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First Friday: Artist exhibits a scent of adventure

Sissel Tolaas’ ‘SmellScape’ at Grand Arts encourages visitors to follow their noses throughout both Kansas Citys.

This "Untitled" oil on wood painting by Kayla Wroblewski is part of her one-night showing at Krzyz Studio

Bethany Springer detail of "Mirage" Kansas City Artists Coaltionl

Bethany Springer detail of "Figurehead" Kansas City Artists Coalition

"Canada 2012 #12684" (2012), by Michael Schultz, is part of his exhibit of new photographs, "Journey in the Land" at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.

Larry McAnany "Morpheus" 36"x48" Oil on Canvas at The Late Show

Kemper at the Crossroads will screen Stacey Steers' film, "Night Hunter" (2011) (seen here in a still) at 8 and 9 p.m. Friday as part its "Be Inspired" exhibit.

This mudra painting from Mark Galloway's "Love Extension" series is part of the "EleMental CommUnion" group show at Windhorse Tattoo & Gallery.

Kansas City artist Renee Cinderhouse poses with elements of her immersive, multimedia installation, "Manifest Destiny," opening Friday at the Urban Culture Project’s La Esquina space.

Kansas City artist Renee Cinderhouse poses with elements of her immersive, multimedia installation, "Manifest Destiny," opening Friday at the Urban Culture Project’s La Esquina space.

"Jar #7" (2012),a soda fired stoneware piece by Mark Knott, is part of his exhibit," Mark Knott: Considering Spatial Presence," at Blue Gallery

"Xenophobia," by Jennifer Jarnot, is part of her exhibit, "Inside the Lines," at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

Jennifer Jarnot's "Movement and Glare" is part of her exhibit, "Inside the Lines," at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

Constance Ehrlich " Results Will Follow" is part of her exhibit, "Fear, Doubt, Hope, Courage," at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

Constance Ehrlich's "Eleventh Hour" is part of her exhibit, "Fear, Doubt, Hope, Courage," at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

"Caroline in Her Field" is part of Emmett Merrill's exhibit of photographs, "Drought Cultivation" at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center.

Artist Sissel Tolaas (above) spent five years collecting smells for her "SmellScape KCK/KCMO (2007-2012)" project, opening Friday at Grand Arts.

Artist Sissel Tolaas (above) spent five years collecting smells for her "SmellScape KCK/KCMO (2007-2012)" project, opening Friday at Grand Arts.

"TurtleRocket4Lydia, a digital photograph by Frank Bradley Jr. (aka Bingo Woodhead), is part of his exhibit at the Kansas City Artists Coalition."

"Murdoch" a digital photograph by Frank Bradley Jr. (aka Bingo Woodhead) is part of his exhibit at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

Elizabeth Allen-Cannon's painting, "Rams II" (2012), is part of her exhibit, "Domestication," at Blue Gallery.

"Remains of a Thunderstorm" (2012), by Jeff Aeling, is part of his exhibit of new paintings at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.

"Zombie Dance" (2012), by Teresa Mastro, is part of her exhibit, “HIPnotic” New Mod Abstracts by Teresa Mastro," at Blue Djinn Gallery.

The Kansas City Star

Grand Arts adds an olfactory dimension to September First Fridays with “SmellScape KCK/KCMO (2007-2012),” a new project by Norwegian-born smell artist Sissel Tolaas . Tolaas spent five years collecting smells in the metro area, extracting some from physical objects and capturing ambient scents by means of the same technology used in the perfume industry.

“It’s a glass funnel with a tube and a suction device that captures scent in a little glass vial,” said Stacy Switzer, artistic director of Grand Arts. “She sucks in the scents and ships them to International Flavors & Fragrances.”

The firm, which has a lab in New Jersey, is a sponsor of Tolaas’ artworks. She works with the lab, Switzer said, to figure out the component molecules of smells so she can replicate them.

And replicate them she has: Her set of 20 scratch-and-sniff cards can be collected at outposts around the city. The cards are part of a smell game that includes prizes and surprises.

“It’s really exciting,” Switzer said. “We have 19 collaborators in the downtown areas of Kansas City, Kan., and KCMO. There are six main posts for the game, and a number of outposts — places where there’s a smell card stanchion where you can pick up a card. The idea is that you happen on one of these main posts and within that immediate vicinity there are from one to five smell cards.

“We were really happily surprised at how quickly and generously people said yes to this,” she added. “One of the main posts is the Municipal Court of Jackson County. They’ve been generous and enthusiastic collaborators, making space available and being flexible. You can pick up a smell card at the court, but you can also stand in line right there at the traffic court clerk and get another card and also potentially get a random prize — a Popsicle, baked goods.”

