Writing

Crissman & Poe @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — Painter and art instructor Bob Ross, host of the legendary public access show The Joy of Painting, was known to say, “There is no such thing as a mistake, only happy accidents.” Proponents of synchronicity and/or fatalism would say there is no such thing as coincidence, only signs of a higher order to […]

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“Show Me Love” at Hatch @ Knight Arts blog

2013 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge winner Hatch is a collective in Hamtramck, Mich. that brings together the work of many artists, each with different perspectives and approaches. The latest is the work of Kasper Ray O’Brien, whose solo installation, “Show Me Love,” might be termed a “body of work” in the truest sense–nearly all the […]

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Us Is Them @ Hyperallergic

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Pizzuti Collection — a nonprofit museum that opened in Columbus, Ohio just three years ago for the express purpose of publicly showcasing selections from the Pizzuti family’s private art holdings — is currently showcasing Us Is Them, an exhibit that considers a wide-ranging group of international artists as social critics. Spanning several […]

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“Surrealism: The Conjured Life” at MCA Chicago @ Detroit Art Review

There is a fairly structured approach to cognitive development within our society—we try to make order of chaos. We assigned meanings to symbols (like letters or shapes), and organize those symbols in configurations that generate more complex meanings (like words or images), and continue along, stringing together ever-greater numbers of shapes and letters to make […]

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“This is the Living Vessel” at Pewabic @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — One does not, perhaps, consider ceramic objects to be immediately gendered, possess sexuality, or be particularly political. But pottery is one of the oldest practices among humans, and is so rooted in fundamental domestic and utilitarian concerns that there is literally no known human society that has not made vessels of some kind. […]

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“Self-Titled 2: (954)785-8492.5” at Trinosophes @ Knight Arts blog

At Trinosophes, a Knight Arts Challenge winner in Detroit, Feb. 23 marked the opening of “Self-Titled 2: (954)785-8492.5.” A collaborative project by artists Henry Crissman and Hamilton Poe, the exhibit will remain on display through the end of March. This is the second collaboration between Crissman and Poe. The first, “Self-Titled 1,” also premiered at […]

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“Woman in E” at the MOCAD @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — I’d been sitting in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s (MOCAD) Cafe 78 for roughly five minutes before I noticed that the usual sonic backdrop of well-curated music had been replaced by a single repeating guitar chord, fading almost to silence each time before being reprised (with an occasional light riff). I would […]

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Matthew Piper’s “Leap Night!” dance films @ Knight Arts blog

Still frame from “Time I Change,” a local film featuring Detroit-based Haleem “Stringz” Rasul. Image courtesy of Oren Goldenberg and Cass Corridor Films. On Feb. 29, arts writer and lover-of-dance Matthew Piper marked the occasion with “Leap Night!”–a lovely collection of short dance films that were screened at Play House in Detroit. A former Knight […]

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“Cosmologies” at CCS @ Detroit Art Review

Aesthetically, the three-person show Cosmologies, which opened at the CCS Center Galleries on January 23rd and runs through the 27th of this month, reminds me very much of a Hubble telescope picture series of a formation called “Pillars of Creation” in the Eagle Nebula—a star-forming region. Works by New York-based painter Assunta Sera draw directly […]

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Our House, in the Middle of Your Street – The White House @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — You can’t really talk about expatriate American artist Ryan Mendoza‘s “The White House” project without talking about appropriation. Appropriation has a long and storied history within the context of art, and that makes it easy to intellectualize a process that, at its heart, means taking something from someone else. Maybe that’s okay, when the […]

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