June's First Friday was a harmonic convergence of perfect weather, art openings, street performances and alleged instances of free boxed wine that The Pitch cannot confirm or disconfirm — all of which resulted in traffic-stopping crowds. Maybe it's futile to try recapturing the glory days and difficult traffic of two whole weeks ago, but the Urban Culture Project will try with Information Is Incidental, a pretty great Third Friday opening at the Paragraph Gallery (23 East 12th Street, 816-221-5115) by Kansas City's Emily Sall and Rebecca Ward of Austin, Texas. Though they've never met, both artists specialize in site-specific installations that depend on the spaces in which they're created. Ward's architectural exhibits are built up from brightly colored tape, informing and changing the gallery space in which they're created. Former Charlotte Street Award-winner Sall uses cut vinyl pieces and creates large-scale and weirdly crowd-pleasing geometric abstractions with a bright color pallette, splaying lines and arcs in layered succession across wall spaces. Tonight's opening reception lasts from from 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursdays, Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: June 20. Continues through Aug. 19, 2009