Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Cranbrook Network Gallery
This exhibit was up during the op art opening last week at cranbrook. There wasn't any information on this show and all I know is that Fabio Fernandez currated it....small world! Anyway from what the lady in the gallery knew was that it was graduate students' works and not just one artist. The show was called Living On The Land and unfortunately just came down. I really enjoyed the work though.
Monday, September 26, 2005
what's new at susanne hilberry
RUNS THROUGH: 5 NOV 2005
SHOW: WARREN MACKENZIE & DARCY MIRO + drawings by WILLIAM ANASTASI, RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER, RON GORCHOV, AGNES MARTIN, KATHLEEN MCSHANE, GORDON NEWTON, ALAN SARET, JOEL SHAPIRO, JOE ZUCKER
I understand the business side of having a "saleable" show after a more cutting edge show, but I thought this show was a downer compared to the last show -which was one of the most attended openings! Summer Pack II, oh, yes...summer is now over, but I can't stop thinking about that show and sunny, blissful summer. If I had money lying around I would have most certainly collected a few pieces from the last show! Ok..now back to the current show...I have to say that the drawings didn't do anything for me, but the paper cut-outs were my favorite. It just seemed a little disappointing for the much anticipated fall show. I will still let it slide because Susanne still puts on the best shows overall hands down!
Sunday, September 25, 2005
I have found the solution...
"You're kidding me?!" is a wireless voice-based service that helps users simulate a mobile phone conversation. The automatic service is designed to assist people at conferences, gallery openings and other places where being socially disconnected is no fun.
After dialing the service number, users can choose between two types of conversations: a 'casual' or an 'important' conversation. The user is subsequently guided through a series of words and sentences that - when being repeated - makes it look and sound like a real conversation is taking place!
Bridget Riley at Cranbrook
Up now at Cranbrook is a nice look back at Bridget Riley's famous op paintings. The exhibit features paintings that span her career from the height in the 60's and 70's to current. Check out Metro Times for more info on the exhibition.
This is Riley's current work. A little less eye-bugging and more about pattern.
This was one of my favorites. When you walked next to it it moved like waves of an ocean!
The rest of the images are of other known op artists.
Laith Karmo at Motor City Brewing
If you are not in the art loop and feel out of the circle...be sure to come to Motor City Brewing on Wednesday nights! It is casual and you might make a new friend. Friends are fun and so is looking at art...so now you have no excuses...unless you hate fun!
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Things Are Changing Downtown
I guess things can change for the better! CCS is setting a great art example downtown!
The sculpture garden makes the school come alive and is a wonderful connection to the DIA. All of CCS's campus has a new face with fancy landscaping, lighting, sod, and cement paths and pavers. Even the walkway in the middle of the garden had lighted path markers.
This sculpture reminds me of a Koons silver balloon rabbit.
I thought this was the least appealing piece in the bunch. It looked like a poorly constructed children's' playground teeter-totter. Really - the welds seemed sloppy.
These rock chairs used to sit outside the DIA...and now have a better home at CCS. It is nice to see them being used finally!
I apologize for not knowing the artists names of the pieces...I really liked this one but don't know who the artist was. To me it was reminiscent of de Kooning's bronze sculpture.
No it isn't the light that makes this appear pink...it really is a giant pink swirling ladder sculpture. As minimal as this piece is, it looked nice in the foreground of the campus with the Detroit landscape framed in the distance.
The sun is setting on the new sculpture garden. My last thoughts: too bad I graduated two years ago! Oh, well..at least CCS is making a big statement and looks like a sophisticated art school that can now compete with other national schools!
Woodward Lecture Series starts tomorrow
More on metal: If you've never witnessed an iron pour before, your chance is coming up at CCS on Saturday, October 8 at 8p.m. in the CCS Foundry. Watch CCS Crafts and metals faculty light up the night sky with the magic of hot molten metal. This event is free, open to the public and weather permitting. Call 313-664-7693 for more information.
For those who need a break from metals, check out the film screening and lecture by artist BRUCE McCLURE at the Detroit Film Center this Saturday, September 24 at 8:00pm. Simultaneously using modified 16mm film projectors, Bruce McClure creates live cinematic light performances by superimposing and manipulating the film frame. McClure will perform a selection of recent works. Presented through the New Cinema Series. For a reference point, his work is somewhere between the sculptural light
installations of James Turrell and the experiments of 17th century polymath Athanasius Kircher. McClure has presented his works internationally at various venues including the Rotterdam Film Festival, London Film Festival and was included in the both the 2002 and 2004 Whitney Biennial.
Doors open at 7pm, films roll at 8pm. Suggested donation: $3 DFC Members, $5 Non-Members. Detroit Film Center 1227 Washington Blvd., Detroit Call 313-961-9936 for more information.
Check out my story in Real Detroit Weekly
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
what's happening at district arts
Mary Rousseaux - glossy, color fields...mmmm shiny heaven!
Cristin Richard - hog casing dresses
For me some of the beauty of the dresses was when they floated in mid air: now they sit on mannequin legs or atop the dress layers. I felt that the piece above had more content and she may be starting to hit on something new.