Monthly Archives: October 2017

“Detroit Imagines Itself: Art of the Ex-Industrial” @ Grantmakers in the Arts Reader

If there is in society a collective consciousness, then art is its imagination. Imagination is different from fantasy, which conjures up desires divorced from reality; imagination is creative problem solving that assesses what is available and re-creates it into something new, better, or self-satisfying. Detroit has been short on many things over the past fifty […]

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Jason J. Ferguson’s “One-man (freak) show” at Public Pool @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Upon entering Jason J. Ferguson‘s solo exhibition, titled One-man (freak) show, the first thing you’ll encounter is the somewhat ramshackle, seafoam-colored entryway of Public Pool’s storefront gallery space and its much-abused off-white door, numbered 3309. This is also the second thing you’ll encounter, because just inside the original entryway, Ferguson has exactly replicated it, including the […]

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Pope L.’s “Flint Water Project” at What Pipeline @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — In 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan decided (while under emergency financial management) to enact a cost-saving measure that temporarily switched the municipal water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The pH of this new water interacted toxically with Flint’s aging infrastructure, resulting in the mass lead-poisoning of a large cross-section of an already […]

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Jaye Schlesinger’s “Possession” at U-M Institute for the Humanities @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The word “possession” carries multiple meanings, signifying both an object under ownership and the state of being in the thrall of a dominant force. Capitalism thrives on material consumption, and we are driven as a society to constantly express ourselves through our possessions, even as many of us find ourselves in […]

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Judith Supine at Red Bull House of Art @ Redbull.com

When he began his residency at Red Bull House Of Art, interdisciplinary artist Judith Supine wasn’t sure what he would find in Detroit. What he quickly discovered was John K. King Books – one of the country’s largest used bookstores and a labyrinth of old, odd, and obscure print publications. In other words, a wonderland […]

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Opening Friday: WONDERLAND @ the Terhune Gallery in Perrysburg, OH

So excited for this, opens on Thursday!! WONDERLAND October 13 – November 25 Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Welcome to Wonderland: a place designed by six artist-magicians for your pleasure and consideration. Produced with minds, materials, multitudinous techniques and a pinch of playfulness, the outcome is survival, renewal, harsh beauty, hope, and reincarnation. […]

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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One… – Sebura&Gartelmann Joke Around at Holding House

Friends and artists Alex Gartelmann and Jonas Sebura, who create collaborative works under the name Sebura&Gartelmann, express a mutual interest in “vernacular architecture”—for example, in their 2014 interactive sculpture, Church, which combined the architectural language of DIY skate parks with that of secular spaces. Understanding this merging of high art and vernacular architecture to be […]

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