P&MArtworks LLC presented Memory: Fifth Annual Juried Art Exhibition on June 2nd - July 30th, 2016 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri. Below is a listing of the artists who placed in the exhibition along with their artist statements.
My light boxes explore the way in which memories fade in and out of focus. Offering a participatory experience, these kinetic sculptures invite viewers to operate the work via a hand-crank. Utilizing multiple light sources the mechanism projects overlapping shadows and ghostly after-images onto a translucent veil. These visual effects mirror the way that images and ideas advance and recede and morph together through the act of recalling information.
Matthew Krawcheck took 1st Place in the juried exhibition.
This photograph exists as part of a larger body titled Mise en Abyme. This body of work explores the understanding of memory, and the ability of objects, experience, and sound to trigger a past that no longer exists but is made real through recollection, deja-vu, or the dreamscape.
Actions exist for a second, and then disappear– we are left without trace, only the repercussions. Memory is an action twice removed: the act of recalling an action. The nostalgia that I explore is nostalgia without antecedent– an attempt to understand the past, or to recreate it, as a simulacrum.
Meghan Skevington took 2nd Place in the juried exhibition.
“Meaning is a shaky edifice we build out of scraps, dogmas, childhood injuries, newspaper articles, chance remarks, old films, small victories, people hated, people loved; perhaps it is because our sense of what is the case is constructed from such inadequate materials that we defend it so fiercely, even to death.”
Salman Rushdie, from Imaginary Homelands
Homespaces is a collage based series, documenting fragmented memory through photographed space. Through the deconstructing of photos from past homes, new homes and spaces have been created. This series is an autobiographical response to the displacement attached to my childhood homes. Fighting to find meaning and placement through the recreation of new homes. Speaking about memories in spaces, but finding comfort in its fragmentation and displacement. The collages have old photos from family albums, all depicting six different living spaces from my childhood. Including, a home in Mexico city, before my family and I moved to the United States. This series is specific to memory, place, belonging, and culture. Dealing with abrupt dislocation, to living spaces. Through collaging, I have created imaginary homes that at some point have become real in my mind.
The style in which I approach my work is a bit of a contradiction. I have a very specific rigid process/framework that i work in. I start with sketches, digital images, as well as extensive pre-production work. The transfer process of getting the work to canvas starts with hand-drawn chunks of shape within a gridded system. This allows for small imperfections while striving for accuracy. The first step is determing the value of the painting using a monochromatic underpainting of complementary color. Then I add overlaying layers of paint on top of the underpainting, applying the paint somewhat haphazardly within each pre-defined shape., applying and refining the value and shape. Each step is a deconstruction followed by a construction.
Ben Parks took 4th Place in the juried exhibition