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Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes special co-host Tj Templeton artist/curator/director Bunker Center for the Arts, artist/activist Ada Koch, and musician/educator David Cunningham.
Tj TEMPLETON – Bunker Center for the Arts Gallery Director, Chief Curator & Residence artist;
Current exhibition; Derrick Schmidt: This is Where the Story Begins, January 7 – February 27th
“I want to give people a new way of looking at the world. I feel my works represent a mixture of emotions that is symbolizes through expressive marks, movement, and colors that evoke an emotion in others. “Beauty and Chaos”.
My work tells the truth and is from the heart. Through each mark made whether intentional or unintentional it’s coming from somewhere sacred. The goal in moving forward is to continue to be expressive and letting whatever comes out, come out without hesitation.”
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Tj Templeton is an interdisciplinary artist and Kansas City native. His work has been collected for over 30 years nationwide and been featured in such outlets as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ArtMove Magazine, and the Martin Scorsese screening room at the Tribeca Film festival. He is currently the artist-in-residence at the Bunker Center for the Arts, where he maintains his studio and curates the gallery’s inventory of over 20 local, regional, and international artists.
Bunker Center for the Arts, 1014 E. 19th St. KCMO, Wed. – Sun. 12-6pm 816.866.8350
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ADA KOCH – Koch’s preoccupation with war began with her childhood in Oak Ridge, TN where both parents worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, a production site for the Manhattan Project where researchers developed the atomic bomb. She was persistently reminded of WAR: the Cold War, the Vietnam War, anti-war songs, local bomb shelters, and bomb drills in school. Now, decades later, Ada revisits anti-war protest songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s in her quest to understand the repetition of violent cycles. Sadly, the songs of the past are currently relevant in the context of local and international violence.
Collectively, the pieces in this show touch on causes of war (power, fear, confusion, misinformation) which lead to violence, hate, and death. Yet Ada promotes a REMIX, taking what we have learned from a violent history and hoping for a more positive outcome with an emphasis on love and individuals.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Gallery 2012 Baltimore Ave. KCMO 816.474.1919 Thurs.- Sat. 11am – 5pm
Ada has been a visual artist/activist/teacher in KC for 28 years, teaching at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, serving on local boards to promote the local art scene, and working with newspapers, magazines and radio stations to promote her work against violence. Her art is worldwide in notable collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Stowers Institute, JD Reece Company, and Overland Park City Hall to name a few.
DAVID CUNNINGHAM is the director of bands at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. Paseo is a signature school within the Kansas City Public School district, where students can major in their choice of performing or fine art: music, dance, visual art, creative writing, or drama. David will by to talk about all of the exciting events coming up for the Paseo Music Department.