Unpaid and Unsolicited Promotion of Something Awesome

Top 15 USA 2016 @ Hyperallergic

The greatest honor and privilege as an arts writer is being afforded the opportunity to lift up creative talent and the people who work long, hard, and tirelessly to bring new, risky, and important forms of expression to life. A few of my picks made this list, and they are so well-deserving of the acclaim. […]

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Apply Yourself!

Today I’d like to remind you about a couple things you artist-types out there can and should be applying for, and also talk for a minute about learning to withstand rejection. First off, here’s a reminder about Signal-Return‘s Poster Competition. The deadline to enter is approaching. I am one of the judges, but DON’T SEND […]

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“The Hamster” internet release TODAY!

It is paradoxical to think so, but conspiracy theories are actually fairly reassuring. They suggest that the bad things that happen are in some way organized and someone is directly responsible for them. Perhaps bad people are in charge, but at least someone is at the wheel. Likewise, for all their gore and violence, horror […]

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Change something with Casey Rocheteau

It is time for one of my rare Unpaid and Unsolicited Promotions of Something Awesome. This is a special category I reserve for outstanding effort on the part of sometimes-unsung heroes who are being the change they want to see in this sometimes-motherfucker of a world. Casey Rocheteau is one of those, and if you […]

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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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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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12/4/15 – Lynn Bennett-Carpenter & The Weaving Sisters of Namtenga

Artist: Marcelyn “Lynn” Bennett-Carpenter Location: Hunter House Breakfast: LB-C – Burger, fries, pop SRS – Cheeseburger, fries True fact: anytime I am going out to Cranbrook, there is a stop at the Hunter House involved in my day. I don’t know if I love the food or the throwback environment, and I don’t care. I […]

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12/2/15 – All the World’s a Playground

Art Space: Playground Detroit (Paulina Petkoski & Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman) Location: David Klein Gallery Breakfast: PP & SS – Too chic for breakfast SRS – Coffee (black) ** every mug is a to-go mug, if you can walk These Playground girls have their stuff figured out. They are some stylish, badass bitches and they know […]

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