Current Exhibitions at the KIA

Renee Stout, See-Line Woman, 2009
Renee Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman
July 23-October 23, 2016

Washington, D.C., artist Renee Stout is best known for her exploration of vestigial retentions of African cultural traditions as manifested in contemporary America. For many years, the artist has used the alter ego Fatima Mayfield, a fictitious herbalist/fortuneteller, as a vehicle to role-play and confront issues such as romantic relationships, social ills, or financial woes in a way that is open, creative, and humorous. The exhibition focuses on the artist's assumed role through an array of works in various media. As Stout explains, "The common thread running through bodies of my work of the past several years is the continuing need for self-discovery and the need to understand and make sense of human motives and the way we relate and respond to each other."

The exhibition was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts, in collaboration with Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts and the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College

Ahn, Mirror Drawing #23, 2013   Reaching into Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn
July 2-November 6, 2016

Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates sculptures utilizing light, color, and illusion as physical representations of his investigation of infinite space. His works create an optical and bodily illusion of infinity through apparent limitless space. Ahn s sculpture urges the viewer to consider man s boundless ability for physical and spiritual travel while exploiting illusions of infinity and the poetics of emptiness. Born in Busan, South Korea, Ahn moved to the U.S. in 1997 to study at Eastern Michigan University before receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2002. This exhibition will travel to Eastern Illinois University.

The exhibition has been organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in conjunction with the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. We acknowledge the cooperation of C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, in facilitating loans for the exhibition.

Fred Wessell, Taurus, 2015
Eternal Beauty: Egg Tempera Paintings by Fred Wessel
June 25-October 2, 2016

The technique of egg tempera painting has been practiced since ancient times. The exacting process of mixing pigment with egg yolk and water, then applying thin layers of paint to a carved wooden panel creates images of great detail and luminescence. Fred Wessel is among the artists today working in egg tempera and he has emerged as a true master of the medium.

Wessel will serve as a visiting artist and offer an egg tempera workshop in the Kirk Newman Art School from July 17-21, 2016.

The exhibition has been organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. We acknowledge the cooperation of the Arden Gallery, Boston, in facilitating loans for the exhibition.

BarbaraTakenaga, Lines to the Center II, 2014
Barbara Takenaga: Waiting in the Sky II
June 18-September 18, 2016

Barbara Takenaga (b. 1949) is an abstract painter whose paintings are often composed of undulating patterns of dots and lines, swirling in front of an atmospheric background. To some, these compositions can evoke a sense of the cosmos, reflecting patterns equally resonant of the illusion of subatomic particles and deep space, in all its infinity and mystery. Her rich, complex patterns create a fascinating tension between surface ornamentation and assertions that reference the physical, metaphysical and philosophical. Waiting in the Sky II introduces the work of a prominent contemporary painter to our community, showing visitors that abstract art can be magical, wondrous, and beautiful.

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