On Thursday February 27, we continued our Critique Night series. PLUG PROJECTS regularly hosts critique nights in between exhibitions. The 2013-2014 Critique Night series is moderated by Julia Cole, accompanied by a small rotating panel of artists and art professionals in the community who participate in dialogue with local artists about their work, which is displayed in the gallery space live for the critique. Up to three artists are chosen to participate in each Crit Night. Each artist is asked to bring no more than five works for discussion. There is 30 minutes allocated per artist for group discussion of their work. Critiques are open to the public to engage in dialogue as well.
This Critique Night featured two guest moderators, April Watson and Davin Watne. The Featured artists were Meagan Stracy, Aaron Dougherty, and Mark Allen
Maegan Stracy graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 receiving a double major in Fiber and Art History. Stracy’s work focuses on material investigation and tactility while exploring our instinctive need for touch. Her work ranges from installation based pieces to wearable garments, bridging the gap bewteen fine art and fashion.
Aaron Dougherty is a photographer and recovering architect; and taught one year of high school chemistry. Graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design, he studied sculpture briefly at Kansas City Art Institute and received certification in secondary education at Avilla College. His work has been exhibited at various venues in and around Kansas City, and has been published in several periodicals including Architect, Architectural Record, ArchitectureBoston and Photo Review.
Mark Allen is a multimedia performance artist based in Kansas City, MO who recently graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Painting. His work has been seen around the globe with illicit performances held at the Tate Modern in London, Times Square in NYC, and Art Basel Miami Beach. From creating a condom-balloon installation in his high school, to faking his own death last year and burning all of his artwork, Allen is a notorious press monger. Currently, he has a line of designer bodybags (made from vinyl leather and faux-fur) and a series of ambiguous yet provocative silkscreened apparel.