Wednesday, May 31, 2006

tires for mocad

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Be sure to check out the metro times this week for their art coverage. The first story is on detroit artist scott hocking and his outdoor tire installation for mocad board member julie taubman. The piece was commissioned specifically for the mocad fundraiser. The other story is on the current trend of installation art and the windsor gallery - Artcite.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone called it "party-art" for the rich. I guess you don't twist balloons anymore, in Detroit you pile tires.
Reminded me of another artist that worked with tires and huge inner-tubes a few years ago. His work was more inspired to my car and rust tastes.
He had a great piece at a Cranbrook group show (when they still opened their doors to local artists). I think that show had an equally inspired cliche-title. Something like: THE AUTO SHOW or something.
Anyone remember that guys' name and whatever happened to him?

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how scott got to do this on mocad's tab ... could it be all those "detroit ruins tours" he gave to kertess?

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott had an idea and he made it happen. He was paid an honorarium for his work and the company - TravelArt Services - happily let him use a truck to transport tires to Bloomfield Hills. The final offering can be successful or not successful...but the effort, intention and process is truly admirable. I believe this to be a very successful project.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was so successful, why did the Taubmans have it removed?

And why did the neighbors complain?

And why does anyone care what happened on a well-groomed lawn of some rich fart?

And why did the Metro Times bother to make a story out of it?

And Scott didn't make it admirably happen ... an honorarium and Travel Art did!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leo, I googled and found out the show happened in 1996 at Cranbrook and was indeedy-do titled AUTO SHOW but I could only find reference to one of the artists Tyree Guyton.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear “the leo king”,
Your bitterness will never serve you. If you are searching for the perfect artwork I suggest you continue with still life and landscape painting. They are much easier to except as art.
“Reverend Cool Juice”

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The term up has no meaning apart from the word down. The term fast has no meaning apart from the term slow. In addition such terms have no meaning even when used together, except when confined to a very particular situation... most of our language about the organization and objective's of government is made up of such polar terms. Justice and injustice are typical. A reformer who wants to abolish injustice and create a world in which nothing but justice prevails is like a man who wants to make everything up. Such a man might feel that if he took the lowest in the world and carried it up to the highest point and kept on doing this, everything would eventually become up. This would certainly move a great many objects and create an enormous amount of activity. It might or might not be useful, according to the standards which we apply. However it would never result in the abolishment of down.

drank up - hoes down.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Reverend Cool Juice,

So a pyramid of 2,000 tires on the Taubman's lawn is "perfect" for you?

You're right, I guess my standards are a little higher than yours. And that isn't a symptom of bitterness, but chagrin.

Google "tire sculpture" and just see the enormous number and variety of artists who've done it and done it better.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rev. C.J.:
"much easier to EXCEPT as art"?

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take a look at this fat elephant....

the sculpture isnt bad either

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think we've pissed on scott enough.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any one who is willing to clean detroit tire by tire is a hero in my eyes. if you, leo king, have a problem with the concept of scott's tire pyramid, you should probably go to art school and whine to your little art dork friends about how you aren’t getting any attention yet.
rev. cool juce

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read what is written and what is not written about the MOCAD. This week's glossy cover of the "Detroit Jewish News", June 1,2006, features a large color photo of Scott Hocking's tire installation. Sitting on the tires are Linda Powers, Marsha Miro, Julie Taubman,and Burt Aaron. The title reads:"ART MAGNET:New Contemporary Art Museum Will Seek to Revitalize Motown's Cultural Landscape". This colorful two page article begins on page 65 as the leader to the Arts & Entertainment section. If you don't see the news stands around, you can read this article about MOCAD,filled with quotes, by going to and click on the feature photo/title on the left. ...Linda

6:34 AM  

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