Birmingham’s David Klein Gallery will unveil a new exhibition by Southwest Detroit-based artist Emmy Bright on Feb. 20 called Alone Together (Views from the Bottom of the Pool).
The show — Bright’s third solo exhibition with the gallery — will feature work that the artist created during the pandemic. Bright, an artist in residence and head of Print Media at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, says the paneled drawings in Alone Together use “line, movement, color, and removal” to communicate intense emotions. The inspiration for the work came to her while sitting at the bottom of a pool last summer.
“I love looking up through the water to a rippled surface — even though you can’t see much from there. It is a very quiet and still place — with little sound too, but a lot can be felt – the temperature and currents of water. And it is very blue, or blue-green or even dark depending on the time of day,” says Bright in a press release from David Klein Gallery. “…These works pay homage to places of beauty, visual sensuality, rest, and spaces for feeling and sensation. Amidst the fury of the now, I’m trying to make spaces to think, feel and breathe.”
Instead of using text like she often does in her work, Bright used markers, brushes, and even her hands to move ink across the paper and express certain feelings. She then used an inlay process to deconstruct the drawings and piece them together.
Through mediums like drawing, writing, print, and performance, the gallery says Bright often explores empathy, boundaries, and opposing binaries; some of her past work has focused on breakage and repair, part and whole, and distance and connection. This new solo exhibition continues this exploration for Bright by juxtaposing feelings of aloneness and togetherness.
An opening reception will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Appointments must be made online to view the exhibit, and there is a maximum of 10 visitors admitted per hour. The gallery, located at 163 Townsend St., asks all guests to wear masks and social distance. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be provided, and all surfaces are sanitized.
For more information, visit dkgallery.com.