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an experiment in art and ideas

The Four Chapter Gallery is a collaboration between Christ Community and The Culture House that desires to share thoughtful art and host meaningful conversations. 

Current Exhibit:

DREAM TEAM
Crossroads Academy Student Exhibition
March 2020

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Dream Team: an exploration of the collective landscape of weird dreams

For this show, fourth and fifth grade students at Crossroads Academy–Central Street worked together to bring the vivid landscape of their collective subconscious to life. Inspired by the automatist techniques of Surrealist artists in the early 20th Century, students researched by playing hours of Exquisite Corpse and free word association games. From these experiments, a visual language of creepy cuddly creatures, infinite eyeballs, silliness, absurdity, and play evolved. 

The works presented were made through creative collaboration with the belief that our dreams are the thread that connects us and when we are at our best when we work together.

Exhibits & Programs:

The Four Chapter Gallery hosts concept-based art exhibitions that engage culturally-relevant themes and ideas.

Four Chapter Gallery is committed to emerging artists, and prefers to show artwork with strong ideation that meaningfully contributes to significant conversations in our city and world.

As a gallery committed to emerging artists of all ages, we enjoy highlighting the work of those who are discovering their artistic voice. And as a gallery committed to art with ideas, we celebrate work that invites viewers to consider or reconsider how they see themselves, their neighbors, and their community.

Previous Shows Archive:

CIVIL
ARTIST: Dawn Waters Baker

January – February 2020

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

In “Cutting Through the Dark”, St. Louis artist Jocelyn Meyer uses two unique styles of imagery to recreate the individual’s journey through life. With her abstract layered images, the full canvas becomes the story of the individual being worked on, painfully edited, and discovered. The knife finds its way into the layers of acrylic to cut, peel, and scrape away narratives. Sometimes they are unearthed as cuneiform images that tell of specific events in history and at other times they metaphorically become the figure itself. As the knife cuts through it forms paths connecting the heavenly and earthly realms, creating an avenue for light and hope to reach the darkest places.

In her new body of work inspired by the poem, “I am a Warrior” by Christelle Mukendi, Meyer returns to the human form to tell this same story. The individual brings light and strength through their presence. They have become the knife, cutting through the darkness. They exist within a specific place while also having power over an unseen/seen realm. Intended for book format, these images will combine with the words of the poem to present this hope to even the youngest reader.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jocelyn Meyer graduated twice from the Maryland Institute College of Art. After four years of little sleep and much artistic experimentation, she received her BFA in Painting. One year, and even less sleep later, she walked across the stage a final time with her Masters of Arts in Teaching.

She does not see the role of the artist as a solitary expedition. She brings her experiences as an artist into the classroom setting, using art to further understanding of self, community, and faith. She has worked with children of all ages and backgrounds from spending a summer teaching art to Baltimore City homeless and transient youth, to working determinedly as a full time middle school art teacher in St. Louis, MO. She also helped create and run The Light Art Gallery and Church in downtown Baltimore and currently serves as the Jewelry Coordinator for the St. Louis faith-based organization, Forai.

Wherever she finds herself, she hopes to create spaces where the community can search, question, and discover the joy of creation. This is the same desire she holds for herself.

CUTTING THROUGH THE DARK
ARTIST: Jocelyn Meyer

November 2019

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

In “Cutting Through the Dark”, St. Louis artist Jocelyn Meyer uses two unique styles of imagery to recreate the individual’s journey through life. With her abstract layered images, the full canvas becomes the story of the individual being worked on, painfully edited, and discovered. The knife finds its way into the layers of acrylic to cut, peel, and scrape away narratives. Sometimes they are unearthed as cuneiform images that tell of specific events in history and at other times they metaphorically become the figure itself. As the knife cuts through it forms paths connecting the heavenly and earthly realms, creating an avenue for light and hope to reach the darkest places.

In her new body of work inspired by the poem, “I am a Warrior” by Christelle Mukendi, Meyer returns to the human form to tell this same story. The individual brings light and strength through their presence. They have become the knife, cutting through the darkness. They exist within a specific place while also having power over an unseen/seen realm. Intended for book format, these images will combine with the words of the poem to present this hope to even the youngest reader.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jocelyn Meyer graduated twice from the Maryland Institute College of Art. After four years of little sleep and much artistic experimentation, she received her BFA in Painting. One year, and even less sleep later, she walked across the stage a final time with her Masters of Arts in Teaching.

She does not see the role of the artist as a solitary expedition. She brings her experiences as an artist into the classroom setting, using art to further understanding of self, community, and faith. She has worked with children of all ages and backgrounds from spending a summer teaching art to Baltimore City homeless and transient youth, to working determinedly as a full time middle school art teacher in St. Louis, MO. She also helped create and run The Light Art Gallery and Church in downtown Baltimore and currently serves as the Jewelry Coordinator for the St. Louis faith-based organization, Forai.

Wherever she finds herself, she hopes to create spaces where the community can search, question, and discover the joy of creation. This is the same desire she holds for herself.

