Living Arrangements

PLUG PROJECTS Inaugural Exhibition

1613 Genessee Street
Kansas City, MO  64102

featuring Katie Bell, Alika Cooper, Julie Green, and Tom Gregg
September 23 – November 4, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, September 23rd; 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Saturday, 10am-5pm and by appointment

The artists selected for “Living Arrangements” attempt to make the familiar unfamiliar in order to reveal the hidden qualities of the mundane and uncover the complex nature of our desire for comfort and stability. The works in this exhibition are positioned within the seemingly comfortable territory of the domestic sphere where the everyday is the subject matter as well as the material. Through a collaborative curatorial process four artists were selected whose varied strategies push the backdrop of the everyday to the foreground of our awareness.

Katie Bell is an artist from Rockford, Illinois.  She received her BA from Knox College in 2008 where she studied fine art and race and gender studies.  In June 2011 she received an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Bell has shown her work at Mixed Greens Gallery, 808 Gallery, and ART Chicago with NEXT: New Insights Exhibition, curated by Suzanne Gehz.  She recently received a grant from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation to be a 2011-2012 studio recipient. For this exhibition, we invite Bell to compose a temporary installation in our project space.

Alika Cooper was born in Agana, Guam in 1979. In 2006 she received an MFA from California College of the Arts. Cooper’s work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows nationally and internationally. Most recently Cooper’s work was included in the Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY and exhibited at the Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY. Cooper is represented by Eleanore Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Julie Green was born in Japan in 1961. Her work has been included in 25 solo exhibitions in this country and abroad. An Associate Professor at Oregon State University, Green lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband, artist Clay Lohmann, and their one-eyed cat. Green divides studio time between narrative painting and The Last Supper, a project illustrating final meal requests of U.S. death row inmates.

Tom Gregg is a painter residing in Kansas City, Missouri. His education includes a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University. Tom’s work as an artist has been recognized by numerous grants and awards. These include a Charlotte Street Foundation Award and an M-AAA-NEA Visual Arts Fellowship as well as residencies at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H. and The Corporation of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  Tom has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States in both group and solo exhibitions. His paintings are in numerous private and public collections including The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS, The Evansville Museum of Arts and Science in Evansville, IN, Harvard University in Boston, MA, The Pfizer Corporation, New York, NY, The Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, MO, and The Hallmark Fine Arts Collection, Kansas City, MO.  He is currently represented by the George Billis Gallery in New York and Los Angeles.

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