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Staff Event: Ari Fish Presents Latch: Comfort Measures
September 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Latch : Comfort Measures is the sixth temple in Ari Fish’s temporary temple series. A fully immersive installation, from floor to ceiling, to sight and sound, Latch explores ideas of the maternal. Congregants are immediately asked to reconcile their experience with a dropped ceiling measuring at just above five feet. Warm lighting and a rhythmic and, at times, confrontational score to the installation, create an environment that is simultaneously comforting and challenging. One cannot help but to feel as though they are in an ethereal and bodily space, either cast out away or trapped inside, insisting upon the inquiry of ‘ are you in or are you out?’. With its curated contributors with broadly ranging ages and media, Latch offers community programming for everyone. Each contributor has been specifically selected to represent a detailed aspect of the maternal . Each have been given the space to do what thou wilt . In the spirit of the maternal, Fish will hand over the installation to visual artist Annie Woodfill during the last week of the exhibition. Woodfill will have complete authority over the space until it’s closing on September 28th, 2019. Latch : Comfort Measures opens on the evening of Friday, September 6th, 2019, at the east Crossroad’s Vulpes Bastille Gallery.
Ari Fish’s work spans many media, from sculpture and photography to clothing design, music, drawing, writing, and large-scale multi-media installation. Fish’s work integrates elements of sacred ritual, religious study, multi-sensory saturation and deprivation, and stresses an emphasis on both survival and spiritual necessity. She is a Charlotte Street Visual Artist Fellow and a two-time recipient of the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. Fish has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her commentary on pop culture has been featured in both print and on television. She is currently an instructor and advisor at the Kansas City Art Institute.