Friday, February 15th to Saturday, March 15th, 2008
Urban Culture Project’s Third Friday Art Downtown February 15 features the opening of Wild Reserve: Kelly J. Clark and Christa Dalien; a live electronic music performance by the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance; the second reception for Locate / Navigate: exercises in mapping (Part 1} at Project Space, and open studios. All free and open to the public.
Wild Reserve is a two-person exhibition of recent and site-specific work by Lawrence, Kansas based artists Christa Dalien and Kelly J. Clark. Through drawings, prints, mixed media works on paper, wall paintings and soft sculpture, the artists’ meticulously attend to eccentric worlds of their own invention.
Whether it be the phrase “dread daily” revealing itself across the horizon of a night sky in a delicate print with colored pencil by Clark, or a forlorn raccoon sitting in a drippy pool of color that might be a paint pour, melting iceberg, or toxic spill in a pencil and acrylic drawing by Dalien, the artists’ work shares a sense of fantastic melancholy or “wild reserve.”
About the Artists
Both trained as printmakers, Clark and Dalien have collaborated in the past to present an exhibition at the University of Kansas where they received their MFA degrees in printmaking. This second collaborative exhibition reflects an ongoing interest in combining printmaking with other media.
Exhibiting a printmakerly tendency towards multiplicity with an appreciation for individuality, Kelly J. Clark alters the impressions of his printed editions into serial mixed media works on paper. Clark received his BFA from the University of Texas, Austin in 2002, and his MFA from the University of Kansas in 2006. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN; Slingshot Gallery, Madison, WI; The Farm gallery, Kansas City; and Grey Matters Gallery, Dallas, TX, to name a few. Clark is currently an Instructor in Printmaking at Kansas City Art Institute.
Presenting the natural world as a receptacle of her wishes and intentions, Christa Dalien often depicts herself there as well, as director of or participant in the events unfolding. Dalien received her BFA from St. Cloud State University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2007. Exhibitions include “I Would Rather be Drawing,” curated by Michael Krueger, Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City; “Warm Blooded, Warm Hearted,” First Amendment Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; and “Yes, I Kansas” at the All Rise Gallery, Chicago, IL.