Artspeak Radio with Bussell, Trease, and Templeton

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artists Joe Bussell, Fred Trease and artist/Gallery Director Bunker Center for the Arts, TJ Templeton.

Tj TEMPLETON-The Bunker Center for The Arts; We are an artist-run enterprise consisting of several art studios and galleries, as well as an inventory of over 400 unique artworks under one roof.
First Friday receptions celebrate the monthly rotating exhibitions and the online store connects local and regional artists with collectors worldwide.
Current exhibition is Caleb Harman: “I want you to stay” is an artistic documentation of his overnight stay in the Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas. It’s supposed to be one of the most haunted houses in the USA.

August is Madeline Brice. Interdisciplinary queer visual artist Madeline Brice seeks to visually represent the fluidity of experiences and relationships through the lens of a visual perception disorder. She primarily works with oils on metallized mylar and aluminum, creating an experiential and experimental interaction with her work.

September artists: Hubbard Savage and Aaron Scarbourough. Two artistic “outsiders” with an adoring local following who never fail to generate a buzz. Aaron Scarborough is also a standup comic and we may do a comedy show that month.

Bunker is business as usual: Studios full and first friday is a thing again.

Bunker Center for the Arts is located at 1014 E. 19th St. KCMO
Wednesday through Sunday 12-6pm 816.866.8350

FRED TREASE-My education has been as a biologist and a sociologist. The majority of my career has been spent in the practice of environmental public health. Whether I was making double exposures with a Brownie as a boy, photographing chromosomes and cells in college or documenting environmental conditions as an adult professional, photography has always been a part of my life. I have come to understand the world through the lens of a camera.
In 2006 I began exploring the medium as an artistic outlet. For me a photograph is not a static entity, it takes a moment and allows it to be preserved for later contemplation. My images are extracted from daily life and after spending time in my head eventually becoming photographs.
In past projects I’ve explored urban social portraiture without people, captured an entire year in a single work, discovered what the night looks like in my backyard and investigated the landscape of missing buildings. In 2013 I began using a tablet to make digital drawings based on my science background. This daily practice is an exploration of everything from the subatomic and microscopic to the sociological and cosmological.
New ways to look at familiar things. Essentially that’s what my work is about. Using the camera and other digital devices in different ways to shift the paradigm of daily life.
My work has been shown in a variety of local, regional and national exhibitions and is in numerous collections in the US This series of drawings is called “Exuberance”. They are a joyous celebration of our community and take their inspiration from drag balls, pride parades, the thumping rhythm of a gay bar dance floor and the daily resplendence that can’t be ignored. As Mama Rose says “Here she is world! “
Trease’s work is currently showing in the Queer Show at InterUrban Arthouse and in the Flat Files at H&R Bloch ArtSpace, July 23 through October 14, 2021.

JOE BUSSELL: Frags at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art continues the institution’s forward-facing practice of bringing the art of our time into conversation with the ideas and challenges of the same. Former Museum Director and Chief Curator Bruce Hartman has selected 21 of more than 50 works in the Frag series by Joe Bussell, who holds a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas and MFAs in both painting and ceramics from Washington University, St. Louis. Both traditions are boldly present in this body of new work that is formally dynamic, emotionally complex, strangely compelling, rich in ideas and allusions to modernism, postmodernism, the culture wars, and the histories of sculpture and painting.
While as a people we continue to stand under the hulking form of COVID-19, a terror so large that its shadow looms over our daily lives, how might we approach, experience and understand the dark beauty of the Frag sculptures by Joe Bussell? Bussell has shown a willingness and an ability to use expressive abstraction as a profoundly emotional form, one that uses fragments of his own history to interpret our time and place, our culture and challenges. and


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