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First Friday Opening
May 3, 2013


Jared Flaming, Surplus, 2013, oil on panel, 72" x 48"



Jared Flaming


May 3 - June 29, 2013

Front Gallery



Artist Bio


Jared Flaming received his BFA from University of Oklahoma, Norman, and will receive his MFA at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, this Spring. In 2008 he collaborated with Icelandic and American artists in Reykjavik, Iceland for the exhibition Princes of Royal Blood at the Lost Horse Gallery.


Artist Statement


Parergon is a solo exhibition by the artist Jared Flaming comprised of recent paintings and drawings. This series of work pulls from disparate sources and combines them into amalgamations that challenge the way in which an image is read.


A series of large-scale paintings suspend distinctly heterogeneous assortments of objects and text amid ambiguous white spaces that seem to oscillate between deep void and flat surface. The conflicting sense of space derived from collage-like overlapping of subject matter and the incongruent sense of scale adds to the confusion between the disparately sourced imagery. Art historical touchstones mingle with nondescript kitsch motifs in a reciprocal undermining of identities. Oversized wet paint strokes are deceptively rendered in a flat illusionistic manner that toys with perceptions of origins and authenticity. The result is a hall of mirrors where nothing seems definitive and precepts are suspect.


This body of work concerns itself with the ways in which meaning is inextricably the product of continuous mediation. The paintings begin to question the ideology of images through their formats as they protrude from the walls into the space of the viewer.The panels' deep profiles insist on the objectivity of the painted images and conflict with the illusionistic space rendered on their surfaces. The white backdrops of the images spill over the sides of the surface, confounding the idea of an edge of the image.


The paintings are juxtaposed with a large installation of graphite drawings depicting paint strokes. Loaded with historical mythology and contemporary ideology these simulacra continue the line of questioning of the ways in which a medium prefigures the identity of images. They play with the lenses of authenticity and deception through which images are received.


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Jared Flaming


Jared Green 
Jared Green, Double Loop Learning, oil on canvas, 60" x 48" 

Jared Green

A Coherent Story to Tell

May 3 - May 25, 2013

Back Gallery



Artist Bio

Jared Green is from Kansas City, Kansas. He has been painting for over 10 years, and has participated in multiple solo and group shows in Kansas and Missouri. He received an A.A.S in Graphic Design from JCCC, and studied art history at the University of Kansas. He is currently a Graphic Designer for Hallmark Cards.


Artist Statement

My work is typically representational, exploring psychological narratives that capture fragments of human behavior and recreate moments of uncertainty. The narratives are intended to create an immediate emotional response that resonates personally with the viewer and invites them to share an honest reaction.  


My intention for this new series was to stretch outside my comfort zone of painting representational, while continuing to explore the same sense of psychological tension that I typically pursue

Each painting shares the same process of execution. A random framework is quickly created using layers of intense marks. As the painting expands and more grids are applied, the layers eventually interrupt their own sense of immediacy. Restricted color palates are manipulated with careful consideration of the tensions between foreground and background. What results in the work is my own visual narrative.













May 2013 Opie Gallery May 2013 Opie Gallery   LEFT: Angela Burson, Twins, needlework cotton on linen, 7" x 7.25"
RIGHT: Angela Burson, Arm, needlework cotton on linen, 7" x 8.5"


Spring Group Show

Featuring Angela Burson

May 3 - May 25, 2013

Opie Gallery



Angela Burson's Bio

Angela Burson is an artist working in a variety of media including, painting, drawing and needlework. She is an alumna of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her B.F.A. in Painting in 1991. She was born in Kansas City and grew up in the near by town of Liberty Missouri. Angela has been a working artist since 1992 and has exhibited her work in Georgia, Florida, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, artist Gregory Eltringham, and their two children.


Angela Burson's Statement

Color, pattern, memories and details.

My current body of work links elements of color and pattern with random images to create a vague feeling of memory and narrative within the paintings. I use a straightforward, simple composition, which is constructed featuring details of people, various objects or possessions. The subjects come from a personal collection of source material consisting of family photographs, photos and reproductions of tin toys, portrait miniatures, remnants of doilies, pillowcases, and towels from my family's closets. This personal inventory reoccurs in my paintings and needlework.

I simplify the ground into patterns or a solid color, which allows an ambiguous place for the subject to inhabit. The colors and patterns play an important role in invoking a specific mood and situate the objects in space. The colors chosen are inspired from old color photographs, vintage color schemes, and filtered through my personal aesthetic.















