Monthly Archives: December 2016

jeremy luther

KC Artist Lifestyle is back home this week and thrilled to share the artistic world of local artist Jeremy Luther (@jeremyluther)!

Jeremy came onto our radar several months ago when his artwork came across our Instagram feed. His beautiful line work, amazing rendering of the human form and quick wit had us hooked. Jeremy’s printmaking skills are what caught our attention first, but we quickly realized that his talents went far beyond just this particular trade. It seemed like as we walked about KC, we kept running into things that he had his hands in. Jeremy spends his time between running a tiny house movement, teaching at KCAI, working on freelance illustration gigs AND creating his own line of fine woodblocks and prints. The man is a work inspiration!

So, without further ado, here are a few words about Jeremy and his work…

“If you asked Jeremy Luther where he was from, he’d probably say everywhere and nowhere.  He’s bounced from Kansas City to Milwaukee and back with an extended stay in Norway and Tulsa that taught him how to see the world from a different perspective.

He has acted as graphic designer, illustrator, art director, and production director for several respectable publications while also practicing fine art, running Tiny House Creative with his wife, and building a tiny 160 square-foot house on wheels. He’s a jack of all trades, master of all, but has enough modesty and humility not to tell you thereby forcing his wife to write the more flattering parts of this bio for him.

He wears a lot of different hats, both figuratively and literally. Actually, he seems to always be wearing a hat, which is really just a suspiciously accurate metaphor for how hard he works. His skill set includes, but is not limited to, designing for print, layout, idea generation and art direction, story-boarding, drawing, carving wood with x-acto knives, printmaking, illustration & sequential composition, community engagement, volunteerism, Lonerism, and furniture making.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Jeremy’s eyes and to see what he will be sharing with us on his Instagram journey, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos…

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Be sure to follow Jeremy on his KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, December 29th – Tuesday, January 3rd!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

kate clements

The holiday madness is truly upon us and we thought it might be nice to take the KC Artist Lifestyle out of town this week and head over to Philadelphia (and beyond) to explore the delicate world of glass artist, Kate Clements (@kate__clements)!

Kate first came on our KCAC radar back in 2010 when she was juried into the Undergraduate College Student Exhibition as a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. She returned to the KCAC galleries in 2013 when she participated in the River Market Regional Exhibition juried by Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine. Watching the evolution of Kate’s delicate glass crowns to her elegant glass veils and now her magnificent wall installations has been a true joy! Her light touch and artistic ambition are a delight and continue to take our breath away each time we see what new adventure Kate is on.

So, without further ado, here are a few words about Kate and her work…

“In her work Clements engages stages of the adaptation of ‘fashions.’ How taste, even ‘bad taste’ can be celebrated in aristocratic society, but once mimicked by a different social sphere it can become kitsch and regarded as ‘aesthetic slumming.’ The concept of fashion and its association with modernity is interplay between individual imitation and differentiation.

Clements begins to blur the boundaries of body and object, different social classes, the beautiful and the repugnant, the outside and the inside. These decorative acts function as an aesthetic veil, that draws attention to itself but is ultimately removed when the viewer discovers what attracts them to the work are deficiencies.

Kate’s work explores a variety of mediums, including glass, textile, sculpture and installation. She has done residencies at the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and recently completed the S12 Glass Studio Residency in Bergen, Norway. Her work will be showing at Urban Glass in New York City this upcoming spring.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Kate’s eyes and to see what she will be sharing with us on her Instagram journey, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos…

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Be sure to follow Kate on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, December 22nd – Tuesday, December 27th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

kimberly lavonne luther

KC Artist Lifestyle is ready for the weekend, so we are kickstarting things with a brand new artist! We are very excited to share the ceramic sculptures of Kimberly LaVonne Luther (@lavonneluther) with you for the next several days.

Kimberly’s work came across our path several years ago when she submitted her work for a group exhibition here at KCAC. We were so excited by the five participating ceramic artists that we said yes to a show and are anxiously looking forward to seeing their work here in the KCAC Underground Gallery in 2017. In the mean time, we have watched Kimberly’s works progress on Instagram and very much enjoyed seeing the art world through her eyes. Naturally, we realized she was a great fit for the Artist Lifestyle project!

So, without further ado, here are a few words about Kimberly and her work…

“I sculpt parts and segments of the body that oscillate between specimen and relic realized through a ceramic object. Through my sculptures I aim to take the recognizable and transform it into something new in order to hint at the occult wonders, mythologies, and obscure secrets that I create.

Three themes gleaned from these ideas are ‘Saints & Secrets,’ ‘Anatomy,’ and ‘The Collection.’  I reference saints for their connection to something beyond our understanding and the wondrous evidence of this within their bodies. My investigation on saints began after reading about those whose faith manifested internally, revealing objects and images that would be found during their embalming. The forms allude to anatomical illustrations from the Renaissance and 18th century that revealed hidden parts of the body to the viewer.

My work reflects what is unseen back at the viewer, as if, like the illustrations, they are looking into themselves. These sculptures reveal what is not real, distorted and faintly familiar anatomy, in order to create a new sense of wonder and investigation of the body. Collections meant for scientific study and learning, for me are analogous with rooms of reliquaries or crypts of bones.  Like the saints and anatomical illustrations, curiosity cabinets made unseen things visible. By unifying these themes, the viewer is exposed to my created wonders and obscure secrets of the body, which aim to generate insight into the nature of being and seeing.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Kimberly’s eyes and to see what she will be sharing with us on her Instagram journey, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos…

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Be sure to follow Kimberly on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, December 15th – Tuesday, December 20th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle