Monthly Archives: August 2017

hillary brooks

KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is returning this week with regional artist Hillary Brooks (@hillary_brooks). Hillary will be showing us the art world through her eyes in the Arkansas area! We are very excited to take a visual trip with Hillary for the next six days to see what is happening in her art practice and career.

Hillary’s works are currently featured at KCAC in the 34th Annual River Market Regional Exhibition: Truth, Trust, Transcend. The show and two of Hillary’s sculptures are up on display at KCAC through September 22nd during gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm.

Let’s get this journey kicked off with a few words from Hillary on her work and current art practice…

“What is the difference between nakedness and nudity? Where does the line draw between objectification and empowerment? How does context play a role in our conception of appropriateness? These are questions my work elicits. I challenge the context of appropriateness while confronting that which is criticized about femininity. The frivolity and triviality, the shame associated with the body, are now tools used to highlight the ridiculous assumptions of womanhood.”

We are anxious to see what Hillary has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Hillary on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, August 31st – Tuesday, September 5th!

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

kirk decker

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is back this week with longtime KCAC member and friend Kirk Decker (@kirkdeckerphoto)!

Kirk is another featured artist currently exhibiting in The River Market Regional Exhibition (RMRE) at KCAC. The show and Kirk’s works are up on the KCAC walls through September 22nd. In fact, Kirk has two stunning works in the exhibition, so hurry on down to KCAC Wednesday – Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm to see them in person.

So, without further ado, here are a few words from Kirk about his work, subject matter and process…

“I use Film, Digital, and Infrared cameras in my photography.

When I use Film I’m not looking for some sort of Ultimate Quality in film. I’m looking for an aesthetic quality, that incorporates the Japanese ideas of mono no aware, wabi, and yūgen. I embrace film now, for the very qualities that when we shot film (back then) were considered qualities to be avoided.

Shooting With Film is about the realization that perfection is not beauty and that it is our “flaws” that make us beautiful; realizing that our censoring has been self-censoring, all our restraints and hesitations have been self imposed based on our misconceptions of what we see in ourselves. It is about being beautiful in the moment now, never waiting to be beautiful later.

The Digital cameras that I use excel at recording the surface of things,: a person’s face for a passport, a flower for a catalog, the facade of a building.  While these cameras can easily make a perfect surface image, these images frequently add up to something that is less than the object portrayed.

The best photography is not a literal description of a surface already seen and known. The best images are metaphors that evoke images of things unseen; love, strength, loss, struggle, change. These images that see past the surface of the thing — person, flower, building — are the images I want to create.

Infrared is a spectrum of light that is below the range of light that the human eye can see.  In a sense, I’m making images with invisible light. Photographing in infrared, making images with unseen light is a way for me to explore the idea that “One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.”  In all the mediums that I use, I’m looking for a complex deeper beauty that’s frequently hidden until light & shadow, place & time, and, fleeting expression suddenly, unexpectedly come together for a few moments to be a muse pointing towards that beauty.”

We are thrilled to see what Kirk has in store for us, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Kirk on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, August 24th – Tuesday, August 29th!

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

tara karaim

The River Market Regional Exhibition (RMRE) at KCAC is up through September 22nd and as we walked through the galleries enjoying all the amazing artwork from artists across the region we realized that it was high time these artists did a take over of our Instagram account! SO, over the next few weeks many of the artists you see in our galleries for the RMRE will be taking on our account! THIS week we are happy to feature the work of current KCAC exhibiting artist Tara Karaim (@tarakaraimart)!

Without further ado, here are a few words from Tara about her work, subject matter and process…

“Is there a right way to portray the modern woman in art? If so what is it? Who is this modern woman really? These are the questions that drive me. As an art historian, I have been confronted with all of the wrong ways that men have portrayed women throughout time. I am certain there is not one correct answer, but I am determined to try.

In my current work, I am taking a new route to portraying women. I’m interested in how women want to be portrayed. Isn’t the true essence of being a modern woman, being what you want to be? I have departed on a path where I collaborate with my female friends, family, and colleagues and ask them how they see themselves and how they want to be seen. I am the recorder of their interests, personalities, achievements, and essences. I intend to show the depth and variety of women and I hope to empower them by legitimizing their choices in large, beautiful paintings.

In these works, I work closely with my female subject to convey what she has chosen to convey. Her thoughts and choices are just as important to the work as my painting it. I use a naturalistic style that captures all of the details of her vision. I strive for realism and accuracy in terms of the amount of detail in hopes of mirroring the amount of depth and detail in these women’s lives.”

We are thrilled to see what Tara has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Tara on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, August 17th – Tuesday, August 22nd!

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

taylor painter-wolfe

August is here in Kansas City and we have been enjoying some beautiful weather. We thought it only seemed right that we continue to include some beautiful art to go along with it, so we are very excited to share the works of current KCAC exhibiting artist Taylor Painter-Wolfe (@tpainterwolfe)! Taylor’s fiber works are on display in the Underground gallery at KCAC through September 22, but we just can’t get enough. SO, we thought it only seemed right that we invite her to join us on the Instagram account and see the world through her artistic lens.

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor attended The Kansas City Art Institute where she majored in fiber art. There she learned to make hand-dyed, handmade felted wool, which she used to create clothing, costumes, and fine art pieces. After graduating with a BFA in 2003, Taylor toured with and made costumes for a performance art band called The Ssion. She then traveled extensively in Australia and Southeast Asia, which influenced her to use landscapes and natural environments as inspiration in her work.

Taylor then lived in Washington where she focused mostly on creating felt wearable items to sell at boutiques and craft shows. She attended The University of Washington and received a masters degree in special education. In 2011 she returned to Tulsa to teach special education.

Taylor now divides her time between making and showing her work and teaching art part time at Lee Elementary School. She is currently creating pieces inspired by aerial images of landscapes where natural and man-made environments intersect. She draws from satellite images and aerial photographs to create abstract landscapes out of handmade felted wool.

We are very excited to see what Taylor has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Taylor on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, August 10th – Tuesday, August 15th!

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