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Ken Aptekar: Exhibition at Wasserman Projects, Detroit

Because I Want To2018

Work by Stamps alumnus Ken Aptekar (BFA 73) is featured in Color-Aid, a new group exhibition on view at Wasserman Projects Detroit through August 30.

Wasserman Projects is pleased to present Color-aid, an exhibition of new and recent works by New York- and Paris-based painter Ken Aptekar, Cologne-based artist Peter Zimmermann, and Detroit-based sculptor and ceramicist Abigail Murray. Together, these artists’ vividly-colored and highly-textured paintings, photographs, and ceramics will engage viewers in a sensory experience that highlights our emotional and psychic responses to visual stimuli. While each artist’s practice is guided by distinctly different formal and conceptual approaches, their work is connected by a rich use of color, surface, and pattern to convey deeper held social and cultural commentaries. In his paintings and photographs, Aptekar juxtaposes fragments of historical paintings with contemporary phrases and pop music lyrics to suggest an alternative perspective on hierarchies of class and culture. With his glossy, poured resin canvases, Zimmermann distorts sourced imagery into pure abstraction, examining the impact of screens and digital tools on our experience of art. Guiding the viewer through the exhibition space is a site-specific installation of Murray’s ceramics, positioned atop brightly painted pedestals, in still-life vignettes, which highlight the marriage between form and function in her work. This layering of meaning and technique across the featured works offers an intriguing invitation to look deeply and find unexpected connections.

Color-Aid: Ken Aptekar, Abigail Murray, Peter Zimmermann
Exhibition Dates: July 13 — August 302018
Wasserman Projects
3434 Russell Street, #502, Detroit, Michigan 48207