The Farm to Market Bread Company may appear as a rather none descript brick building downtown along 20th street, but in recent days it has quickly become an artist showcase for the burgeoning Fringe Festival.
When first entering the building, one will be immediately enveloped by the smell of bread dough, flour, and baking. The doorway to the art gallery lies just up a short flight or stairs and in a large, sunlight filled front hallway.
Works ranging in feeling, texture, genre, size, and material clearly show off an eclectic style of art. Photographs of quiet beach paradises tinted blue by the expansive skies and calm oceans glossed to an almost glass-like sheen. Small canvases layered with thick dabs of paint, pallets of bright, almost artificial colors that trick the eye from afar, appear as crisp as to be photographs.
Works which, in the case of local artist Anna Martin, use combinations of vibrant colors coupled with surreal imager to create places born of both scenes of real nature as well as dream-like landscapes. The small sizes of her works help fuel the vibrant intensity they exude, grabbing the viewer immediately.
One of the most alluring collections of works came from Maggie Stubbs, whose bountiful use of color and flowing, undulating forms almost seem to speak to the first billowing moments of creation in the waters of the Earth. From dots and strokes of paints stretching and curving, Stubbs work has an inert meditative quality.
Being presented in such a small space is a risky venture as it is too easy for viewers to simply walk around the room, scan each work and then leave, but this venue was different, the atmosphere was relaxing, and the art has the quality of the kind of works easily walked past without a glance, but audience members find themselves journeying back to the pieces over and over.
Farm to Market events will be held through July 28. For a complete listing, visit www.kcfringe.org
Image Credit: Joey Hill