Thursday, January 04, 2007

(4x4) 2 year anniversary @ motor city

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Happy anniversary motor city, we made it two years! I hope that art night will continue and artists will keep coming out and supporting one another.
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"best of show" graem whyte
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dan marchwinski...I thought it made great use of the small parameters!
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billy o'bryan
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dan de maggio
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sara blakeman - It's like gold-plated sushi!
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scott hocking
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ed brown
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dylan spaysey - I think 3 bucks was a steal!
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elizabeth cand
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davin brainard
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faina lerman
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mike richison - I love richison's drawings!
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michael steen
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corine smith

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phadra robinson
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mike smith - Smith's piece at 81bucks was also a steal seeing that in a couple years it will only double!
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bee harris - I like any art with googly eyes...seriously!


Anonymous gilda said...

ooooh i wish i was in this show! these are some of my most favorite artists

10:15 AM  
Anonymous the grinch said...

overall, I was super disappointed in this show. maybe I went in with expectations too high. motor city has shown some cool stuff over the last two years, that was hardly apparent from most of this grouping.

11:56 AM  
Blogger ann said...

I feel that motor city has lost a little of its boom that it had a year ago. I also get annoyed about the parking lot dispute and colorful, crafty additions to the space....oh, well.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous mark creegan said...

wow, if this isn't up to par then id like to see what they showed last year. Seriously, so many of these offerings are smart and fun, what are you doing over there? Its like all yer little artist engines are running on high octane!

12:07 PM  
Anonymous andy kem said...

i enjoyed the show as well, lots of variety. I had an immediate rush of ideas for my own 4"^3 piece(s)

overall, I really dig these 'size' shows for their spontaneity.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous graem said...

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11:02 PM  
Anonymous gilda said...

thanks Graem for the heads up about the parking. The last time I was at the brewery we encountered the parking guy who steered us over to a corner.

To quote Rodney King, "why cant we all just get along?"

Yeah, I am going to forego the TJ because of this. I love the portobello mushroom soup, but not that much.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous valerie parks said...

Graem - consider the word spread. Parking should never be a problem when visiting/supporting a destination that is supposed to be about an enjoyable experience. I hope you get that pizza oven – we need good kitchens in the area. Being the bully in the neighborhood does not sit well with folks who work and live in the area.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous dan marchwinski said...

hey that was my piece...the one whose name you didnt get...

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Scott Lowell owns the parking lot, if he pays for maintenance, upkeep, cleaning, insurance, security, taxes,etc, then some would argue that he has a right to say what he does with that property.

If suggesting he is a dick is your way of resolving the issue, don't be surprised if you're disappointed.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous graem said...

At the request of mcbw, i had my previous post removed. The comments were born out of frustration over the situation, and in no way represent the opinions of Motor City Brewery or its owners. I apologize for any misunderstanding this may have caused.


5:26 PM  
Blogger Judgemental Internet Nerd said...

That guy from Tj's may not be a dick but he sure is a jerk. I know many people who have worked for him very well and he is a notorious uptight creep. He wants too own the entire "midtown" neighborhood and formit into his own gentrified zone. To the naive individual who wrote that he pays for upkeep, if you had been to the brewery 6 months ago you would have noticed those huge ghettopalms that were growing over the spaces that he now claims for his own. Those darn things had been there for years. It seems he is scrambling and making excuses. It's people like him that have eventually destroyed every vital creative city neighborhood in America. Don't buy into his BS!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whenever a business person reaches a certain level of success they have to make tough business decisions that ultimate may piss some people off, who then attack him/her publicly for this or that.

Scott Lowell has invested time, money, and energy in areas where other business fear to tread. We should thank him, ultimately he is affecting the standard of living in Midtown.

That said, TJ should not be afraid of MCBC serving food, it is better for everyone to make the area a destination spot. Increased activity will help both.

I do not know anything about this issue, accept for what I have read here, but it seems pretty clear that they need to resolve whatever issues they have, it’s that simple. They are both good local businesses and they need to work together for the good of everyone.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know anything about the issue, just like everybody else posting comments here. There is a simultaneous discussion about this on the Detroityes forum and none of them know anything about it either. That lack of knowledge isn't stopping anybody from sharing their opinion, except maybe for Graem. I think he knows more than he's sharing here. Please tell us, Graem, is Scott a dick or not?

5:56 PM  
Anonymous buttcher said...

last anonymous, would you please leave it alone?

8:30 PM  
Anonymous m. said...

I love you judgemental internet nerd.

"It's people like him that have eventually destroyed every vital creative city neighborhood in America."

That's the most hilarious sentence I've read this morning. Did somebody hit you over the head with a baseball bat and then set you at a computer to write drivel? If every vital creative city neighborhood in America had actually been destroyed it would take a hell of a lot more than 1 or 2 people to do it. Detroit's problems, (and, consequently, midtowns problems) are a result of more than 1 or 2 people over the span of a few months. Oh, the will to incite panic with overwrought sentence structure.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when your mike smith doubles, be careful not to spend the instant fortune all in one place. $160, wow. You could buy a playstation ... no, wait, you could buy a.... hmm. i guess double nothing is still nothing.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Scott is a dick. If you know anyone who has had to work for him you would know it's true. The change in the standard of living in "midTown" is relative to the individuals desires. Personally I fell in love with the Cass Corridor. I am not so crazy about "MidTown". Cass Corridor spelled freedom, "MidTown" contains Starbucks, overpriced lofts w/ enclosed parking and tenants who do their groceru shopping at upscale stores in Roal Oak. This style of living will never benefit the community that originally lived in said neighborhood and fought long and hard to create vital, creative, good natured businesses, art galleries, clubs, and restaurants. Despite the fact that some uninformed and naive individuals think this began with Lowell (a relative newcomer to the neighborhood) It did not. Yes, I have had some closed head injuries but I am still able to realize the

""It's people like him that have eventually destroyed every vital creative city neighborhood in America."

implies more than one individual. It is
that are the gentrifying elements. There are definitely many people like him
.... more ghetto-ass self absorbed, ruthless, uncaring, slum lords.

People should begin to examine now which direction they want their city/neghborhood to head in.

1:20 PM  

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