Devices and Desires by William Philyaw; Heartbreak
Thu., Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri., Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2012
If you're still putting the pieces back together after another fraught Valentine's Day — hey, maybe you're not over New Year's Eve yet — there's an art form especially for your mixed-up self: collage. And no one else does collage like William Philyaw
, whose arresting assemblages of the witty, the wary and the WTF speak for both D's in the Late Show Gallery's almost-over February exhibition Devices and Desires
. The Kansas City Art Institute alum (class of 1967) culls odd and forgotten corners of the print world to fashion a delirious alternate history of our throwaway, junk-mail culture. (Not Art, one of Philyaw's online outlets — at cutphoto.blogspot.com
— plays like a series of windows onto a fever dream of old catalogs and postcards.) Devices and Desires
also features pieces by Paula Frankel, Doug Schwietert and Colby K. Smith. The Late Show's less oblique nod to February's day for lovers, Heartbreak
, also remains on view. The gallery (1600 Cherry, 816-474-1300) is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday, the show's last day.