Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Join our recipe exchange happening in Charlotte Street’s library with artists Patricia Bordallo Dibildox and Meghan Skevington!
Arrive with 20 handwritten copies of your favorite family recipe, and leave with a small collection of recipes shared by participants and Joy Exhibition artists, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox and Meghan Skevington. Learn a little more about their collaborative work process, and the inspiration behind their piece, Piquancy.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In times of great pressure, the experience of Joy can feel like an act of defiance – a rebellion. As a psychological state, Joy is fleeting. Though a predictor of longer life, a superhuman salve for a myriad of ailments, joy if pursued overtly can actually cause depression. This elusive state of being might best be at its best when it sneaks up on you, when there are no expectations. It can present in the quietest of moments. Or, it can blot out the sky with its brightness. It comes in disguise, in the shape of people, hopes, and triumph. This exhibition features work that captures and inspires joy in a spectrum of experiences, experiments, and evocations. Some themes emerged in the process of selecting this work. Artists brought us their people, nature, laughter, and healing.
There is a tactile sense of what comforts – the soft, the light, the warm. Clouds drift, bells jingle, light dances, blankets envelop. There’s laughter in the air, but there’s also a sense that laughter was… complicated. And isn’t it always, when it’s a good laugh, that digs down deep? This work frankly acknowledges joy usually doesn’t come easy. The process by which it’s achieved, the context it’s found in- is often in relationship to grief, strife, work, monotony, or some other far less desirable feeling. How amazing that nonetheless it exists, a brilliant and shining beacon calling us home to ourselves.
Featuring: Eleanor Aldrich, Chloë Bass, Alexandra Branch, Celeste Butler, Mark Cowardin, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox & Meghan Skevington, Rie Egawa, Rachel Gregor, Hard Stop, Kahlil Robert Irving, Fuko Ito, Dylan Mortimer, Lola Ayisha Ogbara, Amy Reidel, Eric Scrivner & Heather Anacker, Kevin Umaña, Mikey Yates.
ABOUT PATRICIA BORDALLO DIBILDOX
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox is a Mexican-born artist and organizer based in Kansas City, MO. In parallel with visual arts, Bordallo Dibildox’s practice extends to social, political, and community engagement and organizing as leader of KC Tenants, and co-director of front/space. The roles they take on allow them to find the meaning and link between personal and collective action, and the way in which they can utilize their power to build up others. They are currently serving as the CHWC Artist-in-Fellowship in Kansas City, Kansas. Additionally, they were awarded a Women’s Studio Workshop Micro Grant and a Community-Funded Dye Share from The Color Farm this year. In 2019, Bordallo Dibildox received a grant from the Meow Wolf Foundation and a grant from the Ford Foundation as co-director of front/space. For three years, they had a studio at The Drugstore where they were awarded a free residency through the Gift of Faith Award. In 2016, they co-founded and led the Artist of Color Alliance, and were a recipient of a Rocket Grant as Senior Editor of Informality Blog. Bordallo Dibildox currently serves on the Charlotte Street Foundation Programming Committee for Visual Arts, on the advisory board for Rose House Residency, and is an educator at the KC Textile Arts Center. Their work has been displayed nationally and internationally in Australia.
ABOUT MEGHAN SKEVINGTON
Meghan Skevington is an artist working primarily in the realms of photography, filmmaking, and installation. She has exhibited at Vulpes Bastille, Kansas City Missouri, the Yale Norfolk Gallery in Norfolk Connecticut, as well as La Corte Arte Contemporanea Gallery in Florence, Italy. She was awarded the Yale/Norfolk Summer School Fellowship in 2015, and has studied at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She graduated in May 2016 from the Kansas City Art Institute with a double major in Photography and Art History. Meghan is currently living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a 2017/2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident, and is a co-founder and principal of The ARGOT/NOTS, a creative consultant and design agency.