Current Exhibitions at the KIA
|Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz
November 19, 2016 - March 19, 2017
See a gallery transformed into a magical, "underwater" installation of colorful and glowing "fish, jellies, and coral" by Sayaka Ganz. Guided by sensitivity to the environment and human habits of discarding objects, Ganz rescues and repurposes plastic utensils and household items as the material of her sculptural creations. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminescent sea creatures that invite us to reexamine our relationship to the natural world, perhaps with special attention to the problem of plastics washing into our oceans. Visitors to Environmental Impact (Spring 2014) will recall Ganz's trio of suspended, swimming polar bears. This installation will be designed specifically for the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art by the artist.
|Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists
November 5, 2016 - February 19, 2017
With more than 40 years as a painter and art professor at Syracuse University, Jerome Witkin has been a champion of representation. Poetry of Content is his examination and celebration of artists who share his interest. The exhibition celebrates realist painting styles that reflect classical drawing and painting techniques with five artists who continue to "hone to perfection a body of work that I feel will last beyond our time": Bill Murphy, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Joel Sheesley, Tim Lowly, and Robert Birmelin.
He writes, "With a few exceptions, there appears to be little interest in recognizable pictures that incorporate a realistic visual space, modelled figures and natural surroundings. The exhibition title, Poetry and Content describes what I think the public and student artists will discover when they examine the works by these mature creators. Unlike the great majority of the art world's 'favorites,' these five share their poetry with us. They continue, regardless of the neglect of museums and critics, to persevere."
Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection.
|Wadada Leo Smith: Ankhrasmation, The Language Scores, 1967-2015
October 15 - March 5, 2017
Can a musical score be a work of visual art? Trumpeter, composer, educator, and visual artist Wadada Leo Smith is a pioneer in the fields of contemporary jazz and creative music. During the 1960s and early '70s, Smith was based in Chicago, where he was a key member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM). A significant organization in the history of jazz, the AACM created a vibrant discourse between improvised and formally scored music. Smith was one of the most active and articulate proponents of this exchange, legitimizing a formal ideology around improvised music and the illustrated score that he continues to build on to this day. Ankhrasmation--a neologism formed of Ankh, the Egyptian symbol for life, "Ras," the Ethiopian word for leader, and "Ma," a universal term for mother--is the systemic musical language that Smith has developed over nearly 50 years. The scores represent the composition with color, line, and shape, still providing instruction for the seasoned improviser, but while allowing musicians room for their own expertise and individual strengths.
Organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the exhibition is curated by John Corbett and Hamza Walker.
|Scaled up: Sculpture by Marcia Wood
October 1-December 31, 2016
Always focused on human-scale experiences, Marcia Wood (1933-2000) sculpted visual metaphors for personal relationships to community, nature, and architecture. Among Kalamazoo's most accomplished sculptors, Wood sought an alternative to the intimidating, minimalist sculpture that she saw dominating public plazas and parks in the latter part of the 20th century. Her public art encouraged public interaction, rewarding not only distant views but also inviting intimate, close-up examination. In large and small scale, her work distilled fundamental human relationships and basic elements of nature into sculptural forms.