Monthly Archives: December 2015

Holiday Round-Up: Double Negative, Coyote rehoming, drive-by Tai, signs of our times

The December holidays are always a tricky time of year for me. I’m not much of a Christmas person, so usually I find myself vaguely annoyed that business-as-usual shuts down for three weeks while everyone murders trees and buys lots of crap for each other. However, it’s also been a breathtakingly busy year for me, […]

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Dor Guez at MOCAD @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — The Sick Man of Europe, a project by artist Dor Guez, demonstrates the fundamental tension between individual and society. For issues to be big enough to garner notice, they must operate on the societal level — war, gun violence, political grandstanding, environmental catastrophe — but ultimately these struggles hold significance because of their […]

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Dylan Spaysky’s “Vases” @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — While some artists’ stock-in-trade is intentionality, Detroit-based Dylan Spaysky has a more freewheeling air when it comes to his offbeat sculptural creations, most of which employ found objects in various states of brokenness or disrepair. The playfulness with which he approaches these raw materials — including kitty recreation towers, wicker chairs, and […]

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Joseph Keckler’s “Let Me Die” @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — Arms flung wide, Joseph Keckler collapses to the floor and dies. Then, a couple seconds later, he gets up. And dies again. After 10 or so iterations, we take a break. Then: more dying. Over the course of approximately two hours, before an audience at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Joseph Keckler […]

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Greg Fadell @ Essay’d

Greg Fadell’s work and his persona can be seen as a series of deliberate choices. The work of some artists begins and ends within the frame, but for Fadell, wall, lighting, surfaces, and gallery are just as important as the pieces he brings to hang…and all that before his attention to the forces that shape […]

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Karl Kurth: An Artist in the Family

I have been really caught up in various business since Noel Night, but I’ve been meaning to write something about a really interesting little show I dropped in on at Ocelot Print Shop. I’ve written in the past about Bayard Kurth, who is a screenprint artist, Detroit original, and genuine oddity–as well as a tirelessly […]

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12/15/15 – Problem-Solving w/ Elizabeth Youngblood

Artist: Elizabeth Youngblood Location: Parks & Rec Diner Breakfast: EY – Hot water, Smoked Leek Strata SRS – Coffee (black), Liege Waffle, side of bacon Elizabeth Youngblood is an optimizer. On this, our second BWTA, I am reminded of her particular nature, as she picks through the menu at Parks & Rec Diner. I’m in […]

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Interview w/ Joseph Keckler @ Knight Arts Blog

On Saturday, Dec. 12, performance artist Joseph Keckler staged a four-hour presentation of a work-in-progress, “Let Me Die,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. “Let Me Die” is a performance piece incorporating the death scenes from dozens of operas in the public domain (all performed by Keckler, who has an impressive three-octave range), as well […]

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