Dear Kansas City Art Institute community,
Devon Schiller, a December 2013 graduate in art history and painting, Warwick Scholar, and Gilman International Scholarship recipient, will present his artwork The Filters We Live Through: Representing the Emotional Self in Digital Media in an Exhibit Session at the Tenth International Conference on the Arts In Society, to be held at Imperial College London, 22-24 July 2015.
In an era of networked individualism, a prolificacy of online images necessitates of us a visual literacy. In what way do the aesthetics of this virtual environment encode our development of emotion? To what extent does cultural learning influence the social expression of these activity states? How does digital media education empower us to act as agents rather than serve as vectors of cultural transmission?
Postulating an analogy between photo-editing software (through which we frame, adjust, and share our representations of self) and emotional processes (with which we perceive, engage, and regulate our experience of self), Devon Schiller curates renditions of a kiss on the computer desktop that is his canvas. Crafting a multimodal visual essay (screenshots and textual inquiry), he employs cultural analysis informed by the paradigm of cognitive science to investigate the reciprocity between the internal character of emotion (its biological causality, covert induction, and inwardly-directed aesthetic representation) and the external exhibition of these activation states (bodily posture, social valuation, and poetic expression).
As neuroscientific discovery inspires educational practice, and artworks emigrate from cultural-heritage sites to hand-held screens, Mr. Schiller demonstrates how digital art may advance a critical awareness of emotion through how we document the affairs and affections of our daily lives.
A scholar artist, Devon Schiller holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in art history and painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and is an alumna of the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. His research examines how digital media may promote inquiry in educational institutions and museums. With his research process as an art historian complementing his studio practice as a digital painter, Mr. Schiller investigates in visual essays the process of identity construction and gender resolution, the socio-cultural consequence of categorization, and the ethical imperative of word choice. Composing a thesis and exploring a narrative at the intersection of visual and textual literacy, the computer desktop is his canvas.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:
The purpose of the Annual Arts Conference is to create an intellectual platform for the arts and arts practices, and to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world—on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, not he streets and in communities. "The Work of Art in the Age of Networked Society" is the special focus topic of the Tenth International Conference on the Arts in Society.
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Please join us in congratulating Painting Department Alum Ashley Wicks for receiving the MFA Faculty Exhibition Award at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts!
At the end of their first year in PAFA’s MFA program, Yoni Hamburger and Ashley Wick received the MFA Faculty Exhibition Award. This prestigious prize, awarded by the PAFA Graduate Faculty based on a student’s promise and vision, offers the graduate a rare opportunity to exhibit current work one year after graduation.
In Heads & Hearts, Wick and Hamburger explore the spaces between mind, heart, representation, and conception. As Hamburger observes his subjects, he attempts to penetrate the complexity of emotions that are often barricaded within the psyche. Wick enters the realm of Heads & Hearts by creating paintings and animations that trigger memories and desires.
Above (left): Yoni Hamburger, Jon Making Music (detail), 11 x 17”, oil on panel, 2014, image courtesy of the artist; (right) Ashley Wick, High Five, 16 x 20” (detail), oil on canvas, 2014, image courtesy of the artist.
On Friday April 25th visiting artist and KCAI graduate (‘91), Angela Dufresne, met with sophomores Kevin Wilson, Patricia Graham, Braden Bandel, and Donnie Adams, for critiques, following her artist lecture having occurred the previous evening. Dufresne will also be speaking at the 2014 commencement ceremony on May 17th.
DIALOGHI DELL’ARTE: Perception and Motif
Please join Jessie Fisher, Associate Professor in Painting, and Scott Seebart, Lecturer in Painting and Ceramics (KCAI) and in Painting and Drawing (UMKC) for a group exhibition that will mark the first in an international tour, traveling to the Guilin Museum in Guilin, China, the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and the International Center for the Arts in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy throughout the upcoming academic year. The exhibition will feature 32 paintings from 16 American artists and educators who form the painting collective, Dialoghi dell’Arte. Collective members include, Martha Armstrong (VT), Pamela Bowers (SC), Cynthia Bridgeman (IL), Caren Canier, (NY), Tina Engels (IL), Jessie Fisher (MO), Alan Feltus (Italy), Dan Gustin (IL), Lani Irwin (Italy), Geoffrey Miller (NY), Barry Nemett (MD), Laini Nemett (NY), Richard Piccolo (Italy), Langdon Quinn (NY), Scott Seebart (MO), and David Voros (SC).
Dialoghi dell’Arte: Perception and Motif
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Kansas City. MO
June 6th-28th, 2014 | Opening Reception Friday June 6th 6-9pm
Fisher will also take part in the group exhibition, Party Lines, running from May 11th-26th at Smart Clothes Gallery in NY, NY as a guest of the current graduating MFA class from the University of Iowa who have invited distinguished alumni to celebrate the breadth of the program.
Jessie Fisher, Nude with Red Flower- Night Painting, oil on linen, 36x30”, 2013
Caren Canier, Albergo Sole, oil and mixed media on paper,17x17”, 2013
Scott Seebart, DaVinci, oil on linen mounted on panel, 20x16”, 2014
Martha Armstrong, Montecastello to Todi, oil on linen, 30x24”, 2013
Introductions: DTW »> LAX
Anna Breininger, Erica Mahinay, Lauren Satlowski
May 4 - June 8
Reception for the artists: Sunday, May 4, 2014, 5 – 7 p.m.
As the first in a series of planned exhibitions introducing young artists, CB1 Gallery is pleased present the work of three 2013 Cranbrook Acadamy of Art MFA graduates,Anna Breininger, Erica Mahinay and Lauren Satlowski, in our new exhibition, Introductions: DTW »> LAX. Anna Breininger constructs situations of irregularity by using architecturally charged patterns and motifs. Tape rips, forms fade, and surfaces shift from horizontal to vertical. Erica Mahinay is seduced by surface in its ability to exist as a skin, a membrane, a superficial definition, but also in its position as a boundary. Her work references the body and the self as well as landscape or interior spaces. Lauren Satlowsk constructs the foundation for her work using the common figurine.The psychedelic imagery prevalent in her paintings and sculptures are the result of both a sincere desire toward transcendence and a self-aware puppet show.
207 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013(213) 806-7889cb1galleryWednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Or by appointment
Thin Skin #23: Lacuna, 2014 (detail)
Oil on Canvas, acrylic medium, nylon and polyester
71” x 96”
“ETC" is not a theme per se; the works in this exhibition were chosen based on their intrinsic virtues and ability to compliment one another.
Seeing the work together in a new context, I was especially drawn to the ways in which materials served as a motivating factor. Much of the work challenges my notions of what certain materials are, what they do, and what they can become.
- Curated by Anthony Baab
I WANT TO BE YOU; New Paintings by David Rhoads
April 4th - May 24th at 1522 Saint Louis
Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez Accepted into VCU School of the Arts!
Please join us in congratulating Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez, ‘13 Painting alumni, on her recent acceptance into Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts.
For more information on VCU’s School of the Arts click HERE
Art to Live By, March 26th - April 7th in the Dodge Painting Gallery
Art to Live By is an exhibition that explores art as a context for life. Works within this exhibition are made for particular events or to serve specific functions; such as, a painting by which to love someone, a photo near which to break up with someone, an object by which to eat breakfast. These works provide an opposition to art as objects to be visited in an institution.
The Reservoir, works by Matt Bollinger
Please congratulate Matt Bollinger on his current exhibition The Reservoir, on display in Galerie Zurcher in Paris. The exhibition opened March 15th and will be showing through May 10th. Click HERE for more information.