Print of "Blue Sky Problems" by Emmy Bright.

CVAD welcomes Emmy Bright for the Spring, Summer 2023 exhibition

Emmy Bright smiling, wearing glasses, short hair, blue top"It Gets Better Or It Doesn't"
Spanish: "Se Pone Mejor o No"
March 21–July 8, 2023
CVAD Gallery, UNT Art Building, Room 160

Free | Open to the Public

Gallery Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: Noon–5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon–8 p.m.
  • Sunday-Monday: Closed

Emmy Bright is an artist in residence and head of the Print Media Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

"It Gets Better Or It Doesn’t" brings together over 35 of Bright's works including prints, drawings, sculptures, quilts, and videos. Bright works with drawing, writing, print and performance to investigate the problems of connection and the problems of boundaries. The exhibition explores contemporary culture and collaboration threads, including delight in despair and the enthusiasm we find in dark moments. The exhibition will demonstrate the vastness of creative practice and output. Bright will engage with students across CVAD and UNT in lectures, curricular activities, and in-person and remote workshops throughout the spring semester.

Bright says she creates performances, drawings, prints, and zines that merge high theory, pop songs, psychoanalysis, comedy, art history and philosophy. Disciplinary language can conscript us into certain ways of thinking, but it can also be undone and used against itself. "My practice is about undoing, compelling systemic logic to attack itself. I champion the stupid, the wrong, and the failed narrative; I make comparisons that fall apart and diagrams that try to explain but instead contain their own undoing." She works to upend normative good sense to find something more complex, gnarly and real, she says.

Bright received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, Ill., an M.Ed. from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and an M.F.A. in print media from the Cranbrook Academic of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Bright has had fellowships to the Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Mich., and the New Urban Arts, Providence, R.I. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, also in Providence, City College New York in New York City, and has been a visiting artist for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., Brown University, Providence, and the Museum of Art at RISD. She has produced commissioned projects for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Mass., and Brown University. Represented by the David Klein Gallery in Detroit.

Emmy Bright es una artista residente y jefa del Departamento de Medios Impresos de la Academia de Arte Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

"It Gets Better Or It Doesn't" reúne más de 35 obras de Bright, incluidos grabados, dibujos, esculturas, colchas y videos. Bright trabaja con dibujo, escritura, impresión y actuación para investigar los problemas de conexión y los problemas de los límites. La exposición explora la cultura contemporánea y los hilos de colaboración, incluido el deleite en la desesperación y el entusiasmo que encontramos en los momentos oscuros. La exposición demostrará la inmensidad de la práctica creativa y la producción. Bright se involucrará con estudiantes de CVAD y UNT en conferencias, actividades curriculares y talleres presenciales y remotos durante el semestre de primavera.

Bright dice que crea actuaciones, dibujos, grabados y fanzines que fusionan alta teoría, canciones pop, psicoanálisis, comedia, historia del arte y filosofía. El lenguaje disciplinario puede obligarnos a adoptar ciertas formas de pensar, pero también se puede deshacer y utilizar contra sí mismo. "Mi práctica se trata de deshacer, obligar a la lógica sistémica a atacarse a sí misma. Defiendo la narrativa estúpida, incorrecta y fallida; hago comparaciones que se desmoronan y diagramas que intentan explicar, pero en cambio contienen su propia ruina. Ella trabaja para revertir buen sentido normativo para encontrar algo más complejo, retorcido y real.

Bright recibió un B.A. de la Universidad de Chicago, Ill., un M.Ed. de la Universidad de Harvard, Cambridge, Mass., y un M.F.A. en medios impresos de Cranbrook Academic of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Bright ha tenido becas en Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan, y New Urban Arts, Providence, Rhode Island. Ha enseñado en Rhode Island School of Design, también en Providence City College New York en la ciudad de Nueva York y ha sido artista visitante de la Escuela del Museo de Bellas Artes de Boston, Massachusetts, la Universidad de Brown, Providence, y el Museo de Arte de Rhode Island School of Design. Ha producido proyectos comisionados para el Museo y Parque de Esculturas deCordova, Lincoln, Massachusetts, y la Universidad de Brown. Representado por la Galería David Klein en Detroit.


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