If you haven’t already been, you definitely have to pop into the Tarble Arts Center before February 12th when they’ll be taking down their latest exhibitions. The Main Galleries are currently hosting the exhibitions of Firelei Báez and Chul Hyun Ahn.

Firelei Báez, Vessel of Genealogies (detail), 2016, Acrylic, graphite and ink on paper | Image Courtesy of the Artist & Gallery Wendi Norris

The first exhibition-Vessels of Genealogies– displays works by Firelei Báez. Báez is known primarily for her depictions of individuals who move across regional, national, and racial boundaries and are influenced by a wide range of imagery from various cultures. Her intricate and large-scale pieces give insight to the labor-intensive processes behind them. Her work evokes beauty and political implications of decorative elements and body ornaments such as hairstyles, fashion, textiles, and tattoos. She employs these signifiers as a means to celebrate cultural prowess and as a way to assign previously disenfranchised individuals, political agency, and authority. Encouraging new ways of being in the present and future, (insert exhibition name here) presents radical, fluid figures that offer alternative realities to those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture. (Insert exhibition name here) is co-curated by Perez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz, curator of Baáez’s nationwide traveling exhibition, Bloodlines.


Chul Hyun Ahn, Portal (detail), 2013, Plywood, acrylic, changing LED lights and mirrors | Image Courtesy of the Artist and C. Grimaldis Gallery

For the rest of January and into early February, Tarble Arts Center (in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts) will be showing works by Chul Hyun Ahn. The exhibition, Reaching into Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn, demonstrates the artists’ ability to use light, color, and illusion in order to create sculptures that serve as explorations of infinite space. Ahn’s intrigue about boundaries between conscious and unconscious inspire him to build contemplative environments that defy spatial planes. The sculptures urge you to think about the limitlessness humans have for metaphysical growth.

Chul Hyun Ahn was born in Busan, South Korea. In 1997 he moved to the United States to study at Eastern Michigan University. In 2002 he received a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Since then, Ahn has had many exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His pieces can be found in several private and public collections like the Delaware Art Museum and the Hearst Foundation Collection in New York.


You can check out Tarble’s website for more information and upcoming exhibitions.

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