Betsy is a Kansas City Art Institute graduate who has exhibited in various galleries across the nation. She has hung her work on walls in Oregon, Michigan,and California. She currently exhibits work at the Todd Weiner Gallery in Kansas City, MO.
Review written by: Jeanette Powers
The work of Betsy Barratt is continuously at the edge of opposing forces. Beauty sits next to violence, homemaking resides with alchemy, nature confronts plasticity. Her explorations of the dichotomies of modern femininity are at once shocking and sublime. This “Shark Girls” sequence sets the lively and youthful act of roller-skating against the trauma of a shark attack.
This dualism of shattered youth and amputated ideals is an ongoing theme in Barratt’s work. Each of the “Girls” in the series are in states of undress, with come-hither and near-emotionless expressions; these girls are expected to be demure and placating, their beauty is their primary worth, they are having light-hearted and non-confrontational fun with their skates on. They are objectified. Barratt brings the “Sharks” into these appropriations of the feminine experience, at once serving to show the inner turmoil lady-like behavior creates and more overtly displaying how girls are victimized by the world.
This clashing of carefree joy and anxious dread is further heightened by the sexual energy which exists between each shark and girl. The intimacy suggests a form of consent, unpacking the modern woman’s need to please that which easily could destroy her. This creates an unsettling relationship which speaks to the need of pain and confrontation for fertility and union to occur. Both pictorial elements also are creatures of motion. The girl moves quickly on her wheeled skates, but not fast enough to escape the horror and tension of the shark’s gaping jaws. At the intersection of these figures, at the moment of connection, is bite and blood. The women seem to revel in their own blood and confront it fearlessly, even to caress and cuddle with the violent and ancient sharks. The images are at once a destruction and an empowerment of women.
Made on a small scale and with Gauche, the paintings make stark use of negative space. The series invites the viewer into an immediately intimate and stressful dynamic and suggests that the totality of experience occurs in an absurd and context-less reality. Barratt’s work exemplifies the notion that life is forever unstoppable, that one must embrace pain and injury through beauty and stoicism; and that life, the girl and one’s own self must persevere, must keep moving, and must struggle through the pain.
Evan Angelastro is a photographer based in New York focusing on documentary portraiture. Wandering New York as a teenager shooting color film, he developed a method of quickly capturing the small moments of strangers.
By shooting on the fly, Evan learned to look for moments with both eyes and shoot without looking through the camera to capture on sight without delay. His work has a strong focus on powerful colors, bold compositions and real-life subject matter. He typically uses a high power flash and small camera to photograph very close to his subjects.
Evan is passionate about documenting people enjoying their most beloved activities. In this series, he documents the Westminster dog show. His affinity for seeing the pure joy and spontaneity in others shows in his work. Evan's point of view is wildly smart and entertaining.
Ben McCarthy is a multi-media artist born in Chicago and raised all across the United States as part of a military family. McCarthy graduated from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 with a multidisciplinary degree in ceramics, sculpture and is currently living in Kansas City working several landscaping and construction jobs while continuing to pursue his artwork.
As an artist, McCarthy perceives the universe to be a source of infinite inspiration. His artwork is often influenced by ancient art history and archaeological discoveries combined with a fascination of nature and a time to create one-of-a-kind, handmade art.
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Chrome Gnomes (6"—1.5')
Jungle Journey: BFA Exhibition @ Sullivan Gallery (12' x 12')
Rainbow Guardians @ Indigo Gallery (8' x 8')
Lava Totem (8")
Owls (3" & 5")
Mirror Chalice (1')
Adam Millward is a Canadian artist specializing in his own style of Mandala artwork. He developed his style by doodling on post-it notes while working at different call center sales jobs over several years. In 2011 Adam finally decided to try painting his doodles with acrylic paint on canvas, and result is literally mesmerising. Adam creates his pieces 100% free hand, with no rulers or additional tools.
