Saturday, September 02, 2006

n-turprt: get to know northville

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I knew that northville was a metro-western suburb in michigan but I had no idea that it had a downtown city district. It feels like a downtown rochester if you have been there: a little yuppie-ish yet still trying to be hip. Thus introduce the Art House. The gallery might have existed before but I had never heard anything about the space. Aaron Timlin was asked to take over part time and curate the shows thus putting the gallery on the map. The second big opening, n-turprt, features a group of local artists that were all asked to make a work of art - the only catch was that the piece had to be created within 10 blocks of the Art House! At first it may sound a little torturous but the pieces ranged from found object sculpture, painting, drawing and photography. I was impressed with the caliber of the show although there were some weaker works, the gems really stood out. (Sometimes group shows with themes can limit the artists or make for a weak show based on the guidelines.) The show seemed to bring out experimental art: art not ordinary of the artist. I am glad that the gallery exists in northville - hopefully it will challenge those who live in the area to look at art in a different way and buy art from local artist instead of soulless trade galleries!
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I had to arrive early before the actual opening so half of the labels weren't up yet, so excuse me if I don't label the artists to all the works.
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Mike Richison - I would give him best in show...you have to go and read the whole time line. It is quite amazing that he documented every little bit on the sidewalk, streets and surrounding - even marking cracks in the sidewalk! I love his humor by the end when he starts to get annoyed that it is taking so long to finish the drawing...he counts down his hours to work and writes about the people he meets along the way. His work reminds me of this ny artist.
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This title steals the show! hahaha! awesome.
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harlan lovestone
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Davin Brainard
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Lynn Galbreath
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Catherine Peet
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Yup, even I did a piece which I actually forgot to get a full pic of but they composed of 9 grid "drawings". Each piece identical except for the adjective- all adjectives that one visiting might use to describe the works he/she sees. This happens all the time: same piece of art - different opinions...good, bad, horrid, exceptional, dreamy, lovely, comical... I think I was influenced by the disagreement of the josh smith show and wanted to comment on the fact that people are quick to judge before they analyze. Therefore someone can look at this calculated grid pieces and although the words convey different meanings, the pieces are essentially identical in form. Art is a funny thing.
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Oh, and the weirdest part of northville...on the way out across the street apparently a car flipped in the parking lot? Weird...I guess a lady hit the gas instead of the brake and flipped her car. She was ok though, but it created a big ruckus!

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott's title could have been taken directly from a Sufjan Stevens album.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

Instead it was taken from the D album. Who knew Mitch was such a cook? And that the others are ducks? I guess during the opening he decided to stay at the table with "challanging" conversation.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if Mitch was cooking duck - how would he have time for challenging conversations - except for the fact that conversations - challenging and not - linger everywhere...like salt and pepper.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

No one cooked any duck that I know of? But its still worth it to get out to the Gallery. I feel all involved really made great contributions.

4:19 PM  
Blogger elizabeth isakson said...

mike's piece was amazing- and was by far the best in show. his comment about northville having the prettiest trash is right on... and had some northvillians cackling with laughter.

i grew up around there, and nothville dumpster diving was always the best. that's where half the furniture in my apartment is from, actually.

simones work was great, too!

11:00 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

Yeah its true, before the opening I took two passes by a huge pile off Center st. A beautiful coiled wire cone that was the support for something. It had the Old mattress coil look amongst other interesting disguarded materials.
Just cannot save all of the beauty and potential though. Berkley is another great place to find plentiful overflow.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Steven Brown said...

Ann I am confused....your work is the grided paper with adjectives, or the pink and striped painting with back-ho?

10:57 AM  
Blogger ann said...

steve,
the adjectives

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Steven Brown said...

Then, to whom do those two paintings belong? They are rather friendly.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

Those are Faina's two paintings.
They are awesome and I was so tempted to by them at 8o.oo a piece but have held off so far.
I was suprised to see her paintings as I am used to the sculptures I have seen over the last year that I've been familiar.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous baker said...

by the way Liz, could you expand on why "Mike's work is by far the best in the show?"

10:08 PM  
Anonymous pookie said...

The Well-Traveled Road... Again Again:

Hamish Fulton first came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of a number of artists who were exploring new forms of sculpture and landscape art.

A central characteristic of Fulton's practice was a direct physical engagement with a traveled landscape. Fulton's time as a student at St Martin's College of Art in London (1966-68) and his journeys in South Dakota and Montana in 1969, encouraged him to think that art could be 'how you view the immediate world', and not tied necessarily to the production of objects.

He began to make walks, and then to make journals, drawings, graphs and photographic works about the experience of walking.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous baker said...

Its interesting how we re-hash or re-discover ideas knowingly and innocently. As for Fulton
"his journeys in South Dakota and Montana in 1969, encouraged him to think that art could be 'how you view the immediate world', and not tied necessarily to the production of objects".

This view has existed for thousands of years but bringing it into the mainstream again and again is necessary.
One can think of cave or skin paintings with each image as part of a story line. Or the rythems inherent in music derived from the walking pace of our earliar migratory existence. When each generation inherits this situation is'nt it natural to come to some of the same conclusions?.. but we add our contemporary perspective to it. Even Ducamp and his vile of parisian air. We save our experiences / art in what i've been calling the human bank.

11:13 AM  

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