Wasserman Projects will open a major exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Jason Yates, featuring a series of fully outfitted domestic spaces constructed inside the gallery. Inspired by his childhood in Detroit, Homemade Ice Cream is Yates’s first exhibition in his home city in 25 years and his largest solo installation to-date. The exhibition will include a front yard and porch, as well as bed, living, and dining rooms, each complete with the familiar day-to-day objects and visual markers that make these interior environments feel like home. Homemade Ice Cream explores how home life, and in particular our memories of it, shape our identities and affect our experience and understanding of time, place, and personal history. To further illuminate these ideas, Yates and Wasserman Projects have invited a diverse roster of Detroit-based artists, writers, musicians, and chefs to perform in and activate the spaces throughout the duration of the exhibition, which will close on December 16, 2017.
All of the work for the exhibition was created in Detroit with the support of local artists and artisans, supporting the collaborative spirit of the exhibition and Yates’s overarching vision for his practice. Among the individuals supporting fabrication of the exhibition are ceramic artist Victoria Shaheen, whose unique ceramic pieces are made through a combination of hand-crafted and commercial techniques, fashion and knitwear designer Jonathan David Baker, and artists Alexander Buzzalini, John Charnota, and Leslie Rogers, whose work spans assemblage, woodwork, and fiber arts. These artists will also present their own work in Wasserman Projects’ project gallery in the concurrent exhibition ‘Friends of Friends’, highlighting the creative talent of those involved in bringing the exhibition to fruition. A focused exhibition of works by Detroit- based artist Martha Mysko, titled ‘Selective Memory’, will also be shown concurrently. Mysko’s vibrantly colored installations explore the language of painting through every day and domestic objects.
A schedule of performances and events to take place inside the installation will be announced later this summer. Events will range in format and include artist talks, musical and spoken word performances, family-friendly storytelling, and dinner and tea parties hosted by local culinary talents.
Special thanks to our sponsors for helping to realize this exhibition, making these programs possible, and proving generous support of arts and culture in our communities: