2014 Kansas City Flatfile

June 7 - September 27

Overview

Jane Voorhees, "Mindscape IX", 2013, acrylic on paper
Opening reception
Opening reception
Installation view, salon wall curated by Jodi Throckmorton
Installation view, salon wall curated by Heather Lustfeldt
Elizabeth Howe
Installation view, Digitalfile
Installation view, Digitalfile
Installation view, Digitalfile, Francisco Alarcon, "Innerscapes," 2013, video, 4 min. 4 sec., Courtesy of the artist
"The Big Draw"
 
The 2014 Kansas City Flatfile an invitational biennial exhibition featuring two-dimensional artwork by over 170 Kansas City visual artists. Engaging in a unique and intimate viewing experience, visitors browse through artist portfolios featuring recent works.
 
The flatfile biennial has become a much-anticipated venue for the discovery and collection of work by artists both new and familiar.
 
In conjunction with the 2014 Kansas City Flatfile is “Digitalfile,” a group exhibition of time-based artwork by 19 Kansas City based artists. SPECTRA, a nomadic platform for contemporary time-based artwork, has curated the exhibition to present challenging and prescient time-based artwork reflecting the varied and dynamic practices of Kansas City artists.
 
“Digitalfile” presened new works of film, video, sound, and other time-based media to reflect the diverse practices of artists who are devoted to exploring the particularities of their specific medium or are, alternatively, working in a variety of forms including painting, sculpture, performance and, of course, the moving image and sound. The works in “Digitalfile” fully embraced the digital and virtual, reflecting deeply on how we experience, and are altered by, the digitization of our existence.
 
“Digitalfile” was organized into three five-week chapters, presenting approximately six artworks in the gallery at a time. The three chapters were as follows:
Chapter I (June 7 – July 8)
Francisco Alarcon, Jessica Borusky, Caitlin Horsmon, Juliana Lynn, Natalie Myers, Kati Toivanen
 
Chapter II (July 12 – August 20)   
Lindsay Fernandez, Lea Griggs, Ben Harle, Elizabeth Howe, Christoph Steger, Annie Woodfill
 
Chapter III (August 23 – September 27)
Beverly Ahern, Maura Garcia, Diana Heise, Ritchie Kaye, J. Ashley Miller & Daniel Goggin, David Overholt
 
2014 Kansas City Flatfile Curators 
June 7 – 26 
Erin Dziedzic is Curator and Head of Adult Programs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
 
June 27  – July 23 
Heather Lustfeldt is Curator and Program Coordinator at the Epsten Gallery Foundation at Village Shalom. 
Jodi Throckmorton is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University. 

July 31 - August 26
April Watson is Curator, Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Melaney Ann Mitchell is a curator, visual artist, writer, and educator based in Kansas City
 
August 26  – September 27
Amanda McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker, curator, and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange.
Eric Dobbins is a Kansas City based artist, illustrator, designer and printmaker, currently in residence with The Charlotte Street Foundation. 
A native Nebraskan, Lacey Wozny has worked at Grand Arts in various capacities since 2006, excepting 2011, when a Saturn Return led to a sojourn in the woods and a temporary position as officer of complexity at Mildred’s Lane in Beach Lake, PA. As an artist and community organizer.
Tiffany Thompson is the founder director of Thompson Art Services. 

