Egg, static: Shells and still-lifes are your vis-art musts this week

Alison Moyna Greene has been collecting, washing and dying eggshells for seven years. Now it’s time for her to crack.

The richly toned halves are destined to be crushed underfoot (mindfully, Greene says) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18, in Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park (922 Walnut). For this Art in the Loop project, titled Walking on Eggshells Mandala, Greene is bringing a crew to document what’s obviously a one-time-only performance. Taking the idiomatic metaphor about how we tread lightly around fragile egos or dismissive voices, Greene’s meditation is meant, she writes, to “transform an uncomfortable feeling into a liberating one of self-compassion and divine expression.”

The Bunker Center for the Arts (1014 East 19th Street) opens Double Dribble from 6 to 9 p.m. August 18, with new work by three artists exploring their relationships with surface, form and color: Max Adrian, Hannah Carr and Stephen Proski.

Third Friday in Columbus Park has two don’t-miss photography exhibitions. Adam Finkelston’s Across Disciplines is a new series of still-lifes that includes referential objects from his work as an educator. Teachers use symbols, models and other visual communication tools, and the artist’s setups here, including “Biology,” “Botany,” “Nomenclature” and “Zoology,” are distinctly contemporary but reference 19th-century styling and call on the tensions between belief and scientific facts. It opens with a 6-9 p.m. reception at Kiosk Gallery (916 East Fifth Street).

Nate Bogert’s Brink — Dancing the Edge is up the street at Trap Gallery (525 Gillis) and opens from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, August 19. Bogert is fascinated with abandoned places, neglected green spaces and structures on the fringes of our urban environment that have lost their functionality but take on surreal second lives as they fall apart and are changed by scrappers, graffiti writers and the permeating natural elements. Documenting the decay of building shells is a favorite of countless photographs, but Bogert takes the process further by projecting his photography into or onto these surfaces, then capturing that very temporary moment. The effect, he writes, “is a bizarre experience almost like opening portals to a different dimension or window back in time.”

Locations, story, memory and nostalgia are the source of performances slated at La Esquina (1000 West 25th Street) during a pair of 6-9 p.m. open houses August 18 and 19. The (Re)member Study is a Kansas City collaboration among Norwegian performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, New York musician and composer Catherine McRae, Kansas City-based visual artist Gillian Tobin and curator Marte Danielsen Jølbo.
Also this week:

Hello Atelier Listening Party

6-9 p.m. Friday, August 19, at 924 East Fifth Street
Open studios for Jaime David, Jacquie Gering and Kim Eichler-Messmer, with a premiere of the new Hello Atelier podcast and pop-up shows of others featured in it: Emily Blodgett-Panos and Hammerpress.

Northeast Arts KC Summer Dusk Concert
7 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the Colonnade at Concourse Park, 200 Benton Boulevard
The Philistines perform at this free concert; bring blankets, chairs and picnics.

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