April First Friday: Water Bank Boogie IV


Artist Susan Knight will exhibit Water Bank Boogie IV 

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is pleased to present Omaha, Nebraska-based artist Susan Knight’s Water Bank Boogie IV, opening for First Friday April 7 from 6–8:00 p.m. at 2018 Baltimore in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Knight’s work will remain on view through June 9.

Water Bank Boogie IV is a site-specific arrangement of suspended dials and pods, employing a methodical way of hand cutting paper that fascinated Victorians in the nineteenth century. The resulting porous texture of the materials mimics the porosity of groundwater deposits, a topic that has engaged Knight for several years. The implicit expansion capability of the material captures the physics of water and the architecture of soil. Knight’s use of color (red, yellow, green and gray) is based on the colors scientists use to color code their soil samples: sand, silt, clay and gravel. Two notions inspire the installation, the interconnectedness of watersheds and the fact that the water is only as healthy as the soil around it.

Knight’s work will be on view at Mid-America Arts Alliance through June 9, open on First Fridays from 6–8:00 p.m. for April 7, May 5, and June 2, with other hours by appointment. She writes: “My intention for you the viewer is that these particular pieces prod you to discover feelings and emotions about your own water associations and experiences, and consequently open yourselves to a greater awareness of water issues.”