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Is What You Know What You See?

May 22, 2009

Is What You Know What You See

The MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center presents, “Is What You Know What You See?” an art exhibition opening June 11th, 2009 and running through July 25th, 2009. There will be a reception on June 12th, from 5-8pm. The Gallery Hours are 12-4, Thursday–Saturday. Located at 500 SW Longview Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

Exhibiting artists are: Amanda Bowles, Andrew Cimelli, Luke Kralik, Andrew Lyles, Jacob Schildknecht, Alexandra Ponca Stock and Whitney Wood.

In our most recent installment, “Is What You Know What You See?” seeks to question our conceptions of history or the sense in which we receive history. How does “History” become propagated and how is it validated? Is our history only published by the powers that be or do you and I now have an opportunity to create a more sensitive reflection of our pasts?

Pulitzer Prize Winner James McPherson wrote for the American Historical Association, “History is a continuing dialogue between the present and the past.” It is not simply the handing down of information but rather the reception and pairing of new ideas. Just as the artists in this exhibition are beginning a dialogue with their pasts, hopefully, we can also embrace these inquiries into our lives. If we can see “History” as a conversation rather than a dictation, maybe we will be better equipped to refute our own attempts at propagating an authoritarian view. This does not mean we will no longer have disagreements, quite the contrary, it means that instead of trying to subjugate those differences we will now genuinely try to listen to the arguments and differences of opinion; and at times, even without accord.

Each of the artists in, “Is What You Know What You See?” confronts this topic from a different perspective. Whether it is in relation to our familial heritage and environmental surroundings, our reverence for important historical figures, or our acceptance of philosophical truths, the artists in this exhibition have begun a dialog to better understand their placement in these histories.

We invite you to please join us and enjoy the deeply minimal and contemplative works of Andrew Lyles, the quirky and offsetting paintings of Luke Kralik and the historically insightful collaboration of Amanda Bowles and Whitney Wood. Appreciate the subtle shifts of color and emotion in Alexandra Ponca Stocks photographs and paintings, the playful truth-telling maquettes of Jacob Schildknecht and the psychological underpinnings of Andrew Cimelli’s painting, “It’s the End of World and We’re All So Tired”.