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Rise Over Run
August 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - September 6, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
Rise Over Run is a group exhibition that features Kansas City-based artists former William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting Warren Rosser, Associate Professor of Foundation Caleb Taylor, Marcie Miller Gross, and Armin Mühsam. Artists featured in this exhibition are represented by Haw Contemporary, Kansas City.
With their combined sensibilities for constructed space, four Kansas City artists present Rise Over Run, an exhibition investigating the structural potential of site, structure, and the connections existing between their practices. Each artist’s work is an extended dialogue with content raised by contemporary architecture – modularity, mass and void, physicality and site response – underlining the idea that all manners of art-making are acts of construction. These concentrations for all four developed over a career of looking, thinking, and a passion for materiality: Rosser with geometric abstractions that make room for the gestural; Taylor and Miller Gross with compositions that each allude to architecture but go their separate ways with the content it expresses; Mühsam with work investigating the dynamics between landscape, representation, and abstraction.
The strongest common factor in the sculptor’s and the three painters’ diverse bodies of work is their preoccupation with the built form and an aesthetic that rewards close and sustained attention. Their shared sensibility for shape, line, hue, interval, and edge is a result of their dedication to the modernist tenet that a painting or sculpture is first and foremost about the history of its making, and their insistence on the primacy of the perceptual way of experiencing art. Significantly, the three painters are also working three-dimensionally, while Miller Gross augments her sculptures with photography. Together, they see their intersections as the foundation for exploring how an ensemble of their work can reflect and add to discourse regarding constructed environments.
The exhibition opening is Friday, August 9 from 7-10 p.m. For gallery hours go to https://monacomonaco.us/.