Wayne Propst - Artist Top 5

Artist Top Five Question 1/5

CG:  How did you come up with the idea to produce the sledgehammer paintings:

WP:  “We had been doing machine-generated art for a while, using all kinds of different tools and I had tried just hitting, I think it was a jar of paint with a hammer, and it was just SPECTACULAR, but it wasn’t very directed.  Then, in my shop I had a bunch of old-school dixie cup cone cups, and I thought, well if I put some paint in one of those, then the paint could only go in one direction.

 Eventually, I constructed a clam-shell device, to rapidly squeeze one of those dixie cups, and of course the paint came out pretty good.  Then, sometimes those dixie cups would burst and get away from me and so I started covering those cups with modified file folders.  At one time, file folders were valuable {but} right about the same time, the notion of files, because of computers, was becoming more and more obsolete.

Then we also experimented with using compressed air, and that is still in progress.  It works, but just not the way I want it to.  The contraption that is hanging in the gallery, you can control it a lot more, {there is} a lot more control over how much paint comes out, by adjusting the amount of paint that is in it…to describe how hard to hit it is…silly.

That’s what I think is so intriguing about it, at once it is seemingly just totally random, but of course it’s not.  It’s a learning process, anybody that has a bit of mechanical experience could get into it pretty fast.  The other variations are how viscus the paint is – if it is really thick versus really thin – all of those things come into play.”


Artist Top Five Question 2/5

CG:  What inspires the colors that you use?

WP:  “I don’t think the colors are random at all.  I choose the colors…I’m pretty interested in where it looks like it might be on fire…reads, yellows, things that suggest fire…they are the most interesting-looking ones, I think.”



Artist Top Five Question 3/5

CG:  What should the viewer keep in mind when looking at the sledgehammer paintings:

WP:  “I’m not trying to diminish myself, {but} everybody can make something.  It’s not overwhelming.  The point of it might be that everybody could make something.  That’s a sad part of our culture, people feel so unempowered that they look outward.  Whatever the mission is, you better be really really good at it.  {That said,} I hustled my ass off to get to this spot…”

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Artist Top Five Question 4/5

CG:  What is your favorite thing about The Bourgeois Pig?

WP:  “Well, my cronies.  That’s an easy one.”

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Artist Top Five Question 5/5

CG:  What is your all-time favorite location on the planet?

WP:  “At the moment, I’d say, right now, I love my screened-in porch.”

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Lawrence Art Guild for Final Friday

Some things you should know about the Lawrence Art Guild:

1. It’s filled with members who create, develop, and continue to expand a dialogue about art within the Lawrence community. 

2. Proceeds from the 10% commission that each artist pays go directly into Lawrence Public High School Gifting Programs. 

3. This year they gave $7,000 to Douglas County Public High School art programs.

4. They provide opportunities and equipment for classrooms to help students familiarize themselves different materials. 

And... Oh yeah! Of course! How could we forget? 

5. They’re having a show at the Cider Gallery, and the opening is this Friday

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store:

You won’t want to miss it! 

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.”


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

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:

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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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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.