Art

All That Is Possible Is Real

Along the lighted path on Alley A Texas-based artist Alicia Eggert’s epic neon sculpture glows; its dual messages ask us to reimagine the world and what we (individually and collectively) can accomplish.

Atmosphere

Rhode Island design collective Pneuhaus specializes in spatial design, temporary structures, and contemporary art. For T/F 2018, they have created Atmosphere, a new immersive environment for festival goers to experience. Witness the interplay of light, space, and vapor, the most basic components of weather, as you engage with this giant inflatable structure found in the festival thoroughfare.

The Blue Note

Tracy Greever-Rice and her team have added to Life In Depth, colorful fabric structures representing underwater creatures and forms. These up-cycled handcrafted creations deserve a closer look, so be sure to explore the intricate and elegant details of this ethereal seabed. Bob Hartzell’s delicate yet tough Lanterns —alchemized out of  tissue paper, dowel rods, and glue— have graced The Blue Note during T/F for many years and continue to shine on.

Box Office Art

As you pick up your passes and tickets, spend time with the art gracing the walls at Sager Braudis Gallery. Hillary Waters Fayle’s mix of textiles and plant matter demand close attention; Greta Myers’ abstracted paintings are mainly based on stranger's social media accounts; Kim Morski uses a plethora of printmaking techniques to create works exploring language and texture; Katie Barnes’ photography moves between the miniscule and the immense with ease; while Katina Bitsicas’ fiber, video, and mixed media work delves into the complex world of mental hospitals. Wander down the hallway at the back to see our poster retrospective, featuring inspirations and early sketches from the past 15 years. 

Buckyballs

Tension and compression hold together the Buckyballs by artist and author Mark Steck. Influenced by Buckminster Fuller, Steck has created an immersive, large scale atomic structure that has to be experienced to be conceived. Check them out at the Picturehouse, Cafe Berlin, and Rose Music Hall.

Camino de Trueno

Be sure to stop by the box office to start your journey through Duncan Bindbeutel's epic scavenger hunt/puzzle game, Camino de Trueno. There you can grab a map, which will guide you to several hidden and not so hidden art pieces throughout the footprint of the festival. Each “waypoint” (you’ll find their locations marked on your map) will contain a hidden word that can be decoded with clues and ciphers written on the back of the map.

The Centre Cannot Hold

Tracy's newest work examines the patterns that manifest in nature both on a macro and micro scale. Utilizing traditional fiber and needlework, Tracy has created four panels depicting large and small scale images from nature which will be on display in the Rhynsburger Courtyard.

Cool White

Flanking the Tiger Hotel end of the Alley A you’ll find Glenn Rice’s light sculpture, a giant chandelier that brightens the darkness with a thousand watts of color and warmth.

distruptive

The Great Wall is True/False’s outdoor video art installation, projected onto the north side of The Rise (located at the corner of 9th and Locust); featuring original work during all four nights of the festival from 8pm to 11pm.

Projection Artists Jordan Doig and Stephanie Gould's disruptive shows the dissonance that is created when patterns are compromised. Visible throughout downtown Columbia, The Great Wall will be projected onto the north wall of one of downtown's largest buildings. Each night of the fest, attendees and the public alike will be able to watch a sprawling mosaic of animated patterns establish and then corrupt themselves in a mesmerizing loop. Listen to the accompanying sound piece here.

 
festival signs

Glenn Rice, T/F’s  sign czar, is truly an artist; his largest signs transcend the strictly informational. Check out the Box Office signs, the Showtime signs at The Blue Note, the Picturehouse Portal, the Forrest Theater sign, and the Globe sign on the Cherry Street garage.

Flight After Dark

Artist-sisters Mollie, Zoe, and Emily Hosmer-Dillard (hailing from various corners of the U.S. but originally from Hartsburg) have summoned Flight After Dark, a veritable swarm, inspired by overlapping cicadian rhythms, when 13 and 17 year cicadas emerge at the same time. Working with local schools, the sisters hand-crafted literally hundreds of these tiny yet life-sized creatures.  

The Forrest Trees

Tree by tree, Michael Marcum continues his metal reforestation project—2018 boasts his thirteenth hand-crafted metalwork tree. In the theater, the infamous moonlit birch forest glows.

