Tuesday, June 13, 2006

CAID: games can be fun!

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What could be better than playing putt-putt on a nice summer evening? How about playing put-put where the holes are all designed by local artists? Yes, some holes were a little more conceptual = more difficult to play but the whole "game show" event at CAID proved to be a fun, interactive art opening! 
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It is very hard to see but this hole by denise whitebread-fanning had shaking, clucking, constructed chickens that blocked the pathway to the holes! This was a personal favorite!
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This hole by scott hocking proved to be the most fun to watch people try and get their ball into the floating turtle hole. I don't think even the cheater who starting throwing their ball at the hole got it in!
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This putt-putt masterpiece by clint snider was a small found object, recycled house that he constructed - complete with satellite dish.
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This hole...which is a little hard to see, involved a cannon that shot the ball through the rotating holes on top...too bad it stopped working at the beginning of the show :(
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This complex hole by the curator of the golf range, graem whyte, was challenging but very playable!
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Chido Johnson's long distance putt!
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Inside was many, many other playable games/artworks.
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theresa peterson
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...complete with arcade games - "calder" and "mondrian"!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great time. At the end of the night things got really wild.
All of the sudden people decided to dip many of the key participants into gold latex and stick them together. Then the whole sceen broke down into a worship ceremony calling for Aaron to hit the lotto. Glad I woke up in my own bed the next morning!

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT SHOW. But....to the guys that are doing the whole "Detroit urban found junk" thing. I think it is time to move it up a level. Ok, it's junk found in Detroit...they find it, glue it together or dip it in paint in some interesting way only to STILL make it look like junk. Why even move it from where you found it? Seems like it would speak volumes if you found the junk and made it look like something of value. Cast it gold or something. It has stopped being a comment on urban society and turned into some kids from the suburbs making fun of the people who actually live in the squalor. I mean, the put-put shack with the DISH on it….why not park a miniature Escalade on the side and put an oil drum BBQ and case of Colt 45 out front. HA HA, we all got a laugh from the mountain of tires brought out of the inner city…it just goes to show how stupid Detroiters are for not seeing how valuable 2000 used tires littering their neighborhoods can be.
It is time to move on. Why not do a show that touches upon the rebel flag phenomenon in Taylor? Or the drunken mothers of Birmingham? Yes, Detroit has problems but people need to stop painting the abandoned home orange and using it’s streets as some type of playground. Why not paint one of those Birmingham JUMBO Bigfoot homes orange as a statement of destroying affordable property taxes and forcing elderly families to move elsewhere? It’s so easy to punch Detroit in the nuts for the sake of art. From this point on…ITS BEEN DONE and it’s time to move on. No more found shit on the streets or painting fucking dots on shit. Run for office…put a kid through college….pay an elderly woman’s electric bill….do something other than laughing at these people.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

trashed in reverse: a few years ago the museum of new art (mona) sponsored tyree guyton to polka-dot a house in downtown b'ham (it was to be demolished for a bigfoot & one of the board members owned it) and the whole thing was covered with multi-dots and nailed debris (dolls & hubcaps etc) including the dog house and balthazar korab came out and photographed it.

the city went wild and the street was clogged with cars night and day like it was heidelberg in the suburbs and the neighborhood/city freaked and wanted the house demolished immediately although it wasn't scheduled for two months and the street was cordoned off.

and strangely or not the press spun it like it was a great thing to have in the suburbs and that everyone loved having it and the mayor of b'ham even stated that he'd like tyree to polka-dot city hall.

moral: instead of demolition in two months, the house came down in just three days.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really liked hearing what hamster hands had to say. It is a little tiring to have wqhite kids come from the suburbs to live in detroit for a few years and act like they have control of the city culturally, and to behave like they discoverd a ghetto, they should try to live in it. nice work hamster hands.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz you said a few key words "a few years ago".
These urban found object art things are starting to become three's company rerun, you know the one where someone hears half of something and does something crazy to the others and hilarity ensues.
Liz you said it, when mona did it, it was fresh. Now its laughing at poor people in the city.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow.. so much negitivity from this page. found object rich poor urban rural who cares. you take so much time talking about what you do not like? why what have you done? in the defence of mr. clishe who everyone knows you mr, hanster hands are refering to in my opinion he is a working artist that consistently shows work. granted he might have friends in the right places but that still does not change the fact that he is working. doing something moving on ideas one way or another. i meen the put put house that probably took alot of effort to not only build but to move and store. do you have that kind of work ethic or are you an expressionist throwing paint onto walls i would like to see your resume and see what you have acomplished. other than that i only can say that i have respect for any artist who is willing to put their name on the line for their work and to openly be judged by negitive hamster butt inserters.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about negativity...after all, hamster hands did say "GREAT SHOW". I loved the idea of the game show and heard it was a lot of fun, but he had some good points. Sometimes we all need a little nudge to move it forward to the next level. And, besides, paying some elderly woman's electric bill could be fun, if doing so didn't give her a heart attack...

