Saturday, June 03, 2006

northville art house

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As much as we detroit artists complain that there are no galleries to show in, it sometimes becomes an excuse not to try here. The fact is there are galleries, yes they might not be "chelsea" caliber galleries but at least we have some. It is not like we are living out in the boonies like in Nebraska or the U.P.! I am happy to announce a new gallery, that I am sure some have already snubbed off as being a waste of trip in the up-north-like small town of northville, but with part time director aaron timlin, also director of CAID, running the exhibitions, it will be a venue to stay on top of.  The first show, although a celebrity clip show, is of all locally known talent: Kristin Beaver, Mitch Cope, Sergio De Giusti, Dick Goody, Ray Katz, Frank Pahl, Mary Potts, and Clinton Snider. Timlin enthusiastically spoke about the space that he is in charge of turning around; changes included getting rid of windows, fireplace, and covering cinder block walls. For upcoming shows he hopes to push the limits of traditional Northville art-goers and have challenging exhibitions in the works.
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sergio de giusti
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mitch cope (above, below)
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ray katz
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clint snider and frank pahl
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dick goody
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kristin beaver

14 Comments:

Blogger John Azoni said...

I feel like I've seen that Clint Snider painting at other shows before. Don't get me wrong, I love Clint's work, but I think we're all ready for some new stuff.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous kwamedaddy said...

Why don't you buy it, John?

9:55 AM  
Blogger ann said...

Yes, most of the work, I think besides mitch's, has already been up at least once in another show. Clint's piece was first at hilberry and then at a ccs faculty show.

10:01 AM  
Blogger cmcgraw said...

thatd be cool if he just kept putting that piece in shows, for like, another 3 or 4 years maybe

maybe the rest of his lifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

11:02 AM  
Blogger detart said...

Looks like a nice space. Congrats to all involved!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous fenglish said...

Yeah Aaron and crew has made it ok for some to go to Northville. I hope he gets out to the Downriver Council for the Arts or Paint Creek Center for the Arts or Mount Clemens Art Center or Riversedge Gallery or Biddle Gallery or some of Dearborn's struggling / beautiful spaces... All the great efforts that have been going on there just can't "do it" like the box walker can.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a little curious about one of the artists and my first Google hit came up with this.

Mitch Cope is director of The Tangent Gallery. A large open space devoted to exhibiting experimental contemporary art that is experimental.

http://www.thedetroiter.com/MAR03/Mitch.html

Hmmmm, experimental contemporary art that is experimental? That's a concept deserving of further exploration, for sure. Who the hell writes this crap?

11:53 PM  
Anonymous matt-as-hell said...

If you're looking for more info on Mitch Cope, pulled this from another recent thread:

Cope has curated himself into the museum's second show, and into a "catalogue" for its first... as well as himself and father into a MoCAD sponsored magzine i.e., Detroit.

Thomas Hoving, the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, didn't have much trouble seeing lessons in the promotion of a staff member's work and was fairly unequivocal in describing the conflict of interest as "staggeringly obvious". He added, "to think they thought there's not even a perception of a conflict ... For goodness' sake, it's so obvious."

Museum guidelines for its officers are equally standard and unequivocal: "no-one should use, or give the appearance of using, their public position to further their private interests."

The guaranteed boost to Cope's career and prices, from a museum's major endorsement of him, raises another issue of lost ethics.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous gilda said...

I am really pleased that Aaron and company have done this show in Northville. There are so many exhibition spaces out and about that just dont get the notice they deserve.

5:42 AM  
Anonymous jef said...

yeah there're art venues all over, in rochester, downriver, ann arbor, ferndale, troy, northville and even pontiac. these are all excellent platforms for regional artists to start.

but from thereon, if they stay, it will only matter in detroit.

culture needs a core city, and detroit like it or not is ours.

Bernard-Henri Lévy a french philosopher says in Departures magazine (i was at the doctor today) - that his least favorite city is "Detroit... because it is in ruins and left to die."

culture is the barometer of a city's lifeforce. Lévy didn't find it here. Kertess didn't find it here (his turn away from a painting show to one of "rust and decay" as evidence).

but we all know it's here, bubbling and seething beneath the surface.

so i can only wish great success for MOCAD. it can be that beacon.

at the same time - knowing that unearthing NY art in a hole-in-the-wall (Kertess's implication, not mine) Detroit museum won't change Lévy's mind alone.

hole or not, the culture of a place is discovered in its own art -- not in that of others.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous rick said...

aaron's shows seem to becoming more and more predictable. he seems to put the same artists in his shows the only thing differernt is the gallery.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous jacksprat said...

Just when I wanted to have confidence in Aaron...showing retreads is seriously lame. Sorry dude.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small show and space, but good selection of artists - ones who usually don't show their work in this area.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry Gilda. Spaces need to earn respect not just get it. The next shows will tell if he has the balls. i find it interesting. that one again can own a space and run a space. Artist Market made that mistake and pushed it off on Aaron. they still can't get their act together.No vision, no programing no respect till they earn it! Time to raise the bar not keep creating useless spaces that show the same in crowd (safe).

11:11 PM  

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