Switzer credits Kansas City artist Megan Mantia, who has been working as Tolaas’ assistant, for doing much of the legwork involved in lining up collaborators.

Another main post is the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library’s main branch, where a sign on the plaza outside directs players to go inside to get a smell card and potentially win a small prize from the librarian

Although there are 20 cards in all, Switzer said, players have to collect only two of them and have them validated at Grand Arts to receive a complete set.

The game results can be logged with a smartphone or in person at the gallery.

“If you’re playing to win,” Switzer said, “you can play to enter the Silver Sniffer Circle and possibly win a golden nose — a real golden nose that Seth (Johnson) is going to sculpt.”

In addition to collecting the cards, players can score points by contributing smell words on the back of their cards or by taking photographs at the outposts they visit, Switzer said.

At Grand Arts, visitors and players can see a projection with a live map that shows who’s playing and how many points they’ve earned. A lab table will feature smells and other components related to the project that people can experiment with.

The game begins at 6 p.m. Friday and lasts the duration of the show. During the opening, trolleys will run between Grand Arts, Kaw Point Park in KCK and the KCK Public Library.

Manifest Destiny at La Esquina

Over the last decade, Renee Cinderhouse has exhibited in the “Art LA” art fair, the Amarillo (Texas) Museum of Art and the New Bedford (Mass.) Art Museum. On Friday, the Kansas City artist will launch her most ambitious project to date: an immersive, multimedia installation titled “Manifest Destiny” at the Urban Culture Project’s La Esquina space.

Encompassing objects and performances evoking frontier themes and other aspects of American history, the work is fueled by the artist’s determination to “collectively rewrite the stories we are telling as a culture.”

Cinderhouse is concerned about the mainstream media’s usurpation of the storytelling role that was once the province of oral folklore tradition and family sharing.

“Whether it be gay marriage, a woman’s right to choose or taxation of the nation’s wealthiest citizens, the perspective of the media is not necessarily the opinion of the majority,” she notes in her artist’s statement.

“Manifest Destiny” is part of an effort to “take over where the news and politics leave us voiceless.”

Cinderhouse compares her installation to a room-size pop-up book

“I wanted to revisit a lot of narratives, once spoken, now erased, looking back from where we’re standing now in the 2012 election year,” she said.

She will conjure those narratives through 14-foot-high, two-dimensional trees and dozens of porcelain sculptures, ranging from dishes and books to tiny fetus sculptures, arranged in vignettes. She’s also using pages from vintage encyclopedias, some die-cut into leaf shapes.

The exhibit, funded through Kickstarter and an inspiration grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, will include a series of performances by musicians and actors. Friday’s opening will feature an ambient live musical score by Reverend Glasseye, from Boston; the exhibit will close at the end of the month with three ticketed performances by Denver Broncos UK.

Other performances will occur during the run of the show, including docent tours by Ron Megee on Saturday and Sunday. For a schedule and Denver Broncos UK ticket information, visit bloodandspit.com.

All of the various components will feed into the artist’s use of Manifest Destiny as “a multilayered metaphor.”

“If we had not gotten on the Manifest Destiny caravan in the mid-1800s, I don’t think we would be who we are as a country today,” Cinderhouse said. “I’m holding up a mirror.”

City Ice Arts

Fall finds one of Kansas City’s better-known art impresarios in search of a new space following a parting of ways with his landlord.

In early July, Sean Kelley stopped presenting exhibits in the City Ice Arts building at 2015 Campbell St.

“I would really like to have another situation where there was a gallery with artists’ studios,” he said. “I’m still working with individual artists and looking for a new building situation.”

Building owner David Dumay hopes to line up another art dealer to take over the space by the new year.

In the meantime, Dumay said, he is scheduling exhibits in consultation with resident artists. The September show, “Correlation of Space,” will feature abstractions by Kansas City artist Gehry Kohler and New York-based Vincent Como .

La Esquina

Renee Cinderhouse:

Manifest Destiny

When: Reception 7-11 p.m. First Friday. Open noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday (through Sept. 30).

Where: 1000 W. 25th St.

Info: 816.221.5115

Grand Arts

“Sissel Tolaas: SmellScape KCK/KCMO (2007-2012)”

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. First Friday. Artist talk at 1 p.m. Saturday. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment (through Oct. 31).

Where: 1819 Grand Blvd.

