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Wall posts: MONA curator collects more than 600 Facebook faces of those traditionally unseen

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

This Friday, the release the latest film from David Fincher (Fight Club), The Social Network — "the Facebook movie" — an adaptation of Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction novel The Accidental Billionaires, marks a cinematic phenomenon of sorts. Face it, Facebook's history is as fasci...[MORE]

Soup's on: Kate Daughdrill and the art of networking

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Spend 40 minutes driving north on Woodward Avenue from Detroit's city center at Campus Martius Park and you'll find yourself in the vicinity of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, a revered graduate school surrounded by plush wooded plots and mansions in Bloomfield Hills. With flat land in every direction...[MORE]

Kristine Diven and District 7: Sexuality meets technology vs. art

By Ryan Patrick Hooper

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Kristine Diven's Rivertown warehouse would quickly drop the jaws of most Detroiters. Sitting dignified and still in the shadow of the old Stroh's water tower, and a stone's throw away from Atwater Brewery, the newly christened studio and gallery District 7 is all exposed brick and raw energy. Twenty...[MORE]

Public consumption: To celebrate 125 years, the DIA hits the streets

By Phreddy Wischusen

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The Detroit Institute of Art celebrates its 125th birthday this season with projects and exhibitions, including DIA: Inside/Out, outdoor installations of reproductions from their permanent collection. But will metro Detroiters be taken aback by the 40 clones placed — quite conspicuously in som...[MORE]

Rock wall: Poster pros the Silent Giants go all gallery on us

By Amanda Le Claire

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

You need only look at the magnitude of work they've done for Jack White's Dead Weather — which includes set design, posters and a deck of cards, to get a sense of their regard. Their commissions for the Alamo Draft House don't hurt either. We're talking about Silent Giants, which is Chris Ever...[MORE]

The world of Nii: It's your last chance to see 'through African eyes'

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

When Nii Quarcoopome arrived in the United States in 1979 from Ghana to begin graduate studies at UCLA, the first thing he perceived — the minute he stepped off the plane — was racial tension. It hung in the air thicker than L.A. smog. "You could tell from the demeanor of the white...[MORE]

Creative commodity: Jaclyn Schanes goes X for art, or art for X

By Simone Landon

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The gallery's windows were blacked out with garbage bags. It was the last Saturday night in July and the place might've appeared closed. But, promptly at 8 p.m., its doors opened to the sounds of crying and howling. Then came the drums, followed by layers of humming, singing and muddled spoken words...[MORE]

Raze one, raise one: Talkin’ reclamation at Corktown’s Imagination Station

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The Imagination Station is exploding from the ashes of a firebombed flophouse standing — barely — in the shadow of Detroit's abandoned, antique train station. Painted colors splash from a second story window, and people congregate on the lawn to plan the future. It's the work of a racial...[MORE]

Blinded by the arts: Midtown's huge 'Illuminated Mural' sparks consideration and controversy

By Ryan Patrick Hooper

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

It's hard to miss the bleeding rainbow cascading down the western wall of a nine-story building at East Grand Boulevard and Beaubien in Detroit. A few blocks east of the New Center area, and just west of the Russell Industrial Center, artist Katie Craig's "Illuminated Mural" conducts a viv...[MORE]

Tour d'art publique: Burb sculpture, Gen-X hieroglyphs, subversive signage and a trippy trip down Trumbull

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

If you look, you'll notice that Detroit has lots of art that exists outside its own landscape. Detroit is a city where you can still catch guys hand-painting billboards on sides of urban businesses; it's a city whose abandoned factories, schools and stores now stand as three-dimensional canvases for...[MORE]

A dejected dream: A couple of CCS grads create a product that erases the American Dream

By Josh Buckenberger

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

After those cherished higher-learning years wane (no matter how high you were during them), the winds of workplace ennui begin to blow.  You first felt its slight breeze during your first summer job, but not until you were clocking in regularly did you actually feel it. Recent College for Creative ...[MORE]

Banksy bombs Detroit: Sorting through rubble to uncover trouble

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Last week, underground superstar street artist Banksy paid a visit to Detroit. He was on what could be considered one of the most proactively viral and resourceful publicity tours in history. Hitting Los Angeles, Park City (for Sundance), Chicago and Toronto, the famed spray-can kid left a series of...[MORE]

The Detroit Lives dude: Phillip Lauri circled the globe, sold out and found redemption in Detroit

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 4/21/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

You can catch longhair Phillip Lauri filming indie docs about Detroit's urban farmers, community activists, artists and transplanted brains. You'll see him painting cartoonish murals adorned with his "Detroit Lives" logo on derelict Detroit structures, the same logo he silk-screens onto co...[MORE]

Welcome back, sorta: Nearly 30 Detroit ex-pat artists living in NYC tell us to stay put

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 3/17/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

For any cognizant creative whose finger is on the pulse of this ailing city, the news of one relocating to New York is a cliché. And other places too. Want to move to Los Angeles? Best of luck, see you in the valley, babe. You'll be back broke with smog-filled lungs, a runny nose and an uneve...[MORE]

Judge a band by its cover: A look at defining albums of a couple Blowout bands

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Computer Perfection  We Wish You Well on Your Way to Hell Le Grand Magistery Computer Perfectionists and Pas/Cal-inites Gene Corduroy and Bem were living in Brooklyn when they met commercial illustrator Andy Taray (ohioboy.com), the man responsible for the art found on the cover and throughout th...[MORE]

