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Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

I just want to say that Jeff and Jessica are one of the ONLY people in KC that show new and local artists instead of "the norm" and "what's popular" like many of the other Galleries. There's such an incestuous scene in the Crossroads, with the galleries, and other "Foundations", but they take chances and don't just follow what's popular and makes the most money.

Maybe they didn't handle this situation completely professionally, maybe they had no other choice. Everyone makes mistakes and learns from them. Whatever the reason, they've always been nothing but professional and open with me.

They gave me and many other artists a chance to show work that would have otherwise never been shown. They gave me and other artists a chance to get our name on a wall for the first time that probably would have never been given a chance any where else. In turn, it inspired confidence in others to keep showing and creating, such as myself. Many local galleries don't do what they do.

Jeff and Jessica have shown me that taking chances within unfamiliar territory isn't always detrimental. They've been doing really well since they've opened and that is more important then some silly drama this month. Why try to slander them when any number of artists that have shown there weren't given a chance anywhere else??

I think people need to grow up. I think this article is ridiculous and uncalled for.

And as far, not letting certain people into the gallery there's always good reason for it. I may not have wanted them there either for personal reasons.

Posted by Victoria Strong on 02/26/2010 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

The pitchit weekly goes through these phases. It is sometimes excellent, and oftentimes trash. The editorial staff seems to be asleep at the helm these days as we are seeing more attempts at elevating not very newsworthy disagreements to the level that they have been raised all in an effort to get a bunch of people to read the column. It seems boorish hipsterism is replacing valid commentary on the arts community and in this city garbage is being held up as art all for the same reasons ... so that people can get laid. Unfortunately, patrons and average folks alike know when they are being confronted with bullshit, and their legs and wallets will walk away, which is bad for the arts community as a whole. I respect when people make a valid effort at running a business, which is needlessly complicated in this city and country. The simple truth is, if somebody wants to show art, or play music or do anything in this town, they need to play ball with the people providing the space. That is a very simple concept -- no drama. I think, understanding all this, no one blames Jessica and Jeff for the way they have behaved in this situation.

Posted by Stevo Svoboda on 02/26/2010 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Fair enough, but that's not what really happened. The show was canceled because Mikal refused to work with them regarding taxes, city zoning requirements, and the necessary steps that they have to take to insure that they are in phase with the legal requirements put on them by virtue of the fact they are using a non-traditional space (a non-retail non-assembly space). They have insurance which would have covered any damaged work (up to $50,000), however the work was stolen by Mikal in the middle of the night. Now, she denies this, but by using an electronic passcode without their permission and removing the works from the premises prior to establishing any damage, their insurance CANNOT process a claim. they saw the work after it was down there was no damage - also it was not taken down hastily. Perhaps you are wondering why none of this was mentioned? Well, it was mentioned to Chris Packham, et al, and it was not relayed in the article, which makes Jessica look like a catty bitch and makes Mikal and the artists seem like innocent victims. Once again Mikal took the works without her permission, in the middle of the night. Now, that being said, Jessica works diligently to offer up opportunities for local artists to show work in a very busy area of the Crossroads. In order to do this, she had to go downtown, register as a LLC, get a federal employee identification number, get a commercial account at Commerce Bank, and get zoning clearance for a home business. For those who don't know, you cannot sell anything out of a home. Period. So, in order to sell things, she has to list them in a catalog (which is what my zoning clearance is for). She has to be a direct seller, and the Keyhole can ONLY BE an exhibition space. I am sorry, truly, that the city of KC imposes these restrictions, but they do. She told this to Mikal, told her she needed the price list before the show, and guess what, she got the price list after the show began. Then, on Saturdays, again, there was no ability to convey the need to use the methods she explained. So the show ended. Jessica was not going to jeopardize her ability to continue to use the space because someone found her process annoying Now, to quote you, "Then again, when your panties are in a bunch and you are ripping art off the walls, you're probably not thinking about the big picture." Well, again , the big picture is one that includes zoning clearance, appropriate use, and covering your assets so that you don't get in trouble with the authorities that invariably become involved when you start to advertise big shows that have art for sale. This was all conveyed to Chris Packham. He quoted Jessica: "I feel you are overreacting for absolutely no reason and ONCE AGAIN your focus is not where it needs to be." To wit, Mikal's focus needed to be on addressing the very legitimate legal issues she confronted as the person running the Keyhole. She failed to do this, the show ended.

Posted by victoria strong on 02/26/2010 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Victoria, after your comment was posted I re-read the column. I could find no slander. If your work was damaged and your show was prematurely taken down and your gallerist kept changing her story, you might feel very differently. I have never heard of a gallerist anywhere, indulging in this kind of nonsense.