Info: 816.421.6887

Kansas City Artists Coalition

Watermarks: Bethany Springer

Fear, Doubt, Hope, Courage: Constance Ehrlich

Frank Bradley Jr. (AKA Bingo Woodhead)

When: Reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. First Friday; artists’ talks begin at 6 p.m. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday (through Sept. 28).

Where: 201 Wyandotte St.

Info: 816.421.5222

Windhorse Tattoo & Gallery

EleMental CommUnion: Group show

When: Reception 6-10 p.m. First Friday. Open noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday (through Oct. 31).

Where: 1717 Wyandotte St., Room 200

Info: 816.283.0500

Mattie Rhodes Art Center

Placazo: Gerardo Quetzatl Garcia

Images From El Salvador by Dan Dakotas

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. First Friday. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (through Sept. 21).

Where: 915 W. 17th St.

Info: 816.221.2349

Base Gallery

Patrick Sullivan: Sleeping ln

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. First Friday. Open by appointment (through Sept. 30).

Where: 2011 Baltimore

Info: 816.437.9975

Sherry Leedy

Jeff Aeling: New Paintings

Michael Schultz: Journey in the Land

When: Reception 7-9 p.m. First Friday. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment (through Oct. 27).

Where: 2004 Baltimore Ave.

Info: 816.221.2626

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

Jennifer Jarnot: Inside the Lines

Sept. 7-Oct. 27

Emmett Merrill: Drought Cultivation

Tracy Miller

Sept. 7-29

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. First Friday

Where: 2012 Baltimore Ave.

Info: 816.474.1919

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Blue Gallery

Elizabeth Allen-Cannon: Domestication

Aileen Chong: Caminos Descubiertos

Mark Knott: Considering Spatial Presence

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. First Friday. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and by appointment (through Sept. 30).

Where: 118 Southwest Blvd.

Info: 816.527.0823

The Late Show

New Work: Doug Schwietert, Lori Raye Erickson, Larry McAnany

When: Reception 6-10 p.m. First Friday. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment (through Sept. 29).

Where: 1600 Cherry St.

Info: 816.474.1300

Blue Djinn Gallery

HIPnotic” New Mod Abstracts by Teresa Mastro .

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. First Friday. Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (through Sept. 29).

Where: 1400 Union Ave.

Info: 816.518.4649

Cara and Cabezas Contemporary

I Am an American! Susan White, Jung A. Woo

When: Reception: 6-9 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. First Friday. Public dialogue at 2 p.m. Saturday. Open by appointment (through Oct. 20).

Where: 1714 Holmes St.

Info: 816.332.6239

Carter Art Center at MCC-Penn Valley

Art Faculty Exhibition

When: Reception 6-9 p.m.; artists’ talk at 6 p.m. First Friday. Open 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-3 p.m. Saturday (through Sept. 15).

Where: 3201 Southwest Trafficway

Info: 816.604.4278

Corridor Art Space

Art, Architecture & Aperiodicity: Artwork by Zahner

When: Reception 5-7 p.m. First Friday. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (through Jan. 8).

Where: 4041 Mill St.

Info: 816.931.6655

Buttonwood Art Space

Kansas City Seen: Leah Carol Reichman

When: Reception 5-9 p.m. First Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment (through Sept. 28).

Where: 3013 Main St.

Info: 816.285.9500

Kemper at the Crossroads

Be Inspired!

When: Film screening 8 and 9 p.m. First Friday. Open noon-10 p.m. First Fridays — except January and February (through June 7).

Where: 33 W. 19th St.

Info: 816.753.5784

Krzyz Studio

Kayla Wroblewski: 1

When: Reception 5-9 p.m. First Friday

Where: 1800 Locust St.

Info: 816.472.4999

City Ice Arts

Correlation of Space: Vincent Como & Gehry Kohler

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. First Friday. Open noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday (through Oct. 20).

Where: 2015 Campbell St.

Info: 816.820.4105

Slap-N-Tickle Gallery

Attack! Without Mercy: New Works by Tyson Schroeder

When: Reception 6-11 p.m. First Friday; musical performances by Amy Farrand and Jeff Harshbarger at 9 p.m. Open noon-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment (through Sept. 16).

Where: 504 E. 18th St.

Info: 816.716.5940

Weinberger Fine Art

Contemporary Autumn Showcase

When: Reception 2:30-8:30 p.m. First Friday. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday and by appointment

Where: 1800 Baltimore

Info: 913.940.0104



  1. 3 years, 1 month ago

    Show me some art you saw at this month’s First Friday and you could win! http://www.maryctaylor.com/2012/08/31/show-me-kc-arts-contest

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