New Kai Lin exhibit brings on the ‘Joy’ Friday

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imagePardon us if we gush every time Kai Lin Art opens a show. We can’t help ourselves, and judging by the big gay response to each opening, we’re not alone. Prepare to be dazzled again at Friday’s reception for the new “Joy” exhibit.

The contemporary art space headed by Yu-Kai Lin consistently presents hot-list exhibits with creative themes and big-as-Madonna reaction from gay Atlanta. Lin says “Joy” raises the stakes even higher. The gallery is touting it as “our largest, most festive, most epic exhibition yet.”

“It’s the biggest show we’ve done so far with 16 artists and some 125 pieces,” the popular gallery owner says. “Everybody’s gonna be there.”

And he does mean everybody. Kai Lin receptions are as much premiere social events as they are art openings. Just check out the beautiful people in the predominantly gay crowds we snapped at the openings of “Zenith” in September, “Monsters” in July, “Afterglow” in May, “Grace” in March, and the seminal “Pop Stars and Cokeheads” in January. And that’s just 2010.

For the seasonal “Joy” to close out the year, Lin asked the artists—all local, from the dean of Savannah College of Art & Design to Portfolio Center students to many in the roster of artists the gallery already represents—to produce a diverse display of works that hearken “togetherness, happiness, love and a wintry festiveness,” Lin says.

Resident gay artist Jon Arge created the show’s namesake piece (photo), a hand-cut-and-layered paper piece. Talk about “Joy”-ful and triumphant.

“We asked the artists what brings joy to their lives, and the results are full of bright colors, exuberant imagery and snowy scenes,” he says. “They really do bring ‘Joy.’”

After Friday’s opening, “Joy” remains on display through Jan. 19.

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