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Lan Tuazon’s BAD GRASS NEVER DIES at Youngworld @ Detroit Art Review

As a mildly obsessive-compulsive individual, BAD GRASS NEVER DIES, a solo show by Lan Tuazon, which opened at Youngworld on Saturday, September 26th, appeals to me first on an aesthetic level. The work seems primarily interested in order and space—particularly the way that the bodies of mass manufactured plastic objects, such as water bottles, detergent […]

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HNAF recap @ Knight Arts Blog

Telltale signs of autumn in Detroit: unpredictable weather, a preponderance of cider mill treats and, best of all, the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival. Held on Saturday, Oct. 10, the annual event featured several Knight Arts grantees, including The Hinterlands, Hatch, Lo & Behold and Popps Packing. Now in its sixth year, the festival is a […]

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“Timeless” at Pewabic @ Hyperallergic

Any Detroit historian or amateur tour guide can probably tell you that Pewabic Pottery, founded in 1903, is one of the city’s oldest businesses, known for its signature glazes that contribute to the unique look of tile work inside the downtown Guardian Building and other iconic Detroit locales, as well as within the interiors of […]

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Jonathan Hernández’s “Vulnerabilia” at MOCAD @ Knight Arts Blog

Things that happen in the newspaper: tears, anguish, fire, crashes, people checking their watches. The cultural tropes of daily print media are never so apparent as in the work of Jonathan Hernández, artist and subject of the most recent installment of Detroit Affinities, a piece of programming at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit made […]

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“The Fate of the Machinery” review @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — It is the pitiful fate of objects to serve as proxies for our failed dreams, relationships, and ambitions. This concept is acutely present throughout Fate of the Machinery, a project by Kate Levy that has evolved over the course of a month at the gallery 9338 Campau in Hamtramck. The objects in this case […]

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ArtPrize 7 overview @ Hyperallergic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — I can’t imagine I’m the only one who found ArtPrize 7 a little underwhelming. Last year was, arguably, peak ArtPrize, with a glut of artworks and a massive turnout of people. Every space in Grand Rapids was packed with human traffic trying to take in the sights and vote for their […]

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“Double Presence” review @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — These days Detroit is a hotbed of craft-based forms revisited. We are exploring fiber, we are redefining letterpress, and we are having a ceramics revolution of shattering (not literally) proportions. Double Presence, a three-person exhibition at Holding House featuring works by Nathan Tonning (also the show’s organizer), Victoria Shaheen, and Emily Duke, presents three diverging […]

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On the “Discreet Vulgarities” of Intimacy @ Hyperallergic

“Double Poke Black” by Nicola Kuperus. Image courtesy of the artist and Simone DeSousa Gallery DETROIT — Intimacy is often falsely billed as romantic. While romance has a tendency to smooth the rough edges of reality, leaving everything with a mystic sheen of beauty, intimacy, by contrast, brings you so close to another being that […]

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