A Rose is A Rose

November 1 - December 20, 2014


The axiom, "Rose is a Rose is a Rose," originates from the poem "Sacred Emily" by writer and art patron Gertrude Stein (1874-1943). Stein claimed that the Romantics were the last generation capable of seeing the rose for what it was. Whereas successive generations adapted symbolic metaphors to the flower itself, in effect obscuring its clarity.


"A Rose is a Rose" reinforces the parallel axiom: "it is what it is." This colloquialism, which is synonymous with "the autonomous fact of the matter," allows contemplation to occur unencumbered by the distraction of judgment and goes beyond the acknowledgment of the statement being accepted as a form of truth. In this exposition, artists and patrons alike explore the subjective nature of beauty, physical existence, and concepts surrounding the corporeal and psychological relationships that have evolved and refined along with our perceptions of the rose.

As an axiom of discourse, a rose is a rose is a rose unites the objects in this exhibition. Works on view include painting, drawing, and ceramics.


Kevin Baker (b. 1978, Central City, KY, lives and works in New York, NY) received his BFA at Western Kentucky University in 2001 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing at Miami University of Ohio in 2004. 

Baker has been included in exhibitions throughout the US and his work is held in many private collections and can seen in Tiffany and Co. stores around the world such as Texas, New York, and China. 


Adrian Hatfield (b. 1969, Toledo, Ohio, lives and works in Detroit, MI) received his B.F.A. from The Ohio State University in 1996 and his M.F.A. from Ohio University in 2003. He has been a member of the faculty at the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI for the last 10 years.

Hatfield's works are included in the public collections of The University of Michigan, The South Bend Museum of Art, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, and The University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Laith Karmo (b. 1980, Detroit, Michigan, lives and works in Detroit, MI) received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, in 2004 and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. Karmo's work has been exhibited in Detroit and New York with The Butcher's Daughter.

In 2011, Karmo was awarded a Kresge Arts in Detroit Visual Artist Fellowship that resulted in his recent feature installation, Cultivating Civility, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.


Bill Killebrew (b. 1953, Nashville, TN, lives and works in Nashville, TN) received this BFA in Painting & Printmaking from Middle Tennessee State University in 1975.

In 2012, Killebrew was nominated by his peers as "100 Under 100," as one of "The New Superstars of Southern Art" by Oxford American Magazine.


Mario Moore (b. 1987, Detroit, MI, lives and works in New York, NY) received his BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies in 2009 and an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2013. 

Moore has exhibited in New York, Detroit and Connecticut. Recent exhibitions at Detroit venues include The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art and The Study at Yale.


Jennifer Packer (b. 1984, Philadelphia, PA, lives and works in New York, NY) received her BFA from the Tyler University School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia in 2007. In 2012 she received her MFA from Yale University School of Art, where in 2011 she received the Gamblin Paint Prize.

Packer has been awarded numerous prestigious grants and fellowships including Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum of Harlem in 2012 and most recently in 2014 at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Packer has exhibited throughout the US and internationally.


Robert Platt (b. 1974 London, England) has a MA in Painting from The Royal College of Art in London and a Ph.D. from Kyoto City University of Arts in Kyoto, Japan. His work has been exhibited at galleries and art fairs internationally and reviewed in publications such as Art in America, Art Review and Frieze Magazine.

Platt is an Assistant Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he teaches painting.

f e a t u r i n g   

Kevin Baker, Adrian Hatfield, Laith Karmo, Bill Killebrew,

Mario Moore, Jennifer Packer and Robert Platt

Inaugural Opening Reception:  November 1, 2014, 6-9:00 PM

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