Friday, April 8 through Saturday, May 21, 2022

Sweeping the Chimney through the Mantle of the Earth features nine North American artists working in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. Redefining their own interiors and exterior parameters, the artists in this exhibition examine the physiological extensions between the body and the Earth through the lens of social and environmental unrest.

Adapting geological nomenclature and languages similar to the era of Romanticism, these artists address livelihood as an emotional abstraction and an action necessary for survival. The works depict fleeting materiality of the natural, supernatural and spiritual world, boldly using the landscape as the subject and the medium. Uprooting their generational histories and lived experiences, the nine artists featured in this exhibition use material of labor, landscape, and shelter as a means to navigate shifting geographical and environmental milieus. Dropping a pin on the inhabitants, the selected artists in this exhibition all currently live and work in the North American Central Time Zone region. Collectively sharing space in Kansas City, MO, the works in this exhibition decipher new interpretations and recordings of nature and naturalistic observation. Similar to the philosophies of the Romanticism movement, the human being operating as an extension of nature remains an intersubjective principle in Sweeping the Chimney through the Mantle of the Earth. Relational to the changing world around them, the artists in this exhibition use this principle to blur the boundaries between entropy and empathy.

Featuring: Pia Bakala (Kansas City, MO), Kevin Demery (Kansas City, MO), Juan Molina Hernández (Chicago, IL), Jada Patterson (Kansas City, MO), Ximena Prieto (Ciudad de México), Donald Pruitt (Kansas City, MO), Jose Villalobos (San Antonio, TX), Fred Vorder-Bruegge (Kansas City, MO), Rachel Youn (St. Louis, MO) Curated by Charlotte Street Studio Resident Andrew Ordonez


Exhibition Opening Reception April 8 from 6:00-9:00 PM | CSF Gallery Please join us for the opening reception for Sweeping the Chimney through the Mantel of the Earth. Masks required indoors. Proof of vaccination required upon entry. To learn more about our COVID-19 Protocol, visit

Live Performance by Jose Villalobos  Saturday, April 9 at 12:00 PM | CSF Gallery Join us on Saturday, April 9 at 12:00 PM at Charlotte Street for an in-person performance by Jose Villalobos in response to his work, Lo Que Existe Entre Paredes featured in our exhibition Sweeping the Chimney through the Mantle of the Earth.

Visual Artist Talk with Rachel Youn Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 PM (CST) | ZOOM Join us in conversation with Rachel Youn, whose work Pendulum is on view at Charlotte Street for the exhibition, Sweeping the Chimney through the Mantle of the Earth.

Open Studios Curatorial Chat with Andrew Ordonez  Saturday, April 30 from 3:00-4:00 PM | CSF Gallery

Sweeping the Chimney through the Mantle of the Earth Exhibition - April 2022

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Friday, April 8 through Saturday, May 21


Charlotte Street Gallery (3333 Wyoming)

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