Each piece tells a rich story through symmetry and convergence of abstract forms. His color palettes enrich every work with individuality and emotional significance. The positivity of Adam’s outlook on life and the human experience can be felt in the enthusiastic detailing of each space on the canvas.
“My Mandalas all start with a dot in the middle, but each one evolves differently and the end results can be quite unique depending on if the pattern is more angular or flowing, the colors, the size, the shape, etc. All these differences can be seen to represent the different circumstances that happen to a person. Different family situations, schools, languages, geographic regions, economic situations, cultures etc... produce different results, but each person is uniquely beautiful and has their own "dot" of light at the center.” -Adam Millward
In addition to acrylic canvases, Adam creates incredible jacquard-woven heirloom blankets and custom mandala art. He is also a member of the Mystic Artist Guild International (MAGI), a groups of artists whose work contributes towards the building of Entheon, an art sanctuary that will feature much of Alex Grey’s work, including his Sacred Mirrors series. The project is currently under construction at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (www.CoSM.org).
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"Optic Boom" - 2014 - 30 x 30 inches, acrylic paint on canvas
This was a custom painting for a client. It felt like I crossed some invisible barrier with detailing. When an airplane breaks the sound barrier you hear a "sonic boom" - so that's how I chose the name "Optic Boom"
"Cosmic Splash" - 2017 - 24 x 24 inches, acrylic paint on canvas
This is the most recent custom painting I finished. I was asked to use some pastels and greens, for a relaxing but focused, energetic vibe. It is loosely inspired by another painting I did for the same client.
"Tidal Resonance" - 2016 - 12 x 12 inches, acrylic paint on canvas
This one was a custom painting for a client in Australia. Tidal resonance is an effect that causes some of the highest tides in the world, like in Canada's Bay of Fundy.
"Waking Life" - 2015 - 30 x 30 inches, acrylic paint on canvas
This painting was inspired by watching my neighbors garden come back to life after a long cold Canadian winter. I could see it every day from my studio at the time. There were yellow daffodils, red tulips, orange crocus, violet lilacs and myriad greens from all the grass and foliage.
"Resting Life" - 2016 - 24 x 24 inches, acrylic paint on canvas
This painting was a custom creation for the same client who ended up buying "Waking Life". She asked me to create one with a more relaxing, evening/winter sort of vibe, and asked me to include gold and purples/blues with a touch of bright green
We are pleased to introduce you to Sharkmuffin, the femme-fronted, four person band that brings a new sound to the grunge scene. Headed by Tarra Thiessen on guitar/vocals and Natalie Kirch on bass/vocals, Sharkmuffin have been serving the scene with raunchy humor and a nostalgic tone since 2012. Along with Drew Adler on drums and Chris Nunez on guitar, they have toured up and down the east coast and Texas. This year they toured the UK, attracting audience members like Robert Plant and Blondie.
The unprocessed sound that Sharkmuffin produces is puberty-inducing. There’s sarcasm and angst and humor and roughness. It’s a bittersweet effect. Sweet, low vocals over a distorted, beachy guitar take us back to revolutionary and rebellious eras like the 60s and the 90s, when underground music thrived. The feminine energy, or femmergy if you will, is palpable. The band even recorded with major female icon Patty Shemel (former drummer of Hole, Upset, and Death Valley Girls) in 2015 for the LP, Chartreuse.
Their new EP was just released, entitled Split Cassette. It’s their first recording with all four members. The tracks break free from the groovy garage sound and bring more of an east coast hardcore vibe. You can find it on Title, Itunes, and Spotify. Sharkmuffin is currently working on writing a full length album under their label, Little Dickman Records. They aim to release it next summer and tour around the states in the meantime.
check out their 2017 tour dates here http://sharkmuffin.com/TOUR
Damont Jordan was a Mechanical and Electrical Engineering major in college. Now he is an incredibly talented Kansas city artist. Jordan has dabbled in multiple mediums but you really see his art take flight when it comes to his illustrations and ink work. Back in 2009, he teamed up with a friend, Rav Powell, and helped create a comic called Enigma Machine. Jordan assisted on creating 9 comic book story lines and putting his pen to paper to give the stories life.
