2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards Checklist

10/13/2012 - 12/12/2012

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Marcus Cain
Before and after, 2012
acrylic, ink, latex, and watercolor on wood panel
Courtesy of the artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Marcus Cain
Pulse, 2012
acrylic, ink, latex, and watercolor on wood panel
Courtesy of the artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Marcus Cain
Clearing the way, 2012
acrylic, ink, latex, and watercolor on wood panel
Courtesy of the artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Marcus Cain
Self conscious, 2012
acrylic, ink, latex, and watercolor on wood panel
Courtesy of the artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Marcus Cain
Passing/through, 2012
acrylic, ink, latex, and watercolor on wood panel
Courtesy of the artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Marcus Cain
Burden of light, 2012
acrylic, ink, latex, and watercolor on wood panel
Courtesy of the artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Anne Austin Pearce
Animals Don’t Take Vows, 2012
acrylic and ink on six wood panels; acrylic and ink on archival drafting film

Luke Rocha
Alternative Medicine, 2010-12
collage on panels, feathers, beads, color wheel motor,
spray paint, vinyl records , plastic, wood, and assorted flags

Luke Rocha
Pay to Get In, Pray to Get Out, 2012
collage and spray paint on panel, metal, and kneeling bench

Luke Rocha
Polaroid Studies: 2005-2012, 2005-2012
Polaroid 600 film, yearbook photos, and assorted dime bags

Luke Rocha
Occupy Anonymous, 2012
custom teepee, light fixture, concrete blocks, and chain-link fence

Luke Rocha
The Silence is Killing Us, 2011-2012
3 projection screens, 2 slide projectors, custom light boxes, video, and sound

Luke Rocha
Look Library, 2010-2012
custom xeroxed zines and mixed media

Marcus Cain

Marcus Cain’s drawings and paintings veer back and forth between abstraction and representation, with the figure as a recurrent element explored in relationship to environment, physical form, and consideration of presence and absence. Cain’s latest paintings are part of an ongoing series of semi-abstract works that draw on the form of an iconic portrait head to explore a threshold between cognitive absence and presence. The environment within these paintings often defines an intimate space — which Cain thinks of as a space where breathing and communication are exchanged — while the forms themselves often appear to be either converging or dissipating around points of lightness or darkness, which suggest eyes or portals into an interior space.

Cain earned his B.F.A. degree in painting and printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998 and has exhibited actively in the Kansas City area and nationally since then. Exhibitions of his work have been presented at venues including Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City; California State University in Long Beach; Jan Weiner Gallery in Kansas City; George Billis Gallery in N.Y.; Rocket Projects in Miami; Boots Contemporary Art Space in St. Louis; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan.; Okay Mountain in Austin; Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University in Kansas City; and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City. He will have a solo show, “Wonder & Dread” at Sherry Leedy Contemporary this spring. Cain is currently executive director of Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, where he was previously curator from 2007 through 2011. Prior to that he served as editor-in-chief of Review Magazine, the former Kansas City-based visual art and culture publication, and as assistant director of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.

Anne Austin Pearce

Anne Austin Pearce’s recent ink, acrylic, and colored pencil drawings on paper are explorations of human psychology and emotion—our inner lives. These manifest as exaggerated, visceral representations of bodily forms tangled within and emerging from dense passages of gestural, abstract marks and patterns. In her very newest, large-scale works on paper, Pearce is exploring the ocean and organic forms under the water, which she describes as “a metaphor, vehicle and resource of form for the unknowable and the unnameable.”

Pearce earned her B.F.A. degree in printmaking from University of Kansas, Lawrence in 1990, and her M.F.A. in drawing and painting from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., in 1995. Her work has been exhibited extensively over the past decade including in solo shows at Work Gallery in Brooklyn (2011); Kansas City Public Library Central Library’s Genevieve Guldner Gallery (2011); Eppink Gallery at Emporia State University in Kansas (2010); Haidee & Allen Wild Center for the Arts at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. (2009); University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design in Warrensburg (2008); Unit 5 Gallery in Kansas City (2008); 1912 Gallery at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va. (2007); and MoMO Studio in Kansas City (2005). Her work has also been featured in many dozens of group exhibitions around the country, including at Betrand Delacroix in New York; Corcoran School of Art & Design in Washington DC; Next Art Fair in Chicago; Verge Art Fair in Miami; Cara and Cabezas Contemporary in Kansas City; Milo Gallery in Los Angeles; Townsend Wolf Gallery at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock; White Flag Projects in St. Louis; The Late Show Gallery in Kansas City; and The Shore Institute for the Contemporary Arts in Longbranch, N.J. Pearce is currently an assistant professor of fine arts at Rockhurst University, where she has taught since 1999, and director of Rockurst’s Greenlease Gallery. Visit www.anneaustinpearce.com for more information.

Luke Rocha

Luke Rocha is a self-taught artist who creates sculptures, installations, publications, and collages from a range of found materials and media. Particularly interested in the lesser-known or underappreciated expressions and artifacts of specific cultures and subcultures, Rocha, a consummate collector, seeks to re- focus attention on these forms while bringing them into new dialogue with one another in the present.

Rocha’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the Mercy Seat in Kansas City (2006) and Halcyon Diversified Trading in Roeland Park, Kan. (2010), as well as in group shows at Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project Space, Paragraph Gallery and La Esquina in Kansas City; Around the Coyote Gallery in Chicago; Wonder Fair in Lawrence, Kan.; Steckline Gallery at Newman University in Wichita; and Mattie Rhodes Art Center in Kansas City. In 2010 he was commissioned to create the Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Kansas Citian of the Year Award, and was a Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project Studio Resident from 2010-2011. For more information, visit www.lukerocha.com.