Perspective · Kansas City

Shauna Alterio · Kathryn Arnold · James Brinsfield · Kyoung Ae Cho · Peregrine Honig · David Ford · Nate Fors · Christopher Leitch · DF Miller · James Woodfill

In an effort to increase exposure for Kansas City artists on a national level and to stimulate local dialogue, the JCCC Gallery of Art will present its second Perspective: Kansas City biennial, an exhibition featuring the work of 10 area artists. The exhibition was curated by Raphael Rubinstein, Senior Editor at Art in America, New York, and Rubinstein will present a lecture titled “Abstraction: a 20th century art form at the end of the 20th century” at 3:30 PM in CC 211 in conjunction with the opening.

Three local arts professionals, Deborah Emont Scott (chief curator and Sanders Sosland Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art), Sean Kelley (co-director of Grand Arts), and Bruce Hartman (director of the JCCC Gallery of Art), each selected 30 area artists for Rubinstein’s consideration. Seventy-two artists participated in the curatorial process and, based upon slide review, Rubinstein chose 20 artists for studio visits in Kansas City. From these, he curated a thematic exhibition featuring 10 artists.

According to Rubinstein: “The artists selected for this exhibition share an interest in repetition and difference. They work by establishing a basic formal or thematic unit and then explore the possibilities of continuity and variation that it offers. Within repeating structure, their approaches range from serial formats to diaristic sequences and from abstraction to autobiography. The mediums represented include painting, drawing, sculpture and film.”

Raphael Rubinstein's criticism has appeared in Arts, Art News, Art in America, Flash Art, Artforum and other magazines. He has written essays for numerous museum and gallery exhibitions, including the illustrated gallery guide accompanying Perspective: Kansas City. Rubinstein was born in Lawrence and received a bachelor of arts degree from Bennington College in 1979. He has published a collection of poems, The Basement of the Hotel Rilke, and received the John McCarron New Writing in Arts Criticism Award in 1992. Exhibitions Raphael Rubinstein has curated include Landscapes Stage at Locke Gallery in Philadelphia, 1992; Written/Drawn/Spoken in Lacanian Ink at Thread Waxing Space, New York, 1994; and Colorflex at Apex Art in New York, 1997.

Shauna Alterio graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a printmaking degree in 1998.

Now based in San Francisco, Kathryn Arnold studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and completed her BFA (1991) and MFA (1993) at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

James Brinsfield was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1949. He has a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he graduated from the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976.

Kyoung Ae Cho was born in Onyang, South Korea in 1963. She earned a BFA from Duksung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea, in 1986, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1991.

Peregrine Honig was born in 1976, grew up in San Francisco and earned her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2002.

A self-taught artist, David Ford was born in 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nate Fors was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1955 and received a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Christopher Leitch earned an MA in Visual Arts from Goddard College in Vermont and his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1985.

DF Miller graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1980.

James Woodfill was born in 1958 and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1980.