Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio www.kkfi.org
Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with artists Paul Eade, Celina Curry, Brandon Schnur, and Elliot Yochim.
PAUL EADE “Beyond Doors” an exhibition featuring works by Paul Eade
The paintings in my exhibition “Beyond Doors” represent my spiritual and cultural explorations after time spent in the Middle East. I am fascinated with the erosive nature that time imposes on people, places, and objects. Travelling extensively throughout what many call the cradle of civilization, I have seen firsthand how dissimilar we perceive ourselves to be. Yet through layers of division, I see a syncretic cohesiveness that is not always present at the surface. Creatively bridging this cultural gap fascinates me.
Each work of art that I create is a way for me to express the variables of our human condition. The marks I make in paintings, both figurative and non-figurative, can swing from a delicate and fluid place to being viscerally tactile in their nature. The approach and colors I choose can depend on the urgency of the message. Whether I am tackling the complexities of everyday life, spiritual narratives, or the emotional connection of my travels throughout the Middle East, I am compelled to visualize those emotions.
The French artist Jean Cocteau wrote, “I’ve always preferred mythology to history. History is a truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.” My expressionistic paintings layer and weave the alchemy of myth, coded language, and a yearning to go beyond doors and bring about new beginnings.
CELINA CURRY “Stupid Animals ” Annex Exhibition, May 5 – June 16
Habitat Contemporary Gallery is pleased to present Celina Curry’s exhibition “Stupid Animals” Opening reception 05.05.23 starting at 5 PM
Curry’s art creates a sense of spatial disorientation that echoes the complex interplay between the familial. Her compositions often present a sense of intimacy and vulnerability
Curry’s art is a celebration of the complexity of family life, capturing the joy, pain, and beauty that can be found in even the most mundane moments. Through her use of exaggerated proportions and skewed perspectives, she invites us to see the world through a fresh lens, reminding us of the power of art to deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Habitat Contemporary Gallery 2012 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108
Located in the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center www.habitatcontemporary
Paul Eade has been painting for over 30 years and most of his colorful, expressionistic canvases have found their way into the homes of private collectors, corporations, and celebrities including Debbie Harry, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Bennett, Don King, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and the late George Harrison.
Paul Eade was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas City, Fremont, California, and Saudi Arabia. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army. During his service in the Gulf War, Eade made a name for himself as a combat illustrator. He covered everything from large-scale murals to illustrations for magazines and combat manuals. After an honorable discharge, Eade continued to develop his artistic style while living in North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Missouri. Eade studied fine arts at Memphis College of Art and graduated from the University of Memphis with many honors and awards. Eade continues to work today as an artist in Kansas City. www.pauleade.com www.Facebook.com/pauleade
Celina Curry is a multi-disciplinary painter living in Kansas City, Missouri. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, she attended Moore College of Art and Design and the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving a BFA in 2013. Her current practice draws inspiration from traditional painting techniques and art historical tropes, applying them to a contemporary understanding of neurodivergence while navigating an increasingly uncanny cultural landscape. Educating and promoting the practice of creativity among all age groups and abilities fulfills an important part of her practice; she currently teaches at college and K-12 levels.
“Stupid Animals is a body of work which coincides with the rise in research and acceptance of neurodiversity in society. New avenues of conversation have opened up for my family as we explore this new framework for understanding our shared experiences. My brother describes his frustration with communication as fighting a stupid animal inside his head that uncontrollably blurts out a loud “HEE-HAW.” Operating from this liminal space of social masking is very familiar to me, and speaks to my fascination with physical manifestations of the Uncanny Valley. In crafting images that honor the specific and the mundane as sacred, I seek to reclaim the experience of overstimulation with compassion.” www.celinacurry.com and my instagram handle is @currychx
BRANDON SCHNUR, Director of Arts and Programming Englewood Arts, mission statement-To assist the community through development of residential and commercial incentives, public art, art events, art programs, philanthropy and community outreach solutions, which result in a thriving community with engagement and pride.
Our studios promote collaboration with other artists and artistic mediums while continuing the exploration of arts endless possibilities. We offer residents the freedom to develop their artist practice, work on product design and hone their teaching skills in a studio dedicated to the arts, education and community. Service hours and event participation is expected from each artist. Englewood Arts is now looking for residents in the fields of:
Glassblowing, Painting, Fibers, Photography, Murals, Woodworking, Metals, & Neon. We will also consider residents in Ceramics and Writing.
Writers- Please submit a letter of intent that can include ideas for focused projects, workshops or classes. Also goals, expectations of the work produced. Writers can apply for the full year, however they are free to submit a proposal for their residency that would include a 3 month incremental duration. (3, 6, 9, or 12 months)
Englewood Arts is located at 10901 Winner Rd. Independence, MO
ELLIOT YOCHIM has spent most of his life working in and around theater. From early childhood on through the University of Kansas where he attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design which he now uses teaching the basics of set design and carpentry to youths at the Lawrence Arts Center, the same space that ignited his passion for theater as a child. You can see his work in the Lawrence Arts Center’s upcoming Summer Youth Theater
productions of ‘Honk! Jr.’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fantasy on the Dance Floor’. Further info and pictures of his work and life can be found on his instagram page: @elliot_henry”