Sunday, July 23, 2006

detroit bros. at cpop

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The Detroit Bros. had their big bike unveiling at Cpop Friday night where the Discovery Channel taped the final scenes for the Biker Build-Off episode they were featured in. Many of you might be thinking, what does this have to do with art, but the one brother graduated from ccs and the other took classes there but finished up his schooling at U of M. They had their metal sculptures on display and some sign paintings but it was the bikes that took the prize. It was all the small touches that showed their art backgrounds shining though. It was a diverse crowd and a fun time waiting for the Discovery bike to come racing down the road from their custom shop in Ferndale.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool. Were Paul Sr and Paul Jr or Mikey there?

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... reason to ignore Detroit art scene

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the only reason they were at C-Pop was because it would be in Detroit for the "Detroit" Bros Discovery Channel shoot. I haven't seen a new exciting thing in that place in a long time. Last I heard is that it was all but closing if not already closed.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It can be fun to go to C-pop to listen to that fat guy drop names and talk about Niagra. "She's a great painter and I discovered her."

Whatever happened to the experimental gallery some young CCS grads started in the basement? Closed already?

11:03 AM  
Anonymous M. said...

"Many of you might be thinking, what does this have to do with art, but the one brother graduated from ccs and the other took classes there but finished up his schooling at U of M."

I went to CCS, therefore it's art?

1:06 PM  
Anonymous guitar hero said...

detroit bros.
more like ferndale bros.!

3:34 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

Sounds like Ann is the only one who saw the show. But i guess preconceived opinions will do in a pinch.

I did see the show, and while i am not really in touch with the culture behind the art I have no problem seeing the bikes as art. In fact I think at least one of them would burn the skin off your face if you actually rode it (it has vertical exhaust pipes directly in front of the rider). I know that the culture behind this kind of art may seem brutish, and often is, but it is also nuanced. I was surprised by some of the bizarre metalwork that seemed both structural and ornamental. The worst thing that could be said is that the show is crafty, but i think even that view would fail to see how it fits into the larger art scene. Which it does, if you care to look.

7:57 PM  
Blogger craigpaulnowak said...

A closed mind is a mind that has failed before it has begun to think.

Is it art? What does it matter whether it is or isn't? Just because this art is functional and intended to be utilitarian (which makes it craft, which also implies that it is art, because craftsman are artists too, and what they make is and always will be considered art).

I can't believe I'm making this argument. Hand-crafted motorcycles, all custom built, derived from a single spark, that is, derived from an idea, perfectly legitimate and in many cases, more interesting than the thoughtless dribble that so many so-called artists are making and calling art without an incling of an idea as to what actually makes it art, is art.

There are so many open eyes clouded by closed minds that insist on commenting in this worthwhile blog using the only way that they know how, the safe way: "anonymous."

So be it...

I haven't seen the show and more than likely won't be able too. But I sure as hell appreciate the diversity of shows that Ann has been covering lately. Thank you Ann.

And I apologize for venting.

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to CCS, therefore it's art?

It's the only legitimate credential in town, and we all know how important credentials are.

2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's the only legitimate credential in town"

Cranbrook, Wayne State, UofM... Cranbrook...
not to mention the credential of having had a life and having something to say about it, no degree required ...

I wish CCS would stop telling its students that admittance and graduation alone makes them artists.

I'm not saying that the bikes aren't art (wouldn't want to argue with Craig) I'm just surprised by the mindset that being a CCS grad makes one art-note-worthy, no thought required.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's funny is I'm not suprised by the comment of "CCS students mean they are artists". She should of said how she really wanted to though. CCS students mean they are artists in the three galleries I actually go to. There is so much great art in Detroit and around in Detroit's suburbs including south of Detroit that is better than alot of the art I've seen on here. I know there are galleries that have been open for over twenty years that she's never stepped foot into and in a climate of gallery go up gallery go down one year later I think it's time to open your eyes to what's actually out there. Oh and BTW if it's that important those "other" galleries carry CCS grads too. Some pretty great nongrads to boot. Imagine that!!

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Terry said...

It's like the same little clique over and over again.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you think building a motorcycle from the ground up is a no thought required process, you have to be the dumbest motherfucker ever it is incredibly difficult......

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to comment on the first guys mention of Paul sr. and jr. and mikey being there. The answer to that question is No! Why? Because the Tuetul's would never, ever go up against real bike builders like the D-Bros. or Twsited.. The reason is because faggots don't risk losing and that's because they have a weak a$$ egos, so they build a bike for company here and there.. It's so obvious that OCC should stand for Ordinary Crappy Choppers!! Hey Paul Jr. why don't you 'man' up for once in your life and enter a Biker Build Off? What you ain't got the manhood in you? I mean if you keep building bikes for corporate America I guess there's no risk of losing- but that makes you and OCC, well, scaredy cats! Tuetul's are scaredy cats.. haha lmao! roflmao... that's so whacked.. Sr. you should retire you old bum! Mikey you should go into a psyche hospital and never look back.. Rick and Vin get your own shop and get into Biker Build Offs.. you guys are the only real men at OCC. I'm done here.. later boys! Oh one last thing.. D-Boys the "10" Bike should have won the BB but either way that Bike is sick and hot as all hekk

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well siad man above me.. i totally agree with all that. tuetuls never talk about any builders or ever make any mention of competing with other builders. i can't believe fans of american chopper don't put some pressure on the tuetuls to do a biker build off. i'd love to see the tuetuls lose and watch dad have a melt down. lol. you see you gotta watch the guys with muscles.. alot of times there's no heart under them and the muscle just hides that fact.

5:51 AM  

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