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June Ahrens: Tapping Memories through Material

June Ahrens, Hiding in Plain Site, 2008; site-dependent installation, acrylic mirror and light, 174 inches diameter.
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June Ahrens, Hiding in Plain Site, 2008; site-dependent installation, acrylic mirror and light, 174 inches diameter.

Artist June Ahrens draws on a wide range of materials, from rusty razor blades and air conditioner filters to insulation foam and pillows.

By Laura Spencer

Kansas City, Mo. – The latest series by the artist uses broken acrylic mirrors, broken jars, and bottles to create works inspired by the events of 9/11.

KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with Ahrens recently during the installation of two of her pieces, Hiding in Plain Site and Still Standing, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens, on view September 9-December 24, 2011, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Laura Spencer is staff writer/editor at the Kansas City Public Library and a former arts reporter at KCUR.
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