Story of Human Consumption Told by Justin Marable and Juniper Tangpuz

Consumed, a delightful look at history, ecology, animals and people, is open at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery through May 19. Charming and whimsical works of art by Justin Marable and Juniper Tangpuz tell stories about the past, present and future.


Learn how Justin creates his works of art here:

The artists mix things up: historic periods, ecosystems, and animals and machines that wouldn’t be together – even a unicorn! The artists have researched the many historic periods of Kansas, from the Western Inland Sea to the open prairie. Their work combines details from those time periods, plus our own era of buildings, roads, agriculture and industry. You won’t want to miss Marable’s creation, a 6-foot mixed media work depicting a lone bison on suburban sprawl in Overland Park.

“I’m looking forward to having community members wander in and be surprised and possibly changed, even in the smallest way, in the course of their experience and interaction with the art,” Marable said

Tangpuz’s well-engineered 3-D diorama captures the native vs. man-made feel of this exhibit in a quirky but thought-provoking way. “My work unlocks the secrets of the sheet… As I create, I see worlds compress and others unfold in my universe. I combine a variety of disciplines to create kinetic paper sculpture and other objects,” Tangpuz said.

Enhance your visit to their exhibit by attending one, or all, of these fun and educational events.

Liquidation_webMay 3 – First Friday ArtWalk

Registration required events. Call 580-4515 to register.
2pm, May 11 – World, Art and You with Juniper Tangpuz

Marable is inspired by the Pop artists of the 1960s, who made art inspired by everyday imagery. He portrays Kansas landscape and other subjects with photographic transfer, silkscreen and painting. Tangpuz uses paper, corrugated plastic, found objects and twist ties to create large sculptures of flowers, animals and machines. The two artists met at the University of Kansas, and this is the first time they have shown together.

For more information about this project, visit Consumed online. Consumed is funded in part by the Center for Kansas Studies, Washburn University with generous contributions provided by HTK Architects.

Beginning April 30, teens take over the front gallery! See the imaginative exhibit they created from art the library owns when you visit Curate This!

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training. Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.      

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.