colored marble, a material I chose after having spent three months in Venice this fall. There was great influence specifically in the works of Giotto at the Scrovegni Chapel and Veronese at the Palazzo Ducale due to their passion with the tactility of marble and the way it can be translated through painting. Overlaid on the marble, the words: “Today is the day” and “I hope you feel it too”. The strength of the images lie not in their empathetic messages, but in the fluidity of their language and the potential that exists for the viewer to not only participate as the viewer, but as the author by seeking to be empathetic to those whose paths they’ll never cross.”
Thayer Bray, “Untitled, (after M.A.)“ to be displayed on the east-facing billboards
On the East-facing billboards, artist, Thayer Bray’s piece, Untitled (after M.A.), is intended to provoke questions about relationships and the nature of physical, emotional, and psychological closeness. Thayer explains, “In this piece, the figures are standing, facing each other, looking earnestly into each other’s eyes. The male figure is on the extreme right edge of the left billboard, the woman on the extreme left of the right. Behind both figures, the billboards are blank white.This image alludes to ideas of closeness and intimacy. This pairing is intended to provoke questions about the nature of closeness. Whether their hyper- fascination with one another might prevent them from exploring the wider space around themselves, and of the notion that real relational closeness may be impossible. After all, they are eternally in separate boards/ hermetic spaces.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox is a Mexican-born artist living in Kansas City. She obtained a BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute and has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Italy and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited in a wide range of spaces including local galleries, City Ice Arts and 50/50. Alongside her studio practice, Patricia is Director of the Pre-College Artlab at the Kansas City Art Institute, managing editor of Informality Blog (KC) and a partner of Sight Review (NYC). For more information, visit www.patriciabordallo.com.
Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray Is a drawer, printmaker, bookbinder, and sculptor based in Kansas City. He earned a BFA in printmaking and minor in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2009. Thayer’s work is heavily influenced by, and takes freely and openly form, the history of art, prints, comics, movies, and cartoons. His 2-D and 3-D work, all figurative, and all ink on paper, investigates ideas of physical closeness, emotional intimacy, body dysmorphia, narcissism, frailty, snuggles, and the social and interpersonal negotiations which occur within heterosexual relationships. He is currently the shop assistant at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Kansas City, MO, and head binder at Red Shorts Bindery.