Charlotte Street Foundation: 2011 Visual Award Fellows

When: Fri., Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m. 2011

The Charlotte Street Foundation has chosen its 2011 Visual Award Fellows: Kansas City artists Ricky Allman, Andy Brayman and Peggy Noland. They each receive a grant of $10,000 and a showing of their work at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Boulevard, in Overland Park, 913-469-3000), an exhibition that opens tonight at 6 p.m. The artists worked with harsh and unpredictable elements of the environment. Fashion designer Noland steps outside wardrobe and into film. Her exhibition pays homage to Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni — maker of Film 101 favorite Blow-Up. "The film encourages building only to destroy and is the most masculine work that I've ever done, including some Terminator 2-style explosions," Noland writes in her artist statement. Allman, a self-­described lapsed Mormon, paints the destructive yet spiritual imposition of Mormon architecture on the painted mountains and deserts of the Southwest. And Brayman (pioneer of collaborative studio the Matter Factory in Kansas City, Kansas) lets raw data collected from the forces of nature sculpt his ceramics. The artists speak at 9 p.m., and the opening is free.

Kent Szlauderbach

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