Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Friday, January 22, 2021

Hum & Glow of Winter Brings Art to Beacon Park

This week, Beacon Park welcomed back the art of Michael Polakowski for the season. The park showcased his art in the winter of 2020 as well, but now it is back on display with some fresh new pieces for 2021. The show is called "Hum & Glow of Winter" and it is presented by Playground Detroit along with DTE's Beacon Park. An illustrator and muralist, Polakowski's display depicts "various green-spaces and neighborhoods throughout Detroit through light and energy that can be felt throughout the winter season". You can get a sneak peek of the art that is on display here

"Hum & Glow of Winter" is on display now through the end of February. The installation is open to the public and free to view daily during park hours, which are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Beacon Park is located at 1903 Grand River Ave. in Detroit. To see more art from Polakowski, give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The October Academy Offers Eerie Illustrations and Clean Cut Graphic Design

If you're a fan of horror films and overall spooky stuff, then you need to check out The October Academy. Artist Stephen Vincent uses this hub to share all of his creative works, from illustration to graphic design. Vincent incorporates characters from your favorite horror films along with creations from his own mind into his works of art. He recently just launched a new website and instagram where you can check out his artwork as well as order merch. He has even been giving away some merch to his instagram followers, so make sure you give him a follow @the_october_academy!
In addition to Vincent's one of a kind spooky designs, The October Academy also offers graphic design, including logo designs, event posters and more. To learn more about The October Academy and see everything that it has to offer, head over October.Academy, and make sure you also give it a "like" on Facebook too! 


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tony Rave Debuts King of Broken Hearts, Forever Young

We have been following local artist Tony Rave for awhile and we are big fans of his work. He has been showing his art around town and making a name for himself, but this weekend he is returning to his roots for his latest show called King of Broken Hearts, Forever Young. This show will feature his take on one of Detroit's most controversial people, Kwame Kilpatrick. 

The image of one of Detroit's former mayors instantly sparks a lot of conversation, which is exactly what Rave wants to do. His works is always powerful and a little controversial, two things that we live for. Check out our latest interview with the artist and make sure to stop by to see the show in person this Saturday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. at Detroit Is The New Black. He will be unveiling some new work at the show and he wants you to be there to experience it for yourself! 

HID- What is the meaning of the King of Broken Hearts?
Tony Rave- "I wanted to create an image about the City of Detroit that doesn't say the words Detroit. I also wanted to create a image that expressed a deep truth about the city."

HID- How do you think seeing the face of Kwame Kilpatrick effects people?
Tony Rave- "I hope it starts people talking about him again. I think people misunderstand him. I think people in the city especially the new people moving here don't truly understand him. He was a teacher, a lawyer, a father, a mentor, a friend and so much more to so many people. He just made a few mistakes. He is still a son of this city and I think people should be more understanding. 28 years is a long time."

HID- Why did you name the show Forever Young?
Tony Rave- "Forever Young is the name of the 2nd image I have created inspired by the great Coleman Young. It's a surprise. (which will be unveiled at the show)"

HID- Why did you decide to have the show at Detroit is the New Black?
Tony Rave- "DITNB is a perfect space for artist of all kinds to show off there work. It is a perfect location. I really connected with the brand as well. DITNB has a good thing going."

HID- How do you think art if effecting the rebirth of Detroit?
Tony Rave- "Art/artist are the main reason Detroit is having this rebirth. We are responsible for this. Me and you, the local artist. We the ones. We did this. And of course Dan Gilbert lol. Dan Gilbert get at me!"

HID- What do you want people to see or feel when they come to this show?
Tony Rave- "I want people to come in and feel something. Try to understand something new. Be compassionate. And buy everything."

HID- What's next for Tony?

Tony Rave- "Well for the next year or so me and the team will be popping up in different locations in the metro area with this brand. We will be spreading these images all over the state so look out!"

HID- Is there anything else you want our readers to know?
Tony Rave- "I want all the artists in the city to know that I love them and that I am here for them. Just reach out to me and ill reach back. Come see me on December 2 lets talk."

The King of Broken Hearts, Forever Young show opens at 7 p.m. this Saturday inside Detroit is the New Black, for more information click here.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Watch The Creative Process Live and In Person for 48 Hours

The art community keeps growing which means that events that they are hosting keep getting more and more interesting. This weekend, one of our favorite Detroit artists, Tony Rave, will be gathering a group of artists for the 48 HR Experience.  This is a two day event where artists are put into a pressure cooker with other artists to create a entire new collection in 48 hours. We reached out to tony to learn a little more about the project.  Check out what he has to say and then stop by the gallery during the creative process or the opening party to see what these artists do.  

