Join us for our next Main Gallery exhibit with New York based artist, Kimia Ferdowsi Kline on Thursday, August 25 from 5 to 8 pm.
Kimia’s solo exhibition, Sky Thing, takes it’s inspiration from the ancient Persian book, “Kalila and Dimna”, a collection of interrelated animal fables in verse and prose. The folk stories are among the most widely known in the world, influencing even the Grimm fairy tales in Europe. The inter-woven fables were written for the benfeit of three ignorant princes, in hopes of instructing them on how to win the utmost possible joy from life. Narrated by a pair of jackals, each chapter contains several stories emboxed within. The stories, in effect, operate like a succession of Russian nesting dolls, one narrative opening onto another, sometimes three or four deep. In this exhibition, Kimia Ferdowsi Kline reimagines these fables, inserting details of her own personal life into the mix. Ultimately each painting reveals itself as a new story—part fact, part fiction, often embracing the liminal space between figuration and abstraction. The complexity of these tales, stories essentially about humanism, continue to have relevance today and engage the intersection between body and mind, reality and fiction.
Kimia Ferdowsi Kline was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned an MFA in visual arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and holds a BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been awarded artist residencies at The Dune in India, Wayne State Univeristy in Detroit and as one of Makehouse Residency’s sponsored artists. As an extension of her studio practice, Kimia also curates the art collection of Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.