Featuring artwork selected from Kansas City, MO
Curated by Ashley McLean Emenegger
When Two Heirs Compete We All Lose, 2006
acrylic, ink on panel, 16 x 12"
Vertical Blinds (2), 2007
Single-channel HD video animation, continuous loop
Stitching on found vintage fabric, 18 x 24"
The Arrival, 2007
Acrylic on paper, plastic flowers, 25 x 33"
Archie Scott Gobber
In Loving Memory of You (wallpaper), 2007
Ink on vintage wallpaper, 8.5 x 11 inches
Heather Smith Jones
Formation five, wagon wheel
Pinholes on paper, 8 x 8" (unframed)
Mixed media on paper, 48 x 48"
Mary Ann Strandell
Potsdam Platz, 2007-08
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36"
Kansas City is also known for its monthly art nights, which bring thousands of visitors and art patrons from surrounding states to visit the hundreds of galleries, artists' studios and alternative spaces in the city.
KC in LA gathers some of Kansas City's best and brightest young artists and artwork, showcasing the talent from a hot spot of the Midwest art scene in the epicenter of the West's.
Ricky Allman - The landscapes and architectural forms in Allman's paintings are meditations on dystopian visions of the future that explore the push-pull of faith and doubt.
Barry Anderson - Anderson's single-channel HD videos tweak the context of nostalgic imagery, reformatting them into pleasing yet slightly disquieting, imaginary milieus.
Orly Cogan - Cogan embellishes vintage fabrics and found embroideries with her figurative vignettes as commentary on women's roles in contemporary society.
David Ford - Culling cultural signifiers from societies with non-Eurocentric art values, Ford's works are an exploration of the dichotomy that occurs between philosophy and aesthetics.
Archie Scott Gobber - In the tradition of Ed Ruscha, Gobber uses contemporary jargon to create mischievous text-centric work that questions personal convictions and perceived value.
Heather Smith Jones - In her paper doily compositions, Jones's works marry fierce and fragile through the exquisite and obsessive technique of pin-pricked imagery.
Anne Pearce - Pearce's mixed-media figurative works on paper translate the physic remnants of human interaction in a complex ballet of abstract and representation, incorporating beauty in the grotesque.
Mary Ann Strandell - Strandell's long interest in the redux of Chinoiserie and Meissen porcelain embraces the paradoxical influence of East meets West through the modernist troupes of photography and painting.
KC in LA was curated by Ashley McLean Emenegger of McLean Fine Art. Emenegger is a Los Angeles-based local and national curator. Having recently lectured and guest curated an exhibition at UMKC, she recognized that these talented artists, though unique in their artistic expressions, share a sensibility akin to the art scene in Los Angeles.