HID- How did you get involved with the 48 hour project?
Tony Rave- "I thought of this concept will painting under pressure one night. I was thinking of how cool it would be to create a body of work within a small amount of time with the artists that I admire. I talked it out with Wayne Ramocan (shout out to OneFreq) and we made it happen baby."

HID- So explain to us how this works, do the artists stay up and work 48 hours prior to the opening? Do we watch you create during the 48 hours, or do you create the works at some prior time and place and display them at the gallery opening?
Tony Rave- "The artists enter TYP collection May 31st @ noon and the 48hr clock starts. They are not allowed to leave the collection for any extended amount of time during the next 48hrs. They have 48hrs to create a brand new body of work. During this time people will be able to stop by and witness these artist create. After the 48hrs are over they stop creating and they go home. The work the artist created is collected then we prepared for the opening night on June 3rd."

HID- Do you stay up and create for 48 hours straight?
Tony Rave- "The artists have the option to stay up for 48hrs but if they need a nap they have to nap in the collection."

HID- Do you break to eat and hang or is it all business?
Tony Rave- "Yes all the artists have time to walk outside the collection, get some fresh air and enjoy beautiful downtown Birmingham but they have to stay close to the collection. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for all artists. It is the perfect balance of business and pleasure."

HID- What is the TYP Collection?
Tony Rave- "TYP Collection (261 E. Merrill, Birmingham MI) serves as artist TYPs home studio, a premier rental space for events, and (primarily) a gallery/showroom to showcase TYPs own work as well as other artists whose style he connects with."

HID- How were the artists that are participating in this show chosen to be part of the event/show/gallery?
Tony Rave- "We sent out a call for artists last year and these are the artists we picked from that process."

HID- Are all of the artist painters or will people be working in different mediums? 
Tony Rave- "Most of the artist in the 48hr are painters but we do have a few artist using different mediums."

HID- Will the works be for sale at the event?
Tony Rave- "Yes all the work will be for sale on June 3rd."

Painting: May 31st at Noon (48 hours following)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Don't Miss Eastern Market After Dark

Once a year the artistic community of Detroit comes together at Eastern Market After Dark. This one night only event encourages local galleries to stay open and fills the tents of the 175 year old space with art, artists, and interactive experiences. EMAD is basically a massive art inspired party in the streets.

This year's even twill feature over 30 open galleries throughout the district as well as art, art installations, interactive experiences, and designers inside  Sheds 2, 3, 4, and 5. There will also be lots of cool one of a kind items for sale and food trucks throughout the space. You can get a full map of everything at Shed 2. This will also be a great opportunity to see all of the new murals that have been painted in the market during this year's Murals in the Market.

This year's party kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday and goes until 10 p.m. It is free to attend and check out all of the galleries, sheds, and designers! Eastern Market is located at 2934 Russell St. in Detroit.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Belle Isle Art Fair

This Saturday and Sunday, August 6th and 7th,  Belle Isle will be hosting its first art fair. Over 80 vendors will  be setting up shop for the weekend in front of  the Scott Fountain. Vendors will be selling all kinds of different items, including paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photos and more. The DIA will be hosting a free art activity, the Michigan Renaissance Festival will be helping guest make free wands, and  there will be acoustic performers playing throughout the weekend.

The festival is free to attend and park at if you have a State Park Passport. If you do not, they can be purchased for $11 and they are good for the year. If you walk or ride onto the isle it is 100% free to attend the show. The art fair will run from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, head to


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Perfect Date: Fun, Free, and Beautiful!

What do you know about Cranbrook? If you're like most people, you know about the museum and the art gallery, but did you know that they also have a historical house and gardens that you can tour for free?

The Cranbrook property includes a lot more than a school. The 176 acres also features beautiful gardens filled with a wide variety of plants and flowers and the original Cranbrook house that was designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1908. There is also all sorts of art and statues spread throughout the property. It is amazing to walk around the space on a warm summer day.

