Commissioned Images by Kansas City artist Elijah Gowin
NEW MISSOURI BANK CROSSROADS “ARTBOARDS” TO DEBUT FIRST FRIDAY IN JUNE
On view this summer in Kansas City as latest installment of
Missouri Bank’s Art through Architecture project
Elijah Gowin will present two west-facing images from his Of Falling & Floating series, which combine aspects of traditional photography with digital imaging technology. Each image features a single figure set against a backdrop of blue sky punctuated by wispy clouds. These ambiguous images—are the figures dropping from the sky? being lifted upward from the earth? —invite a range of associations and will offer the public an opportunity to invent their own narratives. Gowin’s images might be seen as poignant meditations on personal and societal anxiety during a time of global change and crisis, as evocations of existential uncertainty, or as portraits of escape or release.
The Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Boulevard,Kansas City, is slated to debut four new large-scale commissioned images, by Kansas City based artists Elijah Gowin and Emily Sall, on its “Artboards” in time for First Friday June 5, 2009. An Art through Architecture “Art Achievement project, the Missouri Bank “Artboards” launched last fall, when the building’s existing double-sided billboards were renovated and converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists as part of the bank’s purchase and renovation of the building to house its Crossroads Branch.
About the “Artboards”: The Missouri Bank “Artboards” project began last fall, when the building’s existing double-sided billboards were renovated and converted into a highly visible site for work by area artists as part of Missouri Bank’s purchase and renovation of the building to house its Crossroads Branch. Every four months, the boards will display a set of newly commissioned artworks, produced as digital prints on ECO-flex, a new, “green” billboard material.