Showing the Goods: The Kauffman Lecture

The day before the election, I was giving my own version of a stump speech, detailing my origins as an artist, from my early to present work, and touched on my upcoming projects.

Photo Muchos thanks to fellow artist and Inspiration Grant winner Angelica Sandoval for letting me use the awesome Kickstarter Shout-Out she made for me as the title slide of my presentation (Her Kickster was successful too! You can see her installation now in the windows of BNIM in downtown KC). Sooo much better than plain ol’ text. I love it.


I was able to cover my early work, including this piece In the Eye of the Beholder.


Of course, I went over the process of making my current work and my studies at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.


I aim to please, so I also brought finished work as well as many random samples and experiments from the studio.

Thanks to Leslie at the Kauffman Foundation for hosting me and to the Metro Arts Council for running the Now Showing Program! I enjoy sharing my work and hope to do so again. Yay for public speaking!

Bring Your Lunch! Kauffman Foundation Lunch and Learn Artist Lecture on Monday, Nov.5th

If you’re getting anxious about the election, I would be honored to distract you with arty goodness! So before you vote on Tuesday, take some of the ‘ick’ out of Monday.
Just bring your lunch to the Kauffman Conference Center on Monday, November 5th at High Noon. I will do my utmost to regale you with my driving passion, the life-blood that keeps me going — or more humbly stated, I will give a presentation on my work.

The talk will cover a short retrospective on past work, as well as looking at the experimental processes and materials of present work (Exactly how does a student of architecture end up spending untold hours sewing lace?). I’ll also cover ongoing and upcoming projects with time for Q&A. I will also have a few work samples and experiments on hand for a bit of “show and tell.” If time and space allow, we might be able to get in a short walking tour of the works on display in the Conference Center after everyone has finished munching!

This is my first public talk in quite a while, so I’m very excited for this opportunity and I would love to see you there!

Lunch & Learn Artist Lecture – Rachelle Gardner
Monday, November 5th, 12 – 1pm
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
Brookside Room
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City MO 64110-2046

This exhibition and lecture is possible through the Now Showing Program. Many thanks to the staff at the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City for their unwavering support of local artists through the Now Showing Program and, of course, big thanks to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for participating!

 
P.S. Some  day I have to do a post on these guys – Stakeclaimers. I love the texture.

Art & Construction Companies? Yes. Yes, indeed.

Went and checked out a space where I’ll be showing from October through December of this year. It’s a major consturction company and it’s big. As in four stories big. Okay, I’m not having to cover every wall; more like a central core with some auxilary spaces. It’s a very nice space though. One doesn’t generally think “modern” when describing a construction company. The interior is clean and contemporary; they have tracks and lighting for the art areas. It’ll work nicely. I just won’t have much of a break after my show goes up next month though. Need lots of work.

Like the Lyric Opera House show next month, this show is through the Art Council of Metro KC’s  Now Showing Program. It’s a program where participating businesses get to choose from a roster of artists and have several shows at their business  throughout the year. I’ve had quite a few exhibits at architectural firms in KC this way.

Oh, and this place? McCownGordon Construction. Even briefly met the CEO.

And, ok, so this shot from their website makes the space look a bit more “classical,” but you’ll just have to trust me. It will be lovely.