“What drives me to do what I do is the ability to creating my own universes and tells a story that takes place in that universe. Being able to tale a story in a painting or a comic is one of the most freeing things to me. “
– Damont Jordan
Among the many comics he has produced, his favorites include Enigma Machine, Squatch Adventures, and Circus. Jordan also is crazy busy working on other side projects. He assists with events for his favorite Kansas City comic shop, Elite Comics and exhibits work at art conventions year round.
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VAPURIC / VAPUR13
Vapur is an old school artist with a dense portfolio of professional training combined with raw street style. In middle school, he took his mother’s old Canon 2.1 megapixel camera and began shooting. He would often draw from the photographs that he took, already developing his skills in multiple mediums.
“ I was running from cops and taking pictures of flowers.” -Vapur
Vapur’s Fine Art work is heavy hitting. Each piece gives off intense energy. He has a way of capturing the climax of a moment, where every sensation of the subject can be experienced.
His graffiti pieces are identified by his signature “vapurics” style, where organic forms taper off into sharp whip-like points. While he was studying Fine Arts in high school and at the Kansas City Art Institute, Vapur was reading underground graffiti magazines and watching the earliest internet videos of new-school artists like Daroe, in Canada, Sheva, in the UK, and Grim, from New York. All of them got in touch with Vapur and they began working together, developing a huge online community that is kept alive through YouTube today.
Since then, Vapur has taken on numerous personal projects while keeping the graffiti scene alive in the Midwest, alongside the rest of the Killin' Egos Crew, or KE. He is the only photographer who will have professionally documented all 30 wall murals of the Kansas City Masterpiece Event hosted by the infamous Years, an old-school graffiti legend also from KE. In addition, he has collected over 500 images of Kansas City graffiti, some of which have withstood the ages dating back to 1994. He plans to publish all of this content and more through both zines and hard cover books.
Vapur is also the founder of VoiceOneArts, an organization intended for independent artists to showcase their work and collaborate with one another. He creates profiles for all the artists and collaborates with them personally.
“We just stay involved with one another and bring each other into business. VoiceOneArts is community oriented and promotes who and what I think is worthy to be taking the city by storm.”
In the future, Vapur intends to combine his video, graffiti, photography, and fine arts into a single mode of creation. He is currently collaborating on several projects, so keep your eyes peeled. This guy is gonna tear it up!
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**Just search VoiceOneArts on almost every platform and you'll find him!
Olivia Olds is a deep-feeling artist from Tulsa,OK who sees the world from an observer’s eyes. She has created art since she was a child, but has been professionally painting for the past two years. Her inspiration comes from artists like Khaosdog on Deviantart, Butch Hartman, the creator of Danny Phantom, and Lisa Frank.
Olivia has an affection for animals, especially the endangered and vulnerable species of our planet. Her Cherokee roots tie her to the spirituality of the Earth and it’s inhabitants. The depth of her empathy is visible in her ability to evoke the animal’s individual characteristics. Each one has their own story for the viewer to unfold.
“We get to share this planet with so many beautiful creatures, how could I not paint them?”
Olds portrays her subjects in serene galactic landscapes.She is fascinated by space and the idea that her compositions will never be based in reality. Her color palette is derived from NASA photos of nebulae. The etherealness and immortality of the space dust inspire her. Her description of them as “beautiful, serene clouds sitting in perfect poses for all eternity” captures her passion for the majesty of our galaxy. Olivia brings together the terrestrial and extraterrestrial to produce a fantastical experience.
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Space Whale" ,16x20",acrylic on canvas
"White Wolf" ,24x36",acrylic on canvas
"Dragon Nova" ,16x20",acrylic on canvas,
"Lion and Stars" ,24x36 ",acrylic on canvas
"Tiger Deity" ,16x20 ", acrylic on canvas