TO FLOURISH
ARTIST: Juried Show

August/September 2019

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

For millennia, poets and scholars, philosophers and theologians, politicians and artists have articulated visions of what it means for humans to flourish in every dimension of life. Their assessments have varied. Some have advocated simplicity. Others complexity. Some engagement. Others withdrawal.

To flourish asks: What is a life well lived? What does it mean for humans to feel well, be well, and do well?

It’s our hope that the collection of artworks assembled in this exhibition will prompt viewers to reassess and reconsider what it means for humans to thrive – to flourish.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

To Flourish is a juried show featuring work from Adam Moos, Tamela Blessed, Myra Cargo, Dominique Verechia Bunce, Rick Lucas, Katie Mercer, Alba Pegna, Kelli Pratte, Emily Cramer, Jennifer Bunge, Sasha Hallock, and Kelly Kruse.

Flood: an Elegy, a Fear
ARTIST: Cameron DuPratte

June/July 2019

“Flood: an elegy, a fear tells the story of an imagined flood. The flood results from willful human ignorance and evils. As the waters rise, much is lost; little is preserved. Large painted works, handmade books, and sculptural work tell the story of destruction, and examine what remains.  This provocative body of work asks: Can humans learn from their mistakes? Why do humans rush towards destruction? What beauty might be lost due to our hasty and myopic decision-making?”

“Cameron DuPratte is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied Industrial Design and Visual Art. To learn more, visit CameronDupratte.com

Timeline
ARTIST: Minji Kim

May 2019

This exhibition of hand-woven and hand-dyed textiles uses the graphic, dynamic relationships between color and form to examine human life. Color is employed to explore individual personalities in a dynamic ways. By placing color in relationship to other colors, this bold body of work highlights life’s vivid moments, while causing others to soften and fade away.

Minji Kim was born in South Korea. In 2010, Kim moved to the United States to complete her high school education and is currently pursuing her BFA in Fiber at Kansas CityArt Institute. In 2018, Kim received the Susan Lordi Marker Award of Excellence in Fiber and was a nominee for the Lead Bank Emerging Artist Award.

Cross & Resurrection
ARTIST: Christos Collective

March/April 2019

The cross is the single most important image in Christian theology. It represents the powerful act of self-sacrifice that defines the faith. This powerful collection of artwork explores new life, unjust death, and eternal redemption, as it engages various aspects of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

Christos Collective is an international artists and scholars community that empowers contemporary Christian visual art to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of a Christian worldview.

To learn more, visit christoscollective.com

BLACK WALL STREET: A Modernized Revelation
ARTIST: Dawn Tree

February 2019

Black Wall Street: A Modernized Revelation examines the historic massacre outside Tulsa, OK, popularly known as “Black Wall Street.” The massacre, which took place in the summer of 1921, swelled in brutal force as white residents murdered hundreds of black residents and razed Greenwood (a thriving African American neighborhood) in the span of a few hours.

Dawn Tree, who attended high school in Oklahoma, focuses her mind on the tragedy and the current state of Black Tulsa whenever she revisits the state. Though her work takes her across the country and around the globe, she remains actively engaged in matters of justice and equity in Tulsa through her relationship with the Greenwood Cultural Center, the Black Wall Street Chamber, the Black Wall Street Market, and other entities. This engagement has enabled her to see the profound oppression that persists in Tulsa.

Dawn Tree hopes that her work related to Black Wall Street and to the rebuilding efforts that took place fewer than five years after the massacre will bring fresh attention to this often marginalized and ignored history. The art she has created through archived photos, journalistic findings, and imaginative assemblage causes this tragic history to come to life. Tree’s ultimate hope is that this work might open minds and erupt conversation that brings real change.

PAPER MEMORY / ARTIST: Amanda Jolley
November/December 2018

 

When a piece of paper is folded, the memory of that fold remains. When a child is impacted by the interaction of another, that impact remains. Both the paper and the brain hold the creases and bends. Paper Memory is an exploration of the subconscious crease patterns of the mind, the impact from childhood narratives. Works in paper and encaustic are accompanied with corresponding stories of particular memories or narratives that have impacted the artist’s own life. The paper works emphasize the shadow and light that occur when a crease is made.

Amanda Jolley is a Kansas City-based artist, who was was raised in a rural environment. Her father was a farmer from a line of farmers. Throughout her life, she’s felt a profound draw to the earth, to the prairie, and to the cycles of nature. Initially, her creativity was given outlet through music, writing, and dance. After a period working in commercial accounting, she decided to embrace visual art vocationally. Now, Jolley specializes in encaustic painting and paper folding.

 


Known, Knowing and Unknown / ARTIST: Caroline Colby-Gonzalez
September/October 2018

 

The title of the show, Known, Knowing and Unknown, is a play on the Hebrew word yadah, which means “to know.” Yadah appears frequently throughout the biblical text, and in many instances alludes to sexual and emotional intimacy. Engaging this concept of “knowing” as a heightened metaphor for intimacy within marriage, this body of work explores how an intimate relationship—a relationship built on mutual trust, respect, love and compassion—can become compromised or negated by the reality of the people who make it, because people are often in a state of flux, both in relation to themselves and to each other.

