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Right place, weird time: Showing us our city, through their eyes

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/17/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

A place can have definite or indefinite boundaries. Places, in my mind, have always been marked by very definite barriers. It's a product of growing up with a younger brother who is handicapped. Some time, very early on, I unconsciously made the decision to join him on his journey, and began process...[MORE]

Pakistan beyond the headlines: A humanities teacher shifts the focus

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 10/1/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Pakistan is a country of extreme contrasts. Buddhist and Hindu ruins deteriorate back into the earth with each passing day while Islamic architecture is pristinely preserved. Influences from neighboring China, Afghanistan and India add to the vibrant, complicated culture.Last winter, Washtenaw...[MORE]

Pakistan beyond headlines: A humanities teacher shifts the focus

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 10/1/2008

Types: Culture, Travel

Pakistan is a country of extreme contrasts. Buddhist and Hindu ruins deteriorate back into the earth with each passing day while Islamic architecture is pristinely preserved. Influences from neighboring China, Afghanistan and India add to the vibrant, complicated culture. Last winter, Washtenaw Com...[MORE]

Wake up the neighborhood: Detroit resources include land and artists. Here's how to use both. Plus: WDET author interview.

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 9/17/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

In the tiny village of Hauterives in southeastern France, surrounded by nothing but rural land, in 1879, a postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building a visionary work of art called the Palais Idéal. He would spend the next 34 years stuffing his pockets with stones from the road to create...[MORE]

Method to madness: Behind the scenes with Malcolm Tulip, our best and most bewildering clown

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 8/13/2008

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Dance

The theater lights dim and a casual crowd in linen and sandals finds its seats, winding up conversations about cancer treatments that aren't working and where they're going for dinner. As rear ends wriggle then settle across the room, images flash onto a shabby curtain: a double-decker bus, anatomic...[MORE]

City of possibilities: Exhibit shows why Berliners embrace the Motor City

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 7/23/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Detroit's been described in many ways, and here's a new one:The city has an "atmosphere of departure," according to Eva Bracke, who owns a gallery in the heart of Berlin's most popular contemporary art district. She's not talking about a sense of panic floating in the air, spurring Detroiters ...[MORE]

Muscle men: Fifty years after the day that ruined him, Douglas of Detroit finally gets his show

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 7/9/2008

Types: Arts, Photography

Book Beat owner, artist and collector Cary Loren is always on the lookout for a good story. He makes his living tracking down obscure hardcovers and well-worn paperbacks for our community, and we love him for it. But this here is the story of one rarity — a person, not a thing — th...[MORE]

Additional Artists: Nate Young and Alivia Zivich, Michael Segal and Dean Western

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

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Poster Artist: Trevor Naud

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Trevor Naud Copywriter at a web agency, in the band Zoos of Berlin Can you remember the first flier you made? I made my first flier in high school. It was for a theater party (with bands). Why did you start making fliers or posters? During my sophomore year of high school, I worked as a recept...[MORE]

Poster Artist: Shawn Knight

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Shawn Knight Senior graphic designer at an agency called Big Communications in Ferndale. In the band Child Bite. Can you remember the first flier you made? Aw, man, I can't remember my first flier design. I bet it was awesome though! Five bucks says it had a skull on it. I drew lots of skulls in ...[MORE]

Poster Artist: Davin Brainard

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Davin Brainard Art installer at the Detroit Institute of Arts by day, member of TIME STEREO, Wolfman Band, Princess Dragonmom, Metal Dungeon, UFO Factory, etc. by night. Can you remember the first flier or poster you made? I can't remember the first flier but the first poster I made was for Pri...[MORE]

Poster Artist: Dave Graw

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Dave Graw Motion graphics artist, in the band Old Tiger Stadium Can you remember the first flier you made? No. Why did you start making fliers or posters? To spread the word. Do you consider this an art form? Sure, I guess. I consider it a necessity. What's your signature? SPAZ Name ...[MORE]

Poster Artist: The Rev. Craig Michael Horky

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The Rev. Craig Michael Horky Works at ad agency, in-house design guru for Bermuda Mohawk Productions and freelance designer, plays guitar for the Cartridge Family and bass in Cavalcade Can you remember the first flier you made? It was for my brother's first band, the Gomers, back in maybe...[MORE]

Poster Artists: Brad and Vaughn Taormina

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Brad and Vaughn Taormina Doodlers, members of TIME STEREO. Vaughn is Count MACULA. Do you consider this an art form? If you use scissors and glue. What's your signature? We leave the faucets on everywhere we go. What's your style like? Goofy footed. If you could create the flier for an...[MORE]

Poster Artist: Alec Peterhans

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Alec Peterhans Graphic designer Can you remember the first flier you made? Probably something for my old band, the Valet. Why did you start making fliers or posters? Hoping someone would show up to one of our shows. Do you consider this an art form? I consider it a form of communicating...[MORE]

Poster Artist: The Silent Giants

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The Silent Giants The Silent Giants is graphic designers Christopher Everhart, Edward Knight, Eric Mortensen, Brian Larson Can you remember the first flier or poster you made? As a collective, the first poster we did was for the National show at Crofoot. Individually, Chris did a poster for Manna...[MORE]

Poster Artist: Tim Lampinen

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Tim Lampinen, you can call me Timmy Musician who's been in Kosby Kids, the Epileptix, Clone Defects, Human Eye and Reptile Forcefield Why did you start making fliers or posters? I like making art that I know will be seen by a lot of people! So fliers and posters ended up being perfect I g...[MORE]

Rip it down: And hang on your wall

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

When Detroiters think about rock 'n' roll poster artists, we immediately jump back to another time. Gary Grimshaw, the former poster child for the MC5 and Iggy, comes to mind, as does Carl Lundgren's stuff for the Grande Ballroom. Then there's Glenn Barr, Derek Hess, Chris Girard, Mark Dancey, ...[MORE]

Penal grandeur: Artists are the new guard in Jackson

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 6/11/2008

Types: Culture, Travel

"Yeah, this is McGill. This is dumb ass McGill. I locked the keys in 406." That's a prisoner transport van, and on a recent weekday morning, officer McGill paces the parking lot of the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson because he left his keys in the ignition, with his gun and a...[MORE]

Art is Everywhere: Every five feet is another photo op

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 5/28/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Although the charred building is falling back into the earth, the colorful figures emboldening it inside and out give this body strength to stand. That's what makes this abandoned home, located on St. Aubin, near Eastern Market, such a stunning larger-than-life-sized collaborative work of art....[MORE]

Keep on moving: A force who could not be constrained or restrained

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 5/21/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Matt made art the way he lived: In perpetual motion. His collection of dashed-off helicopter paintings with whipping blades, his friezes choked with narrative action (no languid goddesses lounging in there), even the huge steel sculpture he crafted with Enis Sefersah looked like it plummeted fr...[MORE]

Detroit loses a great: We grieve for artist and musician Matthew Blake

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 5/14/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Without him, Detroit seems a little less worth it. A little less jolting, less hungry; one person less connected to everyone.There is a pall over the arts community, as word has traveled quickly that adored artist and musician Matthew Blake died from a massive heart attack early in the morn...[MORE]

Art Detroit wow: 3 days of screen-painting the town

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 5/7/2008

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Why do I have this unsettling feeling that what I'll lay eyes on this weekend will slam me down and blow me away. In a couple days, I'll be barraged by the moving image. I'll soak in a shadow play (the oldest storytelling device and the first "moving image," on cave walls), an experimental h...[MORE]

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