Sunday, June 17, 2007


A big thanks to everyone who came out to the yacht club's grand opening! I went back and forth how to post the show....thus the humorous prematurely defensive show name F*CK YOU/ COMMENTARY CRITICISM...and I have to say I am somewhat exhausted and just want to get the pics up for now!
I am always on the fence when it comes to knowing about a show prior to viewing, but ultimately with the strong curatorial themes (for all three shows planned) I decided to include a "viewer note" so click here if you want more info....if not pretend I didn't even mention it! I will gladly chat with anyone interested in more reasoning and info.

And finally, despite the big crowds, I know there are a few who were not able to attend so I have decided to open up the gallery this thursday and friday for limited hours. The chicago artist, Tomlinson, thankfully opted at the end of the show to keep his work in tact and not drive it back home as initially planned, I believe in part due to the welcoming detroit reception to his paintings.

yacht club will be open:

Thursday june 21, 6-8pm
Friday june 22, 4-7pm
or by appointment 248.709.9747

and....then it's back to work for the next show RUNAWAY, July 14th.

a friend said...
when I imagine you taking that photo on the street it makes my skin crawl.
8:54 AM
Archival inkjet print

Dylan Spaysky

Tug Ahoy For C.S. 1
Artist-taken personalized Polaroid

Tug Ahoy For C.S. 2
mixed media animation

Jose Ruiz
Your Opportunity To Feel Something Here
Vinyl, latex paint

André Ethier
Duck Off
Oil on panel

Nevin Tomlinson
Untitled (Ain't No Bureaucrat)
Oil on linen

Nevin Tomlinson
Untitled (Hates Authority Box)
Oil on linen

Nevin Tomlinson
Untitled (Shit Box)
Oil on linen

Jef Bourgeau and Dick Goody
Art In America

Mary Addison Hackett
I Am Optimistic About the Future
Mixed Media


Anonymous Anonymous said...


It still makes my skin crawl- but I like the artyness of the piece you made out of it- turnabout is fair play I suppose.

Sorry I missed the show.

I want to produce a play at Repertory Theater this winter before you leave featuring 'dialogues' from DetroitArts- Gilda, are you in?

Hugs and kisses.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is okay for a first show, but overall, it's somewhat disapointing. The initiative is exciting; to start a gallery and take on the responsability of inviting artists from outside of Michigan to show at your gallery deserves the utmost respect. Even the choice to use a local artist and the artist that was chosen demands attention. Spaysky isn't the safest choice, which really makes him perfect for this show. But the premise behind the show is dated, and unfortunately, here it doesn't add anything new to the already wide-spread dialogue being made by gallerists who support the angry artist.

If I had a penny for every angsty unhappy artist who felt like they weren't receiving their just dues, then I'd be a millionaire. So, I suppose the topic is relevant, but for all the people who feel this way, there are only a chosen few who can appropriately express themselves without letting their distrust toward the art world cloud their expression (or their desire to be accepted by the art world for that matter).

Being a gallerist is as much being an artist as is being a sculptor or painter or you-name-it. This show lacks truly interesting subject matter, and there might as well not be any composition (i.e. painting, painting, painting, video on pedistal, painting, photograph, installation, painting, and so on). Where's the curve ball?

If you want to talk about ill feelings towards all aspects of the art world, then why even partially follow its rules? And why paintings? If paintings are necessary, then why at standard height, hung level, on the wall; why not on the floor or behind a desk or in a crammed corner behind a spot light facing the viewer so they're blind and can't affectively view the work? That says "Fuck You" to me.

What I do appreciate here is the gallerist's step toward doing what I think should have been done throughout the entire show, which is the act of hanging an artist's work upside down. It would have cought me off guard if it were my work being hung upside down, but here it strengthens the Fuck You concept, like Rauchenberg eracing a DeKooning. If he only eraced a section of the painting/drawing, then what would be the point? What made it all worthwhile was the fact that DeKooning's work was completely eraced. Because this show was not "completely eraced" it suffers and more or less says "I'm not angry enough to be responsible for this statement (Fuck You) and I should not be taken seriously in saying it!"

To sum it all up: Either break the rules or have a non-controversial show!

3:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think ??? makes some valid points, though generally I think the show accomplished its intention quite well. I don't see this show as a purely curatorial idea, but rather an antagonistic relationship between artist and curator.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this show was meant to tread the line between concept and practice.

??? suggested cramming work behind a desk or on the floor to fully carry out this idea. I would venture to say that locking the door to the gallery would fully carry out the idea. However, the point is not to totally disenfranchise artists and viewers but to just rattle their cages.

There is an obvious symbiotic relationship between gallerist, artist, and viewer, I think this show examines that relationship by aknowledging it and poking fun.

??? said...
"To sum it all up: Either break the rules or have a non-controversial show!"

I think its a little funny to make rules about how to break the rules, no?

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone, please don't see my earlier statement as hatred and begin drafting a retort. If I was wrong, correct me. If not, maybe you can add to the criticism like cooper did.


I wouldn't call it a rule, more a statement or a suggestion implying that the gallerist should fully realize the idea.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so everyone hated this show, then?

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that dylan he did it again in my opinion so much content within such a limited space. he is the next art star for shure.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ann did something i don't think we'll see for some time now -- anyone opening a commercial gallery space in the area. and one with attitude and ideas to match those of the artists.

and lifetimes for galleries get shorter all the time -- three months.

it'll be lonely without her.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first show was boring. go talk to the 555 people and get some advice. they really let things get sloppy and tighten back up when necessary. Makes going to their space interesting. Let your gallery be the art.

good luck!

i think you will be fine if really have a vision.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What makes you think that Spaysky is a "angsty unhappy artist" or that he has a "distrust toward the art world"? Have you ever met him?

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craftsmanship..... Lets all get angry about Craftsmanship!!!!!!!!

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never said that about Spaysky. I said he wasn't the safest choice for a Detroit artist in the first show. Other artists would have been safer choices to get that "jump off" attention in order to keep people coming for the next three months before Ann leaves for LA. Dylan's work is naturally rebelious and often controversial. That's why he was perfect for this show, not because of the reasons you quoted. Those were said in reference to the premise of the show, which was based on its title, "Fuck You/Commentary Criticism".

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this show wasn't about angry artists.

read the "note to the viewer." you'll get a better idea of ann's intent.

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm totally angsty.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I <3 Dylan

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