Checklist

Flatfile Artists: Maryann Adelman, Beverly Ahern, Patrick Alexander, Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Ricky Allman, Timothy Amundson, Corey Antis, Ashley Ariel, Anthony Baab, Miki Baird, Philip Bakala, Cecilia Baker, Jamie Bates Slone, Justin Beachler, Lynn Benson, Robert Bingaman, Shae Bishop, A. Bitterman, Jennifer Boe, Derrick Breidenthal, Timothy Brown, Tim Brown, Crystal Brown, Fred Bussell, Joe Bussell, Yoojin Cheong, Daniel Coburn, Mark Cowardin, Jonah Criswell, Jeffrey Crowe, Abraham Diaz, Scott Dickson, Deanna Dikeman, Eric Dobbins, Jill Downen, David Elrod, Barrett Emke, Mike Erickson, John Ferry, Brittany Ficken, Adam Finkelston, Luke Firle, Ariadne Fish, David Ford, Tommy Frank, Jennie Frederick, Amy Fredman, Anne Gagel, Megan Gallant and Json Myers, Madeline Gallucci, Jorge Garcia Almodovar, Rachelle Gardner, Archie Scott Gobber, Elijah Gowin, Lea Griggs, John Hans, Diana Heise, Phil Heying, Ben Hlavacek, Peregrine Honig, Elizabeth Howe, Robert Howsare, Cory Imig, Matt Jacobs, Molly Kaderka, Ted Kaldis, Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, Megan Karson, Emily Kenyon, Misha Kligman, Amy Kligman, Alex Krahenbuhl, Michael Krueger, Dean Kube, Heather Lamanno, Katerina Landwehr, Marty Maxwell Lane, Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer, Amos Leager, Saskia Lehnert, Judith Levy, Skye Livingston, Hannah Lodwick, Adam Long, Daniel Lough, Kelly Ludwig, Susi Lulaki, Mike Lyon, Megan Mantia, Andy Maugh, Karen McCoy, Marie McInerney, Kathryn McRoberts, Art McSweeney, Will Meier, Catie Miller, Marcia Miller Gross, Natalie Myers, Charlie Mylie, Johnny Naugahyde, Marc Neighbor, Garry Noland, Rebecca Ofiesh, Maria Ogedengbe, Andrew Ordonez, Andy Ozier, Evan Pardue, Ahram Park, Anne Austin Pearce, Jacia Phillips, Jason Pollen, Maxwell Pond, Cambria Potter, Jane Pronko, Stephen Proski, Robert Quackenbush, Thomas Redmon, David Rhoads, Clinton Ricketts, Rebecca Riden, Carrie Riehl, Miguel Rivera, Emily Sall, Harold Savage, Ruth Scherrer, Emil Schutzel, Jacob Sharp, Brantly Sheffield, Ryan Shrum, DeAnna Skedel, Joseph Smith, Debra Smith, Mark Southerland, Sean Starowitz, Mark Stevenson, Bridget Stewart, Maegan Stracy, Gary Sutton, Caleb Taylor, Tristan Telander, Larry Thomas, Heinrich Toh, William Toney, Cheryl Toh, Heinrich Toh, Kati Toivanen, Bernadette Esperanza Torres, Kelsey Van Horn, Jane Voorhees, Frederick Vorder-Bruegge, Malory Ward, Davin Watne, Joey Watson, Terri Wheeler, David White, Susan White, Jennifer Williams, Patrick Wolf, James Woodfill, and Megan Wyeth
 
Digitalfile Artists: Beverly Ahern, Francisco Alarcon, Jessica Borusky, Lindsay Fernandez, Maura Garcia, Lea Griggs, Ben Harle, Diana Heise, Caitlin Horsmon, Elizabeth Howe, Ritchie Kaye, Juliana Lynn, J. Ashley Miller and Daniel Goggin, Natalie Myers, David Overholt, Christoph Steger, Kati Toivanen, and Annie Woodfill.

 2014 Kansas City Flatfile Curators

June 7st – 26th 2014 
Erin Dziedzic is Curator and Head of Adult Programs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Erin received her BA in Art History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a MA in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her past projects include the inaugural exhibition for the reopening of the SCAD Museum of Art, Liza Lou: Let the Light In. Erin has contributed to publications including Hung Liu: Memorial Grounds 1988-2006 and Everything Matters.
Erin has organized exhibitions in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, Lacoste, France and Hong Kong. She is founder and editor of artcore journal, a contemporary online journal about art.
 
June 27th  – July 23rd 2014 
Heather Lustfeldt is Curator and Program Coordinator at the Epsten Gallery Foundation at Village Shalom. She received her BFA in Art at the Illinois State University, and her MA in Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Heather has worked as a lecturer at the Kansas City art Institute and as a special contributor for The Kansas City Star. She worked at the H&R Block Artspace as assistant curator from 1999 to 2008, aiding the development of the Artspace in its beginning years. 
 
Jodi Throckmorton is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University. She holds a BAS in Art History and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Jodi offers a highly community-focused curatorial practice; the community being a big part of her exhibitions and audience engagement. Her past exhibits include Renegade Humor and Around the Table: Food, Creativity and Community.
 
July 31st - August 26th 2014
April Watson is Curator, Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.April holds a master’s degree in Art History from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Kansas. April has contributed writing and scholarship on photography and its history to numerous exhibitions and catalogues for the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the Nelson-Atkins, including Time in the West: Photographs by Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe and Mark Ruwedel; Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography; and Hide & Seek: Picturing Childhood (co-curated).
 
