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"
Making Marks/Leaving Traces explores the mural as a touchstone for conversations about community, geography, culture, history and the broader theme of the Frontier related to Kansas City.
Featured at Paragraph gallery, Jessica Brandl’s photographs reveal a mural’s transience with details of pealing paint, underlying bricks, and plants among colorful crumbles of an Alexander Austin mural at 31st and Troost. Margaret Shelby’s luminous brain scans in the front window inference psychological comfort and discomfort zones that enforce invisible, conceptual boundaries.
Making Marks: an evolving mural by artists in Kansas City, is a collaborative painting on the gallery wall on which different artists will ‘make a mark’ during the show to continually broaden a narrative invoking aspects of culture, style and history in Kansas City. Gear, a pioneer graffiti writer in Kansas City made the first mark with an aerosol flourish of his name, the first time he has painted lettering directly on a gallery wall. Jessica Manco, an artist and the Exhibition and Education Curator at Mattie Rhodes Center followed with imagery depicting a man performing a traditional Aztec blessing associated with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, which Manco observes now as being integrated within Kansas City culture. Jose Faus, a prolific muralist, writer and educator in Kansas City, unites the paintings with an organic, intricate pattern demonstrating Faus’s flair for dynamic, colorful abstraction.
On view now, Marking Marks/Leaving Traces will continue to evolve over the coming weeks. Watch this blog for audio and video interviews with featured Kansas City mural artists, information about other murals in Kansas City, and an upcoming public program focused on this subject.