Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sidewalk Festival preview @ Knight Arts Blog

Everyone is already buzzing with anticipation for the third annual Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, which takes place in Detroit’s vibrant Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhoods. An area devastated by the mass exodus from the city, Brightmoor has quietly transformed itself into a utopia of urban gardens, public green spaces and a community determined to […]

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7/29/15 – The Art of Breakfast with Kirsten Lund

Artist: Kirsten Lund Location: Honest ? John’s Breakfast: KL – The Special (eggs, bacon, hash browns), coffee (cream) SRS – Corned beef hash, eggs over medium, rye toast with grape jelly, coffee (cream) I met Kirsten Lund the way all introverts meet other introverts—via an extrovert. In this case, Heather Accurso, who is often to […]

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7/28/15 – Ceci n’est pas une rose

Artist: Rose E. DeSloover Location: Whistlestop Diner (formerly Mae’s) Breakfast: RED – Breakfast burrito, coffee (cream) SRS – French toast, eggs over hard, sausage patties, coffee (cream) Before I even get to the artist part, let me say that breakfast was a major letdown. Mae’s was a great breakfast place, and somehow got bought out behind my […]

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Inside|Out in action in Brightmoor @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — It’s a quiet Sunday in Brightmoor, a northwest Detroit neighborhood that’s about as good an example as any of the city’s fall from grace — and its unofficial rebirth via urban agriculture, grassroots activism, and community-based intervention. The coming weekend will bring the third annual Sidewalk Festival to this neighborhood long abandoned by […]

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7/24/15 – Making Connections with Lynn Bennett-Carpenter

Artist: Marcylen Bennett-Carpenter Location: Great Lakes Coffee Breakfast: LBC – Coffee (black) SRS – Coffee (black), croissaint (almond) Let me say that, through my own scheduling deficiencies, this coffee date with Lynn fell at the end of a particularly intensely-packed week (those keeping close score will note it is my fourth BWTA in a single […]

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Meat me in Detroit – Cristin Richard at Playground Detroit @ Knight Arts Blog

There are a number of ways to make art that is visceral and gripping. In a new body of work being presented at Playground Detroit, Cristin Richard takes a direct approach; she uses literal viscera as her starting point. Working with animal casings—translucent skins that are used to make sausages, dried to a thin, wax […]

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My Life: A Slideshow

For the Creative Capital workshop I had to put together some kind of 3-minute presentation on my work. NBD, right? Well, it’s kind of hard to sum up the work of an art critic, other than to read some arts criticism, which I was definitely not going to stand up there and do. In frustration, […]

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It’s a Thing Thing thing @ Hyperallergic!

DETROIT — “Somewhere between architecture and a party” is one of the ways Thing Thing member Simon Anton describes his collective’s aesthetic. The rest of his fellows — Eiji Jimbo, Rachel Mulder, and Thomas Moran — smile and laugh at this assessment. We’re in the garage of the Mobile Homestead, a permanent installation on the […]

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