Tori Abernathy is an artist and curator from Miami living in Portland. She is founder and co-director of RECESS, director of RAW:Rupture, and editorialist for portlandart.net. She studied art and anthropology at Reed College. Her work adopts the methodologies of advertising, surveillance, city planning, and other institution to expose their limitations on individual agency while championing the capacities of human subjectivity.
Julia Cole is an interdisciplinary public artist, educator and communitystrategist. Her first career was as a developmental biologist. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle. Julia chaired the Interdisciplinary Arts department at the Kansas City Art Institute for six years, and is part of a collaborative team that makes ecologically and community-oriented art for public spaces (http://colosser.com).
Julia facilitates a city-wide conversation group (http://
swalkkc.wordpress.com), manages a blog related to the reinvention of
education (http://imaginativeducation.wordpress.com), and actively engages
in the regional arts community. She works part-time with the Charlotte Street
Foundation, coordinating a funding opportunity for public-oriented, innovative,
interdisciplinary art projects called Rocket Grants (http://rocketgrants.org).
Julia collaborated with Sean Starowitz in 2011 to inaugurate the Imaginative
Labor Union (ILU) to support artists in acts of surplus imaginative labor. The ILU
slogan encourages artists everywhere to “make work at work!”
Wes Janz, “PhD, RA is the founder of onesmallproject and a Professor of Architecture at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, USA. He was the recipient of the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006 and in 2008 he was a finalist for the Curry Stone Design Prize which is awarded to breakthrough projects that have the “power and potential to improve our lives and the world we live in.” In the past decade Wes traveled to Argentina, Canada, China, Finland, India, Mexico, Panama, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and Uruguay; to the Gulf Coast five times post-Katrina; and to a dozen cities of the USA’s Rust Belt documenting the lives, living conditions, and buildings of some of the world’s poorest people. Along the way, he shifted from a curiosity about prominent designers and their clients/patrons to a belief that people, no matter how poor or apparently disadvantaged, make their way in the world, and that it is often the case that interventions of well-intentioned people bring both opportunity and harm to the lives of locals.”
Eric May grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, within striking distance of both pretty decent taco joints and wooded ravines alike. His undergraduate studies at the School of the Art Institute led him to move to the big city and then to a forested, idyllic hamlet called Ox-Bow in western Michigan during the summertime. It was at the latter where he learned lessons about love, work, and community. He has stuck around ever since, working in the kitchen first as a dishwasher, then a cook, and eventually wearing the chef’s hat. It was always a challenge for him to find a similar spirit of fellowship in the city and sought a certain conviviality in Chicago’s bourgeoning alternative art space scene. Equipped with the stove he learned to cook on, a gaggle of talented buddies, and a pretty primo location, in 2006 Eric opened Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center. After burning out in the studio and returning to the kitchen time and time again to express himself, he realized that he better start figuring out how to call his cooking “art” and found this language in an MFA program at Northwestern University. He now runs a theoretical food truck called E-Dogz from which he develops collaborative and evolving street food recipes that he calls Mongrel Cuisine. Another recent project is the Piranha Club, a monthly dining situation for which he collaborates with chefs from both the art and food worlds to explore provocative cuisines. To discover more of Eric’s projects (and more than you probably bargained for) check out his blog at www.ericchristophmay.com.
Jessica Rogers is a materials based artist, and a community based educator and small business owner who lives in Kansas City, MO. She is the owner and operator of CartWheel. Cartwheel is a mobile retail and gallery space that promotes well crafted goods made by local Kansas City Artists and Craftsmen. In addition to being a mobile retail and gallery space, CartWheel also provides an outlet for education and community based workshops.
“Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. We are based in Chicago and Copenhagen and have existed, with several changes in membership and structure, since 1998. We produce exhibitions, events, projects, and publications. The distinction between art practice and other creative human endeavors is irrelevant to us.
The best way of testing our ideas has been to do them without waiting for permission or invitation. We invent infrastructure or borrow it when necessary. We were not taught this in school. We try different approaches, inspired by others equally frustrated by the systems they inherited, who created their own methods for getting work into the public.
