The Garden Party explores the fine line between the need to preserve and the need to re-imagine, re-configure, and re-contextualize the world around us. Tapping into the rich visual and symbolic history of the garden as muse, the selected artists question artificiality, preciousness, and romantic notions of the sublime.
Kim Dickey, Rain Harris, Jessica Knapp, Kyle Triplett, and Casey Whittier
“The Garden Party features five artists who utilize ceramics to explore themes associated with nature and flora. Their sources range from European decorative arts, Victorian sentiments revolving around morbidity and excess, formal landscaping, Ikebana design, and a desire to better understand themselves in relationship to the natural world. They represent a small selection of contemporary artists—emerging and established—that tap into the rich visual and symbolic history of the garden as muse for their artistic pursuits. Through subtlety and humor, these artists create stylized representations that allude to the intersections between nature and culture, beauty and longing. They question artificiality, preciousness, sprawl, and the romantic notions of the sublime to create a transformative experience within the confines of the gallery walls.”
– Rain Harris, exhibition organizer
Garden Party is one of the many exhibitions featured on the Central Shuttle Route on Wednesday. Click here to get tickets now!
Since 2000, the Belger Arts Center has encouraged viewers to explore, question, and deepen their understanding of art and of the world around them. Drawing upon the extensive John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation collection as well as a rich variety of local, national, and international artists, the Belger Arts Center has staged over 70 large‐scale exhibitions that represent some of the best in contemporary art.
“Kansas City is becoming an important destination for contemporary ceramics. The incredible history and reputation of KCAI’s ceramics department draws artists here. Belger’s commitment to supporting and exhibiting their work helps keep them.”
-Michael Baxley, Gallery Manager