Monthly Archives: March 2014

Gary Cawood Exhibition

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The work included here represents the latest exploration of the Excavation project I began in 2006. The excavation is literal—the photographs utilize the details of disturbed land as the setting for the arrangements I create and then photograph. Earlier examples emphasized throwaways in the compositions. In our consumer culture, we toss away the objects we buy with ease. It seems the landscape is equally expendable. The recent work stresses natural objects and materials. In either case, I’m interested in how nature recovers from the scars we inflict on the landscape.

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Essentially I’m doing still life using whatever I find—mud, rock or plant material—as part of the setup. This staged approach, focusing on relatively small details, tends to emphasize formal order, and indeed I delight in the contemplative aspect of view camera work. But I also consciously mimic the haphazard look of the discarded, which can in turn be ordered by the process of seeing photographically. Even the random marks from the dozer can reveal some underlying structure. Art gives us the opportunity to imagine order where none is apparent.

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I’m especially interested in the order that the forces of nature generate. My compositions evolve. The sun, wind and rain can significantly change the effect in a few hours or a few months. The transformation creates surprises—good and bad—as I photograph the various stages of deterioration. Lately I’m using common roofing felt as a substrate for the process to unfold.

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The recent work emphasizes new formal possibilities, just as the land itself continually reconfigures the disruption. Plant life seems to flourish even in the most inhospitable situations. I believe the planet Earth will be just fine in the long term. Whether or not it will suitable for human habitation remains an open question.

– Gary Cawood


Christy Georg Exhibition

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“I make sculptural instruments and devices which function either actually, or metaphorically.  Often created for use in a specific location or inspired by a particular historical account, their meticulous craftsmanship lends them authority as functional objects, but upon inspection may seem quite absurd, fetishistic, alchemical, or otherwise uncanny. Their elusive, esoteric function tickles curiosity and speculation.













The collaboration between user and tool results in an experience/experiment; the duo act as a machine.  The objects may be seen without their user; their obfuscated intentions exist as mere possibilities, in the mind.  Is it any different than viewing 17th century devices, inventions and innovations far removed from our digital world in the 21st?  The ‘present moment’ has always evinced a fascinating, modern world at the height of technology.  It is an uncanny thing viewed with the benefit of hindsight.

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My current “Nautical Body” of sculpture, performance, and drawings has required me to physically become one.  I exhaustively researched maritime history and culture to actualize a modern relationship to stories, lore, and tricks and trades of explorers, pirates, fishermen, ‘old salts,’ and sea-steading sailors. It forced me to live the life of my subject -living and working on an 83’ sailing schooner, and later my own 23’ sailboat.  This training instilled a rare insight into the “dying art” of maritime culture, practical techniques, and crafts, which inspire the work.  The local environment of the Atlantic coast and its rich maritime history inspires and influences the work.  Subjects like sailor’s “marlinespike seamanship” decorative knotting, carvings, scrimshaw, tatttoos, horns, signals, lanterns, as well as physical endurance are moved into startling, humorous, and ironic frames of reference.  I make a contemporary reflection on history and the importance of the sea to culture… with the benefit of hindsight.”

-Christy Georg


Thank you all for another successful Art Auction!

The art auction raised over $68,750! Corporate sponsorships were $7,800, donations from local businesses were approximately $9,620. That, with ticket sales and 100′s of volunteer hours created another successful auction!

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What an amazing result! These funds allow KCAC to match government grants, fund exhibitions, services, advocacy, grants, and residencies. Thank you for your support of the 31st Annual Benefit Art Auction of the Kansas City Artist Coalition. We are honored by the donation of art that you gave to KCAC.

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The auction generates not only funds, but also excitement for our mission of promoting visual arts and artists in Kansas City. This outcome would not have been achieved without you and all the artists and volunteers, including our Auction Honorary Chairperson Mayor Sly James and Mrs. Licia Clifton-James, and the KCAC Board of Directors.

Your help provides a lifeline for the Artists Coalition, keeping it strong and in turn making Kansas City a truly exciting place to be an artist.

The auction is more than a great fundraiser for the Artists Coalition; it can be a great marketing tool for you too. Now is the time to keep working and get the word out about your shows. Send show notices to your buyer and build a bigger, better audience for you and the arts, one patron at a time. Use the list to increase your audience for your work at future exhibitions.

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When you help the Kansas City Artists Coalition you help create our community’s culture. Together we are making Kansas City a truly exciting place for the arts. I hope you will keep the 2015 art auction in mind as you plan your future charitable giving. The 32nd Annual KCAC Art Benefit Auction is set for Saturday, February 21, 2015. Next year is a very special year, commemorating KCAC’s 40th year in existence!The Artists Coalition is a 501 (c) 3 charity and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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