Shapeshifters and Confectionary

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PLUG Projects opened Shapeshifters on July 18th, 2014, a group exhibition featuring the work of Stacy Fisher, Matt Jacobs, Matt Rich, and Cordy Ryman. The work in this exhibition focuses on artists that investigate abstraction through a material-based approach. Included in the exhibition are a combination of paintings, sculptures and site specific installations made up of irregular shapes, glops of paint and unconventional materials.

About the Artists:

Stacy Fisher has exhibited widely in New York at galleries such as Jeff Bailey, Thierry Goldberg Projects, Horton Gallery, Regina Rex, Cleopatra’s and BravinLee Programs, among others. Her two-person exhibition at Regina Rex was a Critics’ Pick in Artforum. Fisher has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and The Vermont Studio Center. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Matt Jacobs is currently pursuing his MFA at Tyler School of Art, he received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010. His flexible practice, which includes sculpture, painting, drawing and installation, is centered on exploring the aesthetics of misuse, play, and intuition. His work has been show at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha; Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago; The Masonic Lodge, Marfa; Dolphin Gallery, and the Epsten Gallery in Kansas City. In 2011 he was awarded an artist residency at The Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. His work has been featured in Beautiful Decay and It’s Nice That, and cited by The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, and The Kansas City Star.

Matt Rich received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA from Brown University and has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has had solo exhibitions at Project Row Houses in Houston, devening projects + editions in Chicago, the Suburban in Oak Park, IL, Samsøn Projects in Boston, MA, VOLTA NY art fair and Halsey McKay in East Hampton, NY. Rich’s works are held in the collections of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Rich has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Terra Foundation for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work has been reviewed by Modern Painters, Artforum, Art Papers and the Boston Globe. Matt Rich lives and works in San Diego, CA.

Cordy Ryman received his BFA, with honors, from the School of Visual Fine Arts/Art Education in 1997. His work has been exhibited widely at public institutions including PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, NY; Visual Arts Center, New Jersey, NJ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY; Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art, Esbjerg, Denmark. Gallery exhibitions include DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY; Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY; Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX; Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL; Stalke Galleri, Kirke Saaby, Denmark; Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Koln, Germany; and Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden. Ryman was the 2006 recipient of the Helen Foster Barnett Prize from the National Academy Museum. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, BOMB Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, and Time Out NY. Cordy Ryman – Dodge Gallery


Confectionarys, a solo exhibition of Madeline Gallucci’s work, opened alongside ShapeshiftersConfectionary is a culmination of Gallucci’s two years in the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project residency, in which her studio was situated on the 6th floor of an office building located in downtown Kansas City.

Gallucci’s work explores, dissects, and reinterprets our everyday environment by means of vibrant drawings, whimsical paintings, and digital prints. Through documentation of patterns in sidewalk markings, window reflections, neon signs and discarded debris, she begins to investigate the ambiguity of what we recognize as mundane. The physicality of drawing, painting, and collage emphasizes the curious nature of her findings. From these practices Gallucci is continually building a new, oddly familiar landscape. Confectionary is the second show in PLUG Projects’ new gallery, Solo Space. The focus of Solo Space is to feature solo exhibitions from artists living in the Kansas City region. The exhibitions in this space follow the same timeline of the exhibitions in the front gallery space, a total of six 5-week exhibitions over the course of the year.

About the artist:

Madeline Gallucci received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with an emphasis in Printmaking. Since coming to Kansas City, she has traveled and performed with Whoop Dee Doo and shown her work at a wide variety of galleries and venues. She currently works at Kansas City Art Institute as the Campus Activities & Housing Coordinator, where she plans and coordinates events such as the annual Drag Show and Field Day celebrations.

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