Posted by Maria on 02/26/2010 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

I just want to say that Jeff and Jessica are one of the ONLY people in KC that show new and local artists instead of "the norm" and "what's popular" like many of the other Galleries. There's such an incestuous scene in the Crossroads, with the galleries, and other "Foundations", but they take chances and don't just follow what's popular and makes the most money. Maybe they didn't handle this situation completely professionally, maybe they had no other choice. Everyone makes mistakes and learns from them. Whatever the reason, they've always been nothing but professional and open with me. They gave me and many other artists a chance to show work that would have otherwise never been shown. They gave me and other artists a chance to get our name on a wall for the first time that probably would have never been given a chance any where else. In turn, it inspired confidence in others to keep showing and creating, such as myself. Many local galleries don't do what they do. Jeff and Jessica have shown me that taking chances within unfamiliar territory isn't always detrimental. They've been doing really well since they've opened and that is more important then some silly drama this month. Why try to slander them when any number of artists that have shown there weren't given a chance anywhere else?? I think people need to grow up. I think this article is ridiculous and uncalled for. And as far, not letting certain people into the gallery there's always good reason for it. I may not have wanted them there either for personal reasons.

Posted by Victoria Strong on 02/26/2010 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

The story goes much deeper than what is covered here, but to get into all the undercurrents would be the cross between a tabloid piece and a soap opera, and it would bring in most of the players in the KC art scene (hipsters, fakers, actors, fashionists, established figures, anti-establishment pricksters, and wannabes alike).

Cognitive dissonance is a bitch, yo, but it goes something like this: "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged." ... Conversely, "one who harms another is more willing to harm again than the victim is to retaliate."

The Keyhole wasn't a gift to Mikal's show (as its resident artists Jess & Jeff were to think); on the contrary, Mikal's show was a gift to the Keyhole.

Opportunities squandered, bridges burnt... And fear of the mob connections of Vincent Esposito (the building's owner) keeps the real culprits from getting fingered (in deference of losing fingers?). *cough*KNOLL*cough*

I tried to attend the show having been invited by several of the artists, but I was shoved out the front door by Jeffrey Helkenberg himself. I still love the guy, even if his woman Ms. Logsdon owes me $1,050 for bonding them out of jail when they were arrested for living in a DART house.

Posted by Derek P. Moore on 02/24/2010 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

The story goes much deeper than what is covered here, but to get into all the undercurrents would be the cross between a tabloid piece and a soap opera, and it would bring in most of the players in the KC art scene (hipsters, fakers, actors, fashionists, established figures, anti-establishment pricksters, and wannabes alike). Cognitive dissonance is a bitch, yo, but it goes something like this: "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged." ... Conversely, "one who harms another is more willing to harm again than the victim is to retaliate." The Keyhole wasn't a gift to Mikal's show (as its resident artists Jess & Jeff were to think); on the contrary, Mikal's show was a gift to the Keyhole. Opportunities squandered, bridges burnt... And fear of the mob connections of Vincent Esposito (the building's owner) keeps the real culprits from getting fingered (in deference of losing fingers?). *cough*KNOLL*cough* I tried to attend the show having been invited by several of the artists, but I was shoved out the front door by Jeffrey Helkenberg himself. I still love the guy, even if his woman Ms. Logsdon owes me $1,050 for bonding them out of jail when they were arrested for living in a DART house.

Posted by Derek P. Moore on 02/24/2010 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Seriously. How about focusing your attention on writing reviews as opposed to further plugging a show you've already reviewed. I understand the PITCH thrives on these kind of stories but when I heard the Pitch was going to hire a new critic I thought they would focus on art instead of scenester drama.

I guess some things will never change in Kansas City.

Posted by eddie on 02/24/2010 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Seriously. How about focusing your attention on writing reviews as opposed to further plugging a show you've already reviewed. I understand the PITCH thrives on these kind of stories but when I heard the Pitch was going to hire a new critic I thought they would focus on art instead of scenester drama. I guess some things will never change in Kansas City.

Posted by eddie on 02/24/2010 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

This is the strangest art related story yet. Ms. Logsdown is certainly a unique entity in the local scene. To trash a show and damage some of the work to boot is not acceptable at any level.

Any artist, after knowing this, would be very foolish to show at Keyhole. The art might wind up lining the kitchen cupboards or the trash bin.

What code of behavior does this gallerist live by?

Posted by John on 02/24/2010 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

This is the strangest art related story yet. Ms. Logsdown is certainly a unique entity in the local scene. To trash a show and damage some of the work to boot is not acceptable at any level. Any artist, after knowing this, would be very foolish to show at Keyhole. The art might wind up lining the kitchen cupboards or the trash bin. What code of behavior does this gallerist live by?

