Final Friday

Lindsey Herkommer DeVries

With April’s Final Friday came the opening of Fisch Haus’s women’s invitational XX/7. Originally, the show began with the selection of five female artists, all Wichita-based.

From there, each artist selected the next, and then that artist selected the next, creating a curatorial structure of chance encounters.

Paris-based Dorthée Davoise fractures stone in her Untitled black and white collages of outcroppings, and crystallizes new geological forms - as if distilling memory - on a pristine white pages.

Lindsey Herkommer DeVries

    

March Final Friday was incredible! Yet, there was one show that people raved about, The Six Machinations of Art Expo at Diver Studio—and for good reason.

The exhibition was put on by: Brady Hatter, Nam Le, Mike Miller, Chiyoko Myose and the ever-enigmatic Linnebur & Miller.

Brady’s giant spider robot with 8-foot legs captivated audiences, and will later be installed at Shocker Hall. Playful sculptures like An Alternate to Biology - Wasps on Parade tickled the tops of peoples’ heads, making them squee and smile.

 

Hannah Scott

If you thought September’s Final Friday was busy, this Final Friday is bursting with exhibitions!

Here are some events that top my list:

In the Douglas Design District, Painter Eric Carbrey will be featured at Bob Schwan Gallery. Carbrey’s formalist paintings are a full of geometric patterns that pulse with urban rhythms; each one takes over 20 hours to make.

Lindsey Herkommer DeVries / KMUW

On Commerce Street, you can find a number of art galleries, but there is one that I would even hesitate to call a “gallery.” It’s really a restoration workshop with a space for art up front.

The garage-slash-art space seems an unlikely pairing, but every time I walk into Go Away Garage, I’m impressed by either the quality of craftsmanship in the art or the quality of the presentation. Last Final Friday, I was impressed by both.

The Christmas décor in grocery stores and shopping centers gets trotted out earlier and earlier every year. Now, Christmas decorations replace the Halloween costumes and treats. This leap from skeletons to silver bells means that Thanksgiving is left to us to keep traditions with family and friends alive.

For many, part of Thanksgiving tradition is the post-turkey shopping on Black Friday. This year, I propose Black Final Friday – a local art extravaganza that the whole family can enjoy – as part and parcel to the finest of Thanksgiving traditions.

Lindsey Herkommer / KMUW

April’s Final Friday was absolutely splendid. One show that really caught my attention was Randy Regier’s solo exhibition But Wait, There’s More at Diver Studio.

Miska Draskoczy

On the last Friday of every month, local art galleries keep their doors open late for visitors.

Emily Brookover

This Final Friday, Go-Away Garage on South Commerce offers the show The Function of Form: New Works by Emily R. Brookover. The show is an eclectic collection of intimate drawings small enough to be doodles-- but they are so highly rendered, it would be a shame to call them that.

October Final Friday holds in store two incredible one-night-only shows that should not be missed. The first is at Diver’s Studio with a show titled Watch and Adsorb. That is adsorb with a “d” – a scientific word that refers to a surface-based process of molecules adhering together. This limitless process of surface tension sets the perfect tone for the work of James Porter and his collaborators, Franklin Ackerly and Texas artist Jeff Wheeler, for their Kansas debut exhibition.

This Final Friday, the Wichita State University Sculpture Guild will be hosting their annual art exhibition at the Diver’s Studio on South Commerce. Playfully titled “Fondle, Please,” this show encourages visitors to not only touch the art, but it requires people to physically interact with the works in order to fully experience the show. While the show maintains a lighthearted air, the Sculpture Guild’s theme is determined to transform passive viewers into active participants.