Friday, May 16th to Saturday, June 14th, 2008
Curated by Davin Watne, artist, curator, and former Founder/Director of Dirt Gallery in the West Bottoms, and Kate Hackman, Charlotte Street Foundation Associate Director, Painterly La La featured the work of two previous (Sarah Vandersall, Stewart Losee) and three current (Eli Borrowman, Nicole Mauser, Lee Piechocki) Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program artists.
UCP’s Studio Residency Program awards free studios for one-year terms to talented emerging Kansas City artists in need of space in which to work and fosters a sense of community and exchange among these artists, who open their studios to the public every Third Friday.
The five emerging artists featured in this exhibition exemplified a “painterly” approach to artmaking – in some cases articulated through a gestural use of paint itself, while in other cases through the manipulation and arrangement of everyday materials, including wood, fabric, foam, glass, and diverse found objects. From tiny two-dimensional drawings and small oil and enamel on canvas paintings(Piechocki) to mid-size acrylic and varnish paintings on board (Mauser) to large three-dimensional mixed-media sculptures (Borrowman) to multi-component installations (Losee, Vandersall) — works included manifested playful, experimental approaches to color, form, texture, composition, and construction process.
Painterly La La was the second in a new series of semi-annual “Studio Residency Focus” exhibitions, which aim to highlight and contextualize the work of artists participating in UCP’s Studio Residency Program. These exhibitions also seek to engage artists and arts professionals from the broader community with the Studio program and its artists by inviting them to conduct studio visits and serve as curators for these shows.
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