Cranbrook recently released a new app that makes touring the gardens even cooler. The new app features three virtual tours, one general tour of the property and home, one that goes into detail about the art and sculptures, and one that features the flowers and plants. You can cater your experience based on your interests! You can download the app for Android and iOS.

We love visiting the gardens and we think that you might also enjoy it! It is a really romantic place, so we suggest taking a date! Especially if they are art, flower, or history buffs!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Check Out The Palmer Park Art Fair This Weekend

The first Palmer Park Art Fair took place in Palmer Park in 1977, it was intended to be an outdoor celebration of the best artists in Detroit. The art fair ran through the 70s and 80s before it disbanded. Then, three years ago the People for Palmer Park brought the fair back and turned it into something bigger and better than ever.
This year the fair will feature 100 of the best artists the city has to offer, this includes 15 student artists that were chosen to participate in the fair. You can watch the artists work and purchase one of a kind pieces from some of the most famous people in Detroit.  

The Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday in Palmer Park. It will run from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. The fair is free for the whole family and the weather is supposed to be nice, so head out to Palmer Park and get your art on this weekend!

Palmer Park is located at 910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit, MI 48203.


Friday, April 29, 2016

First Residency Gallery Opens at The Red Bull House of Art this Friday

For the least three months three artists have been living in Detroit. They were brought to town by The Red Bull House of Art and they will be showing off the fruits of their labor this Friday, April 29th at The Red Bull House of Art.

Traditionally, the gallery would pick a few local artists to work with and the those artists would show their work at the end of the style. But, this year they switched it up and brought some out of town artists to live here and learn about our city while working on their art. Katy Ann Gilmore, Carl
Rauschenbach and Scott Vincent Campbell will all be showcasing what they have worked on during their time in Detroit. Gilmore is a visual artist currently living in Los Angeles. her work is "heavily influenced by topography and the relationship between 2D, perpendicular planes and their distortions into 3S space". Rauschenbach lives in New York, but is originally from New Zealand. His work is heavily influenced by skate culture and graffiti. Campbell is a visual artist and curator based in New York City. "He uses a variety of mediums to examine how personal experience and constitution shapes the way people interact with other individuals and greater society."

The show will open this Friday and it will run from 7-10 p.m. It is free to get in and all are welcome! RBHOA is located at 1551 Winder in Eastern Market. If you can't make it out this Friday you can check out the gallery on most Saturdays. To find out more about RBHOA or to check their hours visit their website here


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Detroit Public Theatre Presents Sex with Strangers

Detroit has a booming artistic community. We have become a mecca for young artists who want to find themselves, make a change, and do something different. The art "scene" in Detroit is in its early stages, but it is growing faster than we ever imagined. There is a new gallery, venue, play, or event to attend every day of the week! 

One of the city's latest editions is the Detroit Public Theatre, which opened its doors last May. A small community of live theatre lovers came together to create a place where actors, directors and playwrights could come together to create something magical. They are currently running Sex with Strangers which "examines social identity and how we define ourselves as artists and humans".

We wanted to find out more about the theatre and the current play so we reached out to the director of the theatre Courtney Burkett and the director of the play Frannie Shepherd-Bates to learn more about what they are doing. Check out what they had to say and then visit their website to purchase tickets to one of their upcoming shows. We want to see this theatre flourish so they can continue to bring more live theatre to Detroit! In fact, we already have our tickets reserved for the next play Detroit '67.  

HID- How did the Detroit Public Theatre get started? 
CB- "A group of theatre artists and administrators, Sarah Winkler a recent transplant from New York, Courtney Burkett a lifelong Detroiter and Michigander Sarah Clare Corporandy who was living and working in NYC at the time, identified the need for a professional regional theatre in the city of Detroit. Then we got busy building it."

HID-When did you officially open your doors? 
CB- "Our first production American Hero opened October 30, 2015. We are a brand new company."

HID- How do you fund the theater? 
CB- "The theatre is funded by a variety of sources. Earned income from ticket and event sales, contributions from generous visionary donors who are invested in building and sustaining a new strong cultural institution in Detroit, and we also receive support from corporations, foundations, and the State of Michigan ."

HID- How were the actors chosen for this play?
FSB- "We held auditions for the play and cast the two people who were the best fits. It wasn’t an easy decision by any means, but we wound up with two actors who have terrific chemistry and are knocking it out of the park!"

HID- Why did you want to direct this play?
FSB- "I absolutely love this play. It’s a great story that is very well written, and it makes some great points about how our identity is defined, especially in a digital age."

