Laura Vernaci, KCMetropolis.org
Roxy Paine's "Ferment" on display on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has become a favorite subject of local composers and choreographers. Owen/Cox Dance Group is the most recent to interpret the massive stainless steel sculpture into dance.
On a steamy Sunday afternoon, art-hungry prospectors graciously gathered inside The Nelson-Atkins Museums’ quaint and intimate Atkins Auditorium to observe Owen/Cox Dance Group’s interpretation of Roxy Paine’s Ferment. Inspired by this 56-foot stainless steel sculpture, which in April took permanent residence in the Kansas City Sculpture Park, Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox created a collaborative and unique 20-minute work, A Tree That is a Tree is Not a Tree.