Photo Blog: The beginning of Fall, the beginning of new art venues

Photo Blog: The beginning of Fall, the beginning of new art venues

There was so much art in Grand Rapids and Detroit put together in October that it’s taken me a while to figure out what to put into the next photo blog, but as much as there was quantity, there was also that other q word, which I can’t remember right now. This mental lapse reminds me of something I wanted to relay to other artists out there, don’t do 4 solo shows within a month, it’s not a good idea. To make up for lost time, this will be a photo/video blog and there are interviews!

Starting off, Michigan State participated in having a venue at the Art Prize in Grand Rapids and put together a great showing of Spartan alums, one of which got her masters at Wayne State which makes it relevant to me to put it into this blog.

I’m not sure if anyone hailing from Detroit made it into the top 100 at Art Prize, but it was an honor in itself if the artists were able to get their work into a good venue like the Old Federal Building venue (which two of the top 3 artists had their work in). From the beginning of the competition I knew 3 basic tenets had to apply in order for it to be a formidable piece to get voted in: Location location location, go big or go home, and non-offensive. Clear all 3 of those hurdles and you’ve got a chance at $7,000 and up. Although many Detroiters including myself did not enter work into the competition, I enjoyed it as a spectator and if one city in Michigan can make this event really work then it’s a call out to mayors and people all over this state to try to get something together and make their own art extravaganza. It wouldn’t be the first project transplanted from Grand Rapids to Detroit either, see: Art Battle.

Here in Detroit we had Art Detroit Now and sometimes a gallery you didn’t know existed is around for one day while others use it as a launch date for their new venue. Gilda Snowden video’d a new gallery in Ferndale (My favorite part of the video is five minutes in when she realizes that something in the piece is moving, I still don’t know what it is!)

Another new venue, Popps Packing was taking place in Hamtramck curated out of Faina Lerman and Graem Whyte’s part home, part gallery, part studio, part rental apartment, and part site specific backyard installation.

A re-used painting by George Rahme, Pont de la tournelle

A re-used painting by George Rahme, Pont de la tournelle


A close-up of a framed collage by Vince Troia

A close-up of a framed collage by Vince Troia


In Gallery 2, a work of art intrigued with systems by Nina Bianchi

In Gallery 2, a work of art intrigued with systems by Nina Bianchi

From here I trekked to the Museum of New Art in Pontiac to check out the sculpture show.

Michael Stone Richards commenting on Andrew Thompson's window installation

Michael Stone Richards commenting on Andrew Thompson's window installation

Abigail Newbold describes to friends the layered stories in each object in her installation/sculptures

Abigail Newbold describes to friends the layered stories of each object in her installation/sculptures

A warm glow fills this nook of Nate Morgan's installation, sawdust glimmering in the light

A warm glow fills this nook of Nate Morgan's installation, sawdust glimmering in the light

Objects on a table (as opposed to light on the ground) in Kevin Beasley's room

Objects on a table (as opposed to light on the ground) in Kevin Beasley's room

Laith Karmo, Benjamin Teague and Greg Tom set out to make a gallery show that would do their work justice. They ended up creating a gallery that was just as intriguing as the work itself. I found myself enamored with pedestals, lighting and shadows; wondering why doesn’t everyone’s set up their work to look this clean?

Ceramic work whose silhouette reveals Greg Tom's commute to work and back

Ceramic work whose silhouette reveals Greg Tom's commute to work and back

See? Aren't those shadows great? One of the minimal works by Ben Teague

See? Aren't those shadows great? One of the minimal works by Ben Teague

Exactness and inexactness in ceramic work by Laith Karmo, a piece fired multiple times until he gets the texture he wants

Exactness and inexactness in ceramic work by Laith Karmo, a piece fired multiple times until he gets the texture he wants

And I also had a solo show to show off at the Russell Gallery within the Russell Bazaar along with a show of small works at Motorcity Brewing Works

Marks made on found wood by Cedric Tai

Marks made on found wood by Cedric Tai

Now that I have more time, I can get back to going to see more shows, there was a little bit much to get to all in one month, but it’s not over yet, there are quite a few halloween dance parties to get to, until next time!