PARKER'S PICKS - FINAL FRIDAY - AUGUST 25th, 2017

Since I am the creator and caretaker of the Wichita Art Scene Facebook Group, I am often asked which Final Friday events I recommend attending. I'll start by saying that I am NOT a Final Friday expert, and that my recommendations are based on my own personal preferences and tastes. I want to say, "go to all of them", but that would be an impossible task. Having too many awesome Final Friday events is a good problem to have.

Every month I will shine a spotlight on 3 or 4 exhibitions that I recommend seeing. These are the exhibitions that I am most excited to see myself. I should also note that I haven't seen any of these exhibitions yet. My recommendations are based on previous works by the artists or on promotional materials released by the artist or gallery. I encourage all of you to join the Wichita Art Scene Facebook Group to see the full list of Final Friday events happening in Wichita, Kansas.

- Dustin Parker

 

Marc Bosworth

KMUW
121 N. Mead, Ste. 200

Final Friday, August 25th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

The faithful listeners of local NPR affiliate KMUW are well aware that Wichita has a thriving art scene because they have a kitchen cabinet full of KMUW coffee mugs adorned with art by Wichita artists. Twice a year, KMUW hosts a pledge drive to raise money so they can continue to bring you amazing programing like Strange Currency, All Things Considered, Science Friday, This American Life and Fresh Air. Since 2004, KMUW has been offering mugs and t-shirts designed by Wichita artists as pledge rewards. The KMUW Artist Series has become a cherished biannual tradition that has introduced KMUW listeners to 27 local artists. The featured artist for The Fall 2017 Pledge drive is Marc Bosworth. His artwork titled “My Happy Place” will be one of many incredible works by Marc Bosworth that will be on display at the beautiful KMUW office in Old Town this Final Friday. 

Bosworth is a painter and printmaker with a long history in the Wichita Art Scene. As a founding member of the Famous Dead Artists artist co-operative, he helped play a vital role in the creation of the Final Friday gallery crawl. He I also an art director at Greteman Group and teaches printmaking at Friends University. 

Bosworth’s work features overlapping layers of imagery and gritty textures. His work is inhabited by childlike doodles, floral patterns, technical diagrams, vintage comic book panels, maps, vintage cars, birds, airplanes and automobile parts. Marc’s work has always been nostalgic about childhood. The earthy colors and retro aesthetic often remind me of the idealized world depicted in 1950s advertising. A world where boys play baseball, read comic books and play with toy planes. A happy place where childhood never ends.

Go to KMUW this Final Friday and find out why Marc Bosworth is one of my favorite Wichita artists.  

ARTIST Q&A with Marc Bosworth
You created "My Happy Place" for KMUW’s 2017 fall pledge drive. What was the inspiration behind the artwork?
KMUW is a great source for news and information. But I began working on ideas for the art back in January, during the run-up to the inauguration, and the news and information of the moment was honestly dragging me down. So I really just found myself going to my happy place, wanting to use images of things that I love. And I think it makes sense, because despite the sometimes depressing news, I still think of KMUW as my happy place on the radio dial.

Can you please describe your creative process?
I generally start with only the gist of an idea, put something down, look at it and think about it, put something else down… It’s a complicated dance of planning and spontaneity, trying to keep it fresh without allowing the whole thing to collapse into absolute chaos. It goes on like this until I decide it’s finished. The important thing is to allow unexpected things to happen along the way, because I’m most happy with a piece that has a lot of mystery in it, even for me.

You often use found materials and collage in your work. Where do you go to hunt for these materials and what are you looking for when you are on the prowl for collage materials?
I love garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. I have a great library of old maps, comic books, home-repair manuals and elementary school textbooks. In fact, I’m at a point where I need to either stop acquiring things, or make more art.

How has being a graphic designer/art director influenced your work as a fine artist?
I think it’s an important way of keeping me in tune with the latest trends, especially in this day and age where art, design and technology are so interrelated. My extremely knowledgeable and talented colleagues really keep me on my toes.

