UMKC Gallery of Art’s New Exhibition Celebrates Science Fiction

  “Anomalous: Investigating the Science Fiction Aesthetic” Runs Aug. 29-Oct.4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Gallery of Art is going into uncharted territory.

The gallery’s first exhibit of the 2013-14 academic year will celebrate science fiction and futuristic artistic expression. “Anomalous: Investigating the Science Fiction Aesthetic” will bring together the work of five artists whose work appears to be influenced by a futuristic/science fiction aesthetic. The exhibit will also feature three free science fiction film screenings.

The exhibit runs Aug. 29-Oct. 4. An opening reception will take place 5-7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 29, in the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo. Three free, open-to-the-public film screenings will take place at 7 p.m., in the same location. “Zardoz” will be shown Sept. 5, “Blade Runner” will be shown Sept. 19, and “2001: A Space Odyssey” will be shown Oct. 3.

The exhibit is curated by UMKC Art History alumnus Justin Beachler.

While the science fiction genre continues to imagine the future of humanity and its advancement, the genre has developed an aesthetic quality of its own.

This exhibit is inspired by the science fiction author Philip K. Dick, whose work regularly features the concept that with a flux of disorder there is evolutionary advancement. This idea holds strong in basic scientific studies of evolution, where anomalies—or deviations within nature—can become dominant advancements within the natural world. While these changes within the universe can appear as oddities, invoking anxiety or altering perception, they can also represent positive advancement thus acting as a window into the future.

Within the confines of this concept, five artists have been chosen whose work appears to be influenced by a futuristic/science fiction aesthetic. The exhibit will feature the work of Matt Borruso, Jonah Criswell, Scott Dickson, Ari Fish, and Colin Leipelt.

Fall gallery hours: Mon. 9 a.m.-noon; Tues. 11a.m.-4 p.m.; Wed. 9-noon; Thurs. 11a.m.-4 p.m.

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