Art

October Final Friday, showcasing John Gary Brown

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Here is a sneak peek of John Gary Brown’s work for our October Final Friday show. We can’t help but gush about the way his work fits so naturally in the gallery.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see it up close and personal tomorrow from 5-9pm!

Here is the artist's statement:

My paintings, although basically non-objective, are often organized around a horizon line, and they are intended to be seen as landscapes, inspired by the prairies of my home state of Kansas, the watery vistas in the Puget Sound area, or the more ordered grounds of rural Europe. The arid regions of the Middle East and Southwest United States provide references to the decayed, full circle magic that seems to reflect the beginnings and the end of earth’s cycles, and lately I have begun to look inward, toward a landscape of dreams and meditation. Whatever the point of departure, the landscape for me is part of that unhurried, inexorable natural process that deserves respect and emulation. Structure or phenomena are sometimes implied but rarely spelled out, so that an air of mystery pervades the imagery and the painting process becomes an essential part of the subject matter. I am an admirer of J.M.W. Turner and the post impressionist artists who flirted with abstraction, but I’m also influenced by modern masters like Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn.

The paintings are executed in layers. A wash of free-flowing “under painting” is applied by brush and allowed to form organic shapes, before the canvas is placed face up in the studio, so that the contours will stabilize and partially dry. When the paint is ready for another layer it will be applied by brush, print brayer or cloth. Some areas of the submerged color will be revealed by paint rag or palette knife, providing an interior luminosity that can’t be attained by painting onto the surface. Oil paint is the only medium I use for this process. Drawing is worked into the image with a brush or the edge of a print brayer and this process is repeated in several layers until the painting is completed. 

I will occasionally make veiled references to natural forces in nature, such as wind and water, or to the transitory works and activity of mankind, but I believe our marks upon the earth are superficial and fleeting. I try to depict and celebrate what is truly elemental on the planet- the endless handiwork of water, atmosphere and light. Many of the canvases are named for places and circumstances brought about by the manipulations of humanity, but the dominant feature in each one is the ongoing celestial process. 

I have been a professional artist since 1970 and my work can be found in over five hundred private, museum and corporate collections. I have shown in thirty galleries over the years, from New Jersey to Seattle, and have participated in almost one hundred exhibitions, many of them one-man shows. In Seattle my work has been featured with Dale Chihuly, Kenneth Callahan and Mark Toby. I keep a studio in Lawrence, Kansas, and Creede, Colorado, and look forward to many more years of painting.

For more information about the artist, please visit http://www.johngarybrown.com/.

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

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
Celebration #1
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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. 

 

 

Troy Moth

Not sure exactly what draws me to nature, but the draw is strong. I’m my happiest and calmest when in it. And my worst when away from it. I’m my most creative when simply out for a walk in the forest.
— Troy Moth

Icelandic Horse 01, (above) is currently in the Cider Gallery show 'This Must Be The Place'

Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Friday, 1-5pm

810 Pennsylvania Street

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'This Must Be The Place' Troy Moth & Adam Smith

Thank you to everyone who came by this past weekend for Final Fridays! We were extremely happy with the turnout and so excited to continue to have this show up until the end of November.

'This Must Be The Place' includes photography by Troy Moth and Adam Smith. The two artists are good friends that travel the world together while photographing the grandeur of nature along the way.

All of the photographs in the gallery can be purchased in three sizes: 16"x24", 24"x36" and "40x"60".

Cider Gallery. Tuesday-Friday. 1-5pm. 810 Pennsylvania.

The work above is 'Buffalo 01' by Troy Moth.

Fragments// Susan Grace & Kyle Batson

One of our favorite aspects of this month's show is the unique way Susan Grace's paintings and Kyle Batson's photography compliment one another. Both artists have successfully captured fragments of everyday life, from images of ordinary places to capturing moments of human interaction. There are many connections that can be made while viewing the entire show. Although they differ in subject matter the connection of color and line allow these two works to be uniquely cohesive. Kyle Batson's photo on the left is titled Santa Carne (Holly Flesh) and Susan Grace's painting on the right is titled Watermark #1.

Stop by the Cider Gallery Tuesday-Friday, 1-5pm. This show will be up all October long.

 

 

A Closer Look

Another meaningful aspect of Jen Unekis' work is her careful consideration within the titles of her paintings. While viewing the works in our gallery taking one step closer and reading the titles entirely changes the viewing experience. 

The piece in focus consists of three separate, yet cohesive, paintings and are a perfect example of how her titles elevate her work. Read counterclockwise, beginning with the top piece, the works are titled, We, Are, Glad.

Cider Gallery. Tuesday-Friday 1-5pm. 810 Pennsylvania.  

Playing with Pauses

It's all about the details in this months show! 

Playing with Pauses, new work by Jen Unekis, went up last Friday and will stay up through the month of September. Come visit us and check out her immense body of work. Our gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 1-5pm.