Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
In case you missed...
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
A new parking paradise
A new art installation/environmental team, Rebar has farmed a new kind of PARK(ing) space. Check out their site...."Our goal was to transform a parking spot into a PARK(ing) space, thereby temporarily expanding the public realm and improving the quality of urban human habitat, at least until the meter ran out."
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Motor City Art Night: some words from a friend
Motor City Brewing Works is the single best local art venue in Detroit right now. Who has recently helped more artists place more work than that little bar in the Traffic Jam’s parking lot? Measured in terms of number of pieces moved (not art sales dollars), Motor City must have had the best 2005 of any local art gallery of merit. I personally bought more work at Motor City than anywhere else this year. The prices are great and the money goes directly to the artists. Plus, you get to buy work in a salon atmosphere of artists and musicians gathered to see and discuss their peers’ latest work. The cash-and-carry aspect adds further satisfaction for buyers accustomed to instant gratification.
It’s the best not-so-secret-secret in the city.
They show everyone from big names (Scott Hocking, Mitch Cope, Matthew Blake) to the relatively unknown. Sometimes the work is bad and the night under attended, but frequently the place is packed and the work notable. Having a near-sold out Motor City show is a new benchmark for local artists.
Traditional galleries are headed the direction of appliance stores. Remember Fretter? ABC Warehouse is holding on, but not for long. Sears now, instead of just tools, sells everything from ladies underwear to baby strollers. For the most part, a store that sells a narrow category of goods won’t make it anymore. Lament all you want, art will go the same way. It will have to share floor space with clothes, shoes,furniture … even beer. The art won’t suffer any more than stoves do from being sold in the same place as CDs. We may be shocked and think it less “precious” in that environment, but it won’t be. It will just be presented differently — and we will adapt.
The galleries here are doing something wrong — Motor City and other alternative venues are doing everything right.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
"...Too many critics enthuse over everything they see or merely write descriptively. This sells everyone short and is creating a real disconnect. People report not liking 80 percent of the shows they see, yet 80 percent of reviews are positive or just descriptive...
...If criticism is in trouble, as many say, it's because too many critics write in a dreary hip metaphysical jargon that no one understands except other dreary hip metaphysicians who speak this dead language...
...The most interesting critics make their opinions known. Yet in most reviews there's no way to know what the writer thinks, or you have to scour the second-to-last paragraph for one negative adjective to detect a hint of disinclination..."
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Matt Blake at Motor City
Blake is known for his modern take on the classical frieze (remember the show he was in at Susanne Hilberry) but he went outside the box in this exhibit. I personally wasn't as keen on the saw blade country landscapes. I felt the idea wasn't fully there, maybe because the painting seemed a little underdeveloped. I think that his sculpture was right on! Blake has an eye for the the 3rd dimension which he demonstrated with his mini environments. I ended up taking home a beauty too!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
United Artists building is taking off it's make-up
Removal of window art will go all way to top! Check out what the freep has to say...what a shame, what a shame!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Here are a few points about the forum:
- I will still be posting regularly on detroitartsblog.com so keep checking the posts there. The forum is just a place where the discussion can go on without being buried in new posts.
- To use the forum no registration is required. It is pretty simple: just start a new thread or comment on a posted thread.
- The categories are as posted in the forum and cover everything from the arts blog material to even non-art related detroit stuff. It will be a great way for real connections to happen.
- I will have a link to the board (left side of blog) for easy access.
- Most importantly: have fun and play safe!
Monday, December 19, 2005
IS A FORUM COMING...??
The categories will be:
-detroit art community
-national/international art news
-non-art - local news and misc.
I am very excited to finally have a place for Detroit artists/enthusiasts to communicate! Now, no one will be left in the dark!
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Nelson Smith at District
I really enjoyed small pieces of the painting that blend construction (nuts and bolts) with realism.
But unfortunately looking at a stump of a tree breaking away into saucers is hard to get into. I love the cut out ball that sits at the bottom of the painting. I think I would much rather look at a white panel with ball cut out than a busy painting that is trying too hard to say something. That's just it...it feels like too much information.
This is a detail shot of the painting below...less is more?
Saturday, December 17, 2005
4731 Resident Artist Show
December 17 - 23
Thursday, December 15, 2005
what's happening at MONA
John Hooer at Motor City
John Hooer's works were very calculated and I found the process up close to be more interesting than at first glance. Hooer uses layers of paint, resin and then some sort of painted tape to create his hybrid, decorative forms.
Next Wednesday is Matt Blake...someone you definitely don't want to miss!! Trust me!