Experience Cerbera Gallery’s new exhibit “B.S.U.I.X.” | Black Student Union Inaugural Exhibition
Black Student Union Inaugural Exhibition
Selected Works by:
September – October 2021
COVID-19 PROTOCOL: STARTING SEPTEMBER 10, 2021, ALL VISITORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION UPON ENTRY.
2011 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
+1-844-202-9303 | [email protected]
The Black Student Union Inaugural Exhibition will introduce the founding members of the collective by exploring the self-portrait. The work in the exhibition examines how identity is portrayed through anecdotes, visual vocabularies, and explorations of material. Viewers will be permitted to witness the artists’ experiences, not as spectators peering into their lives, but as listeners to their testimonies — — untethered from the white gaze.
The presence of the Black female body summons truth. The inherently intimate spaces our vessels inhabit sustain the weight of our most vulnerable inner thoughts, emotions and ways of being. I constantly engage in the act of image making through photography to wander on a journey of self possession and representation that emphasizes the fragile, tangible experience of Black womanhood, femininity, and matrilineal power. The perpetual use of self-portraiture becomes a performance of identity as I interrogate notions of domesticity, memory, and Black iconography.
Logan Crompton constructs narratives through painting, printmaking, and collage. Their work focuses on portraiture, patterns, and pop symbols to create these narratives. Crompton is currently pursuing their undergrad at the Kansas City Art Institute and is a double major in Painting and Art History. Their work formarly deconstructs elements of pop culture and iconography through its pairing with portraiture and text-based works. Through saturated colors, gestural mark-making, and digital collage Crompton’s work elicits a facade of happiness.
Kevin Hopkins is an artist born in Beaufort, South Carolina. However, because of his father’s service in the United States military, he lived in Texas and Germany for most of his childhood. After returning to South Carolina with his mother and siblings, Hopkins developed a passion for fine arts, which led to his acceptance into the Kansas City Art Institute. Double-majoring in Painting and Art History, Hopkins has focused his studies on contemporary art through painting, drawing, art history, and curation. Hopkins plans to pursue a career as an independent artist and curator and has begun working towards this goal by designing or curating for multiple Gullah Geechee people and institutions including, Harvard Gullah Professor Sunn m’Cheaux and The Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce.
Dante Moore is a research driven artist that combines digital artwork and installation processes to discuss ideas of cultural overlap and power structures. Moore utilizes digital programs and interfaces as spaces to make work based in communication, interacting with how ideas and information spreads. Memes, Digital Collages, Augmented Reality Filters, Screen Shots, prints on paper, social media, and installations are mediums Moore uses to produce his collections of work. Moore’s subject matter dives into layered and intersectional ideas of race and culture from a nihilistic and provocative stand point. Moore draws inspiration from art theory, meme culture, and the early 2000’s revival movement. As a mixed race artist, Moore’s work reassesses and confronts his complicated proximity to whiteness, blackness, and indigenous culture.
“Creating art is a way for me to investigate my thoughts and experiences. I find painting and drawing to be reflective processes that allow me to transform introspective moments into visual art. Making portraits has been a consistent part of my art practice, I am drawn to the unique beauty that each person possesses. Portraits are more than just an image, everybody has their own aura or story that I like to convey through my work. Lately, I’ve been interested in the way aspects of black cultures such as fashion and music are appropriated into the mainstream.”
Kel Randle is an image maker based in Kansas City. He utilizes his camera to further understand the complexities that formed him which tend to draw him into documenting black and brown societies as well as exploring outside of the familiar by also creating images from the stories of others. His process involving developing his own negatives and making silver gelatin prints by hand.
Confidence, self-love, freedom of expression, spirituality and meditativeness from the broad culture of Black Hair.
Our Creative Practice to Protect our Tight Curls
Our Nurturing Way of ‘Catching Up’ with our Loved Ones
Dreadlocks & Faux locs
Box Braids & Micro’s
Wigs, Sew Ins, & Crochet
Cornrows & Pony Tails
And small to large Afro’s
The historic hair versatility passed down from generations.
These four images represent four different years of my life.
Four different hairstyles for four different moments of learning more about myself.
Each year progressively and unapologetically expressing my personality through hair textures, colors, and style
About the work: Keen with identity, Good Saturday presents a moment of leisure. This vibrant division of color bridges parts creating inclusion. I represent my vulnerability with family photos symbolizing a decaying memory as these young guys grow up. Neighborhoods and local businesses have a history before gentrification erases what once was there into a congested city. Five guys still find time to take a dip in the pool before their proximity changes with each season.
Please join Cerbera Gallery in celebrating “B.S.U.I.X.”: September – October 2021
For all press inquires and group visits regarding Cerbera Gallery’s “B.S.U.I.X.”, contact us at [email protected].
NO MASK – NO ART
NO VACCINATION – NO ART
STARTING SEPTEMBER 10, 2021, ALL VISITORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION UPON ENTRY. PROOF OF VACCINATION MAY INCLUDE:
– A VACCINATION CARD, SHOWING FULL VACCINATED STATUS
– A PHOTO OF YOUR VACCINATION CARD, SHOWING FULLY VACCINATED STATUS
– A DIGITAL VACCINE RECORD FROM THIRD-PARTY APPS
We strongly encourage attendees to RSVP ahead of time in order to verify your contact information with your proof of vaccination. If you are unable to RSVP, we may require you to provide a photo ID–such as a government-issued photo ID, school photo ID or passport–to be present with proof of vaccination upon entry.
Out of concern for our staff and visitors, we are unable to accommodate any unvaccinated guests, volunteers, or event partners without proof of vaccination, or children under the age of 12 for public events.
MONDAY – FRIDAY: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY | unless the “Traffic Light” in the entry door is switched to “GREEN” and/or the door is unlocked
SATURDAY: 12pm – 5pm (unless the gallery dog wants to come earlier or stay longer to play with visitors!)
(please call +1-844-202-9303)
We CLOSE on “First Friday” between 6-7pm unless otherwise noted.
For private showings please call us at +1-844-202-9303 to setup an appointment.
NO FOOD, NO DRINKS. PHOTOS CAN ONLY BE TAKEN AFTER HAVING CONFIRMED WITH GALLERY STAFF.