105 Horizons, at Artworks, 7724 East Central, Ste. 300, Wichita, KS. Opening Final Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 6-8pm and continuing through October 2012.
Unintentionally coinciding with Kansas’ propensity to shoot itself in the foot, I decided a short while back to look at our state differently. Ah, Kansas. “Everything looks the same,” if you aren’t looking. My wife and I, having grown up in rural Iowa and Kansas respectively, felt the need to look further and reconnect with our roots. The 105 Horizons project was born.
We resolved to travel to all 105 counties of Kansas, spend time in a county, photograph the vistas, but mostly, simply wait quietly and soak in the essence of just being. Kansas, with its “miles and miles of miles and miles” begins to take on a new look when we take the time to really see. And from that experience, acrylic on canvas abstract paintings are made that are inspired from that waiting and seeing.
Prototypes of those paintings are currently being shown at The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green, KS, and the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, KS. These experiments have led to the first of the 105 counties paintings, which are now being shown for the first time at Artworks, 7724 East Central, Ste. 300, Wichita, KS. The opening reception for that show is Final Friday, September 28, from 6 – 8 pm.
It’s not a good idea to wait for inspiration. Instead, roll up your sleeves and look for it. It was there all along, waiting for you.