February Final Fridays Preview: 'Bright' art at Wonder Fair and getting inside artists' heads at Lost Art Space

Jeromy Morris' gallery space

Jeromy Morris' gallery space

Chop Chop – Wonder Fair – 803 ½ Massachusetts St.

The modern artist’s hectic schedule is an underlying theme of Chop Chop, a new exhibition of works by Kansas City artists Lee Piechocki and Matt Jacobs opening Friday at Wonder Fair, 803 ½ Mass.

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Contributed photo/Lee Piechocki

Lee Piechocki - "I Have A Lot Of Faith In This Model." Installation with found objects, clay, paint, and vinyl. Dimensions variable, 2011

Chop Chop will showcase 10 of Piechocki’s drawings with 12 small paintings from Jacobs, as well as some recent Piechocki paintings and sculpture work from both artists. Piechocki says he’s wanted to show his work alongside Jacobs for some time. There are certainly some common threads among their work, particularly in their inclusion of — pool floaties, house plants — and their use of vibrant color.

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“It’s going to be a bright show,” Piechocki says.

Another connecting theme is the speedy nature in which the artwork was created. All the work Jacobs will be showing is the result of a recent month-long residency in Iceland. And somewhat of an art busy-body, Piechocki knows what it’s like to be pressed for time. This being his fifth show so far in 2012, Piechocki often finds himself in a deadline situation when making his art.

“You have to work very strategically and quickly,” Piechocki says. “This is something that is reflected in the work.”

But the rush doesn’t have to be a negative influence on the work. Piechocki says that working in a hurry often results in some happy accidents and forces him to keep his work focused.

“Deadlines don’t give you time to over-think things,” Piechocki says.

During Chop Chop’s opening reception on Friday, Wonder Fair will host a printmaking demonstration and will be selling hand-printed T-shirts to benefit the KU Printmaking Club.

The Grey Area – Lost Art Space – 845 Massachusetts St.

The six resident artists of the Lost Art Space bend the boundary between gallery and studio this Friday with the opening of a new art exhibition, The Grey Area.

The space, located in the former Penny Annie’s building, 845 Mass., has served as a place both to create and display art for the Fresh Produce-affiliated group, which includes Jesse Gray, Paul Flinders, Jeromy Morris, Jason Barr, Erok Johanssen and Jeremy Rockwell. For this exhibition, the artists moved their work areas out into the gallery section of the building, allowing visitors a glimpse into their studio processes.

“We want to be able to document how things are made,” Flinders says.

Flinders says the artists are focusing on larger-scale work than they’ve been able to do for recent events, though they will be showcasing some smaller pieces as well. In preparation for the event, each of the artists was allotted eight feet of wall space along the north side of the gallery. The arrangement of the work should highlight the contrasting styles of the artists.

“This is going to be a nice mixture of everybody’s flavor,” Flinders says.

A relative newcomer to the downtown Final Fridays event, the Lost Art Space opened in late November. Flinders says the space has gotten a tremendous reception from the public, and the group of artists has made a point to keep the gallery fresh. They hold events on a bi-weekly basis, ranging from art auctions to comedy shows to live music events.

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