Stepping into Hartung's World

It feels like everyone around me is moving at a hundred miles an hour, and there’s no way I can catch up. These multifaceted digital dimensions and extensions of our online selves provide a source for others to judge us, to explore our interests and to take a step into our world. What is it truly like to be you, to be me? This is the question I have been asking myself about Mike Hatrung, a 72 year old  painter who currently resides in Lindsborg, Kansas.

I had a teacher mention his name to me and a brief description of his story, followed by a link to an article that featured Hartung. Proceeding this I decided to do what any person living in the 21st century would do… Google him. Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

This was astonishing to me because the information was not at my fingertips, which is something I’m not used to. Most artists who have been selected for a solo show at least have a website or articles featuring images of their work. So after this anticlimactic event I had no choice but to visit the Salina Art Center, because the ambiguity and mystery behind not knowing was alluring enough.

My paradigm shifted after attending this show. There is something immensely beautiful about Hartung’s approach toward life and art. It’s extremely admirable that Hartung had no intention of ever sharing the 700 some paintings he created in the last 40 years. His humbleness and genuine regards towards the large scale masonite boards show honesty in every mark. He has no desire to sell these works, he never posted them on the internet, nor asked curators to take a look. He lived modestly and remained a recluse working in his studio for himself. What a true artist. I encourage those of you who haven’t seen the show to take a trip to the Salina Art Center, whose staff is incredibly friendly, and take a look into Hartung’s mind because it might be the only chance you get.

I’ll share a photo that anyone can find online of the charming Mike Hartung. I don’t want to give away the mystery that drew me to his work. I don’t want to ruin this phenomenon. But trust me on this one, his instagram, twitter, and facebook are on extreme lockdown, and unavailable to the public so this might be the only chance you get. ;)

By:

Madison Tubbs

Cider Gallery Intern and Painting Student at the University of Kansas. 

 

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Artist Spotlight: Ashton Ludden

Today we take a closer look at the work of artist and printmaker Ashton Ludden. In her work, she meditates on the relationship between humans and animals, focusing particularly on ethical treatment and the process of subordination. 

Here, Ludden discusses how the process of printmaking and her subject matter are perfectly paired: 

“I choose the medium of printmaking not only for its unique aesthetic qualities, such as the engraved line or a fine rosin aquatint, but also for its ability to create multiples. Disposables are deemed as such because accessible copies or substitutes exist as replacements. Just as printmakers must wrestle with the value of the multiple, so too do we confront this issue when dealing with animals regarded alternately as living commodities. Our egotism has us believe that we, members of the human race, are all unique beings, superior to objects and non-human animals. My work investigates how we determine and also justify what is considered a unique individual versus a disposable copy.”

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"Slipper Snuggle" -- Engraving, etching and aquatint -- 2013

Yoonmi Nam & Ella Weber

Time to take a closer look into the world of two talented printmakers. Meet Ella Weber and Yoonmi Nam. Both artists are working in the midwest using their daily lives to inform their work. 

Ella’s work is influenced by her current lifestyle and interactions working in a deli at a grocery store in Nebraska. Her work investigates the tension between consumer and viewer, performer and employee, artist and gallery. 

Yoonmi Nam is drawn to the ever-changing still-lifes that she encounters on her kitchen table. Focusing on the lifespan of these temporary and disposable man made objects we find ourselves using daily basis. Yoonmi crafts drawings and prints that engage both elegant temporary lifeforms such flowers with one use only man made items such as instant noodle cups. 

For more informations about these featured artists visit: 
http://www.ellaweber.com
http://www.yoonminam.com

Stop by to view more of their works featured this month at the gallery!

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Wait wait ... Wait !!

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Have you heard? 

The Cider Gallery is thrilled to announce October’s printmaking exhibition “A Bit of Bite,” guest curated by Kyla Strid. This month’s show will have your appetite wrapped around it’s cheeto coated finger featuring eleven printmaking artists who have crafted works that are sure to make your tummy growl. This exhibition explores a range of topics and conversations involving food and the world of printmaking. 

Thursday October 19th is a date to remember because the Cider Gallery will be participating in the Print Week Gallery Walk. This evening invites all eyes to gaze into the miraculous world of printmaking where galleries around Lawrence will be hosting shows which commemorating this extraordinary craft. For more information about this week and the events taking place visit : https://lawrenceartscenter.org/event/print-week-2017/

"Wait wait ... wait !" 
Installation By Kate Horvat

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Security 1st Title - Cinco De Mayo Customer Appreciation

Showing your appreciation is one of those values we never tire of.  When a company shows their appreciation to their loyal customers it goes a long way to build their reputation.  Security 1st Titl went above and beyond for their Cinco De Mayo Customer Appreciation Event at Cider Gallery.  Free Mexican lager, margaritas, smoked meat for tacos, and a live mariachi band.  Have you thought about celebrating your fantastic customers?  Reach out to jennifer@cidergallery.com to plan your customer appreciation event today!