Caroline Colby-Gonzalez is a figurative painter hailing from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University in 2014, earning a BA in art history and a BFA with a focus on painting. After graduating, she was accepted to a two-year, faith-based residency program with Transform Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, which concluded in December of 2017.

During her residency, she curated her first show, Banal Magic: Latin American Artists Transmute the Ordinary, which featured emerging artists of Latin American descent and took place at the Four Chapter Gallery. In addition to volunteering at the Four Chapter Gallery as an art installer and maintaining her studio practice, Caroline has assisted in teaching elementary school students art history-based lessons, and has instructed high school students in the fundamentals of drawing.

Her work has been collected privately and featured in the Freedom 58 collection to bring awareness to survivors of human trafficking. She has exhibited her work in the Museum of Florida Art and Culture, the Leedy Voulkos Art Center, the Four Chapter Gallery, and the Kansas City Artist Coalition.


Out of the Woods / ARTIST: Kansas City Woodturners
August 2018

 

Michelangelo once remarked that “Every block of stone has a statue inside, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” For artists skilled in turning wood, it could be just as easily argued that every block of wood contains a bowl, an urn, a platter, or a spinning top. This month, Four Chapter Gallery is delighted to display a variety of works produced on a lathe by members the Kansas City Woodturners. These beautiful pieces of craftsmanship and artistry display the remarkable skillfulness and unique vision that woodturners possess. Indeed, it’s amazing what beauty can emerge out of the woods.

The Kansas City Woodturners is a non-profit chapter of The American Association of Woodturners and serves woodturners in the KC metro area. Members gain and share knowledge, and learn how to use woodturning lathes. The Kansas City Woodturners invite anybody interested in woodturning to join as a member. Visit KCWoodturners.org for more information.


First Fruits / ARTIST: CIVA
June/July 2018

 

First Fruits is a traveling exhibition presented by CIVA that engages ideas related to generosity, productivity, and returning to the Creator the first fruits of what has already been given to humanity—in talent, labor, and wealth. The exhibition is rooted in the understanding that the biblical narrative is filled with images of feasting, fruitfulness, and faithful service in which both God’s people and kingdom flourish. Comprised of a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional works, First Fruits is a multisensory experience that encourages viewers to consider how they utilize their resources—physical, spiritual, and relational.

Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) explores and nurtures the relationship between the visual arts and the Christian faith.


Diaphanous / ARTIST: Maddie Murphy
May 2018

 

In Diaphanous, Maddie Murphy explores the human emotional experience as it relates to transparent communication, inclusive community, and spirituality. Murphy hand-dyes silk and crafts velvet devore to create large-scale, brightly colored, ethereal installations that transform places of worship and community spaces. Murphy also writes poetry illustrating her journey through trying times, as well as capturing moments of profound joy. By displaying her own vulnerability, she seeks to create a safe environment for audiences to contemplate their own spiritual and emotional journeys. Murphy believes that both difficult and pleasant emotions are important in fostering compassion and growth, and that human beings have a duty to leave the world a little better than they found it.

Maddie Murphy is textile and fiber artist who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in May 2018.


Let the Bones that You Have Broken Rejoice / ARTIST: Kelly Kruse
March/April 2018

Let The Bones That You Have Broken Rejoice wrestles with questions of personal and corporate pain and suffering.

In developing this body of work, local artist Kelly Kruse was inspired by the Japanese practice of Kintsugi and the philosophy of Wabi-sabi. Kintsugi is a practice whereby a broken piece of pottery is repaired using powdered precious metal and adhesive. The cracks in the piece remain visible in their newly gilded form. As a result of being broken and mended, the piece becomes more valuable and more beautiful. Similarly, Wabi-sabi is an aesthetic philosophy which values the natural, the temporal, and the ephemeral over the permanent and perfect.

In this exhibition, Kruse visually explores Christ’s suffering. She writes, “This project has helped me to begin to understand suffering as a process, and to see scarring as a mark of healing.”

http://www.kellykrusecreative.com/broken-bones-rejoice.html

Kelly Kruse uses her work to explore the painful, beautiful experience of human longing and suffering. Her background in classical music and opera puts her in a unique position to explore the intersection between scripture, poetry, musical works, and the visual arts. Kelly is a Daler-Rowney sponsored artist.

What You See Is Not A Test / CURATOR: Ollisha Pamplin
February 2018

 

The power of hip hop is lost on many – the creativity, the constructivism, the spirit of collaboration. It is difficult for some to how beautiful hip hop is because the sound is often associated with violence and profanity. But delve into its history and discover its humble roots. You’ll see that hip hop is more than just music. It’s got a story, it’s had a life, and it has the power to move you.

Ollisha Pamplin is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Art History and an emphasis in African American art. She works in Kansas City as an art historian, exhibition organizer, and freelance personal assistant.


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