March 11th – April 7th, 2016: Emily Connell – VADE MECUM

NCECA Happy Hour: Thursday, March 17th 5-8pm

Artist’s Reception: Friday, March 18th 6-9pm

On March 11th, Kiosk Gallery presents Vade Mecum – an exhibition of ceramic work by Emily Connell.

Vade Mecum is a collection of books that have undergone an alchemical conversion. Found reference books (encyclopedias, Bibles, dictionaries) are encased, page-by-page, in slip. Firing the books in a kiln transforms them into a reliquary shell, containing the ashes of the book within. Each piece is cut, revealing the cross section of the ceramic pages, and returning the book to an open, active state. Connell’s work is influenced by her upbringing in Catholic school, and the teachings of union with the Divine through desire and intuitive contemplation – beyond the limits of empirical knowledge.

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courtesy E.G. Schempf

Emily Connell creates her work through a variety of media including ceramics, video, photography, and performance. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, and is currently a resident artist at the Kunstraum KC in Kansas City, Missouri. Her unique background informs her work, which walks a line between two spiritual extremes. She has done studio work at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snow Mass, Colorado, and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary. She has been published in numerous local papers as well as Ceramics Monthly magazine, and exhibited nationally including the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts. In 2012, Connell was awarded the Regina Brown Fellowship to research Catholic processions in Italy during the spring of 2013.  In 2015 she received an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC to return to Hungary for a residency. She has served as a Ceramics Instructional Assistant to George Timock at the Kansas City Art Institute, and was a 2012-2013 resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio residencies.

extended hours schedule during NCECA:

Friday, March 11th: 12-6pm

Saturday, March 12th: 12-4pm

Sunday, March 13th: CLOSED

Monday, March 14th: 10am-6pm

Tuesday, March 15th: 10am-6pm

Wednesday, March 16th: 10am-6pm

Thursday, March 17th: 12-8pm

Friday, March 18th: 12-9pm

Saturday, March 19th: 12-6pm

For information about other exhibitions happening in our neighborhood during NCECA, as well as restaurant suggestions, visit www.kioskgallerykc.com/NCECA

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courtesy E.G. Schempf

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