kala art institute, artist residency program
call for entries


May 19 – July 1, 2016

Kala Gallery is looking forward to the opening of Fermata on Thursday, May 19, 6-8pm.

The exhibition Fermata presents artists who explore the psychological disjunction in our contemporary life caused by its fast pace and rapid changes, such as disconnections between mind and information, body and image, reason and result, and what is real and what we believe is real, and more.

Musical notation fermata indicates prolongation of the time value of a note or rest at the performer’s discretion. Without a fermata, our mind might not catch up with the progression of music. Our information driven society continuously feeds us data. How do we process this feed in real time? We search many things online: places to travel, partners to meet, things to buy, pets to adopt, apartments to live, but there are disconnections between expectations formulated by online searches and real life experiences. Receiving so much information in such a short time, we are losing mental room to formulate coherent ideas, construct memories and/or create connections between fantasy and reality.

The exhibition Fermata investigates notions of psychological attachment and detachment, ideas of time, patience and impatience, speed of life, alternative approaches to handle information, and more.

We are pleased to announce that works by the following artists will be presented in the exhibition:

Nelleke Beltjens
Wioleta Kaminska
Indira Martina Morre
Hannah Skoonberg
Courtney Sennish
Young Suh & Katie Peterson
The Bureau of Linguistical Reality (Alicia Escott & Heidi Quante)
Jiajun Wang
Kazuko Watanabe