Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Kendall, 2016. Oil on canvas, 36 x 54 inches. Collection of the Artist, NY.

​Brush with Reality: Yigal Ozeri

September 25, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

Based in New York City, Yigal Ozeri is an Israeli artist best known for his meticulously crafted large-scale images of women in lush landscapes. These works have the appearance of photographs, but they are actually paintings. In varying degrees, painters have been using the camera or photograph to inform their work since the medium was invented in the mid-19th century. Typically the use of the camera was disguised or alluded to only in stylistic terms. In the late 1960s, however, artists in California and New York began to deliberately reference the photograph in their works by making the paintings look exactly like a photograph, re-creating sharp precise details, alongside fuzzy, out-of-focus elements. This movement in art was called Photorealism. 

In the 21st century, Yigal Ozeri is taking Photorealism in new directions. In his choice of subject matter, he employs intricate, realistic brushwork to create a narrative that blurs the lines between what is real and fantasy. He uses the medium of digital photography and processes the image on a computer until he arrives at the desired image, which he then carefully creates on canvas using a brush and paint. Brush with Reality offers highlights from the last decade of Ozeri’s works, from his first depiction of Priscilla in the jungles of Costa Rica in 2007 to his latest series that captures people on the streets of New York City. Ozeri has shown his work around the world, with several solo exhibitions in Europe, Mexico, and China.

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Neha Vedpathak. After Time, 2021. Plucked Japanese handmade paper, thread, acrylic paint. 36 x 29.5 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Time (Constant, Suspended, Collapsed): Neha Vedpathak

October 9, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Graphics Gallery

In 2009, Neha Vedpathak invented her signature plucking technique, where she separates the fibers of Japanese hand-made paper using a pushpin. The end result is a lace-like paper that she paints, sews, and collages. This exhibition explores the concept of time and the significance of slow, labor-intensive processes (like her technique) in the age of mass media and digital technology. It also challenges perceptions of time and space in relation to the events of 2020, where the past, present and the future seemed to collapse onto one another.

Graphics Gallery is sponsored by the Founders Society

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Ed Watkins, American, born 1950. Surrender Pock, 2013. Polyester plate lithography on paper, 16 × 10 in. (40.6 × 25.4 cm). Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment 2020.95

Drawing from Life: Ed Watkins

January 15, 2022 - April 10, 2022

Graphics Gallery

For almost 40 years, Flint native Ed Watkins has taught visual arts and design. The concept for this exhibition stems from the observational skills that students practice in life drawing classes. This exhibition includes drawing and mixed media artworks that are inspired by the distinctive and spiritual nature of his African American experience.

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Courtesy of the Artist.

Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male

January 23, 2022 - April 16, 2022

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

This year artist Jerry Taliaferro returns to Flint to photograph the men of our community for Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male, which will be shown at the Flint Institute of Arts in 2022 on the 5th anniversary of the Women of a New Tribe exhibition. Much more than a photographic study, this exhibition aims to explore perceptions and biases. In Taliaferro’s words: “Recent events point to the urgent need for conversations about the contemporary Black American male. Any effort, however humble, to foster an understanding of this largely misunderstood and often marginalized segment of the American population is of utmost importance.” Visitors will be presented with two photographs of each subject —first a black-and-white image of just a face, and then later in the exhibition a photograph in color, where the subjects are instructed to “be themselves.”  

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Victo Ngai, American, born China, born 1988. The Hand of the Queen, 2019. Digital print on paper, 16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm). Collection of the artist © Victo Ngai

Enchanted: History of Fantasy Illustration

September 24, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Hodge Gallery Henry Gallery

For hundreds of years, artists have been inspired by the imaginative potential of fantasy. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an impossible reality—a universe where dragons breathe fire, angels battle demons, and magicians weave spells. With examples of archetypes from the last few millennia, Enchanted offers a thoughtful appraisal of how artists from long ago to the present have brought to life mythology and fairy tales, as well as modern epics like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. The exhibition includes themes such as children's tales, gods and monsters, knights in shining armor, and much more. Enchanted traces the development of fantasy art from Golden Age illustrators like Howard Pyle and N. C. Wyeth, to classic cover artists like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, as well emerging talents like Anna Dittmann and Victo Ngai.

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Non-flash photography or video with a hand-held camera or mobile device solely for private, non-commercial use, is permitted in the galleries unless otherwise specified. Selfie sticks are not permitted in the galleries.

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