Artist Profile: Matthew Lord

Meet Matthew Lord, an illustrator and fine artist who graduated from the University of Kansas. Inspired to create a visual narrative, Lord references comic books, science fiction, and urban legends. He asks himself absurd questions, such as "Are people who report Sasquatch sightings really witnessing that one big Muppet, (Sweet-ums), traipsing through the woods?", in order to instill wonder in the viewer, and hopefully inspire them to ask their own ridiculous questions. 

His gauche and ink drawings, "Celebration #1, #2, and #3," are on display in the gallery as a part of "99: Locally Brewed" which ends this week. 

To learn more about Matthew visit his website at  www.matthew-lord.com

New Morse Code Presents: "Simplicity Itself"

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New Morse Code's first album, "Simplicity Itself," is being releasd September 22nd on New Focus Recordings. Come out to the Cider Gallery for a special PRE-Release this evening at the Gallery! This event will celebrate the music and collaborations within the album with musical performances by Tonia Ko, Robert Honstein, and Caroline Shaw. 

So bring a friend to join you in tonight's festivities and listen to New Morse Code's first album.

Artist Profile; Kyla Strid

Check out this ceramic work by Kyla Strid, titled Pints, on display in the gallery as a part of this month's exhibition titled "99: Locally Brewed."

Originally from Alaska, Strid came to Lawrence in 2013 when she was a resident artist at the Lawrence Arts Center. Through her work she explores notions of home as an emotional space. Her forms are inspired by objects that bring feelings of comfort. Her surface designs come from the underlying structures and patterns of plants. 

To learn more about Kyla visit: kylastrid.com

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99 : Locally Brewed

Join us Friday the 25th of August for 99 : Locally Brewed.


Featuring new works by:
Yuri Zupancic, Ryan Storck, Susan Grace, Laurie Culling, Kent Smith, Kyla Strid, Javy Ortiz, Alicia Kelly, Elizabeth Rowley, Jen Unekis, Erok Johannsen, Barry Fitzgerald, Milan Piva, Michael McCaffrey, Mathew Lord, Maria Martin, John Sebelius, Landon Merrill, Brandon Mateer, Nicholas Stahl, Jennifer Letner and Jeromy Morris.  

Matthew Lord Celebration #1 Gouache and ink

Matthew Lord
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Artist in Focus: John Sebelius

John Sebelius is a local Lawrence artist who uses his interest in people and their expressed individuality to create artworks inspired by human diversity.

John Sebelius is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Lawrence, KS. John earned his Masters of Fine Art from the University of Kansas, as well as a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been featured in such magazines as: Harper’s, The Washington Post, and DETAILS, as well as mentions on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has exhibited his art internationally and locally, including: Gallery Two in Sydney, Australia, Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI, Kansas City Artists Coalition, and the Chicago Art Institute.

 Not only is he a prolific painter and illustrator, he is also a successful filmmaker. His documentaries have been shown at major film festivals, like the Austin Film Festival and the Free State Film Festival, and at The American School of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Due to his achievements and skill as an artist, Sebelius has been voted the Best Artist of 2014 and 2015 in Lawrence, KS.  Currently, John teaches art at Washburn University and he is the Artist-In-Residence at The Stress Disorder Treatment Program, where he teaches art therapy to those suffering from PTSD.

For this week’s artist profile, the Cider Gallery interviewed the artist about the artistic direction for his most recent work. In this Q&A, the artist provides a personal reflection on his inspirations and his goals as an artist, as well as his current projects. During our discussion, he detailed his sources of inspiration, his current exhibition’s narrative, and his passion for teaching. Following this paragraph is the email correspondence, with minor grammatical corrections, between the Cider Gallery and the artist himself.

 

"Smooch." 2015.

 

CG: What would you say is your primary source of inspiration?

JS:       “One of my largest inspirations is people. A majority of my work focuses on lived experience amongst individuals from unconventional communities. This all began when I followed around Providence cab drivers for a year while at RISD. There was something unfamiliar and intimate about that type of investigative work I was drawn to. That process has continued in my work with investigation of residents of Slab City, CA, the American Biker, and Greek Life at KU.“

John Sebelius and Chris King, "You Had Your Chance," spray paint, acrylic, pen, ink on watercolor paper.

 

CG: Is there an underlying narrative that your current pieces follow?