Melaney Ann Mitchell is a curator, visual artist, writer, and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the Director of Subterranean Gallery, an underground apartment gallery, and the Founder and Editor in Chief for Informality; an online art and culture publication covering the Kansas City art community. With these two ventures, Melaney hosts a range of experimental educational programming that expands the social reach of exhibiting artists and advocates for increased arts discourse in the region. She is a recent recipient of an Arts KC Inspiration Grant for Informality and attended the Launch Invitational Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition in 2013. As a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Melaney cultivates her multiple practices around the interactivity of art world culture and the Internet.
 
August 26th  – September 27th 2014 
A native of Australia now based in New York, Amanda McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker, curator, and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. Amanda is currently Consultant Curator for Programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and 2014 Alt-w Design Informatics Curator-in-Residence with New Media Scotland developing a program around her Art/Food/Tech research for Spring 2014. Other recent curatorial efforts include her participation in the Finnish Society for Bioart’s Field Notes: Deep Time research residency and symposium; collaborating with Pixelache and Ruoantulevaisus on programming the Foodycle event during a residency with HIAP in Helsinki; curating CONSUME at gallery@calIT2 at the University of California, San Diego (April – June 2013); and curating Our Haus, the 10th Anniversary exhibition for the Austrian Cultural Forum, NY (May – August 2012). In late 2012 she did a residency as a Bogliasco Fellow, at Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Italy. Her interests are at the intersection of art, culture, technology, science and social change and also currently include virtual performance, and urban research. Amanda is also currently a Board member of the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture (NAMAC) in the USA. She has lived and worked in Australia, Germany, Finland, and the USA.
 
Eric Dobbins is a Kansas City based artist, illustrator, designer and printmaker, currently in residence with The Charlotte Street Foundation. He is the founder and former director of Wonder Fair: Art Gallery, Shoppe & Studio, and the current assistant director of Grand Arts. Recent projects include: “Couch Potato: A Caddy for Couch Accoutrements”, “Tick Taco: The Original Big Strap Taco Watch”, and “Here is a Worm: A ‘You-are-the-star’ Workbook & French Lesson, Too!” Current collaborative efforts include the Rocket Grant-funded Field Trip Publishing and Mrs. Tasty’s Vegetarian Space Station.
 
A native Nebraskan, Lacey Wozny has worked at Grand Arts in various capacities since 2006, excepting 2011, when a Saturn Return led to a sojourn in the woods and a temporary position as officer of complexity at Mildred’s Lane in Beach Lake, PA. As an artist and community organizer, she is dedicated to experimental problem solving, deep research, social hospitality and expansive thought. After studying at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and then transferring to the Kansas City Art Institute, Lacey earned her BFA in Illustration and Art History. She has previously worked at the Kansas City Artists Coalition and in the Graphics Department at the Kansas City Star. In addition to curating programs and events at Grand Arts, Lacey curated the 2013 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Art Awards Exhibition and sat on the selection panel for the CSF Studio Residency Program. In 2012 Lacey teamed up with Maria Calderon to produce “POP! A series of social happenings” with support from a Rocket Grant. Since 2006 Lacey and partner Neal Wilson have combined creative forces operating as Hmh Services, a conceptual accounting conglomerate. Hmh’s current focus is opening the Museum of Bottled Water in the foyer of their home with several consultants and artist collaborators.
 
Tiffany Thompson is the founder director of Thompson Art Services providing contemporary art consulting for private and corporate collectors, professional development for artists, and curatorial services. Recent projects include a curatorial project for the United Nations celebration of Small Island Developing States at the French Embassy in Mauritius. The Ministry of Arts and Culture hired her to curate the Mauritius Pavilion in the Venice Biennale. Early this summer, she was a panelist for the Kansas City Art Commission’s 1% for Arts street car project.

Events

June 6 Fri
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June 7 Sat
June 20 Fri
July 4 Fri
July 5 Sat
July 19 Sat
August 5 Tue

Press

Press Release

“Digitalfile,” curated by SPECTRA, presents time-based artworks by KC artists, at the H&R Block Artspace
KCAI Website |
Fri, 2014-05-30

“Digitalfile,” is a group exhibition of time-based artwork by 19 Kansas City based artists, presented in conjunction with the 2014 Kansas City Flatfile.

Selected Press

KCUR.ORG, Kansas City Public Media, 89.3 FM |
Fri, 2014-10-24
Personal Files by Liz Cook
The Pitch |
Thu, 2014-08-07

This year's Flatfile exhibition is at its best when the art gets intimate.