OCTOBER 22 - DECEMBER 18
Friday, October 22, 2021, 6-9 PM
KANSAS CITY — plug is pleased to announce the latest show appearing at 1328 Agnes Ave, KCMO. Solid Poetry, an exhibition of works by Andrew McIlvaine, opens on October 22, 2021.
Solid Poetry is a body of work that at its heart deals with the process of healing from past traumas through self-discovery, growth, and resilience. The show is set in a magical-realism garden where both past and present histories blur the lines of reality. The show walks you through a non-linear poem filled with relationships between a son and his mother, a struggle to survive amongst a brewing storm, and the potential hope that lingers in the distant future. So come harness the power of the past and stay to see the sun rise once again.
Andrew Mcilvaine is a Mexican American interdisciplinary artist. Born in San Antonio, Texas, and later moved to Missouri, Mcilvaine creates work about the displacement and replacement of cultures stemming from settler colonialism. The loss of cultural belief systems as a result of generational movement, and how these issues affect both personal and collective memory, identity, and history. Mcilvaine earned his BA in studio art from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. After receiving his BA, Mcilvaine moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he attained his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in painting and drawing. Currently, Mcilvaine lives and works in Kansas City and holds an Assistant Professor position in the Foundation program at KCAI.
The exhibition will be on view from October 22 – December 18, with an opening reception on Friday October 22 from 6-9 pm. plug gallery hours are Saturdays from 12-4 pm and by appointment.
plug, formerly known as Plug Projects, is a curatorial collaboration by five Kansas City artists: CJ Charbonneau, Mary Clara Hutchison, Melanie Johnson, and Marco Rosichelli, who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local cultural community. Our goal is to engage artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists.
Since 2011, plug's collaborative organizational model has enabled the responsibilities of the project to be shouldered by an accomplished team, making for a richer experience and also a more feasible workload. This allows for each artist to continue their studio practice while participating in plug. plug recently transitioned to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which allows for more financial freedom and flexibility. plug maintains its curatorial and collaborative spirit, now with each collaborator occupying a position on plug's Board of Directors, and looks forward to a future that will build on plug's illustrious past.