The Globe

Outside the Globe Theater, take a gander at the late, great Willy Wilson’s Dragon, drawing power from the mycelium of the Globe lawn. Camellia Cosgray’s lighted map continues to beam inside the theater, while the south side of the room features stained-glass panels designed by a local gang of merrymakers; these glowing marvels are made entirely of tissue paper and glue. In the lobby, explore the Unfound Tapestries; detailed, fantastical maps by fiber artist Tracy Greever-Rice, woven by a team of Columbians out of unwanted clothing and fabric. You’ll also want to play with the interactive Mapacus!, featuring various iterations of our globe. Finally, everyone’s favorite buffalo, Barb, returns for her seventh year, once again sporting thousands of keyboard keys.

Gyro-Kinetic Home

Artists Daniel Heggarty, Joseph Fischer, and Mark Steck have created Gyro-Kinetic Home, a tiny house suspended and capable of rotating in essentially any direction, reflecting on the tumultuous impact that inclement weather can have on our homes. Look for scheduled times when the artists will be present to demonstrate the piece in motion.

Hittsville Art

In his photographic series Visitor, featured at the Hittsville gallery, Caleb McMurry examines terrestrial and perceptual phenomena as a means to consider our ideas of time and history. These images take on a galactic quality, sometimes veering into science fiction, and ask the viewer to consider more closely the large and small on display in often mundane places.

Ragtag’s Little Theater has been permanently transformed to honor Willy’s legacy; a favorite quote was lovingly painted on the cinder-block walls by family friend and local artist Jessie Starbuck while local artist Michael Marcum crafted an intricate maze of pipes and detritus from Willy’s personal collection.

LightRain

Local artist Ben Harris has crafted LightRain, comprised of hundreds of programmable LEDs. This light-based sculpture aims to simulate the patterns and sensations of rainfall, amplifying our awareness of the weather, be it rain or shine. 

Music Venue art

Artist and venue designer Madeline Carl returns this year with her visions of the future, representing the changes in earth's weather at two very different ends of the apocalyptic spectrum. Melting arctic ice and rising sea levels submerge Rose Music Hall with psychedelic blues while monstrous tentacles loom overhead. Desolation, decay, and an arid aesthetic take over Cafe Berlin, as the remnants of civilization cling to existence.

Parties

At [email protected], Sasha Goodnow, Becca Sullinger, and Anna Neal have created Year Of The Crone, a rallying cry to help our earth and each other. This series of psychedelic videos features the Crone, the Wise Woman, the Warrior, who perseveres and keeps fighting to heal the earth. The swirling winds of T/F may lead you off the beaten path, where you’ll encounter the unmistakable atmosphere created by the collective minds of Neon Treehouse (local artists Becca Sullinger, Brian Doss, and Gabe Meyer).

The Picturehouse Portrait Project

Nathan Truesdell, Sam Spencer, Steve Rice, Rick Agran, Nick Michael, Chelsea Myers, Livvy Runyon, Haley Padilla, Katie Canepa, and the MU Micro-Doc class continue their larger-than-life sociology project: video portraits of our fellow mid-Missourians, newly updated.

Propagation

Paul Kirby and Steven Krejcik bring us Propagation, a towering installation consisting of a robotic tree built with detritus and other reclaimed materials. Pareidolic flowers will respond to the viewers’ investigation while the overall mood of the work, which includes a combination of music and textural sound design, will be driven by a compiled set of climate data.

Radar Walk

Carrie Elliott has created Radar Walk, recreating maps of weather patterns often seen, felt and witnessed for tenants of the Midwest. These large rugs might remind you of past weather events, or harken to possible future events.

Screen

Alia Ali’s Screen represents the CMY color model; through projection and image, Ali's work comments on the perception of reality via information viewed through the screens of our devices. The digitally perceived forms that we create are hidden behind the screens that we use to dictate ourselves and our beliefs. Are we confined by our avatars or are we liberated by them?

Squaring the Circle

St. Louis artist David Hutson’s neon sculpture Squaring the Circle explores an ancient geometry problem: constructing a square with the same area as a given circle was posed as an impossibility. This concept is explored as an allegory to our socio-political climate of impasse.

T/F Sitting History Archive Project

Dan and Luc Goldstein’s Sitting History Archive Project returns; take a load off in their recycled lounge, built from old festival program guides.

Transmedia Arcade

Tucked away in the back corner at Columbia Art League, you will find a vintage-inspired, black-lit arcade, which showcases documentary stories told through new mediums. Fest-goers are encouraged to challenge their assumptions about reality through VR experiences and through the optical illusions within the space. Arcade designed by Katie Jenkins, exterior sign designed by Josh Wexler.