Sept. 6th, First Friday, Crossroads District, Missouri Bank
The Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Boulevard, KCMO, will debut four new large-scale commissioned images by Kansas City artists Judith G. Levy and Robert Howsare on its “Artboards” in time for First Friday September 6, 2013.
Installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank, the “Artboards” are visible to the public all hours of the day, and will remain on view through the end of November 2013.
On the East-facing billboards, interdisciplinary artist Robert Howsare presents two photographic images documenting his film installation, IV Phases, which utilizes four film projectors and letterpress-printed 16mm film loops projecting onto a two-way mirror. The projectors and their shadows reference industry and architecture through the materials and mechanics of the apparatus. When presented out of context and at the scale of the Artboards, the images construct utopian architecture that references and expands upon surrounding structures.
On the West-facing billboards, Judith G. Levy, an interdisciplinary artist as well, presents two images from her ongoing photographic series, BELIEVABLY TRUE. Each features a porcelain dog—culled from Levy’s childhood collection–standing in a wilderness of forest-like plants. This body of work is informed by scholarship and theory about the function of inanimate objects and the act of play in childhood development, as well as ideas about the relationship of play and art. For Levy, the images specifically “capture the feeling and scale of my own artistic journey, articulating the origins of my creativity in pretend play, and acknowledging fictional narratives as crucial aspects of my artistic practice.”