Widescene reception this Friday

It's the final Final Friday of 2005, people!

Shift Space IV will be titled Widescene, and will feature the diverse range of work created by WSU related artists.  Artists exhibiting include: Maha Al-Emem, Joey Capadona, Marc Durfee, Sarah Kephart, Corey Medina, Richard Predmore, Brandon Smith, and Pam Terry.

An opening reception will be held this Friday, December 30th, from 6-10pm at the Shift Space, 326 S. Commerce (north of Waterman).  If you've still got family in town bring them in; Fisch Haus is just down the road and will also be having a reception this evening for Linda K. Robinson.  Hope to see you there.

By the way there's a few new photos up in the album for Shift Space III that were taken during its reception.


So what's happening this December?  Well as it turns out we will be having a show on Dec. 30th.  However, this is a completely student run affair, so things can be expected to happen a little differently.  Although, as always, I'm sure things will come together very well by showtime.  You see down at the Shift Space we like to fly by the seat of our pants; it's just how we roll.

Anyway, I haven't got all the details yet, but as soon as I do you can bet that you can read all about it here, on the blog.

Lies of the Sick and Dying

Hey everybody, one of the artists featured in Shift Space III, Ryan Soper, will be having a closing reception for his solo show, "Lies of the Sick and Dying," this Friday, December 9th, at the Tangent Lab, 209 East William Street, Sutton Place, 2nd Floor.  Also make sure to pick up a copy of F5 (or go online at this Thursday and check out the review before you go see the show.

And as always keep checking the blog to see what's coming up at the next Shift Space event.

Shift Space III photos are up

Okay, so I've gotten photos of all of the work up in the Shift Space III album, so take a look.  I also went ahead and posted the artists' names and short statements along with the photos (scroll down below the photos to see it).  Something's still causing the ordering to be a little screwy, but it's pretty good so I'll just leave it for now.  I also went back and started adding titles and artists' names to the work from Shift Space II: Bank Job, and when I get the time I might go and do the same for the first show.  And remember the show's still up through December 10th.

Post-Opening Chatter

So the opening was last night and after a worrisome couple of weeks and some delays and other hiccups I must say it came together well.  If you missed it yesterday you can still stop by the space at 326 S. Commerce (north of Waterman) until December 10th.  Our hours are Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm, Friday 4 pm to 9 pm, and Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm.

But anyway, a number of people asked me about the music that I had on the stereo so I thought I'd post the track listing and maybe link to the bands site, or amazon, or whatever.  So that's what's below (band name first with a link to their webpage if available, track title second with links mostly to amazon).

01 Einstürzende Neubauten - Wo sind meine Schuhe

02 Can - Sing Swan Song

03 Can - Vitamin C

04 Amon Tobin - Get Your Snack On

05 Amon Tobin - Dio

06 Amon Tobin - Chocolate Lovely

07 Do Make Say Think - Goodbye Enemy Airship

08 Matmos - Lipostudio...And So On

09 Matmos - Memento Mori

10 Labradford - Soft Return

11 Bardo Pond - Inside

12 Ephemeron - Childrend  (Ephemeron was a guy on

13 Ephemeron - Triangle Fire

14 Isotope 217 - Kryptonite Smokes The Red Line

15 Whiskeyheart - In Like a Lion Out Like

16 Whiskeyheart - Our New Secret

17 Einstürzende Neubauten - Ich Gehe Jetzt

18-24 Do Make Say Think - & Yet & Yet

25 Einstürzende Neubauten - Ein Stuhl in Der Hölle

26 Einstürzende Neubauten - Fackeln!

27 Einstürzende Neubauten - Sand

28 Einstürzende Neubauten - November/Sie laechelt

29 R is for Rocket - You Always Were My Favorite Vampire Mr, President

30 R is for Rocket - Lathi Dasylva is a Tampon

31 R is for Rocket - Taste the Fury of My Outdated Foreign Policy

32 R is for Rocket - Jenny Hoetats and the Frat Trash

Opening Friday!

Okay everybody, the next show is this Final Friday, which would be the day after Thanksgiving.  So if you're in need of some time away from the family come out to the gallery crawl, see some art, have some cheese, drink some drink, and mingle with some people that don't share your genetics.  We'll be serving light refreshments at the Shift Space this month, including Starbucks coffee.

On the music side of things, I had been thinking of having a selection of music by the group Labradford, but I'm a bit afraid that might be a little too slow for an opening, so I'll have to see what I can come up with.

Da' Body

No, we're not talking about good ol' Jesse.

Concerns surrounding the human body reach into many areas of society, from the biological sciences, to industrial design, to theology, to politics, and so on.  It is in this context that the third exhibition of the WSU Shift Space, titled The Body as Figure, Self, Culture, takes a varied look at issues of body confronted in our daily lives. The work of the following WSU students and faculty will be featured:  Ted Adler, Amanda Dickson, Aaron Englund, Debi Kaufman, Jamie O’Leary, Cynthia Martinez, Paul McKee, Matthew Miller, Jennie Mosher, Dagan Sherman, Ryan Soper, and Kevin Ware.

A reception will be held on Final Friday, November 25, 2005 from 6 to 10 p.m.  The exhibition will continue to run through December 10, 2005.  Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays, and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Last Chance!

Okay, so the photos are up (in order too!), and this weekend is the last chance to see the exhibition at the Fourth National.  So come down, check things out, sign the guest book, you know how it works.

