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November 2018

Open Plan: Caleb Taylor

November 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - January 5, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty
Kansas City , MO 64102 United States
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For the better part of four years, Chair of Foundation Caleb Taylor’s practice has grown to engage dialogues that shift abstract form away from pure distillation and focus on its relationships to constructed environments, history of place, and dynamics connected to ways of seeing. Open Plan is Caleb Taylor’s first solo exhibition with Haw Contemporary. Occupying the entirety of the Stockyards ground floor, this exhibition presents paintings, photographic collages, and sculptures that investigate the complex dualities of images and objects, representation and abstraction, perception and understanding, fact and fiction, building and rebuilding. Modernist architects broke away from traditional designs and construction methods, favoring approaches offering a continuity and liberation of physical space. Identified by Le Corbusier as one of his ‘Five Points of Architecture’, an open plan references interior spaces free of sub-dividing walls. His principles shifted the aesthetic vernacular and usability of architecture to include clear perspectives on site-specificity. The notion of spatial response is ever-present in Taylor’s installation. Entering each gallery, viewers encounter works that are distinct in their content and are informing and sampling one another. The layout of the exhibition is both structurally unified and fractally unfolding, underlining the idea that all manners of art-making are an act of construction. Please join us…

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December 2018

Warren Rosser – Unexpected Consequences

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - January 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Haw Contemporary Crossroads, 15 West 19th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Unexpected Consequences, a solo exhibition of new paintings by former William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting Warren Rosser opens December 6 and runs through January 16 at Haw Contemporary Crossroads. Please join us for a reception at the gallery on Thursday, December 6 from 6-9 p.m. Artists Statement Unexpected Consequences refers to the process of reacting to a particular set of circumstances. A year ago, my right hand needed surgery and I found myself unable to paint for a couple of months. I could still move a mouse, however, so painting software became an avenue for making, and for all the unexpected possibilities that ensued. In contrast to digital processes, painting is a more tactile experience with many surface modulations. Paint has a certain resistance. It has to be manipulated, moved around and deposited on the linen surface, and there is a delay in the process. Paintings have many inconsistencies – flaws, so to speak – which for me actually help guide decision-making. There is more evidence of change, of excavation; the surface of the paint reflects the history of the making. Paintings have a slower read. With digital painting, one does not have to wait for the paint…

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