 Keith Young, Laying in Grass, mixed media collage, 24" x 48" 


Keith Young


May 3 - May 25, 2013

Lower Level Gallery



Artist Bio


Keith Young is from Pilot Grove, Missouri. He was born in 1991 from a divers back ground. He has been making collages for three years, and has participated in solo and group shows in Missouri. He studies at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo but recently accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 


Artist Statement


As an adolescent I knew I was an artist and would use crayons, paints, bedroom walls and anything else I could get his hands on to create works of art. It was my family members as well as my art instructors who recognized my talent and encouraged me to work bigger, use more color and to switch media time to time.


How I collage is how I rearrange the world as it is presented to me. It is a way of discussing life through an ever expanding collection of images and techniques. I search for ways to bridge the logical and illogical; to create spaces where elements that do not belong together, now somehow, do. I frequently experiment with materials by layering and piecing elements together in ways that are balanced and aesthetically pleasing. Collages that I have produced have all carried over themes into one another, whether through technique, repletion of imagery, or the application of color; yet, they are all distinguishable as separate works of art. I strive to have a strong since of aesthetic and to do that; one needs to understand the material. By recognizing what to use and when to use it will give the work substance and depth. Like most college students I am on a strict budget so there for I do rely on donations of all sorts.; Granit counter top samples, napkins, onion sacks, potato sacks, tissue paper, playing card, crossword pages, used bingo cards, paper towels, old prints, window screens, paper bags, string, newspaper clippings, toilet paper squares, bubble wrap, wall paper, clothes pins, paper doilies, tiles and buttons just to name a few. Mixed media is how I would describe my work because anything and everything is fare game to collage with. I honestly do believe I make trash beautiful and that is how I continue to build my extensive body of work.















Ada Koch Installation view

Ada Koch paintingSt. Peter's Square with the Apostolic Palace and the Basilica,

mixed media on canvas with paper, acrylic paint, oil pastels, 48" x 60" 



Ada Koch

The Piazza: Praising Architecture and a Balanced Life

March 1 - May 25, 2013

Main Gallery



Exhibition Statement - Excerpt 


This exhibition demonstrates the idealized piazza by pulling famous examples of architecture from three locales where I have been charmed by the balance, pace, and sense of community - Kansas City, Paris, and of course, Italy.  Each element of my idealized square shows a well-known representation of one major aspect of civilized life pulled together for my inclusion in the perfect piazza. A gathering place in the middle provides the social merger of the diverse elements, a focal point where ideals, issues and controversies from the four aspects can be shared. 


Artist Statement


While in art museums, I have always preferred the artist's sketch rather than the "finished work". A sketch provides the freedom and movement that shows the artist's true style.  This body of work provides numerous layers and media but maintains the freedom, fluidity, and fresh playfulness of the sketch.  Classical three dimensional sculpture and architectural monuments are especially prone to two dimensional representation in an exacting method, so the freedom of my impressions of these striking structures is meant to impart my passion in providing a quick emotional awakening where details are elaborated only fully enough to capture the full, dimensional quality of the moment.  


Artist Bio


Raised in Delaware, Koch won scholarships to the Delaware Art Museum before studying art in Washington, DC and Chicago.  Later studies with David De Rousseau of the KCAI and personal studies in Paris and Rome preceded Koch's exhibitions in US and Italian galleries.  She has been invited regularly to the Biennale Internazionale (a juried show in Florence, Italy), and was just invited to the premier of the Effetto in Merido, Mexico as part of the United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations.  She teaches at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Holy Name School.  A board member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition, she was founder of Open Studios in KC.  Her art is in collections both corporate and private throughout the world.


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Mike Stack installation view
Mike Stack 9/11
9-11 Triptych: Assault, Descent, Ascent, oil on canvas, 80" x 207"
Michael Stack
Eagleman Series and 9/11 Triptych Series

March 1 - May 25, 2013

Main Gallery



Artist Bio 


Michael Stack has been making paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture for fifty years. Stack has held eight one-man exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions throughout the United States. His work can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Brunei, and Saudi Arabia. He was also included in the 1984 publication of Who's Who in American Art.



a phantasmagorical emissary

from the land of whenwhy

careening through a hedonistic

miasma of painstench

searching for morsels of pleasure

in an endless plain of carrion

entering an amnesical sea of consciousness

meeting a blue calm

renewing him

as an acolyte of relevance

soaring through mists of uncertainy

toward a new nirvana