JS:       “My upcoming show at Cider Gallery this April Final Friday is "Superfans", a collaborative and experimental exhibition with artist and friend Chris King. We were both intrigued by the mania surrounding sports and political fans. It is a “with us or against us” mentality that we all experience, especially in today's caustic political landscape. Merging those two worlds together with color and texture was exciting for both of us. We didn't plan any of the pieces, shipping our large paper works back in forth from KS to Louisiana gave them a life and spontaneity that couldn't be planned.” 

Dorothy XI, spray painting.

 

CG: Is there anything you wished to tell our readers about you or your work? Any recent recognitions you wished to discuss?

JS:       “I am currently teaching Drawing and Design at Washburn University, but my real passion is teaching art to veterans suffering with PTSD at the VA. I created an art course "Artistic Expressions" at The Stress Disorder Treatment Program in Topeka a 7-week inpatient program for veterans who have experienced trauma. Over 200 veterans each year will participate in the course. It was important to provide the veterans with a non-verbal form of expression and establish a safe mental and physical space to explore their emotions and stories through a creative healing process. "Artistic Expressions" was recently awarded ARTSConnect TOPArts Access Grant to expand the program and create a gallery on the unit.”


We wished to thank the artist featured this week, John Sebelius, for this glimpse into his creative process. If you wished to see more of his work, he is featured in collaboration with Chris King in the up-and-coming Cider Gallery exhibition “Superfan,” opening this Friday the 28th. Come by between 5-9pm on Friday and enjoy the show!

All information provided by the artist. Check out his website for more information on his current projects. http://www.johnsebelius.com/index.html

Artist in Focus: Yuri Zupancic

Yuri Zupancic is an artist from Dodge City, KS who divides his time between Paris, France and Lawrence, KS. Currently, Yuri spends most of his time working in Paris and Berlin.

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 Yuri Zupancic is a mixed media artist who currently serves as the Art Director and Curator at William Burroughs Communication. He is also a co-founder of Fresh Produce Art Collective and DotDotDot Artspace in Lawrence. His accomplishments are many, including mentions in major magazines such as Wired, Juxtapoz, and the Huffington Post, and he has been internationally recognized for these achievements.

Born in 1980 in Dodge City, Kansas, Yuri was largely self-taught as an artist. His works can be described as mixed media art that combines oil painting and recycled technological components. Represented by Galerie KO21 in Paris, his works have shown in such cities as Berlin, Sydney, and major art locales of London, Paris, and New York. In association with his work in France, Yuri works with the Estate of William S. Burroughs to promote the author’s artistic and literary legacy throughout the United States and the world. This influence reaches to include exhibitions that have shown at the Pompidou Center and the Royal Academy of the Arts in London. 

Yuri is inspired by the relationship between electronics and nature. His inspiration is best summarized in his own words:

“With this proliferation comes new awareness, accountability, and free exchange of ideas. But privacy is disappearing. And with it our capacity for internal reflection. Hyper-connectivity does not encourage meditation or independent thinking. We must force our machines to work in our best interests -not theirs. Everyday life is being ‘augmented’ in a hurry. My aim is to benefit from these marvelous advances without losing control of our own evolution”

(Yuri Zupancic, October 2016).

Each of his artworks has a narrative; that of the conflict and the amalgamation of nature and technology. Yuri takes this subject to new heights by using the technology as his “canvas.” By doing so, he physically imprints technology with nature. His works features painted images that are organic in subject or form, often flora or plant matter, situated upon computer components such as: microchips, circuit boards, and sound cards. Some of these pieces feature a living element, where physical plants grow from within the artwork; it is these pieces that most closely reflect his stated ideology of “the spaces between.” These spaces represent a state that can be described as a node of connectivity that mirrors the inner mappings of the human brain.

 By combining high tech and fine art, Yuri uses the human need for reflection and independent thought to emphasize the overabundance of technology in our world. Due to the nature of his expression, he is not limited to physical expression. By using light and sound in massive projections, he is able to express the same idea without any physical object to present the work. His work is not a critique, but rather a reflection of the state of our technological culture. Wherein each piece is a hope that our, “hybrid existence [is] a future which is more of an upgrade than a downgrade.”

Spreading Seeds, oil on microchip, 3 x 1.5 cm.

Spreading Seeds, oil on microchip, 3 x 1.5 cm.

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Newlywebd, oil paint and assemblage on circuit boards.

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Silicon Mountain, electronic waste sculpture with miniature paintings in oil, silicon, metal leaf on microchips. Exhibited at AKAA 2016, Carreau du Temple, Paris.

