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Jason J. Ferguson’s “One-man (freak) show” at Public Pool @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Upon entering Jason J. Ferguson‘s solo exhibition, titled One-man (freak) show, the first thing you’ll encounter is the somewhat ramshackle, seafoam-colored entryway of Public Pool’s storefront gallery space and its much-abused off-white door, numbered 3309. This is also the second thing you’ll encounter, because just inside the original entryway, Ferguson has exactly replicated it, including the […]

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Preserving Identity @ Public Pool

Really excited to get this out into the world: I’ve teamed up with a talented student-curator named Nushrat and the unsinkable Public Pool to put together an exhibition that will be a showcase of Muslim American youth experience, opening in May. If you are Muslim American and under the age of 30, please check out […]

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Osman Khan at Public Pool @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Like many an immigrant’s tale, Osman Khan’s ambitious installation work, On Which Side, The Barbarians?, begins with a journey. The myriad media pieces traveled from the artist’s studio to the gallery in a converted box truck, a 2011 project of Khan’s titled “Going my way,” where the blank white truck was adorned with a […]

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Slendotron @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — We are a technology-obsessed culture. As futurist Ray Kurzweil wrote in his essay, “The Law of Accelerating Returns”: “An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense ‘intuitive linear’ view. So we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it […]

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Work in Progress: Girlfriend Material

Oh, it’s an art post. I spend a large amount of my time dealing with other people’s art. And I love it, the way a kindergarten teacher no doubt loves each and every special flower in her care; everybody’s most precious efforts are handed over to me, to help usher them into the world. I […]

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“Mumbo Jumbo” at Public Pool @ Knight Arts blog

“Remember to serve your own loas.” That’s the advice given to a couple of the central characters in Ishmael Reed’s intensely discursive work of literary collage, “Mumbo Jumbo.” Not incidentally, “Mumbo Jumbo” is also the title of the most recent show at Public Pool in Hamtramck, Mich., a collectively-run gallery whose head curator, Steve Hughes, […]

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