What could be more exciting than a graffiti art exhibit? How about break dancing to hip-hop beats? Yes, I will say it, the break dancing was the highlight of the evening. I know that CAID is trying to come around and become a "known" and talked about gallery, but so far the art exhibits there have been hip but only enough to disguise the fact of less than amazing artwork. I think that now with Aaron Timlin's focus primarily on CAID, the gallery will be able to grow and prove itself to the neighborhood. Also, with a little more promotion the gallery will draw more crowds. This is a space to follow: CAID definitely has some great shows up its sleeve, including a catalogue show of local artists. Now back to the break dancing....
Never seeing live break dancing I was quite amazed! The "dancers" started to feel the beat and then somehow flung themselves to the floor in a circular rhythm. They did crazy moves that ranged from spinning on their heads, going into sideways handstands with the flip of the arm, and twirled in a circle like a gymnast on the pommel horse.
It was nice to see that some of the graffiti pieces did sell. There is also something strange in seeing the graffiti art on a contained surface such as canvas, spray can or toy train. The art lost a little of its edge but for some it only clarified that graffiti is an art form.
Next time you catch yourself driving around and thinking graffiti is as an eyesore...stop and look at the quality. Detroit is home to many great graffiti artists. Graffiti is not an answer to cover up Detroit's decay but it is an underground art form that more people should recognize at least before all is lost to the crumbling buildings it uses as its canvas.