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.
S.E. Nash is a visual artist whose work engages with microbial life through the inclusion of edible fermented foods in sculptural installations. In 2017, Nash was awarded ArtsKC Inspiration grant for Lactobacillus Amongus at PLUG Projects. Nash is currently at work on Garden Variety Soda Fountain, a community garden fermented beverage project funded by a Rocket Grant in 2017-2018. Originally from Tennessee, Nash received a BFA in Painting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2005. Nash teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
Glyneisha Johnson is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting department. She is also a recipient of Charlotte St Foundation’s 2017-2018 studio residency program. 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.
Damien Spader is an interdisciplinary artist who uses drawing, metalworking, and digital fabrication to intervene with technological language. Working with powdered charcoal and graphite he now makes drawings in replicating sequence as a way of holding together the present and the past. To illustrate this, Spader’s work imitates modern artifacts that represents a pivotal moment of our time. Spader received a BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2017.
Ruben Bryan Castillo is a visual artist born in Dallas, TX. He received an M.F.A. in visual art from the University of Kansas and a B.F.A. in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute. Castillo’s work addresses themes of intimacy, queerness, place, and the body using a range of media including drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and video. He is currently a 2017-2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident and a lecturer and shop technician in the printmaking department at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Lilly McElroy’s projects are an exploration of her complex relationship with the American West and what it means to be an American in a time of diminished expectations. She grew up in southern Arizona amongst cowboys ridding bulls, coyotes howling on moonlit nights, beautiful sunsets, and vicious brawls. Her artistic practice revolves around translating those experiences and clichés into epic photographs and playfully antagonistic videos. While performing for the camera, she enacts feminist gestures that reflect a sense of quixotic hopefulness and a desire to control subjects as ungovernable as nature. McElroy received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Arizona. She been a resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Fine Arts Work Center, and MOCA, Tucson. Recent exhibition venues include The Figge Art Museum and The ICA at MECA.
Boi Boy is a Kansas City Native who got their start in the KC art community will working with MYARTS (Metropolitan Youth Art and Technology for Students). Their work tends to address issues related to dissociation, idealizations, and identity. Often their installations reference their Catholic upbringing as well as a desire to recreate an alternative reality. They graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute Fiber Program in 2016 and are currently a Charlotte Street Foundation studio resident. While in School they interned with Peggy Noland and Plug Projects.
Since graduating they have worked on queer events and performances for Electrosexual and Soft Leather and Late Night Theater. They have assisted and designed large-scale institutions for The Kemper Gala After Party and the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 20th-anniversary events and a Pop-Up installation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They have shown their work at Undergraduates Underground at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Vacant Farm, La Esquina, The Drugstore and most recently at Paragraph Gallery, Jupiter DIY, and Front/Space.
The ARGOT/NOTS is a two-person art collective consisting of Logan Acton and Meghan Skevington. The collective, formed in 2017, focuses primarily within the realms of digital media. During their Charlotte Street Residency, they will produce a web-based video series called Critical Discourse, an art talk show that seeks to remove the jargon from art speak.
Matthew Johnson is an Audio Producer and Visual Artist originally from St. Louis. He graduated from the Painting Department at KCAI 2017. He has shown his work at the Reese Gallery in St. Louis, Front Space, and the Contemporary Art Gallery at Meramec. Using disparate found objects he focuses on making sculptural pieces with an internal logic which begin to decay and morph as each piece is constructed. He is currently working on a solo sound project and a series of sculptures based on anxieties and internalized cultural pressures in and out of the queer landscape.