“Collected”:  39 Artists, 7 Collectives, 1 Exhibit

“Collected”: 39 Artists, 7 Collectives, 1 Exhibit

Friday, May 15 through Sunday, June 28, 2009.
Opening Reception  Friday, May 15, 2009, from 6-9 pm.

The Anton Art Center

“Collected” features work from Metro Detroit’s active art collectives, including Debt Collective, GOD Club, The IP Collaborative, Moving Walls, Slippery Weasel Society, Superior Belly and Tiny Circus.

An artist collective is an initiative that is the result of a group of artists working together, usually under their own management, towards shared aims. This is an exhibition for collectors and artists alike. Collected highlights the importance of artists working in free cooperation with one another to raise the profile of arts in Michigan. Each participating group demonstrates the diversity and strength of work being created in their area.

Duo, Chris Samuels and Ian Swanson make up the Detroit-based Debt Collective work on a collaborative large scale installation along with individual works. Also Detroit-based, GOD Club is a multidisciplinary creative output label and collective, which includes David S. Blunk, Jessica Blount, David Greer, Justin Marshall, Issac Royale and Janine Surma. Abbigail Israelsen and Julie Prokop will show a series of collaborative works based on exchanged writings.

Working with the Museum of New Art, Moving Walls artists Jef Borgeau, Kyohei Abe, Cyrus Karimipour, Marla Karimipour, Mary Fortuna, Kelly Frank, Corine Vermuelen-Smith, Vagner Whitehead and Alison Wong seek out relationships with other galleries to host exchange exhibitions.

Jeanne Bieri, Carl Butler, Jerome Feretti, Mary Fortuna, Matt Hanna, Andy Krieger and Arturo Rodriguez will install “Weasel Camp” a collaborative work under the Slippery Weasel Society.

A second multidisciplinary collective, Superior Belly, includes members Beverly Fresh, John Ikera, Zack Ostrowski, Jon Potts, Tom Pyrzewski, Dwane Raupp and Anthony Stewart.

Tiny Circus presents creative storytelling through stop-motion animations, collaboratively produced by Camille Bonham, Carlos Ferguson, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Grace Le Maitre, Amy Santoferraro, Greta Songe and Jason Reitz.

There will be live music from members of GOD Club and Superior Belly with a special performance by Beverly Fresh from 10 pm to 1 am, Friday, June 19, 2009.  Admission is free, but attendees must be 18 or older with proper ID.

For more information, call the center at 586-469-8666 or visit www.theartcenter.org.  The Anton Art Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.  The center is closed on Mondays.

The Anton Art Center, the hub for the arts in Macomb County, is located in historic downtown Mount Clemens on the southeast corner of Southbound Gratiot Avenue (M-3) and Macomb Place.  Convenient public parking is located in the adjacent Roskopp Parking Lot.  For more information please visit www.theartcenter.org.