 

All images and quotes taken from the artist's webpage: https://www.yurizupancic.com/

Artist in Focus: Susan Grace

Susan Grace is a local Lawrence artist who uses her immense knowledge of classic literature to express notions of instability, memory, and human communication and connections.

Susan Grace is a professional painter living and working in Lawrence, KS. She has a long and illustrious career exhibiting in art galleries throughout the U.S., including: the ARC Gallery in Chicago, Riverside Art Museum in California, the World Trade Center and an assortment of local galleries. In addition to her frequent showings, the artist has garnered acclaim and various awards for her paintings. Most notable of these are special recognition and honorable mention by The Artist Magazine and the Upstream People Gallery Online in Omaha, NE. She is currently showing in the Re: Solution group exhibition on display at the Cider Gallery.

 While not formally trained, her education on painting began in Athens, Greece. Before becoming a professional painter, she used her education in theater and literature to teach Literature courses to curious students. As such, her life-long study of the works of both American and European authors is considered by the artist to be a major source of inspiration for her artwork. She often describes her works in the form of poems and quotes from famous authors. As seen on her website, the artist draws her major inspiration from the works of Thomas Pynchon and Samuel Beckett, stating:

“In my paintings I explore issues related to disintegration, disorientation, instability, and attempts to communicate using some kind of written sign, including text translations and asemic writing [writing devoid of semantic context]. From shifting perceptions, unreliable memories...we construct an identity and a personal and sometimes briefly shared narrative of the past and a possible future.”

 This notion is reflected in the most recent works of Grace, displayed on the walls of the Cider Gallery. These pieces, which merge and flow with sweeping lines and a muted color palette, are often punctured by swirling script. The script reflects writing, but is not recognizable as such. Instead, the juxtaposition of pastel text over shades of brown and orange expresses the artists ideas of textual translations that are both unreliable and yet fixed, reflecting the imperfection of memory. In the instance of these images, the following passage picked by the artist best describes the tension between recollection and the blankness of unconsciousness.

 

“She could, at this stage of things, recognize signals like that, as the epileptic is said to—an odor, color, pure piercing grace note announcing his seizure. Afterward it is only this signal, really dross, this secular announcement, and never what is revealed during the attack, that he remembers. Oedipa wondered whether, at the end of this (if it were supposed to end), she too might not be left with only compiled memories of clues, announcements, intimations, but never the central truth itself, which must somehow each time be too bright for her memory to hold; which must always blaze out, destroying its own message irreversibly, leaving an overexposed blank when the ordinary world came back.”

― Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)

"Blue Ciggy #2," oil on canvas.

"He's In Town Again," mixed media on canvas.

"Staring Too Long," mixed media on canvas, triptych.

Visit the artists webpage here: http://www.susangracestudio.com/ 

Artist in Focus: Jeromy Morris

Jeromy Morris is not only the curator of the Cider Gallery and the director at SeedCo Studios, he is also a mixed media artist living and working in Lawrence, KS.

Jeromy Morris was born in Denver, CO and he received his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications and Graphic Design from the University of Kansas. Since that time, he has co-founded the Fresh Produce Art Collective, is the Director at SeedCo Studios (a venue that merges art and music which was founded by the Fresh Produce Art Collective) and is our very own curator here at the Cider Gallery.

Morris has shown in a variety of galleries and special exhibitions, such as the show: “More Than Meets the Eye,” a collaboration with John Sebelius at the Cider Gallery in 2014. Most recently, he is participating in the current exhibition at the Cider Gallery, “Re: Solution,” with fellow Fresh Produce Art Collective artists: Jeremy Rockwell, Erok Johanssen, and Yuri Zupancic.

His artwork, which has been featured in numerous private collections, emphasizes the relationship between two or more disparate mediums. In this way, Morris finds inspiration through his exploration of multiple mediums that are continually infused with movement and emotion. This tendency toward movement is especially obvious in his video art and installation pieces. Despite this, he is most known for his two-dimensional works on panels. These two-dimensional works often emphasize mood and the recollection of memory. They are a motley of various materials. Epoxy, acrylic, toner transfers, spray paint, and found objects vie for space on found-wood pieces or panels. Morris’ works are primarily inspired by the interactions between opposing forces; consumerism and advertising are pitted against urban ruins and the forces that exist between nature and industry.

"Rome." Mixed media on panel. 

"Nocturnal Mandala." Mixed media (toner transfer, spray paint, acrylic, polar panoramic) on wood.

"Ferris Wheel." Mixed media on wood.

 

 

All images taken from the artist's webpage: jeromymorris.com

Don't forget to visit: www.freshproduceartcollective.com and  www.seedcostudios.com for more information.