Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. We cultivate the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City Art Community

Resident Check In: Carlos Ortiz-Gallo

What is your artistic medium?

Printmaking and Collage/Mixed Media.

What do you hope to explore in your art during your time at Charlotte Street?

I hope to continue exploring personal narrative and identity while reflecting on our country’s current state and its implications for marginalized groups. I hope my work can spark conversation and bring forth the inner and social struggle faced by minorities on a daily basis.

In what ways do you utilize your space for your art practice?

For me, it is crucial to be able to work standing up. I usually place canvas, paper, or whatever material I’m working with on the wall, instead of on a desk. I plan to use the small entrance into my studio as a place where I can experiment with installation and 3-D forms.

Walk us through a typical day in your studio…

I get to studio sometime around 4 pm. I’m currently starting new works so for the first few hours I’ve come in to sketch and look for references to start my work. The rest of the time I gather/prep materials and get to work. I usually don’t take breaks while in studio and stick around until around 9:30-10 pm.

What is the first piece of art you remember grabbing your attention? At what age? Why do you think it did?

Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. I must have been around 9. I think it exposed me to printmaking as a medium as well as charming me with its beautiful colors and composition.

Whose studio do you find yourself wandering to in your downtime?

Monica Dixon and Boi Boi.

What events do you have coming up in the near future?

Waiting to hear back on a residency in April. No exhibitions until fall (for now).
What are some of your plans post-residency?

I hope to continue on to grad school. I haven’t decided whether to pursue Printmaking or Art History. If possible, maybe both.

About jamespmcnamara

I'm a poet who lives in Kansas City, Missouri. I'm currently and always working on new idras. Anybody wanna buy some? You should. I've been told by a few folks that aren't my mom that it's pretty good.

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