Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Installation exhibit by Michelle Barczak, Ed Brown, Chris Erchick, Beili Liu, and Andrew Thompson @ Detroit Industrial Projects (DIP) this a museum...nope, not mocad... just another person taking a risk, opening a space on their own pocketbook and time, and making a difference!

Initially this piece really made me think of Robert Chambers...a wonderful piece that I saw at Miami Goldman Warehouse. In that piece, the bicycle was attached to a compressor that would spin the shared front tire and fill the gallery with a moaning, clicking sound. Ed Brown's bicycle is similar in that it explores sound by vigorously pedaling and releasing a bass vibration into a plastic cone positioned on the rear tire. Even when outside the gallery you could hear the low trembling noise. Very smart piece by Brown.

"Kid Icarus and the Cure for Cancer" - Chris Erchick

"Hot Water Cozies" plastic grocery & retail bags - Andrew Thompson
Oh yeah, don't forget the ceiling. The pipes were methodically wrapped with pastel colored plastic trash bags.

"GO, #2" bullet shells and salt water - Beili Liu

"Cletus (The Phantom Turd) Exhibits the Pixellation Digestion Phenomenon" - MB
Aside from the messy cords and foil-like alien shape, this little hidden surreal landscape was a delight to peer into. I love mini utopic works.

We all agree, DIP rocks! Keep up the good work! We need more spaces like this for artists to push the boundaries.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the last DIP show set the bar pretty high and I'm not sure this one cleared it in terms of cohessiveness. I did definitely enjoy the work from Chris Erchick and Andrew Thompson.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear people are interested in DIP. I think all three exhibits showcased the type of impressive talent that Detroit-area artists have to offer. As the director of DIP, I'm always seeking artists for future shows. Email me (Jeanette Strezinski), for more info.
Thanks for the support!

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they seem to be doing a much better job with a much smaller budget in- amazingly, an interior that looks suspiciously simillar. And MOCAD thought their interior designer was SOOOO unique.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think DIP is fantastic, Jeanette has the energy and appreciation for contemporary art that Detroit needs. Her openmindedness allows for her to take risks that other galleries not only refuse to do, but because of their establishment, cannot do. DIP came in fresh, no ties, no pressure, nor a clientele to please, which I think is what makes this alternative space a gem.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy in the last picture is totally hot!!!!!!!!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Michelle Barczak's work at the Cranbrook thesis show. I think there is definitely something interesting about the direction of her work. She also curated that show "Suburban Glitter" at Cranbrook... I'm keeping an eye out for her...

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah- I've been hearing alot about michelle b. (mb is it?) lately. rumor has it she is getting picked up by a rather important chelsea gallery that will remain nameless. best of luck

(and to think nick sousanis completely disregarded her in his review of the show on the detroiter blog. way to drop the ball on that one, nick (yet again)

11:30 AM  

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