Who or what has been inspiring you lately? 
Since we bought our house about 12 years ago, I’ve been trying to maintain some semblance of an acceptable yard. In doing that I’ve become more aware of and interested in plants, flowers and trees. That, in turn, has made me more aware of the cycles of the seasons and how a changing climate affects everything around us. Those flowers and trees have been showing up in my art more and more. 

What albums are you currently listening to in the studio?
Earlier this year, I splurged and bought Ryan Adam’s Prisoner, the Old 97s’ Graveyard Whistling and Son Volt’s Notes of Blue, which all came out about the same time. I like a lot of different kinds of music, but these three great albums have recently kept me focused on alt-country (or Americana, or whatever the kids are calling it these days.)

What is your favorite place to go in Wichita when you need to get your creative juices flowing?
Lately it’s been the WAM. I live just a few blocks away, so I don’t really have any excuses about getting over there to peruse what’s on view on a regular basis. They’ve been doing a great job lately with both the programming in the galleries and the variety of other activities they’re offering.

Bonus question - What is your favorite program on KMUW and why?
I really like Jedd Beaudoin’s Strange Currency. For me, it’s the right mix of old, familiar tunes, new music by my favorites, and a lot of music by bands I’ve never heard before.


 

Kacy Meinecke
  There's No Place Like...

Kacy Meinecke Photography
100 S Market Suite 101

Final Friday, August 25th
7:00pm - 10:00pm

 

Kacy Meinecke is a local photographer specializing in corporate and executive photography. Kacy was voted “Best Photographer” in The Wichita Eagle 2016 Readers’ Choice competition. Many of you might know Kacy for her monthly “Portrait Day” charity events where she uses her incredible photography skills to raise money and awareness for local non-profit organizations like Heartspring, ICT Trees, ICT S.O.S., and The Sedgwick County AFSP. For only $10 you can help support a local non-profit and get a really amazing photograph of yourself by the amazing Kacy Meinecke. I not only admire her incredible photography skills and her charitable spirit, but I also greatly admire the positive energy and enthusiasm she brings to everything she does. Kacy does everything big and bold and colorful. Her first Final Friday exhibition is no exception. The exhibition will showcase ten 40x60” photographic prints which tell a story about a girl running away from home. 

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ARTIST Q&A with Kacy Meinecke
What inspired you to pick up a camera and become a photographer?

My inspiration to do photography actually came from my Grandma Sherry in Topeka. She was an expert gardener in her day and also an avid Canon shooter. I got my first Canon 35mm when I was 17 and started exploring my options way back when. I also knew so many talented friends in photography straight out of high school that it was a no brainer for me to join that crowd.

What is the inspiration behind the There’s No Place Like… series?
The Inspiration behind There's No Place Like... came from that constant working artists' struggle. I recently traveled to Scotland for work and while I was there I just kept constantly saying in my head how nice it would be to just drop everything and go, or in that case stay there. Freeing my brain from all of the constant stress of working 60 hours a week. Being constantly bombarded with phone calls and messages made me so anxious and tired of the barrage of people who needed me. When I returned though, there's something about Wichita, and being home that no feeling can replicate. So I decided to create that feeling in print (or at least tried to anyway). And, I just really, really adore vintage things in general. Having this out of my brain, and on a large format, really helped in a cathartic, therapeutic way.

How does your work as a commercial photographer influence or inspire your personal work?
This is a great question! Now it mostly completely influences me to create, and create well. Working on commercial work is the BEST decision I have made, albeit it's hard work. It is demanding in a completely different way, and usually clients have a very specific vision that you are trying to replicate vs being hired specifically to use your creative mind and have free reign on said vision. It has very much enhanced my detailed orientation on every aspect of photography, because there's a higher standard held for all images to be perfect. In a way, I believe that it forced me to start creating for myself in a way I never had the balls to do. Because I am so tied up in client work in the corporate sector, I HAVE to start doing these "brain children" of mine, or I will go crazy. There was a quote I heard recently: "I create to not become mad." And that is the fuckin' truth.