Temporary Services started as an experimental exhibition space in a working class neighborhood of Chicago. Our name directly reflects the desire to provide art as a service to others. It is a way for us to pay attention to the social context in which art is produced and received. Having “Temporary Services” displayed on our window helped us to blend in with the cheap restaurants, dollar stores, currency exchanges, and temporary employment agencies on our street. We were not immediately recognizable as an art space. This was partly to stave off the stereotypical role we might have played in the gentrification of our neighborhood. We weren’t interested in making art for sale. Within the boundaries of “what sells,” artists often carve out tiny aesthetic niches to protect, peddle, and repeat indefinitely, rather than opening themselves up to new possibilities.”
Mike Wolf -‚Äôs work is the result of an auspicious fabric marked by events like his exposure to Public Enemy in 1988, years of sex advice from Dan Savage, and recent millennial prophesies of Hopi Elders. He’d like to celebrate this good fortune with you. Send emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
A. Bitterman is an artist and writer in Kansas City where he lives with his cruel, rancorous wife, Mrs. Bitterman, and their five despicable children.
Gabrielle Depew Costello
Marie Dougherty graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011 with a BFA in Fine Arts and Creative Writing. She is a current resident of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project.
Gina Kaufmann is an author and storytelling director who dabbles in sheep farming at the Green Dirt Farm and bread sales at Fervere Bakery. She wrote a popular art column for the Pitch in the early 2000s and, more recently, co-hosted a daily public radio talk show alongside local media icon Walt Bodine. Her first book, More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nineteenth Century Kansas Women, hit the shelves in January 2012. She also contributed an essay, Exquisite Suffering, to A Waiting Room of One’s Own, a book companion to an art exhibit funded by the Kansas Art Council. Gina earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, is the 2011 recipient of the Pitch Mastermind Award and has just accepted a job at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.
Mitchell Kirkwood is from Kansas. As a recent graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute he spends his time writing, sculpting, and playing music. Just the other day he stole a pair of green pants from his girlfriend. He suspects that if everyone could play at least one Scott Joplin song on the piano the world would be a much more efficient place. Let the palm trees grow.
(Harold) Alex(ander) Savage lives in an apartment in Kansas and has a
job in Kansas. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in
2010 with a BFA in Painting. He is the author of The Flesh is Like a
Kind of Muppet Caper, published by Hey Tiger! in 2010 which is no
longer in print, sorry. He can email you a PDF or Word Doc if you’d
like. He is currently working on a new writing project, but he isn’t
sure what to call it yet. Right now, all he can think of is The Slow
Death of Jeremy Billows but he is probably sure that there are better
things to call it. He attempts to maintain his internet presence at
www.haroldsavage.com and www.coolinternetpresence.tumblr.com and if
you’re already friends with him on facebook you get the idea.
Jordan Stempleman’s most recent collections of poetry are No, Not Today (Magic Helicopter Press, 2012) and Doubled Over (BlazeVOX Books, 2009). He co-edits The Continental Review, teaches writing & literature at the Kansas City Art Institute, & curates A Common Sense Reading Series.
Blair Schulman is Editor of Cupcakes in Regalia (www.cupcakesinregalia.com), a site devoted to commentary on Kansas City-area art and artists, and Associate Editor of Art Tattler (www.arttattler.com). His writing has also been published in Art Practical, Ceramics: Arts & Perception, Juxtapoz, the Kansas City Star, fluent-collaborative, and was a long-time contributor to Review magazine.
Schulman is a 2012 Fellow in the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial program, presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC). The Fellowship is generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Kirkpatrick Foundation Inc., and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
More about Blair can be found on www.blairschulman.com.
Aaron Storck is an interdisciplinary artist who works with a combination of installation, performance, painting, video, photography and creative writing. He was born in 1978 and grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan in New York City. As a youth, Aaron made frequent trips to Kansas and Missouri to visit family. At age 18 he left New York to attend the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he earned a BFA in 2001. Mr. Storck returned to New York City but left again in 2006 to continue his Art practice in Lawrence, Kansas: opting for the “curious cultural context, the lovely open spaces and the inexpensive square footage.”
