Tom Gregg, Seven Lemons, 22.5" x 24.5", oil on panel.

Julie Green, The Last Supper, 12 Missouri Plates.

Plug Projects Program Debuts with Four-Person Living Arrangements

Alika Cooper, Grey Trailer, 22" x 17", gouache on paper.

Katie Bell, Tear Peak, 66" x 96", acrylic, vinyl, plastic, drywall, wood, nails on wall.

 

Plug Projects
1613 Genessee Street
646-535-7584
Kansas City
Living Arrangements.
Work by Katie Bell, Alika Cooper,
Julie Green, and Tom Gregg

September 23-November 4, 2011

The artists selected for Living Arrangements make the familiar unfamiliar in order to reveal the hidden qualities of the mundane and uncover the complex nature of our desire for comfort and stability. The works in this exhibition are positioned within the seemingly comfortable territory of the domestic sphere where the everyday is the subject matter as well as the material. Through a collaborative curatorial process four artists were selected whose varied strategies push the backdrop of the everyday to the foreground of our awareness.

Katie Bell is an artist from Rockford, Illinois. She received her BA from Knox College in 2008 where she studied fine art and race and gender studies. In June 2011 she received an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Bell has shown her work at Mixed Greens Gallery, 808 Gallery, and ART Chicago with NEXT: New Insights Exhibition, curated by Suzanne Gehz. She recently received a grant from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation to be a 2011-2012 studio recipient. For this exhibition, we invite Bell to compose a temporary installation in our project space.

Alika Cooper was born in Agana, Guam in 1979. In 2006 she received an MFA from California College of the Arts. Cooper’s work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows nationally and internationally. Most recently Cooper’s work was included in the Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY and exhibited at the Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY. Cooper is represented by Eleanore Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Julie Green was born in Japan in 1961. Her work has been included in 25 solo exhibitions in this country and abroad. An Associate Professor at Oregon State University, Green lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband, artist Clay Lohmann, and their one-eyed cat. Green divides studio time between narrative painting and The Last Supper, a project illustrating final meal requests of U.S. death row inmates.

Tom Gregg is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Gregg received an MFA from Yale in 1987. Gregg is a Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award recipient in 2000. Gregg was an NEA Award recipient in 1994 and participated in the Yaddo Colony Artists Residency in 1992. Gregg exhibits regularly locally, nationally, internationally, and is currently represented by George Billis Gallery in both New York and Los Angeles.

PLUG PROJECTS is a curatorial collaboration and exhibition space run by five Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community. Our goal is to energize artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists. PLUG presents bi-monthly exhibitions featuring national and international artists who are actively challenging contemporary perspectives in all disciplines. Accompanying each exhibition, PLUG’s program includes critique nights, a curated blog, and studio visits to contribute to greater artistic dialogues. PLUG Projects is in the Stockyards District of Kansas City, Missouri at 1613 Genessee Street, 64102. Additional information regarding PLUG programming and schedules are available at www.plugprojects.com.

Living Arrangements, Plug Projects, Installation view, September 2011.