Who or What has been inspiring you lately?
Lately? Definitely lots of things: working too much, Tyler Shields, all of this crazy political crap going on, young artists and entrepreneurs in Wichita going HARD even with obstacles, the community of photographers (in both a good and bad way), and, believe it or not, my top two have been traveling and concerts. For some reason this year I have traveled more miles than I ever have, and it has opened my eyes on so many things. Culture, community and the pace in which a city breathes has me getting the goosebumps skin in a great way. Concerts, man, there's something about a live band that has always pushed me to keep hustling hard, whether that performance is in front of a crowd of 15 people or 15,000. Seeing musicians in their element always has that effect on me.

What albums are you currently listening to in the studio?
OOOOH, man. I am pretty sure everyone in Wichita knows that I have been listening to After Laughter by Paramore in the studio every day. But, I think some surprises would be that I've also been running the new Manchester Orchestra ragged, plus a hoppy power punk band called Openside out of New Zealand. Another girl band out of LA whom I love is Bleached. Also Science Fiction by Brand New. That one I am still trying to figure out whether it's on my Deja Entendu level of like or The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me level. I feel that with the resurgence of all of our favorite emo bands touring again (like it's 2006 all over again), I've been brought back to college. And occasionally on days when Emo/pop Punk isn't cutting it, I've got to go old school rap.

What is your favorite place to go in Wichita when you need to get your creative juices flowing?
Since I am centrally located, I do a morning stop at Espresso to Go Go, and a mid afternoon at 86 Cold Press. Seeing the locals daily always helps to keep me on my toes. I really like a bike-by of all of the fantastic murals that have been set up throughout the area too. When I am feeling particularly dull and lacking inspiration though, the rooftop of the parking garage by my office, or exploring the beautiful half decrepit abandoned buildings downtown. There's a great deal to learn about the past of Wichita whether in photographs of old Douglas St, abandoned skyscrapers and historic buildings full of decay, versus where we are headed as a city. THAT & Final Fridays of course. When I get to see other people busting their ass, producing some of the greatest local art I've seen, that will always top the cake.

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Kevin Mullins
   The Long and the Short and the Tall

CityArts
334 N Mead St

Final Friday, August 25th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Kevin Mullins creates his paintings using a combination of painting and serigraphy (screen printing). His work is about repetition and process. His work features repeated patterns and overlapping layers of shapes, colors and textures. Sometimes these patterns take the form of floral imagery reminiscent of wallpaper patterns. Sometimes the patterns are repeated across several paintings with slight variations in color or composition. The work is both mechanical and organic. A sea of ben-day dots and crisp geometric patterns contrast against faded auras of color. The paintings appear to be eroding away like an old metal sign left outside to battle the elements. It appears that the layers are fading away to reveal the many layers below. Kevin isn’t throwing and dripping paint. You won’t see bold expressive brushstrokes. He isn’t using paint like an abstract expressionist would. But if you are curious what that may look like I would suggest checking out David Reed’s work, whom Kevin has often cited as an influence. Reed’s work is similar in terms of composition, medium and format but his work looks like a painting. Reed’s work is more painterly. You see the artist’s hand. You see the strokes and drips and splatters. Kevin’s goal is to create something beautiful that appears to be untouched by human hands. I think Reed’s work helps demonstrate Kevin’s success at accomplishing this task. Go see his beautiful and incredibly well crafted work at CityArts on Final Friday. And don’t forget to check out the 3 other exhibitions on display at CityArts. colorGrok by David Danao in the Main Hall Gallery, Edit by Desiree Warren in the Balcony Gallery and Meandering by Adri Luna in the Boardroom Gallery. Just take the elevator or the stairs to the 2nd floor to see the shows in the Balcony Gallery and Boardroom Gallery. 

ARTIST Q&A with Kevin Mullins
Can you please describe your creative process?
My work is a combination of painting and screen printing. My desire is to produce pieces that are beautiful and unclear as to how they are made. The Renaissance notion of “untouched by human hands” is very important to me. I usually start with a simple idea in mind and work in series, meaning numerous pieces of the same theme. Currently, this is trying to replicate information passing through the ether of radio transmission and making it visual. There are two pieces in the show titled “Traffic to Follow”, and there are four 2x8” paintings in the works from the same series. The title means that you are signaling that more information is about to be communicated via the radio. How would that look?

