September 26, 2017
Sexybeast Project Wall Unveiled at Closing of 100 Proof at H&R Block Artspace
The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present “Sexybeast” by Leeah Joo on the Project Wall, a public art billboard located on the west side of the Artspace building facing Main Street. The unveiling of this new Project Wall will coincide with the closing reception of our current exhibition 100 Proof on Friday, September 29 from 6 – 8 pm.
Leeah Joo is a Korean-American artist who explores cross-cultural experiences by combining Eastern and Western painting traditions to examine the act of looking through depictions of what is being uncovered and/or what remains hidden. Presenting a vista of silk wrapped mountains and valleys, Sexybeast sets the stage for Korean folklore and history to unravel before a contemporary American experience. The drapery in this work is inspired by one of Kansas City’s most treasured American masterpieces: Venus Rising from the Sea—A Deception by Raphaelle Peale, which hangs in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Peeking over the v-fold in Joo’s violet swathed hilltops is a traditional Korean goblin or dokkaebi in place of the Venus. The dokkaebi is a fearsome supernatural beast known for pranks that ultimately prove to be harmless. In this composition, the leering goblin stands in for Kim Jung Un, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). This conflation of a contemporary figure and mythological creature can be read as a painterly incantation or binding spell, wherein the artist marks the megalomaniacal leader as impotent to inflict any lasting harm.
Born in 1971 in Seoul, Leeah Joo immigrated to U.S. with her family to settle in Indianapolis. Joo spent six years in Kansas City (1998-2004) when she taught at KCAI and was awarded a Charlotte Street Fellowship in 2001, before settling in Connecticut with her husband, children, parents, and a flock of chickens. This Project Wall was commissioned by the Artspace to celebrate Every Street is Charlotte Street.
100 Proof presents a diverse selection of prints created by 23 artists working in collaboration with Landfall Press. Preeminent among a handful of atelier/publishers throughout the world, Landfall Press was founded in 1970 by Jack Lemon, a 1963 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. Surveying nearly 2 decades of innovative artistic collaborations, the exhibition features a broad range of media and techniques that reflect the unique vision and adventurous approach of Landfall Press and its founder and master printer, Jack Lemon.
Experience the totality of ArtPop on April 26 from 6-10 p.m. on the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) campus at 4415 Warwick Blvd. Hop on a trolley or stroll around campus to enjoy this exclusive “pop-up” shop where you can view and purchase student artwork, indulge in creative fare and festive libations, and revel in live music. Musical guests include Victor & Penny and Julia Hale. Specialty cocktails are hosted by Lifted Spirits, Extra Virgin and Café Trio. All proceeds from this event support student scholarships. Honorary Chairs are Frank Wewers, KCAI Trustee and his wife Helen. Event Chairs are Scott Heidmann and Ken Petti. Tickets start at just $75. Buy Tickets Here!
In his lecture, Plants and Parks: Shaping the Urban Environment at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 in Epperson Auditorium, Alumnus Jason Siebenmorgen will discuss current landscape architecture projects at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. A series of case studies will focus on the design and construction of urban public spaces as well as the practical challenges of intensive use, varying horticultural practices, and long-term maintenance. Jason Siebenmorgen is Associate Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA), a landscape architecture firm based in New York City. At MVVA, Jason leads the planting design and its implementation in projects ranging from courtyard gardens to large-scale public parks. One of his focus areas and passions is how planting in public spaces is becoming increasingly rich—informed by both natural and urban ecologies—rendering park spaces both more diverse and more resilient. At MVVA, Jason’s current projects include Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, New York, A Gathering Place for Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas, and continuing work at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York. Jason is the recipient of the 2016 Garden Club of America Rome Prize. As a resident at the American Academy in Rome, he investigated the evolving role of plants in both historic and contemporary Italian gardens, bridging his interest read more…
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