Box Gallery pairs writers & artists for a creative challenge

The Box Gallery is taking a creative turn with its new exhibition – Ekphrasis – that opens on Friday in the Commerce Arcade, 1000 Walnut.

The title of the exhibit was inspired by the Greek word, Ekphrasis, defined as a literary description of, or commentary on, a visual work of art.  The exhibit’s goal is to bring together regional artists and writers and challenge them to create new visual or literary art inspired by a specific work.

The free exhibit goes on display Friday, Nov. 2 and continues through Jan. 24, 2019. And, the public is invited to a free, opening reception is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Some 20 writers and 20 artists from Missouri and Kansas were invited, via a jury process, to be part of the exhibit and to create a new work of art or writing inspired by one of the other’s original submissions. For example, a poet is given a painting and asked to use it as inspiration to write a new poem, while a painter or sculptor is given a poem and asked to use it as inspiration to create a new artwork.

Each artist and writer was blindly assigned to another person’s work. Neither the artists nor the writers know with whom they have been paired and will meet for the first time at the opening reception, when the exhibit reveals how each read the other’s work.

The show at The Box Gallery will consist of 40 works, made up of 20 pairs encompassing poetry, prose and visual art in a range of media.

“Interpretation of the arts is a subjective process,” said Robin Trafton, Box Gallery director. “This exhibit facilitates conversations between strangers and encourages them to connect, even if they see the world differently. We hope that visitors will enjoy comparing their own interpretations to those of the artists and writers.”

The exhibit is organized and curated by Diana Moxon, owner of Yocto Arts, LLC.  Moxon was the executive director of the Columbia Art League for 11 years and brought the exhibition concept to KC after successfully hosting a similar exhibit, entitled ‘Interpretations’ in Columbia, Missouri.

“We had 68 artists and 65 writers submit work to be considered for this exhibit.  Our two panels of jurors had a challenging time selecting only 20 of each for the show. It is evidence that there is a deep pool of talent here in the Midwest,” Moxon stated.

The Box Gallery is located in the Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut, Suite 211.  It is always free and open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm.  Free parking validation is available at the security office.