Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Friday, March 15 through Saturday, April 20
Charlotte Street Foundation welcomes Narciso Argüelles and C.J. Charbonneau curated exhibtion, Bricolaje, as the second visual arts exhibition in 2019 at la Esquina Gallery. Bricolaje explores the practice of artists engaged in creative strategies to interrogate the dominant narratives surrounding the ongoing immigration crisis.
Bricolaje is the first of two shows; one in Kansas City, featuring a group of Mexican and Mexican-American artists who incorporate traditional cultural elements into their work as a tactic to comment on issues of identity, legality, and belonging. A second iteration of the show will be featured in Oklahoma City will focus on the wider practice of Latinx artists grappling with these issues.
The show will run in Kansas City from Friday, March 15 through Saturday, April 20, 2019. The exhibition will be located at la Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street, KCMO). The opening reception takes places on Friday, March 15 at la Esquina from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Bricolaje is curated by Narciso Argüelles and C.J. Charbonneau. Artists featured include Narciso Argüelles, Patricia Bordallo-Dibildox, Lizbeth Contreras, Gabby Diaz, Joselyn Garcia, Mary Kuvet, Diana Lerma, Thomas Luna, Rodolfo Marron III, Rebekah Pech-Moguel, Fidencio Fifield-Perez and Kiki Serna.
Friday, January 25 through Saturday, February 23
"There does not exist a forest as an objectively fixed environment: there exists a forest for the park ranger, a forest for the hunter, a forest for the botanist, a forest for the wayfarer, a forest for the nature lover, a forest for the carpenter, and finally a fable forest in which Little Red Riding Hood loses her way." - Giorgio Agamben, The Open: Man and Animal
Charlotte Street Foundation welcomes its first visual arts exhibition of the year, Staging Ground, in la Esquina Gallery, located at 1000 W. 25th Street in Kansas City, MO. The exhibition will run from Friday, January 25th through Saturday, February 23rd. The opening reception for the exhibition takes place on Friday, January 25 from 6:00 PM through 9:00 PM.
In Staging Ground, the landscape is treated as subject, object, and location; a place for action, representation, and romanticization. Artists JE Baker, Carl Baratta, The Blue River Road Investigators (Trey Hock and Brent Jackson), Christopher Carroll, Rachel Frank, Jenny Kendler, Lilly McElroy, eduardo restrepo, and Rodrigo Valenzuela engage with the natural world using the landscape as a site for performance, intervention, fabrication, and exploration in order to address the storied relationship between humans and nature. These artists intrude upon a wilderness in which they can never completely belong, yet, drawing upon Agamben’s notion of shifting realities, they confront this separation, demonstrating their own reverential and at times hubristic tendencies in the process.
On February 16 at 4PM, writer Lucas Wetzel sits down with Brent Jackson and Trey Hock to discuss their work Blue River Road Investigators and how it became Postlude: An Exploration of B.R.R.I. Knowing the chatty and meandering nature of Brent and Trey, other topics will almost assuredly be addressed as well. A casual and conversational tone is encouraged. No dress code is required.