Posted by John on 02/24/2010 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Ripe finds sketchy sex in the Keyhole

One of the best shows I've had the pleasure of seeing here in Kansas City. On scale in talent and content of any shows on either coast. We should be proud and welcome the talents os some many amazing artist. Koo, once again you have proven youself one of the many stars in our sky!

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Posted by Roger "RamJet" on 02/10/2010 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Ripe finds sketchy sex in the Keyhole

One of the best shows I've had the pleasure of seeing here in Kansas City. On scale in talent and content of any shows on either coast. We should be proud and welcome the talents os some many amazing artist. Koo, once again you have proven youself one of the many stars in our sky!

Posted by Roger "RamJet" on 02/10/2010 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Review Studios' resident artists justify their existence

This was my favorite line of the day: "Serious art criticism generally avoids the issue of lickability, but it would be dishonest not to say these pieces look extremely lickable." So good. I wish you had a picture of the "Yeah Right" piece, it sounds wonderful.

Posted by Tracy on 12/17/2009 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Review Studios' resident artists justify their existence

This was my favorite line of the day: "Serious art criticism generally avoids the issue of lickability, but it would be dishonest not to say these pieces look extremely lickable." So good. I wish you had a picture of the "Yeah Right" piece, it sounds wonderful.

Posted by Tracy on 12/17/2009 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Review Studios' resident artists justify their existence

Now here is a quandary. What happens when an Art review is better than the Art reviewed? This is really good writing. It connects with an energy and a fresh eye and a gift for the right locution that just cannot be faked or learned. But...
I saw something different at Review. I have followed the career arc of many of these artists for a significant period of time. I went to look on a quiet day and stayed with the art for a long while.
There are definite favorites and buzz about certain pieces. Davin's work seems to be the "on the street favorite". Tom Deatherage calls it haunting and unforgettable. I really connected with Warren's painting. It stays in the minds eye, lingers in the province of the imagination, initiates dialogue.
It was a downhill deal the rest of the ride. The same piano roll played slow, fast, and medium. Art- school-art vetted to death. Bankrupt tropes iterated to the point of pathology. Safe, very safe and slick with the cheap metaphysical varnish of a worn out conceit called, conceptual. Maybe my blood sugar was low, maybe it was seasonal affective depression or maybe it was a genuine response to a poorly curated mess. It felt like I was at a funeral.
John Hastings

Posted by John on 12/16/2009 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Review Studios' resident artists justify their existence

Now here is a quandary. What happens when an Art review is better than the Art reviewed? This is really good writing. It connects with an energy and a fresh eye and a gift for the right locution that just cannot be faked or learned. But... I saw something different at Review. I have followed the career arc of many of these artists for a significant period of time. I went to look on a quiet day and stayed with the art for a long while. There are definite favorites and buzz about certain pieces. Davin's work seems to be the "on the street favorite". Tom Deatherage calls it haunting and unforgettable. I really connected with Warren's painting. It stays in the minds eye, lingers in the province of the imagination, initiates dialogue. It was a downhill deal the rest of the ride. The same piano roll played slow, fast, and medium. Art- school-art vetted to death. Bankrupt tropes iterated to the point of pathology. Safe, very safe and slick with the cheap metaphysical varnish of a worn out conceit called, conceptual. Maybe my blood sugar was low, maybe it was seasonal affective depression or maybe it was a genuine response to a poorly curated mess. It felt like I was at a funeral. John Hastings

Posted by John on 12/16/2009 at 12:29 PM

Re: “The Belger's Oxford Project: That was then, this is now

Thanks very much for that clarification, Peter.

Posted by C.J. Janovy on 12/13/2009 at 9:56 PM

Re: “The Belger's Oxford Project: That was then, this is now

Thanks very much for that clarification, Peter.

Posted by C.J. Janovy on 12/13/2009 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Grand Arts takes avant-garde's pulse and finds Ecstatic Resistance

Ecstatic Resistance is an effort well worth the effort. There is so much to see and think about and rethink and rethink again. I have a feeling that Emily Roysden has internalized William Blake and brought him into relevancy in a very real way for a new generation. If there are many roads to the Palace of Wisdom this, "contemporized Chautauqua for social justice" is surely the perfect Baedeker for the journey.

Steiner's wall of femina-centric depictions of women is refreshing and maybe shocking and certainly distinguished by its unwillingness to be undermined by the jaundiced eye of the male gaze. This installation by itself is a compelling reason to attend Ecstatic Resistance.

Yael Bartana's film demands a closer, deeper, more nuanced reading. Things are not always what they seem. This is cinema where every assumption opens a door and becomes a contradiction. It can be construed as a pious memento mori, yet there is has a much fiercer narrative truth embedded within in the celluloidal quicksand of the easy first impression.It is hiding in plain sight...

Posted by John on 12/09/2009 at 1:19 PM

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