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By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger


“The role of imagination in Cave’s work is not escapism, but rather a strategy to negotiate the real life states of vulnerability and consequence.”  – ‘Greetings From Detroit’ 

Soundsuits in the Main Gallery Photo: Amy Cooper

Soundsuits in the Main Gallery Photo: Amy Cooper

Visiting Cranbrook Art Museum, you always partake in some sort of experience like any other, and this time was no exception. The in-depth look at Nick Cave‘s artwork was immensely interesting, and luckily in this experience, a first hand look with the curator of the exhibit, Laura Mott

An excerpt from the published piece in a private publication called The Grapevine by Amy Cooper (Myself)  reads as follows on the subject: 

“Nick Cave’s designs are what he calls “Soundsuits,” made of repurposed materials like sequins, fabrics, twigs, plastic, yarn, and anything else he can get his hands on.  Crafted for sound, mobility, and dance, the sound suits are used to create a sense of anonymity to the inhabitant of the suit. With this releases the bond of judgment on race, color, class, or physical appearance.”

“Mott explained that Cave looks at himself as a messenger, not an artist. “This isn’t a hobby. It’s art to create conversation.”  Within our tour, we received a firsthand account from Mott on how Cave’s process works, and were able to give her our feedback on impacting pieces, whether they be political, spiritual, or racial.  She shared with us Cave’s notion that the suits could inspire “collective dreaming” that would allow us to draw on the creative power of dreams.”

In addition to this, Laura was able to partake in days of filming with The Right Brothers and Nick Cave for video installations, and the visuals are absolutely stunning. After observing it once, one of my colleges stayed with me as we watched the video a second time, flabbergasted by the movement and watching the Soundsuits in action. 

The exhibit will be in operation for one more week, ending it’s stint on October 11, and admission is $10. If you’ve got the time, it’s a prime exhibit to visit and behold. To learn more, please visit Cranbrook’s Website

GALLERY OF EXHIBIT

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By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger


Mixed Bag Art and Music Showcase Russell Industrial Center, 2015. Photo: ACRONYM

Mixed Bag Art and Music Showcase Russell Industrial Center, 2015. Photo: ACRONYM

If you are in the Detroit Art Scene, you know that it can be competitive, staunch, dramatic, but equally rewarding. It also always depends on who you are around and whether they are a class act, or a raving egotistical lunatic. The reason for pointing out this startling fact, is that the folks who starred in/created the Mixed Bag Art and Music Showcase this weekend are the good guys. 

Erron Reed, Victor Koos, Holly Hock, Ren Fracture, and the collection of Apathetic Zebra (Mickey Saldana, Kelly Karnesky, Risto Thomas, and Mitch Grygorcewicz) had a vast range of creativity, along with many thought provoking pieces. 


Thought provoking images of women spliced with startling statistics brings to mind the things we tend to miss when just seeing a photograph of a pretty girl. Photo: ACRONYM

Thought provoking images of women spliced with startling statistics brings to mind the things we tend to miss when just seeing a photograph of a pretty girl. Photo: ACRONYM

Mickey Saldana asked me during the evening “Which piece is your favorite?” and I honestly couldn’t pick just one. Looking at the creativity on the walls, in every medium, every visual, and being able to chat with some of the artists, it made me realize even more how much the curated scene in Detroit has to offer. 

Most of the artists that were in that room never get to come face to face with some of their idols of the internet, so speaking with people like Victor Koos, who I come in contact with via social media and see his shots of models in our collective space make it all the more worthwhile when viewing each other’s work. 

With the music of Feral Ground pulsating through the room, and PBR sponsorship, it was what one photographer, Jon DeBoer says “It’s like an Instagram meet but we’re not taking photos.” And truly, it was probably way better than an Instagram meet, and way more enriching. 

 

After experiencing this mingling session, here’s to hoping that Erron Reed and the rest of the posse will continue to have shows like this in the future. 

A collection of curated works from the multi-talented artists at the Mixed Bag.  Photo: ACRONYM

A collection of curated works from the multi-talented artists at the Mixed Bag.  Photo: ACRONYM


Artist / Musician Bios and Contact Info

Feral Ground
Fresh off of hosting their own three day music festival, FG brings their unique and thought provoking sound to the show. From their website…

“Feral Ground is an idea. The name itself embodies the concept that this world we live in is not as tame and placid as some would like you to believe it is. Our self appointed task is to show you that you haven’t heard everything yet, hip hop is not dying, and that people can be influenced by music in a positive way.  Feral Ground is more than just the sum of all its parts. Feral Ground is a new way of thinking. It is a way of thinking that is inclusive instead of exclusive, about family over the individual, about solutions beyond the problems, and most importantly, its about inspiring people to take control over their lives.”
 

Apathetic Zebra
We have Mickey Saldana, Kelly Karnesky and Risto Thomas along with Mitch Grygorcewicz. Apathetic zebra is a art collective including acting, video, photography and writing. And Mitch is a graffiti artist new and upcoming in Detroit.

Erron Reed
Erron has been a photographer based in Detroit for over 10 years and has been featured in many art shows nationally as well as locally. He will be bringing Portrait, abstract and landscape art to the show in a rare public showing.

Holly Hock
Holly is a self taught artist originally from the West Coast, now residing in Michigan. She is inspired largely by bygone eras and the macabre. She uses a variety of antique, vintage, salvaged and new elements to create unique assemblage and mixed media pieces.

Ren Fracture
Ren Fracture is a freelance artist from downriver Michigan, best known for illustrating hands and biographical comic strips. Ren uses comic strips to cope with ongoing depression, anxiety, and gender identity struggles. Ren Fracture became involved in the Detroit art scene in 2010 and has since exhibited in over 35 group shows.

Victor Koos
Victor’s photographic style can be broken down into two parts. Environment and Image Making. Working in Detroit Michigan, he is surrounded by one of the more unique landscapes on Earth. Whether he likes what he sees or not, makes no difference. He will shoot what is around him. Studying under Graphic Designer Brian Schorn, he was drawn to the term “visual resonance”, the idea of showcasing sound visually.

The information in this section was collected from the Event page on Facebook for the Mixed Bag Showcase. You can view that information here