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On View in our Galleries July 16 through August 27, 2021


Aaron Jackson Bowman | Main Gallery

an element that governs, that organizes, that artificially and naturally shapes nearly all reaches of the human experience―from geographical phenomenon, to national and city borders, to physical infrastructure, to electronic connectivity, to music, to dance, and to parades, to architecture and the construction of our bodies, and (not absent the chronology of our own living timelines) to the four dimensions we meander within―it is the line that has been adopted, exploited and is the most conspicuous part of the work.

the line―the framework for the art―prevails as one of the oldest and purest forms of mark-making. relying heavily upon both the circumscriptions and the gestural wanderings of linework, the paintings are a celebration of scribble, with many of the works being composed by a single, continuous line. in conjunction with a nearly paint-by-number application of color and texture, the pictures—contrived of doodles—are childlike, yet attempt to simultaneously exhibit an air of technical tightness. the predecessors of the actual paintings―an accumulation of sketches―are occasionally created with a specific image in mind, but many are not predetermined and are instead birthed by the swift impromptu movement of a pencil on paper. these sketches, in all cases, are not subliminal in nature; rather they are a conscious act of drawing.

with no intentions of being esoteric or fraught with deep-seated riddles, the process of creating a picture nevertheless concludes with a manufacture that may embody some underlying meaning(s). perhaps the work is haphazardly navigating between the manifesto of metamodernism and the creed of art for art’s sake, between meaning and unmeaning. and of the latter, it may be impossible to dodge an altogether vacancy in meaning, as art, as an import of feeling, as a symbolic device, as an exhibitionist to an audience, will struggle to keep quiet no matter how hard it tries. regardless, what is most important is that whatever narrative shall associate itself with the picture being offered, it must be the consumer, not the work’s creator, who is the author.

aaron jackson bowman, a chicago native, attended the university of illinois earning master's degrees in both architecture and business. his residence and studio are now in newton, kansas.

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Through The Looking Glass

Students from The Looking Glass | Main Hall Gallery

Through the Looking Glass is an acrylic painting exhibition of colorful expression by our current students from The Looking Glass. The Looking Glass provides services to developmentally disabled adults to assist them in acquiring and maintaining life skills that enable the individual to cope more effectively with the demands of independent living. Also to raise the level of the individual's physical, mental, social, and vocational functioning. The students are proud to share their creations with the public and hope you receive as much joy looking at the paintings as they did creating them.


Teen Supreme

CityArts Teen Pottery Students | Balcony Gallery

Teen Supreme features ceramic work by students from our Teen Pottery class. 

In this popular class, students aged 11-16 explore basic wheel throwing techniques, hand-building and glazing while discovering their personal creative styles. The next session starts August 9th!

All Things Being Equal

Hugo Zelada-Romero | Boardroom Gallery

My artworks are hybrids of photography, painting and digital art. Most of my artworks are
based originally on photographs that I’ve made using either digital or analog film cameras.
Others are made from family photos or using found images. I work in lens-based media.
I make my blue paintings using the cyanotype printing process that dates from the
mid-1800’s, and I also use modern day processes to make images in a variety of other
colors. These are light sensitive emulsions that I apply to canvas. I make photographic
negatives and then expose the canvas to sunlight and then develop those with water or
photochemistry. These canvas artworks are very hands on. My other work is made using
machines, like laser cutters or printers. Everything I make is rooted in digital and then I
expand from there into whatever material I think is best.

I’m inspired to make this work from all sorts of places, I draw inspiration from real life, I’m
fascinated by experiences that seem overwhelming that are spiritual or paranormal in
nature. I find inspiration in the landscape and in places that seem weird or eerie. Some of
these artworks are very personal, and the titles are clues as to what the mood or content
is. The title of my exhibition refers to the way I think about these different mediums, when I
have an idea I like to have options for what the final form will be. To me all these different
ways of making art are equal although the different groupings will change how a viewer
might interpret the meaning. The title also refers to the way all subjects have the same
degree of being-ness as any other object. An idea or experience is just as real as a
painting or a sculpture. Everything we feel, see or experience has the ability to affect
anything else. We make meaning through these connections between things.

In grouping the artwork together I’m creating a dialogue between the work. I want the
viewer to make connections between these immense landscapes and how we relate to it
through scale and awe. The way the gravitational forces of the moon affect the tides and
even people. Everything from complicated carbon atoms only found in space to the
structure of a geodesic dome house, contains parallels in form. The infinitesimal and the
immense carry equal weight. My work engages subjects that are beyond belief – from the
paranormal UFO sighting to dreamlike family events. These incomprehensible experiences
demonstrate gaps in our perception of reality, and I’m interested in how photography is
used as evidence of truth.

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On View at City Hall

GREETINGS FROM AFAR: Recent Mixed Media Artwork

Ranal Harrell Young | City Council Office - City Hall

I have been painting and working with found materials since the 1970s. I enjoy using non-traditional materials in art making. My work reflects my interest in spirituality, my love of reading, travel, collecting and being in nature. My interests outside of art are often pulled into my artwork. I accumulate old paper items, small objects, beads, rocks, tiles, twigs, broken glass and pottery shards. My pieces often start as small abstract or landscape paintings, born of my imagination. I prefer to paint on wood so I can scrape, gouge and manipulate the materials. These paintings often refer to weather imagery, energy states or states of mind. I incorporate collage elements such as old scrap, painted paper cut-outs, vintage postcards, beaded mosaic, or found objects into the piece. Certain materials seem emotionally charged to me. In the crafting of my pieces, there is an interplay between the flow of ideas and responses and the organization of the materials into a finished work.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas in 1973 and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Wichita State University in 1975. I have lived and worked in Wichita since 1973.


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