a charlotte street 15 year anniversary project considering the history and future of artist-driven pioneering in Kansas City and the changing nature of the city's "frontiers"
If you missed Frontier Phase I, or would like to revisit some aspect of Beating the Bounds, here is your digital opportunity!
The attached tour guide will give you more detailed information about all the work shown in the slideshow. In addition, the text below includes some links to materials that you can download, and others to further information about the artists’ work.
Jim Woodfill created two site-specific pieces of furniture for the Frontier show, one in each of the gallery spaces. Because he chose to negotiate the concrete steps in both locations, they functioned as a table at one end, and a bench at the other. The slideshow also shows a couple of stills from the video he presented called Drive-By, which is a literal enactment of beating of the bounds in the Kansas City Crossroads district. You can see the whole work with sound here.
Laura Isaac spent many hours in the gallery space, interacting with messages that she was receiving via social media, as well as ones that had been left pinned to the wall next to her drafting table. These responses related to a series of questions she asked the Kansas City community about physical, social and economic boundaries they experience. Using watercolors and other media, Isaac then transcribed the texts, and beautifully illustrated images associated with them, onto a linen scroll. Further images from the scroll will be available on the artist’s website.
Jamie Burkart conducted artistic research into the social phenomenon known as “flashmobs”, and in particular one incident that occurred on the Country Club Plaza in April of 2010. He invited four individuals who had connections to the incident to engage in “table-top reenactments”, in which they remembered actual circumstances, and then imagined alternative outcomes. He also spent time on the Plaza at night, talking with visitors, observing police presence and gathering footage for a short video.
In an associated public program, Doug Bonney, legal director of the Kansas City chapter of the ACLU, and Councilman John Sharp, led a discussion about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in public space. Councilman Sharp brought some information to share with us all about city ordinances that relate to evening curfew for people under 18, and daytime curfews to curb truancy.
Drew Roth and Amos Leager produced an issue of their periodic zine Infoduct specifically for the Beating the Bounds show. Some of the intricately hand-crafted text and images involve preparatory writings that curator Julia Cole made about the local and historical context for the show. Others relate to common spaces in and around the city, and a torch-lit river float from KC’s West to East boundaries. You can download the front and back of the unfolded zine.
Charlie Mylie worked with Brian Rusnak and Shanna Toback who are members of Nick Naughton’s Phresh Prints Coop to produce posters and postcards for visitors to take to their homes, places of work or schools. If you would like to participate in the Here and Now Quiz, and learn more about Kansas City’s commonly held resources, you can find the questions online here.
Mike Frisch gathered base maps showing physical/economic/social information about Kansas City’s official and ad hoc boundaries. He also provided tracing paper and tools so that visitors could produce altered, annotated and re-imagined maps that would access the symbolic processes and language of cartography. Visitors could then pin their map to the wall if they wished, and these personal drawings and collages accumulated over time. You can download some alternative maps of Kansas City here.