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2017 Detroit Design Festival Preview @ CultureSource

It’s September and the streets are alive with arts-related action, including the return of the annual Detroit Design Festival, which is always made to delight. This year’s DDF runs from September 26th-30th at points all over the city, and the theme is Design Is Everywhere—a simple sentiment, but one that underscores the omnipresent role of […]

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby at CAC @ Hyperallergic

CINCINNATI — We are saturated by media messaging. It stands to reason, then, that video and interdisciplinary art are popular contemporary art forms — the collage-like nature of those media match the constant barrage of imagery, advertising, and sensory inputs we receive on a daily basis. So where does that leave the hallowed medium of […]

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DLECTRICITY 2017 Preview @ Detroit Free Press

Detroiters have waited hopefully for the return of Dlectricity, the wildly popular nighttime exhibition of art and light, which, in its first iterations in 2012 and 2014, featured some of the best-loved and tech-savviest of Detroit installation and performance artists, as well as visiting artists from around the world. After a three-year hiatus, the event […]

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A Tale of Two Skate Parks @ Crain’s Business Detroit

UPDATE: Crain’s is changing the title of this piece, which was originally, “How artists can be assets” – I deeply appreciate the decision by my editor to hear me out, because it really broke my heart to imagine artists all over the city reading it and thinking I do not see them as assets. Whether […]

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The Process: Nii Quarcoopome @ THE BELIEVER

Have you ever fallen in love fast, and then become really obsessed? Like, really obsessed. Like you recognize a kindred spirit, and over years of observation become so obsessed that you just want to be a part of this entity, like, belong to it somehow? And then, sometimes, it goes away, and there’s a hole […]

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Ben Venom @ Red Bull House of Art

When most people think of quilting, they envisage old ladies, fabric store coupons, and extremely conservative aesthetics. But conservative is hardly what springs to mind when faced with the art of self-taught quilter Ben Venom. His is a style that uniquely incorporates the visual semiotics of hyper-masculine subcultures – such as street gangs, punk and […]

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Heavenly Dogs Art Collective @ Detroit Free Press

It’s hard to sit down with members of Hamtramck art collective Heavenly Dogs without feeling as if you’ve wandered onto the set of a hip-to-death sitcom about a wacky crew of creative millennials. On hand this day at KO Gallery, their recently opened and collectively operated gallery space that shares a storefront on Jos. Campau Avenue with Detroit Arcade […]

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Rashaad Newsome for DLECTRICITY @ Culture Source

Following a three-year hiatus, this month’s much-anticipated return of DLECTRICITY—the public, free, outdoor light-based art show along the Woodward Corridor in Midtown Detroit—ups its game with the addition of New York City-based multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome as artist-in-residence for the 2017 festivities. Working in conjunction with the Detroit Institute of the Arts, as well as […]

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Brandon Bird’s “ORBACH1” @ Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — Artist Brandon Bird has been mashing up pop cultural references for years. His odd twists of culture have most often come in the form of whimsical oil paintings, including Christopher Walken tinkering with a robot in his garage workshop (“Lazy Sunday Afternoon”) and Bea Arthur wrestling raptors (“Killing Machine”). Bird also likes to place contemporary […]

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“City of Queen Anne’s Lace” at Wasserman Projects @ Art OnCuba, Issue #15

When you live in a place ruled by the shifting whims of nature, you learn to adjust to forces that exist beyond human control. In this sense, Detroit was an unlikely birthplace for the industrial era, with its goal of keeping automobiles rolling off the assembly line in a precisely timed cadence. The interplay and […]

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