Monday, November 27, 2006

can I borrow your spaceship?

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If I borrow your spaceship will it take me to cranbrook?? Probably - that said, there is an excellent show of cranbrook artists at CAID curated by laith karmo, also a cranny alum. Despite my cranbrook cynicism, a couple of my favorite detroit artists are in this show and I even have a Ballen of my own at home! Detroit has its art cliques and each has there own style whether it is cranbrook's fluorescent conceptual design or wayne's past figurative/wilbert style or ccs' current installation works or the gritty detroit recycled objects...it is only so apparent in this city because it is so small - every group can be catalogued and stereotyped.
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ivin ballen...love, love his work and am glad he is still experimenting with taking new materials. this time deceiving the viewer with painted hydrocal with an inflated bag appearance.
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Britton Tolliver - geez, how can this only be acrylic on panel? This piece is amazing in person...I wanted to lick all the colorful layers before they dripped off!
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Chris Williams
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sara blakeman - I was pleasantly surprised to see blakeman experimenting with drawing and mixing traditional materials with her usual puff-painted creations. I love the idea of having a drawing become a sculpture and move off the wall.
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This drawing is taking a sculpture for a walk....
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...but I think the sculpture made an accident ;)
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In conclusion: Riding in spaceships is fun unless you forget your helmet....and by helmet I mean art imagination.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

cliques, not clicks.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have a reputation of being cynical about a lot of things, why is that?

4:15 PM  
Anonymous federline said...

How Dare Cranbrook people know and collaborate with people they went to school with!!!! They should be ashamed.

2:54 AM  
Blogger ann said...

goodness, I love when people miss the point...I was only pointing out that there are cliques and styles between those groups. I was not saying it was bad...in fact didn't I say I really liked this show???

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking of cliques ... anyone hear about a break-in at hilberry gallery?

10:58 AM  
Anonymous barbara said...

no. what did you hear about this?

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard they were having some window glass panes hastily replaced this morning - maintenance or break-in repair?

6:43 PM  
Anonymous federline said...

cliques is a loaded term and you know it ann!

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great post. I just heard about this exibit, and was so happy to see pictures. Great article , keep it up !
Christopher Chouinard
www.fotogink.com

9:28 AM  

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