HID- Do people get naked on stage?
FSB- "Not completely! The play is definitely not PG-rated, but we tried not to do anything gratuitous, either. It’s a tough balance to strike, but I think we did it!"

HID- How many different plays does the theatre plan to host each year?
CB- "We will produce four shows - three plays and one musical each season."

HID- How can the public get involved and help the theater continue to thrive?
CB- "Buy tickets and come see shows! Tell people about us, follow us on social media. You can also volunteer to usher and check our website for other opportunities to get involved!"

HID- What will the next show be? 
CB- "Detroit '67 by native Detroit playwright Dominique Morriseau"

HID- Do you ever act or do you always direct?
FSB- "I’m a trained actor, but I rarely act anymore. It’s a special treat when I get to do it! Acting is a lot of fun, but I find directing to be generally more fulfilling."

HID- What is special about Detroit theatre?
CB- "Detroit is a special place. There is no place else on earth quite like it - and that is becoming more and more rare these days as many places become more homogenized Detroit remains very distinct. And so the theatre that is created within this city, and about this city, and for this city is also distinct and special."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know? CB- "Sex With Strangers runs through April 3, Detroit '67 opens May 15 and runs through June 5th. Come to the theatre - you'll love it!"

For tickets visit or call 313-576-5111.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Purgatory: A Cinematic Exploration of the Soul

For the sixth year in a row The Purgatory show will take over The Tangent Gallery. This two day exhibition will feature, “approximately 90 minutes of short films of introspective, emotive and/or enlightened subject matters from filmmakers worldwide”. Most of the films are from the artists' personal collections. You can view some of the films from previous galleries here.

This years show will feature:

Andreas Ramm - Germany
Brian Ratigan - New York
Dean Roberts - United Kingdom
Evan Hughes - Australia
James Gutierrez - California
Jordan Abrams - California
Julien Le Goff - France
Karolina Nieduza - United Kingdom
Laura Carnet - Canada
Lisa Svelm?e - Denmark
Louise Keay Bell - United Kingdom
Lyle Pisio - Canada
Margaret Orr - Indiana
Maria Askedal - Norway
Mathieu Peteul - France
Mike Rader - New York
Robert Howat - United Kingdom
Ryan Burtney - Michigan
Susan Lien Whigham - California
Tristan Guerlotté - France

The 2016 film schedule is as follows:

Compunction - Dean Roberts (2015 United Kingdom 1min)
A snap shot of a man who is struggling to come to terms with his part in a accident resulting in a fatality.

Time played - Maria Askedal (2015 Norway 2min)
A man tries to help a stranger who is stuck in an entrance to a building.

Out Of His Tree - Robert Howat (2016 United Kingdom 8min)
A troubled doctor meets a new patient in a psychiatric hospital ward, but is he all he seems to be?

XO - Brian Ratigan (2015 New York 4min)
Fearing her own memories, a girl begins the cerebral journey of longing for escape before completely fading away.

Dreams or Demons - Lisa Svelm?e (2015 Denmark 3min)
A woman liberates herself from her strive for the perfect body.

Ramble - Andreas Ramm (2015 Germany 6min)
Sometimes we crave paradise so much that we lose track of reality. The light of the sun is not always beautiful.

Haiku 9:TRADE - Lyle Pisio (2016 Canada 4min)
In a twist on the old “sell your soul to the devil” gag, Andrew is offered his heart's desire for a bit of his youth.

Belfry - Mike Rader (2016 New York 4min)
Artist Mike Rader explores problems in the painting studio that relate beyond the studio doors.

Sleeper of the Valley - Laura Carnet (2014 Canada 3min)
No matter the location or the context, soldiers represent one and only person: a victim.

Balloon Ride - Evan Hughes (2015 Australia 5min)
Victims of domestic violence, a boy dreams of escaping with his mother, only to wake up to a tragic reality.

Heart of Dust - Louise Keay Bell (2015 United Kingdom 6min)
An ex asylum patient returns to his old cell and reflects upon his memories as a patient.


Mer Depré - Margaret Orr (2015 Indiana 6min)
A journey through the mind of a depressed individual.

Untitled Poem - Ryan Burtney (2016 Michigan 2min)
A spoken word poem about seeing the truth.