Serigraphy has been your primary medium for many years. What inspired you to begin using serigraphy in your work?
Throughout my education I have always studied both painting and printmaking. In the late 80’s I realized that the paintings I was trying to produce, the look I was after, could best be accomplished by printing on the painting. Both disciplines meshed. My prints looked like paintings and my paintings looked like prints. Having worked in the commercial printing industry taught me how to print on anything.

Your work often features repeating patterns and shapes that are often reminiscent of wallpaper or textile patterns. What inspired you to use these types of patterns?
Coming of age in the 60’s, and first studying at a college that was very Bauhaus-orientated in philosophy made me very interested in Utopian societies. Also I grew up very close to the Oneida Community, another utopian society.  The Arts and Craft movement was another, and their production of design work that was a synthesis of nature, in essence an abstraction of nature appealed to me.  Also, in the early 70’s I began practicing Transcendental Mediation…. a few years after the Beatles (who I saw at Shea Stadium in 1966). Meditation is all about repetition.

Who or What has been inspiring you lately?
Every summer we return home to escape some of the summer heat.  This year we went to MASS MoCA and the work by Anselm Kiefer, “Narrow are the Vessels”, “Velimir Khlebnikov” and “Les Femmes de la Revolution” was one of the most profound installations I have ever seen. The work deals with themes that that interest me — history from the 1930’s and the Second World War. The wonderful thing is that this doesn’t inform my work but encourages me to simply make more work. Paintings of “Das Boot" — unbelievable.

What albums are you currently listening to in the studio?
During the season its Royals on the Radio but on off nights The Kinks’ The Village Green Preservation Society, Ray Davies' Other People's Lives and Donovan’s Barabajagal.

What is your favorite place to go in Wichita when you need to get your creative juices flowing?
Lawrence Dumont Stadium. 

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Julius DC Bautista
   APEX

HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art
430 S. Commerce Street, Suite 200

Final Friday, August 25th
6:00pm - 10:00pm

 

Julius DC Bautista, a Chicago based painter, is visiting Wichita to exhibit some of his incredible portrait paintings at the HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art. His work reminds me of other great contemporary portrait painters like Phil Noto, Kent Williams, Andrew Salgado and Jonathan McAfee. Like those artists, Julius mixes expressionistic brushwork with a pop art sensibility. His brushwork is loose and expressive. His colors are bold. His compositions are filled with stars, ben-day dots, emojis, word balloons and other artifacts of pop culture. Many of his paintings feature the same type of bold and expressive line art that you might see in modern comic book illustrations. You can also see some anime/manga influence in his work. His work is a collision of many different influences and styles, but he balances these elements to create very dynamic and compelling portraits. His work is a delicious stew. This is a must see exhibit. 

A Statement from Julius DC Bautista
Hello everyone! My name is Julius Bautista, and I'll be coming in from Chicago to meet with you all at our opening at HUE Gallery.

Being a Chicago resident, I don't currently know many of you over in Wichita, so I thought I'd share some of my background with you in the coming weeks.

Though much of my visual focus has been on aesthetics and theories of design, psychology has been central to the motivation behind the thematics of work. The ways in which I explore the relationship between the heart and the mind are heavily based in the creation of tension between values on myriad layers, visually and conceptually.

It's as much about conflict as it is resolution. After all, conflict is something we face every day, every hour, every moment. We're constantly making decisions, willingly, consciously, or otherwise. At times, it can be overwhelming. Yet, we always reach a point of catharsis in resolution. And we press onwards.

I look forward to speaking with you all. Share the word about our opening night, and thank you!


 

Dustin Parker & Hannah Scott
   Crazy Face

Demo.
617 W Douglas Ave

Final Friday, August 25th
6:00pm - 10:00pm

 

***Editor's Note***
Dustin Parker is too modest to mention his own show with Hannah Scott tonight at DEMO, so it's up to me to tell you NOT TO MISS IT! Their show is titled Crazy Face and it features brand new works of art from both of them. I highly suggest you make this show a "MUST SEE". These two are incredibly talented.   - Kevin Wildt