Sunday, April 30, 2006


Congrats to a few former ccs students and detroit artists who are off to grad school soon! Mike Smith who just graduated from ccs has just been accepted into Yale! Steven Brown who graduated a few years ago will be heading to the west coast to attend Berkley. Also, Mark Sengbusch will be staying local and going to Cranbrook in the fall.
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mike smith (above and below) - these two works were made about a month ago after the death of his uncle who was also an artist.
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steven brown (above and below) - recent works after a studio study in chicago
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

more little barns or houses. i gotta get in on this

11:06 PM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

Another CCS student, Amy Appleman does barn-like houses. I guess it really is a trend. I do them to though, except mine are more naively drawn.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations indeed to Mark and Mike! I hope you find things well at your respective, and respectable institutions. Amidst all this talk about NY in Detroit & at MOCAD, you two will certainly help project Detroit's presence to the larger world....I will not say larger 'scene,' because that would be an insult to you both. Scenes are treacherous duplications of authentic communities.

PS to your mouth with the word trend. You have no idea what you're talking about.


6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That doesn't sound painfully pretentious at all Steven, but I am sure that is just you getting ready for all those Cali grad school crits where that perhaps will help get you by

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps...but more to the point, I have not asked for my work to be posted at all, and have received only personal pot-shots both times, not formal criticisms, or even a Hello, just Anonymous junk.

This blog seems generally to have some great dialogue, and everyone agrees it is a great resource for the city, but appearantly even the unsolicited appearance of my work yields Anonymous vitriol.

Terrible reviews are fine. You are free to hate the work, or me if you'd like, but how is this better than '...unnamed sources tell the Enquirer that...'

Ann did not intend for this

2:08 PM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

yeah anon - that's just ridiculous. you're exaclty the reason why this blog is often extremely counter-productive. If you want to make personal stabs at people, get a myspace account.

This is what frustrates me so much about our community. we say we want Detroit to move forward, but how the heck can we get anywhere with people anonymously hating Detroit's own. This blog should be here for constructive criticism. nothing personal should enter the picture. it's childish. grow up. We should be helping our artists to grow and if that means tearing apart their work, then tear apart the WORK. that's constructive. If we want Detroit to stand out and hold its own, we have to work together and help each other out.

This is why you anonymous posters with all these opinions about Detroit and all these slanderous things to say are actually part of the problem.

I will say that the comment made by steven was a little harsh that people that say 'trend' don't know what they're talking about. I think that could have been put a little more constructively.

nonetheless, this blog is just a childish vessel for name calling and it's gotta stop. Though it is only a little internet blog, let's face it, it's brings everyone together to voice their opinions. Why not use that to our advantage and actually be productive?

3:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks John,

I will apologize at large for being a jerk with the word "everyone" when I really meant ANON.

But I feel that you understood the need to defend myself. Rhetoric has a nasty taste for a reason. Anyone who knows me knows I speak my mind, and have made many friends and enemies because of it, but my mind is always on the work, or some crucial tangent thereabouts.

Maybe this is a spring board for talking about the perceived trend....guard down....because it seems that many artists are, and many are responding to the home, warehouse, or landscape....but again, isn;t everything a trend globally when there are millions and millions of working artists....think soft-sculpture, Sze-like matricis...horses...graphic-like acrylic woprk, etc....there's room for everyone....right?...we hope....

And in the end, people should god-damn make what they god-damnn NEED to. Forget the rest of it. Raise your hand if you got into 'this mess' to be the cleverest kid on the block. There you go. Do what you need to and let the rest sort itself out.

My piece-depicted above- was a response to the emptiness I saw as the only thread tying many rural communities home has no exits and no entry, stuffed to bursting with goose down, hovering above fields of wood ash....I am showing it in a community where I have a deep connectino with many citizens, and where they perceive the collapse of their rural farming, and closed Kraft and GE plants as a problem, not just another benign stage of Walmartification...having done an installation there that people really responded to, I was invited back....lately for me it seems the shows or installations that make me really feel full and giddy are in places noone has heard of.

Would my work fly in NY?...LA?...SF?.....i don't know yet:) But the people who like it follow it.


10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont like the "anonymous" name for posting. Any name is better than that...its just too easy to hide behind, and its too confusing to respond to six different "anonymouses"

or should that be "anonynmice"

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very clever

4:50 PM  
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