The Oneness - Karolina Nieduza (2015 United Kingdom 5min)
What is death? Who am I beyond name and form? Do I have to understand death first to to able to understand life?

Once - Julien Le Goff (2015 France 3min)
Among ashes and broken glass, painfull memories rise from the dead.

Total Animal III - Tristan Guerlotté (2015 France 4min)
Submerged beings plasticized with sensual vibrations, clotting together in their oleaginous universe towards total annihilation.

The Existential Zombie - Susan Lien Whigham (2015 California 3min)
Existential horror from the zombie-centric perspective.

Awake - James Gutierrez (2014 California 6min)
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” - Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC)

Ruins Of Time - Mathieu Peteul (2015 France 9min)
Elsa, a young woman who had an abortion, looks for her lost innocence tracing back her childhood.

To Infinity - Jordan Abrams (2016 California 8min)
Their planned day to carry out their suicide pact has arrived. As their moment of truth approaches, resolve grows while faith is lost.

The show will also feature an artist’s bazaar. Local vendors will be selling their wares throughout the night. Everyone who comes out and pays to get in the show will receive a coupon for $5 off the purchase of $25 or more!

Tickets to get in to the show are only $10 at the door. The bazaar will run from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11 and 12 p.m. through Midnight on Saturday, March 12. The films will play at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. on Saturday. The Tangent Gallery is located at 715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, MI 48202.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Red Bull House of Art Presents: Friends of Friends Exhibit

This Friday The Red Bull House of Art will open its first exhibit of 2016. The space will also be celebrating its fifth year bringing an artistic community back to the Motor City. This gallery will feature the work of some of their previous artists as well as the work of those artists' friends. There are 37 artists in total, the shows lineup includes Ben Saginaw, Amber Locke, Franklin Jones, James Kwaitkowski, Michelle Tanguay, Camila Pardo, Robb DiMaria, Jordan Grant, Dino Valdez, Maggie Nguyen, Sydney James, Rhea Gregory, Lamar Landers, Craig Paul Nowak, Topher Crowder, Ellen Rutt, Patrick Ethen, Ty Sawyer, Dan DeMaggio, Carolyn Weber, Kelsey Beckett, Lisa Poszywak, Kevin McCoy, Brian Lacey, Marlo Broughton, Michael Eugene Burdick, James Noellert, Paula Zammit, Amy Fell, Nick Jaskey, Christian Jay Sienkiewicz, Rashaun Rucker, Kelly Ohara, Tiff Massey, Cuppetelli & Mendoza, Brach Goodman and Andrea del Rio.
RBHO also announced that they will be expanding their artisan ­residency program. This year they will be welcoming artists from around the world to come to Detroit for three month residencies. Each residency will welcome a group of three different artists who will get to take in all that Detroit has to offer. At the end of their residencies, they will have a show featuring all of the work that they create while they are here.

This Friday's open will run from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. If you miss the showing you can visit the gallery from 10 a.­m. 'til 3 p.m. every Saturday,

RBHO openings are an event, you do not want to miss this! 


Monday, February 29, 2016

Trust the Shooter at The Inner State Gallery

This Friday, March 4th Inner State Gallery will open its next exhibit called Trust the Shooter, This show was curated by Jeremy Deputat and Rick Williams. It will feature a collective of different established photographers, including Brian Willette, Camera Jesus, Cole Younger, Insighting, Jason Peterson, Jayscale, Jeremy Deputat, Pete Williams, Misshattan, Rick Williams, Ta-ku, Steve Sweatpants and Van Styles.

We are personally excited to see that Camera Jesus aka Joe Gall is part of this run. He is one of our all time favorite artists and we cannot wait to check out his print in the show! No one takes pictures like Joe! You can see all of his work and purchase his prints here.
Photo "Flocka" by Camera Jesus 

Each of the aforementioned artists will show a single 20 x 30 inch print. These prints will be available for purchase, the first ten will be signed and numbered by the artists. The prints will also be available online after the show.

In addition to the opening, Jeremy and Rick will be hosting a Q & A from 5-7 p.m. before the show opening which runs from 7 p.m. to Midnight on the 4th. This gallery will be showing at The Inner State from March 4th through April 3rd. Visit the galleries website here for hours.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don't Miss the One Day Showing of Forward Detroit

Some people think that a city is just a place, but we know better. A city is a living and breathing entity whose pulse is created by the people who live, work and play in it. You can take a million pictures of the landmarks around Detroit, but they won't completely capture what makes this city special. You have to photograph the people that bring the city to life to get a clear picture of what makes Detroit special.