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey HUH...in 5 months i've been in 12 shows from chicago to new york. Fuck you.
Point still remains valid...these urban found object works are begining to cross the line into laughing at the people of Detroit. When you were in high school, rememebr teasing the really fat girl in your class? Rememebr how you would explain it as "Maybe she will lose weight if we tease her". Well did she ever lose the gut? I bet she just kept eating and got even fatter.
Thats what is going on here. Alot of "Detroit" artists are reminding Detroiters they live in filth. They say it's for their own good, some kind of statement. It's not working.
Hell 555 and 4372 had a whole show dedicated to crap found on the streets of detroit.
Why not get down to brass tacks and start encouraging more regional stereotypes....the white trash of taylor, the drunk wasps of northville, teenage coke heads of royal oak, the blue collar morons of warren. For every scrap tire found in detroit, there are 100 useless sacks of human filth to be found in the suburbs.

Raise the bar, if you really want to make change.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

again, bravo to hamster hands

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i remember the putt-putt art shows at dam when they were at stroh's and have missed them. nick worked hard on this show and it was a success. period.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was a great show and I loved it. Even the urban found objects were cool. I just think that there needs to be a point where they mature.
Every work there, from Mark Dancey's chess board to the Pac-man game, was strong and spoke volumes. It was a very good show. I loved it. The shaking chickens were my favorite.

It’s just that the dish on the mini-shack was the last straw. 75% of all video game purchases are made by family households that make less than 30,000$ a year. I'm sure there is a parallel with dish TV or even cable TV. Sure people in Detroit live in squalor, I bet the escape that satellite TV offers is a godsend. I see what look like abandoned homes in the city with 2 or 3 dishes, I don’t make jokes about it. What because they are poor, they cant watch HBO?
Its like that joke….
A farmer looking to make some extra money rents out his old outhouse to an Italian immigrant. 1 month later he sees a dish go up. 4 months later he sees 2 dishes. Intrigued, he knocks on the door and asks why 2 dishes. The Italian says “This is the best house I’ve ever had, it’s so good I rented the basement out to the stupid Pollack at work”.

See, the putt-putt shack is equally disturbing as that joke.

The Game Show was the best show I’ve been to in a long time. I personally think that these urban found object works could go out with a bang and call this show the finale. End on a strong note instead of being repeated over and over again until they become a bad joke.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Mr. Hamster, a racist joke
is a racist joke, no excuses.
Found object assemblage looks dated
to you? Is that because it's an artform that has been around as long as everything else in modern art or because everything here is a
little dated? Is that not what we are working on?
It's a proven model: Art fights
urban despair(blight?).
And you want to tell these artists to mind their own business and
make something pretty?
I am not amused.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In twelve months i have been in bla bla bla. so what you are saying is that if these artist do not follow your suggestion then they are failing or something? as long as we do what you say then we will be alright? how much credit do i give someone who is willing to voice such a " im the shit opinion" that wont even tell us where he is showing at the moment or give us a link to some work of yours i bet it has nothing to do with the white trash of talor or tenage coke heads of royal oak. granten you did start your coments with great show but well why am i wasting my time responding to a self ritus person who knows everything and referrs to himself as hamster hands? by the way you are offly judgemental of other comunitys and the people who live there. were do you live? birmingham mabey? well you better respond to this quickly becouse your rich parents need to use the computer to pay your bills.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has gotten to be silly. If someone has a valid opinion (which is what I think hamster hands has, within reason)what difference does it make where he comes from or where he has shown? Must someone be an artist to have a functioning opinion of the art scene, or must he be independently impoverished? These attacks are getting absurd and distracting.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[If someone has a valid opinion (which is what I think hamster hands has, within reason)what difference does it make where he comes from or where he has shown?]

i think the person/anonymous-before-you was just remarking on hamster's arrogance, by hamster's implying he's more qualified to have an opinion:

"in 5 months i've been in 12 shows from chicago to new york. Fuck you."

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just have some mud wrestling stand off at CAID. Have a series of matches building up to the Headliner. The first evening could build up to a match between Aaron T and Anne Fracassa. Have the ambulances standing by. They own a lot of turf.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone ever wonder why you dont see alot of detroits black artists invlolved in the activities, exhibitions, etc talked about on this blog? I mean, there are lots of them around but they seem to be ignored or invisible. With all the talk of mocad, caid, gameshows, etc it seems that the artists involved are all white. Hamster hands posts made me wonder about all this.

5:23 PM  

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