Bombs, burns and coloring books: Decoding graffiti with Kobie Solomon, a man keeping the sprayed word alive

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 2/24/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Before getting into the charred thickets of east Detroit, you'll pass the old train yard. In certain areas you'll see stray dogs, vagabonds, curious shutterbugs, countless pounds of broken glass and gnarly graffiti art. It's been that way for decades. For taggers, burners and bombers with a blunt an...[MORE]

Notes of a dirty old man: Jerry Vile recalls some unforgettable moments from a decade of The Dirty Show

By Brian Smith

Published: 2/10/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

He's been called a sexist pig and a trash merchant. He's also been called a visionary armed with a heightened sense of irony. Either way he's Jerry Vile (aka Jerry Peterson), storied organizer and mouthpiece of The Dirty Show, now one of the biggest erotic art shows in the world. He's also the forme...[MORE]

Hush: PostSecret's Frank Warren on online anonymity, Oprah and when a secret is no longer a secret

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 12/9/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

This guy Frank Warren knows a thing or two about secrets. He probably even has a few secrets on the topic of secrets. He definitely has some of his own — he publishes one in each PostSecret book.  Before becoming a New York Times bestseller, his book, PostSecret, was but a Blogspot blog. It's...[MORE]

Duped: Hamtramck slips Xerox some acid

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 11/11/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Imitation can be unabashed or slickly hid, either way it's flattery. That's tired.  What's more gripping than a solid rip-off (of idea or design) is some conceptual take on duplication, an approach concocted to bastardize the source to the point that it can't be (easily) recognized. Make art. And m...[MORE]

Living in Paradise: The Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center reinvents a storied, historic Detroit neighborhood

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Some history: From the 1920s through the late '50s, Paradise Valley was Detroit's African-American arts and entertainment hub. It was also the home of African-American heroes, including boxer Joe Louis, bluesman John Lee Hooker, poet Robert Hayden (Elegies for Paradise Valley) and civil rights icon ...[MORE]

He comes in colors: Hubert Massey enriches neighborhoods, one story and one mural at a time

By Laurie Smolenski

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

His stained-glass work gives grace to the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. You can find his massive oil paintings on Federal Reserve Bank walls, and an impressive 37-square-foot piece he named "Genealogy" is the circular terrazzo floor at the Charles H. Wright Museum of Afr...[MORE]

Fulgurites, asparagus and zaniness: Remembering the newspaper art of Nolan Ross

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/30/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Just open a daily newspaper in any major American city today and you'll find it's not just the quality, length and subject matter of the stories inside that's changed. Where did the creativity go? What about the screwball columnists and cartoonists? And what would become of an artist like Nolan Ros...[MORE]

The Cave: A third floor cavern exhibits concepts and confidence

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

"If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in caves eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends." —Orson Welles Can we not reside in caves and impress our girlfriends? It's not so rare when what's often considered primordial collides w...[MORE]

2739 Edwin: Steve Panton’s Detroit by an 'outsider'

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

It's been 17 years since Steve Panton, owner of Hamtramck's secret headquarters for contemporary art, the 2739 Edwin, made the move to Detroit from his native Nottingham, England. He's used his time here wisely, taking this unique (as in moving to the Motor City) opportunity — as are other Eur...[MORE]

Sister city calls: Cross-border communication using a monster-sized slogan, an enormous projector, and an office building

By Amanda Le Claire

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

It began last winter as a scribbled idea on a long sheet of paper, one of many thoughts that burst out with others, adding to the list of possibilities. This list was the result of one of many of Broken City Lab's regular brainstorming sessions for the group's next big project. These "projects,...[MORE]

Secrets of the city: Detroit's hidden art spots down where the odds are stacked

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The battered abandonment, the veritable concrete jungles and the wrecked streets give Detroit its ghostly and troubled tone. It also makes the once glorious metropolis one of the world's most enigmatic modern cities. It's true. Blunt and simple: People dig Detroit, but nobody's rushing to move h...[MORE]

The love shack: A dude named Beer nabs an old carriage house and the Woodbridge neighborhood might never be the same

By Laurie Smolenski

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The building's exterior is beset by a gaggle of tattooed twentysomethings in cutoffs, holding beers and sticky rollers. They're helping Andrew Beer paint the outside of his place a phosphoric shade called "green energy." All concerned have a shared vision for Detroit's Woodbridge community...[MORE]

The writing on the wall: Stylized ad painters keep a vanishing tradition alive … but don't call 'em 'wall dogs'

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Their paintings get seen by more people than do the works of most artists in the city. The exhibitions of their art are shown in every part of town, and often last for years. Yet they're virtually unknown. "You'll sometimes see my work in the middle of, say, Puritan and Livernois, where you sa...[MORE]

Snap, crackle, pop!: This guy aims his homemade 3-D camera straight at Motor City rock 'n' roll

By Lee DeVito

Published: 9/9/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

Get yer old-skool 3-D glasses out ... now! Most astute observers have no doubt seen local artist Chris Dean's work somewhere around the city, whether it's on those 1800 Tequila billboards or on the walls of the now-defunct CPOP Gallery. And if you're a regular clubgoer, you've probably seen Dean him...[MORE]

Bars and strips: Villain turned hero paints blue collars as capes

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/2/2009

Types: Arts, Visual arts

She's a working-class Polish punk chick. She runs with a bunch of buxom burlesque types. But, as part of her voyeuristic side — one that puts her behind the video camera and in front of an easel — she prefers to paint her pinups rather than play dress-up. Either way, though, Beth Amber g...[MORE]

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