Photographer Eric Perry's latest work called Forward Detroit sought to do just that. Eric photographed Detroiters from all walks of life inside his pop up studio throughout the last year and put together what he feels is an accurate picture of the people of our city. It portrays Detroiters from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Each black and white still seems to tell a story without using a single word.
You can check out a little bit of his work here or you can stop by the gallery and see the collection in person for yourself this Friday, January 29th. Mr. Perry is opening up his doors for one night only and inviting the public in to view his gallery before it is taken down and relocated. The best part is, he isn't charging a dime to get in the door, he just wants you to come out and see the work for yourself! 

The gallery is located at 567 Monroe Street in Detroit. The free showing will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Matt Gondek Blows Up Your Favorite Childhood Characters and Likes It

Homer Simpson, Beavis and Butthead, and Bugs Bunny are four iconic characters whose images are well known throughout the world. Their faces are seen on tv, in movies, on magazines, and on all sorts of merchandise. Their images are mass marketed and trademarked and they are not allowed to be reproduced for profit. But, they are allowed to be redrawn and then blown the fuck up, which is exactly what artist Matt Gondek does. 

Matt Gondek is well known for taking some of the world's most recognizable characters and painting them as if they were exploding form the inside out. The most interesting part about this is that his work feels light, pop art-esque, and fun. His images are clean and simple, full of color, and his work is the perfect mixture of camp and doom. 
This Pittsburgh born artist currently resides in L.A. where he spends his days painting. He is in the process of working on a show called Unholy Hands (named after a song by The Bronx) that will be visiting The Store Front Gallery in Ferndale on Saturday, November 21st.

Gondek has heard great things about the art community here and he decided it was time to come check it out. He has previously painted a 20 X 40 foot wall in Vegas and his art has graced the side of a food truck or two, but he has never stepped foot inside the mitten.

I am personally very excited for this show. I am a huge fan of pop art like this, I love when things get a little vulgar and I am obsessed with the Simpsons. I asked Gondek to paint Ned Flanders (my favorite character) when I interviewed him about the show and I think he might come through. If so, my living room is about to get a whole lot more interesting.  

Come check out his work for yourself on Saturday, November 21st. The show will open at 5 p.m. and run through 11 p.m. The Store Front Gallery is located at 477 West Marshall, Ferndale, MI. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Library Street Collective Presents Material by Hense

This Friday October, 23rd The Library Street Collective will open Material, a gallery by Alex Brewster aka Hense.
Hense is a street artist that works in different mediums with a assortment of materials, including plywood, ink, screws, graphite, house, acrylic and spray paints. The show is called Materials and it will feature an assortment of drawings and screen prints.
The show will run through  December 20th. The opening will take place this Friday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. If you are not able to make it to the opening you will be able to catch Alex's work through December, but The LSC has very limited hours. So follow them on Facebook to keep up with their schedule.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Russell Industrial Center Opens its Doors to the Public this Saturday

The Russell Industrial Center in Detroit is home to over 140 artists, small film and recording studios, radio stations and much much more. The multi building facility has been home to many different business throughout the last 100 years. These days it is the home to some of Detroit's best creative minds.

The Saturday, September 19th the Russell Industrial Center is opening up the exterior of its campus to all amateur photographers that want to take their shot at getting some good photos of the iconic Detroit facility. The center will be open to the public for photos from 3 p.m until 10 p.m. this Saturday. Need a cool Detroit space to shoot a album cover or some artsy photos? This is your chance to do it at the Russell!
Later in the day, the artists within The Russell will be opening the doors to their studios. From 5 p.m. 'til midnight the same day, the Russell will be open for public tours, art demonstrations, and an art sale.

Never before has the Russell opened its doors to the public like this. This will be a unique look inside of what many consider to be a mecca for art and the artistic community of Detroit.
The Russel Industrial Center is located at 1600 Clay Street in Detroit.

Come out and see a different side of the Russell and The Detroit art scene.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

There's Going to be a Doll Pile at Corktown Tavern!

