Breakfast with the Artist

11/3/2017 – Suffer All but Fools with Susan Okla

Artist: Susan Okla Location: Avalon International Breads, Detroit Breakfast: SO – Coffee (?), Cauliflower pizza-bread SRS – Coffee (black), Carrot cake Walking around the block to catch a little fresh air, after baking in Avalon’s sun-drenched window seat, artist Susan Okla spots an extension ladder leaning against the facade of Mario’s Italian restaurant, and it gives […]

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10/25/2017 – Painting Distraction with Brach Goodman

Artist: Brach Goodman Location: Olomon Cafe, Hamtramck Breakfast: BG – Coffee (milk?), Spinach hand pie SRS – Coffee (black), Cinnamon spice cake “I often think about distraction in life, and how life is continually escaping you,” says Brach Goodman, by way of categorizing some of the recurring visual motifs in a solo show of new […]

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8/2/2017 – Mutual Admiration Society with Lynn Crawford

Artist: Lynn Crawford Location: Commonwealth, Birmingham Breakfast: LC – Coffee (milk), Mediterranean Salad SRS – Coffee (black), Chorizo Hash It was very important to me that this BWTA with Lynn did not simply devolve into an outpouring of gushing devotion, because usually when Lynn and I get together, we just compliment each other a lot. […]

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7/18/2017 – Power Up with Meagan Shein

Artist: Meagan Shein Location: The Lunch Room, Ann Arbor Breakfast: MS – Iced tea, Power-Up Bowl (Frank’s hot sauce) SRS – Coffee (black), Power-Up Bowl (sriracha) Meagan Shein showed up for this BWTA with a conversational agenda! I like that in a woman. This amounted to 10 minutes of her talking a blue streak while […]

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7/3/2017 – Independence Day with Heidi Barlow

Artist:  Heidi Barlow Location: Anthology Coffee Breakfast: HB – Coffee (black) SRS – Coffee (black) Is it just me, or has everyone decided to quit their job in the last two weeks? I can’t decide if this is a sign that Detroit’s creative economy is in the kind of turnaround that inspires caged creatives to […]

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8/10/2016 – Live the Dream with Shaina Kasztelan

Artist:  Shaina Kasztelan Location: Brooklyn St. Local Breakfast: SK – Eggs Benedict, side of fries (upgraded to poutine), something-Heaven’s Lemonaid [sic] SRS – Coffee (black), Pork belly sandwich (sriracha) Everything that Shaina Kasztelan does looks just like her. From the deep Kool Aid purple color of the lavender lemonade she chose to accompany her breakfast, […]

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7/24/2016 – Available Emotion with Tisch Mikhail Lewis

Artist:  Tisch Mikhail Lewis Location: Dime Store Breakfast: TML – Duck bop hash, water with lemon SRS – Sausage hash, coffee (black) “All water already exists in the world, in some form,” says Tisch Mikhail Lewis, by way of explaining how emotion figures into art-making. “We’ve already charted the full range of human emotion. What […]

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6/16/2016 – Selective Memory with Tyanna Buie

Artist: Tyanna Buie Location: Her studio (Russell Industrial) Breakfast: TB & SRS – Homemade vegan macaroons It is a great privilege to be acquainted with your own history. Print artist Tyanna Buie is frankly open about a childhood that she and her three siblings spent largely out of their mother’s care – looked after by […]

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6/6/2016 – Genre of Place with Lauren Semivan

Artist: Lauren Semivan Location: The Daily Dinette Breakfast: LS – Tea, breakfast sandwich with sausage SRS – Coffee (black), Samoa doughnut, Homer doughnut I met Lauren Semivan during one of her intermittent trips back to the Detroit Metro area, where she grew up, from Homer, Alaska, where she lives now. (I just realized my doughnut […]

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6/1/2016 – Interested Parties with Matthew Eaton & Jef Bourgeau

Artists: Matthew Eaton & Jef Bourgeau Location: Frittata Breakfast: ME – Lemonade, cinnamon French Toast, side of bacon JB – Orange juice, eggs, potatoes, bacon (no toast) SRS – Coffee (black), peaches ‘n’ cream French Toast special, side of bacon I should take a moment to mention that this meet-up was facilitated by art historian […]

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