695 National Scenic Byway 177, Matfield Green KS 66862
Ranch and gallery opening hours:
March through December
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 10 – 5
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by appointment
The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs is located in the main house of the former Rogler Ranch, now designated a National Register Historic District, just north of Matfield Green in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The gallery represents national and international contemporary artists; each year, six to eight solo exhibitions are organized as well as a series of art workshops and “EARTH experiments”; foreign artists are invited to participate in the artist in residence program. The gallery was founded in 2010 by Ton Haak and Ans Zoutenbier.
Stephen T. Johnson – Summer 2016
“Kana Abstraction Series”
June 10-July 31, Opening Reception on June 25, 2pm-5pm
Working within the 2 x 3 inch format of Japanese Kana Cards and using their black calligraphic characters as an inspirational point of departure, Johnson mixes the unctuous fluidity of paint with the vernacular constructs of collage to produce works combining spontaneity and measured thought. These compositions invite explorations of a complex topographical world where colors, textures, and movement engage both eye and mind. Whether in their diminutive original format or photographically enlarged to almost twelve-hundred percent (1200%) in archival pigment prints, these paintings are beautiful examples of how, using paint-laden brushwork, at once explosive and measured and coupled with the physicality and elegance of paper collage, Johnson brings to the viewer a unique visual experience.
Tom Parish – Summer 2016
June 10 – July 31, Opening Reception on June 25, 2pm-5pm
“As for the cellar, we shall no doubt find uses for it. It will be rationalized and its conveniences enumerated. But it is first and foremost the dark entity of the house, the one that partakes of the subterranean forces. When we dream there, we are in harmony with the irrationality of the depths.” –Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space.
If someone told you about an artist’ body of work that combined a deep sense of mystery bordering on the fantastic or dreamlike with the most fastidious attention to Kansas architectural and archaeological documentation, you would be right to be suspicious. Yet, Tom Parish has done just that, leading us as viewers deep into the roots of the Kansas prairie.