Organization Charlotte Street: Urban Culture Project Space
Hours Wednesday, Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 06:00pm


Opening starts at May 20,2011 06:00pm
Opening ends at May 20,2011 09:00pm
Address 21 E 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo, United States
Phone 816 221 5115
Website http://www.charlottestreet.org/
Start May 20, 2011
End July 1, 2011
Closed Sunday - Tuesday

Charlotte Street Foundation's Urban Culture Project presents

New and recent drawings and cut paper works by Lee Emma Running
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 21, noon 

(Kansas City, MO) - Charlotte Street Foundation's Urban Culture Project Space, 21 East 12th Street, presents Swailing, an exhibition of drawings and cut paper works by Iowa-based artist Lee Emma Running, opening a free public reception on Third Friday, May 20, 6-9pm.  The opening will be followed by an artist talk on Saturday, May 21 at noon.

Lee Emma Running's work is attentive to the particularities of her landscape, inspired by both subtle changes that come with change of season, and the intricacy of specimens gathered in the natural world.  Using simple tools of projection, tracing, stenciling and cutting, and a combination of close handwork and digital manipulation, her work investigates the beauty and complexity of natural phenomena, and expands characteristics of biological ephemera. Transforming the scale of bits of nature, she seeks to reveal their intricate networks and to identify the universal nature inherent within it them

The work featured in Swailing, a term that refers to the prescribed burning of prairie or marshland, is specifically inspired by mystery and spectacle of the burning of grasses, and what is revealed in the wake of this process.

"Somewhere between sailing and wailing... That's what I thought it would sound like to hear the blaze take all of the grass at once," writes Running.  "Instead I was surprised at how well fire behaved... a leisurely cracking flame blowing across acres of land.  Different than the fierceness of wildfire I imagined, this line of fire crossed a huge expanse of landscape, and simply stopped, leaving a blackened field behind it."

Walking through these fields the next day: "Each footstep I take sends up a plume of ash.  Larger branches and felled trees hold clutches of embers below floating columns of blue smoke... the grass lie in even charred piles.  When I touch them they crumble in my hands, the root-end bright yellow against the charcoal shaft.  In the ashes I find half a canine mouth, a deer jaw, a singed snake.  Branches leave stenciled prints against the ground."

With this exhibition, Running creates an immersive environment, featuring intricate cut paper pieces and drawings hanging in space.  In addition, she will create a cut vinyl drawing attached to the street-level windows of the gallery, facing 12th street.

Lee Emma Running is an Associate Professor of Art at Grinnell College. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1999, and her MFA from University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 2005.  Her work has been presented at venues across the country, including Bing Davis Gallery, Fayette, IA; Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, WA; 106 S. Division Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; The American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; and Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, IA.  Lee has completed residencies at Jentel Artists Residency Banner, WY and The Vermont Studio Center Johnson, VT, and was awarded a major site-specific commission at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.  She is also a member of The Moving Crew Artist Collective. 
Visit www.leeemmarunning.org for more information. 

Charlotte Street Foundation is dedicated to making Kansas City a place where artists and art thrive.  Through its Urban Culture Project initiative, Charlotte Street supports artists of all disciplines and contributes to the city's vitality by transforming previously vacant spaces into dynamic venues for multi-disciplinary contemporary arts programming.  For more information, visit www.charlottestreet.org.

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