lots to see....
Just when you thought there was nothing to do in this city, detroit proves you wrong with another action packed night of openings!!
District Arts was packed with people checking out the glass show, also featuring assemblage artist Peterson. A rope tied sculpture (Paul Runde) of glass can be seen through the window at a distance. This piece is an eye grabber and looks like clusters of fruit or candy. Once up close, the preciousness of the glass tasseled together is quite a contradiction of how glass should normally be shown, which makes for a visually and conceptually complex piece.
The sunset on the glass...
CAID offered an exciting opening of art that you were encouraged to sit on! From metal chairs recliners to melting ice sculpture chairs....these chairs were typical Cranbrook sheik. Concept, concept, concept.....
The trendy opening was the "place to be" and had a broad mix of artists, collectors, writers and art enthusiasts. With the interactive opening and spinning dj, it was good to see CAID up and running again.
555 had a salon style photography show as well. The show also well attended, was more on the "student level". It was hard to get into all of the photos because of the nature of the large space and many artists showing. The photography all seemed similar and no one piece or artist stood out.
I have noticed the potential of 555 but for now the openings seem short of their intent. Too much to focus on. With a little editing and some limits being pushed, the show would have come together.
Unexpectedly a new gallery was open late. 101up Gallery is a new gallery run by former CCS students Greg Frederick and Mark Sengbusch. The gallery at 10:30pm had all the lights on and an open sign!! With a little ring of the door bell, you are immediately greeted and let into the freshly remodeled space. "The Second Show" featuring Matt Lewis' thick, creamy, colorful oil landscapes fill the room. His surfaces are tactile and suggest depth within the painting. Definitely this is a space worth watching.
Check out 101up Gallery at: 4470 Second Ave. , Detroit MI 48201 (313) 212-1201