Say Yes exhibition curated by Kimia Ferdowsi Kline

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present Say Yes, an exhibition curated by Kimia Ferdowsi Kline on display at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, April 7 through July 14, 2017.

Say Yes examines the practice and process of art making from a place of intuition, spontaneity, and improvisation. The twenty-two artists included in this exhibition share a conceptual framework founded on the assumption that something compelling will arise from synthesis and recombination, intuition and play. The exhibition moves between figuration and abstraction, uncommitted to one or the other, maintaining a belief that these pictorial modes are not mutually exclusive. The work included equally rewards a short glance or a long stare, inviting viewers to come in closer for a better look. These artists have honed the skill of response to external and internal stimuli in their practice. They have developed a way of making that is unselfconsciously playful and collaborative. What is arrived at is an intuitive sense of stability and completion, one that is balanced not on logic or stringent conceptualism, but rather on poetics, and at times, humorous pragmatism. Say Yes gives and takes permission to be playful, reminding us that play can be very serious business.

Say Yes features works by the following artists: Marina Adams, Ivin Ballen, Yevgeniya Baras, Michael Berryhill, Katherine Bradford, Sara Bright, Susan Carr, Derrick Alexis Coard, Hannah Rose Dumes, EJ Hauser, Mary DeVincentis Herzog, Matt Kleberg, Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Emma Kohlmann, Sadie Laska, Robert Nava, Matt Phillips, Adrianne Rubenstein, Peter Shear, Jason Stopa, Andrew Tarlow, and Rachel Mica Weiss.

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is a division of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, educating the next generation of visual artists, designers and art historians. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s midtown cultural center, is a premier urban research university offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.

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