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.
ARTIST: Dawn Waters Baker
January – February 2020
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The powerful and bold landscape paintings by Dawn Waters Baker highlight her
experience at the Gettysburg National Military Park through the artist-in-residency program offered by The National Parks Arts Foundation. This special opportunity allows the creative space and time for an artist to immerse themselves in one of America’s magnificent NationalParks. Dawn has found a viable place for a concentrated study of the landscape through the eyes of an artist. Having been unanimously selected by a prestigious NPAF juried panel, Dawn had ample time to research the Civil War before her month long stay in July and August of 2018. During this preparation time Dawn examined all aspects of the Civil War through a variety of books, documentaries and podcasts to try to understand the politics of the day, the battle maneuvers, the common soldiers experience on both sides, and the effects the battle had on the land.
Gallerist Mary Tomás states, “The exceptional landscape paintings that artist Dawn WatersBaker creates have the ability to touch viewers in profound and deep ways. As an artist who is demure and humble in spirit her personality belies her ability to capture the drama and unspoken language of trees, water, land and sky. The series of paintings Dawn has passionately fashioned from her stay at the Gettysburg National Military Park will convey her emotions through this powerful foray into the history of the Civil War, life and death, the
continuing struggle of our American story and a very personal journey as told through the Gettysburg landscape.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dawn was born and raised an expatriate on the islands of the Philippines. She grew up under the shadow of an active volcano and learned to look for the beauty in lives much harder than her own. In 1994 she moved to Dallas for college where she received her BA in Fine Arts from Dallas Baptist University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1998. Soon after she married a mathematician, Kendrick Baker and they had three girls, Myla, Keeva and Avia. In her free time she likes to hike, travel to beautiful landscapes and teaches art in Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center once a week for incarcerated youth.
Her art is collected by many businesses as well as private owners. Her piece, “Release” is on permanent display in the New York Times Building. She finished five original drawings for the book, “Why, O God?” published by Crossway books. She is a Signature member of Artists of Texas. Dawn is affiliated with Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas Design District, Waterfall Mansion in New York, NY, and Joseph Gierek Fine Art in Tulsa, OK. She was also selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Big Bend National Park. She had a solo exhibit in 2016 based on her time and inspiration at the Park. She was also selected as Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park in 2018 with a solo show of her work in March of 2019. Her work has been in national shows including The National Weather Biennale, Jubilee Museum of Sacred Art Biennale, CIVA Contemporary Images of Mary and Ex Nihilo at Roberts Wesleyan College. She recently had an exhibition of her works at The Nave Museum in September of 2018.
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:
- November 2019 | Cutting Through the Dark
- August/September 2019 | To Flourish
- June/July 2019 | Flood: an Elegy, a Fear
- May 2019 | Timeline
- Mar/Apr 2019 | Cross & Resurrection
- Feb 2019 | Black Wall Street
- Nov/Dec 2018 | Paper Memory
- Sept/Oct 2018 | Known, Knowing and Unknown
- August 2018 | Out of the Woods
- June/July 2018 | First Fruits
- May 2018 | Diaphanous
- Mar/Apr 2018 | Broken Bones Rejoice
- Feb 2018 | What You See Is Not A Test
CUTTING THROUGH THE DARK
ARTIST: Jocelyn Meyer
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.
ARTIST: Juried Show
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
“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”
ARTIST: Minji Kim
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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.