Upon his return to Lawrence, Aaron worked collectively with local artists to organize group shows and collaborative projects in the Region. Following a solo show at the University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery in 2009, Mr. Storck has participated in Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project Residency, Lawrence Arts Center’s Project-Based Residency, and most recently a 3 month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. His work was featured in New American Paintings #90, and he exhibited at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2010, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 2011, and he looks forward to a solo show at the Salina Art Center in 2012.
In addition to the exhibits just mentioned, Aaron has shown in New York City, Berlin, Chicago, St Louis, and extensively in Kansas City, MO. and Lawrence, KS. His works are held in numerous private collections.
Artsounds was initiated by faculty from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. In ArtSounds performances, vision informs hearing and hearing guides sight in this essential dialogue at the messy intersections of human experience. This Artsounds is presented by Mara Gibson’s Creative Collaborations class.
Please join us for Telling, an ArtSounds performance on Tuesday, April 24th, 7:30 p.m., at La Esquina, free and open to the public. Collaborators feature Lizz Hougland (performing violin), Mintra Greer (performing accordion), and Taylor Wallace (performing banjo).
Telling is an installation that combines video, storytelling, and music. It explores the states of being afraid and unafraid, and in this way it questions what it is to be human. Wallace and other storytellers share memories from their pasts, interlaced with jam sessions; Hougland’s use of sounds and voices weaves a provocative city¬scape; Greer utilizes filmed landscapes to bind together the performance.
The result is an immersive experience steeped in spoken word, sound sculpture, bluegrass jams, bright lights, and contemplative music.
Casey & The Necks
Gamelan Genta Kasturi was formed in 2003 by I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and family during his tenure as an Artist-in-Residence at UMKC. Upon their departure to work for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Center For World Music in 2006, the community ensemble continued in partnership with UMKC’s Community Music and Dance Academy. In 2011 the group was awarded Studio Residency space at City Center Square through Urban Culture Project and continues its mission to present/preserve traditional Balinese Music and Dance in the Kansas City metro area and to create new, experimental and collaborative works within the genre.
The Grisly Hand-Some of the best things in life are hard to define. Describing the feeling
of love, happiness, or peace is tough. So is describing the music of The
Grisly Hand. Whether you want to call it country-rock, soul, or
Americana, it’ll speak to you in a way that doesn’t require words.
Goodthings don’t exist just to be defined. When The Grisly Hand starts
playing, what happens is honest, and that’s part of the appeal. In a
space where movingly-original and tacky aren’t always separated by much,
this stuff just sounds good. There isn’t any one part that really
carries these songs, it’s the magic that’s undeniably created when they
come together. So maybe you like violins, guitars, drums, and vocals.
This is a sum that is greater than its parts.
Since 2009, The Grisly Hand has been winning over audiences and critics in
KC. And now, with its second EP on the shelves, it’s got a little more
experience, and a lot more momentum. Though rooted in the Midwest, this
is the kind of act that’s bound to resonate anywhere it lands.
“On top of having one of the quirkier band names in Kansas City, Howard Iceberg and the Titanics might be the best Americana act in town. Howard Iceberg (real name: Eisberg) delivers old-school tales of love, loss, war and women with a Dylan drawl and a weary worldview. His tunes stand up fine on their own, but the band’s electric guitar leads and vocal harmonies take the songs to soaring heights when performed live. Eisberg has vowed to keep writing songs until Death shows up at his door and pries the guitar from his cold, dead hands. (He says he’s on a “nonstop recording project.”) Until that dark day, he will remain a fixture on the Kansas City music scene, playing his dusky folk tunes for anyone lucky enough to listen.” -Ian Hrabe, Pitch Magazine, 2/4/2010
I Love You
J. Ashley Miller
Sneaky Creeps are Max Crutcher and Andrew Erdrich. They play loud, simple music called “rock n’ roll.” They met in college and have been living together for almost three years. They have a cat named Ginger Baker. What else is there to say?
This Is My Condition is a one man band in which Craig Comstock plays guitar, drums and sings all at the same time. In the tradition of noise rock this music is heavy, tough and intense, while at other times very free and unstructured. This Is My Condition deals in power, spontaneity and passionate lyrics. Coming from a background of experimentation, repetition and angst in Many Series and Black Calvin, Craig takes things in a new direction by going solo and performing on-the-spot improvisations of the same ilk.
