This new body of work with be installed in our windows and can be viewed from outside as well as inside.
“Sometime in the mid ‘80s, I encountered a vintage Japanese-made tabletop battery powered game/toy at a small thrift shop. I bought it for a couple of reasons, most notably the lithography and graphics were excellent, all outer-space themed, and because the more I examined it the more I wanted to know the people that conceived of and made it. It’s long gone now, can’t even recall how or when I let it go. But the important thing is I still think of it and wonder what it was, I never really understood it (it did not work). In a way the enigmatic nature of that piece and the mystery that shrouds my knowledge of it makes it one of my favorite objects. My personal Venus of Willendorf I guess.
This “Shokuminchi 39” work is my exploration of the unknown, the enigmatic, the experience of both encountering and/or being the other. But it’s also the case, as the works are revealing to me, that no matter where we go, we take ourselves along, our predilections, the best and the worst of who we are and what we desire. As my dad told me before we left Oregon years ago to start anew in Kansas, “Randy, there are no geographical solutions.” He was right, but that doesn’t stop us from exploring, and wondering…
For the month of March, we want to focus on artworks from the gallery by highlighting our collection with an art sale event. Join us March 6 on First Friday from 5:30 – 9:00 PM for to celebrate with the Reuben Saunders Gallery.
This exhibition will feature a range of works from Prairie Print Makers, Associated American Artists, to some of our contemporary artists from the gallery collection.
Join us for our First Friday exhibition, It Takes Two : Couples Exhibition in February. This exhibition features artists making art together in Kansas. Maybe these artists actively collaborate on pieces, maybe they simply share their inspirations together, or perhaps they even share a studio.
It Takes Two features artists:
Barbara Waterman-Peters and Larry Peters
Tina Thomas and Dan Gegen
Trish and Bruce VanOsdel
Emily Chamberlain and Joseph Rincones
Susan Blackwood and Howard Friedland
We hope you can join us on February 7 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM for the opening reception. It Takes Two : Couples Exhibition closes February 29.
For our annual staff curated exhibition, we each picked five pieces of art from the gallery based on five categories: contemporary, traditional, print, estate, and 3D. Artwork featured ranges in medium, style, and era, which we hope offers not only an insight into each of us, but also each of the artists featured in this exhibition.
Our Favorite Things is on display until February 1st.