Friday: 4pm-9pm

Saturday: noon-5pm

Sixth P, Second E

Okay, so I got some of the pictures uploaded and I think I know why they aren't in the same order that I thought they would be in, but I don't feel like fixing it right now so I'll get to it later.  Anyway, what you see are some pictures from when we were still setting up as well as a few color shots from the opening.  I'll post some better images of the work as soon as I get the chance to do it, but for now enjoy what has been made available (or you could always just go down and check out the show in person).

Fifth P, Second E

So the opening went pretty well, down a little in a attendance from the first show, but that was to be expected given our new location.  The space looks really nice though; if you didn't make it to the opening you should still stop by and check everything out, we'll be open again this Friday from 4pm until 9pm if you're looking for something to do this weekend; it'd be a good thing to do on a date, or if you're just looking for something to do before hitting the bars downtown.

I'll post some pictures from the show as soon as I get them downloaded (I've been having connection issues).

Opening Tonight!

So, just thought I'd post to remind everyone that the recpetion for Bank Job: Site and Collaboration is tonight (Friday Oct. 28, 2005) starting at 6:00pm and running until 10:00pm CST at the old Fourth National Bank in senic downtown Wichita, Kansas (northeast corner of Market and Douglas).  I was up there yesterday helping set up lights and everything and I must say, it's looking pretty good.  So come out and drink our drink and eat our food and have a good time.  We're on the Final Friday Trolley stop list so grab a ride; it's free I think.

Third P, Second E

So, I found some old photos of the Fourth National Bank on the internet and posted them in the Shift Space II photo album (I still haven't quite worked out how to get things to order themselves correctly, so sorry about that).  There's actually a view of the interior that is pretty close to one of the shots that Robert took when he first checked the space out.  Note also the streetcars in the exterior photo from the 1930s(?) and take note of the number of people walking on the streets; the Fourth National is the third building on the right (it looks a little different these days).

Yes, Wichita was once a town that seemed to have a bright future ahead of it, which is not to say that the next several decades weren't good ones for the city, but there seemed to be a promise of much greater things to come in those old photos.  My mother has worked in downtown Wichita since she graduated from high school in 1973 and can tell you the names of most of the department stores that used to be there and when they closed, went out of business, or moved away.  The trolleys stopped running in 1933 when bus service took over, but when she was a teenager bus service made it possible for her to spend the afternoon downtown shopping, have lunch, maybe catch a movie, and then ride the bus back west.  Oh, public nice that would be.

Anyway, I thought I'd share the link to the photos that I found in case any of you are interested in the way Wichita used to be.

Second Post, Second Exhibition

So, today's a sort of limbo-day for me, not a whole lot that I can do on Saturday, press releases have been mailed out, emails have been sent, and phone calls have been made.  But anyway I thought today I would go through the music files and I've concluded that the background music will probably be a band by the name of Hangedup, a Montreal based duo on viola and drums.  Perhaps at some point in the future we'll actually be getting some live music, which would be nice; so let me know if you're interested in performing at one of our shows, for free of course, but for now were stuck with a pair of speakers from my old car and an old Sony 5-disc CD changer.  Anyway, Hangedup is really great, especially if you're a fan of that whole Godspeed You! Black Emperor sound, which I am, and I will be playing them because you know what, I'm sort of on the reception committee and I'll do what I want (as long as it doesn't interfere with anybody's art).

First Post, Second Exhibition

So here's the deal...

I'm trying to figure out this whole blog thing that the kids are into these days, and it turns out you've got to, like, know things about computers and junk.  Well, the task has fallen to me, Conan, and here I am trying to set this up, so that you, the viewing public, can read the daily bric-a-brack of the Wichita State University Shift Space, a roving gallery space in Wichita, Kansas showcasing the work of WSU faculty, students, and alumni.

So okay, why does the gallery rove?  Well you see, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) was kind enough to allow the university access to a number of buildings in the downtown area that have sat vacant for some time.  The stipulation being that we must present exhibitions to coincide with the Final Friday gallery crawl which takes place in Wichita on the last Friday of every month.  However, the space is different every month, presenting a unique challenge to the faculty and students involved in the project.

Okay, so what was that about the second exhibition?  Well, what you see if you click on the Shift Space II photo album is the flier for the show with a picture of the main vault from the old Fourth National Bank.  This is in the basement of the building in which this second show will open, and let me tell you something, that vault gives me the willies.

Anyway, in case you want to know some actual details of the show, here goes:

Bank Job: Site and Collaboration at the 4th National will comprise a group of experimental interpretations of the next WSU Shift Space located at the former 4th National Bank at the intersection of Douglas & Market streets in Wichita, Kansas. The building has a unique history and design, its lobby a large, open, red-carpeted space. WSU students and faculty will present individual and collaborative interpretations of the place, the site, its history, and its future. As all of the work is unique to this location, expect to be surprised: this exhibition will include everything from drawing installations to video projections to floor cut-outs, and beyond. It will be one of the stops on the Final Friday trolley.

A reception will be held on Friday, October 28, 2005 from 6 to 10 p.m.  The exhibition will continue to run through November 12th, 2005 in case you can't make it.  Gallery hours are Thursday 4 to 7 p.m., Friday 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For directions or additional information, call the

WSU School of Art & Design at (316) 978-5418.

Hope to see you there.