Writing

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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Wet Hot American Queen of the Damned at KO Gallery @ Hyperallergic

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Let’s take a moment to appreciate weird beauty, and Shaina Kasztelan’s celebration of it, in her wild, multimedia paintings. In the inaugural solo show of Hamtramck’s new KO Gallery — headquarters for the Heavenly Dogs art collective, of which Kasztelan is a member — this young artist presents her apocalyptic assemblages of female […]

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7/3/2017 – Independence Day with Heidi Barlow

Artist:  Heidi Barlow Location: Anthology Coffee Breakfast: HB – Coffee (black) SRS – Coffee (black) Is it just me, or has everyone decided to quit their job in the last two weeks? I can’t decide if this is a sign that Detroit’s creative economy is in the kind of turnaround that inspires caged creatives to […]

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8/10/2016 – Live the Dream with Shaina Kasztelan

Artist:  Shaina Kasztelan Location: Brooklyn St. Local Breakfast: SK – Eggs Benedict, side of fries (upgraded to poutine), something-Heaven’s Lemonaid [sic] SRS – Coffee (black), Pork belly sandwich (sriracha) Everything that Shaina Kasztelan does looks just like her. From the deep Kool Aid purple color of the lavender lemonade she chose to accompany her breakfast, […]

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Shaina Kasztelan at Hatch Art @ Detroit Art Review

One of the most challenging aspects of grappling with mental illness is not just the negotiation of an emotionally fraught psychic territory, but the social pressure to conceal whatever struggles may be happening internally. For women, especially young women, this struggle is a subset of the prevailing demand to present a shiny, positive face to […]

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