H&R Block Artspace presents new project wall - "Show Me the Money"

18 December 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 18, 2013) — “Show Me the Money” by Ahram Park has been selected for presentation on the Project Wall at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St. 

Park’s image was selected by a panel of local curators and artists, including Erin Dziedzic, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Misha Kligman, Plug Projects; Danny Orendorff, Charlotte Street Foundation curator-in-residence; Neil Thrun, writer/art critic/artist; and James Woodfill, a member of the KCAI painting faculty and former Project Wall artist. The panel responded to the site-specific intention of the work and its strong composition of color, line and pattern.
The image used for “Show Me the Money” was taken at the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. With approximately $1.22 trillion U.S. currency in circulation as of Nov. 13, 2013, the Kansas City facility is responsible for sorting and transporting cash to and from commercial banks in the 10th Federal Reserve District, which includes western Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado and northern New Mexico.
The artist wrote about his response to the stacked currency: “Naturally, I couldn’t help but photograph the $40 million they had on display. But I had a hard time imagining myself photographing any other stacks of paper in equal mass. The photographs I took at the Money Museum became the evidence of the value I perceived in this paper, the same paper that drives the largest undercurrents of our political atmosphere and the same medium of exchange that divides millions from education and good health.”
Park was born in Pusan, Republic of Korea. He graduated in 2010 from Kansas State University in Manhattan with a B.S. degree in economics. He lives and works in Kansas City, Mo., where he has exhibited in both local and regional galleries including Dolphin Gallery, 1522 Saint Louis, La Esquina, Paragraph Gallery and Spray Booth Gallery, all in Kansas City, and the Bemis Center in Omaha and Los Caminos in Saint Louis. Additionally, Park has been invited to lecture as a visiting artist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan.
The Project Wall is situated on the western façade of the Artspace and faces the intersection of 43rd and Main streets in Kansas City, Mo. The Project Wall is an ongoing site for temporary public art projects that features selected and commissioned works by various artists. It alternates between local/regional and national/international artists and has presented works created by Vic Muniz (New York), Mike Sinclair (Kansas City, Mo.), Jenny Holzer (New York), Deanna Dikeman (Columbia, Mo.), Alexis Rockman (New York), Archie Scott Gobber (Kansas City, Mo.), David Shrigley (Glasgow), Audra Brandt (Kansas City, Mo.), Yang Yongliang (Shanghai), David Ford (Kansas City, Mo.), Nathan Mabry (Los Angeles), and Dan Perjovschi (Bucharest), Colleen Burner (Portland, Ore.) and Luis Camnitzer (New York).
About the H&R Block Artspace  
Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts, and the general public. For generous support of the 2013-14 exhibition series, the Artspace gratefully acknowledges the Richard J. Stern Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and private contributions. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
Founded in 1885, the Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis in creative writing. KCAI also hosts a free public lecture series — “Current Perspectives” — and a range of public programs including exhibitions, events and partnerships in the community to benefit the general public as well as evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.

Pictured: "Show Me the Money" by Ahram Park

Contact: Beverly Ahern, 816-802-3571 or bahern@kcai.edu