Umberto -The alter ego of musician Matt Hill, Umberto is a one-man band crafting horror score creep-scapes for the digital age. A true master of the horror film soundtrack aesthetic, his music is a hypnotic, all-consuming journey, reeling you into a foggy, neon-lit world of graveyards, stalkers, haunted houses, witches and blood-stained corpses. Evoking the unsettling progressive rock of Goblin and the sinister, dystopian synth-work of John Carpenter, his acclaimed releases have garnered considerable praise for their staggering, gothic take on italo disco and new-wave synth pop, recreating the brooding intensity of a Dario Argento soundtrack through the cyclical melodies and throbbing rhythms he shares with his closest contemporaries, Zombi and Gatekeeper.
XO Press is a KC local small run cassette and zine publisher. It consists of Stephen, Dan, Megan, and James.They release punk, scum punk, black metal, thrash metal, and weirdo music.
Businesses & Organizations
Boulevard Brewing is a KC local brewery founded in 1989 by John McDonald. Boulevard is Missouri’s largest independent brewery and is located in various states throughout the country including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, & Massachusetts with partial distribution in Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Texas, and Utah.
BREAD! KC was Founded in 2010 by the Bread Boys (Sean Starowitz & Andrew Erdrich). Bread! is a public dinner event designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging projects! At each Bread! Diners are asked to donate $10 or more which secures them a meal & a ballot. Throughout the course of the meal a variety of proposed projects are presented to the diners who then use their ballots to vote for one project. The project that receives the most votes will be awarded the funds collected in the form of a small grant at the end of the meal. Thus far Bread! has raised more than $6000 to support over a dozen local projects & continues to host monthly events.
Charlotte St. Foundation (CSF) supports and recognizes outstanding artists in Greater Kansas City; presents, promotes, enhances and encourages the visual, performing and interdisciplinary arts; and fosters economic development in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. In all endeavors, CSF places artists at the center of its mission and has built an infrastructure that depends on and reflects their involvement. As a result, CSF is an organization that continually evolves in response to artist input and in relation to the city’s larger cultural ecosystem.
Element Recording Studios is run by Joel Nanos. Whether performing, recording/producing, doing live sound, or selling records and/or instruments and equipment at various music stores and venues throughout Kansas City, Joel has maintained music as his #1 passion. Joel has had formal training through “The Recording Connection” audio engineer program based in Hollywood, CA and through an apprenticeship with Lynn Allred at LA Audio. Element is also currently the recording and testing studio for new C&C Drums designs as well as home to multiple outside engineers/producers…including Jeff Thomason, David Gaume, Adam Mcgill, Alex Chapman, and Joshua Wiedenfeld. Our doors are always open to additional Engineers/Producers and if your looking for a great space to record your clients next project we look forward to meeting with you.
La Cucaracha Press is a community silkscreen and letterpress studio founded 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. It is co-owned and operated by Jordan Carr, Nick Naughton, & Eric Lindquist.
The Local Pig-You should know where your food comes from, and at Local Pig, we can tell you. Local Pig selects only hormone, steroid and antibiotic free meats. Most of our animals come from right around here.
We turn our happy, local meats into a wide selection of steaks, seasoned roasts, chops, sausages, burgers and a variety of charcuterie like bacon, pate and rillettes.
Oddly Correct– We are coffee roasters, serving the nano coffee needs of the believer in the nano consumer lifestyle. We aim to increase the status quo of specialty coffee in Kansas City through quality, art, and service.
Phresh Prints CO–OP – an AMAZING experimental collaboration between students at KCAI. We design and make prints for our wonderful community here in Kansas City, MO.
The Plaines Project is a collective living and exhibition space in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, IL. For five years, the house has been hosting a variety of events including art exhibitions and music shows. The gallery has featured all types of artists from the local art scene, many of whom are associated with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College.
The Rieger – Located in the historic Crossroads Art District of downtown Kansas City, The Rieger can be summed up as a “Classic American Grill”. From the moment you walk through the front door of this beautifully restored 95 year old former hotel, you will know you are someplace special. From the original tile floor with the “R” logo, to the warm greetings of the hostess or bartender, The Rieger provides a sense of hospitality like nowhere else.