Hey ladies! If you're looking for a girls night out, head to Corktown Tavern tonight, Thursday, August 6th. A group called No Good Girls Allowed is hosting a FREE event they're calling The Doll Pile. This event will feature local female musicians like Alison Lewis , Sheila Tequila and Jennica Wahl on stage. Throughout the bar you will find artists and vendors selling everything from jewelry to sex toys. For a full list of the ladies setting up shop and to see what they will be slinging, click here.

No Good Girls Allowed is a great group of chicks brought together by their love of music, booze, and their community. They strive to support each other's endeavors as well as the music and art communities in Detroit, and actually the community as a whole. To learn more about these ladies and what they are up to, head over and "like" them on Facebook.

Thursday's event starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. The super awesome Andrea Boneventura will be on site slinging drinks for the night as a guest bartender. So make sure you're ready to drink! With that being said, this is an event for those 21+. Corktown Tavern is located at 1716 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Meet Michelle Tanguay

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Ever since I was 13 I have been involved in the local music scene.  I didn't meet my friends in high school, I met them after the bell rang in bars, venues, VFW halls, and basements while watching bands from all over come to the city of Detroit to play. The people I met slowly became my "family". The Detroit music community was one of the most tight knit groups around, until it wasn't. Over the last decade I have noticed a real change in the way that the community supports and treats each other, it was a large part of the reason that I wanted to be part of, my dream is for shows to feel like hanging out with family again and I think I figured out what is missing thanks to Michelle Tanguay.
Michelle is a local artist and painter that I have been "following" online for a few years. Her work is amazing, beautiful and inspiring. You may have seen one of her pieces and not even know it. She collaborated with a few other artists to make a billboard for Sierra Mist, she painted for the Detroit Redbull Creation project, she has an installation up at Complex MI, and she had some of her work featured at Electirc Forest, just to name a few. She is easily one of the most talented creatives that Detroit has ever seen.

Christie and I went to Michelle's studio to see where she works, see some of the current projects that she was working on, and to hear her story. I walked out of the interview glowing with inspiration. Michelle's life force is as amazing as her painting and sketches are.
Michelle moved to Michigan from upstate New York when she was only 17 years old. She was already an artist and a painter and she came here to start her career. She fell in love with Detroit and decided that this is where she was going to put down her roots. She attended CCS, and moved into the Bankle Building where she shares an art space with her mentor Camilo Pardo. She works on her art almost 24 hours a day and art is her life. She talks it, breaths it, and gets reinvigorated and inspired by it everyday. Her drive and zest for life are almost airborne when you are around her.
We talked to Michelle in depth about the growing Detroit art scene. I wanted to know why she thought it was booming and prospering here in Detroit and why the community was so close. She explained to me that the art community of Detroit works together, they collaborate and they support each other. She talked about having other artists up to her space to collaborate on a project or a painting and she talked in depth about what The Red Bull House of Art has done to help the community move forward. She links up with a lot of the artists that come through there and they help each other by inspiring each other, challenging each other, and supporting each other. Detroit has become a mecca for art and artists and I truly believe this idea of working together and collaborating is the key to its success.
Which leads me to my first point. Detroit used to be a tight knit music community. We used to help each other out. And, I think all we need to do is learn from the Detroit art scene and reconnect and start to build a family again. We can all help each other create, push ourselves and bring back the collaborative community that we need to help us all thrive. We need to take a cue for the blossoming art community in this city and unite to make sure that the Detroit music scene doesn't just fade away. We will do a lot more if we work together. Let's attend each other's shows, let's collaborate on songs, on booking shows, on promoting shows, etc.!
Michelle is by far one of the most talented and creative people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We highly suggest you start following her for yourself and make sure to attend her next show. In the meantime check out the interview that we did. This was filmed inside her space in the Bankle Building just a few weeks ago. Thanks for the inspiration, we needed it!


Friday, May 22, 2015

An Afternoon with Shepard Fairey

Yesterday afternoon we had the privilege of interviewing Shepard Fairey about his recent 9 day residency in Detroit, a stay that will culminate with the opening of his latest exhibit at the Library Street Collective tonight. Shepard was hired by Rock Financial/Quicken Loans to come to Detroit to create his largest mural to date along with a few smaller works throughout the city.

We were invited to the alley commonly refereed to as "The Belt" to witness Mr. Fairey hosting a question and answer session with students from The Detroit School of Art before taking questions from the press. The kids were all given black and white versions of the mural that SF painted in the alley to color while he talked. While the students colored they asked the street artist about his creations and his career. They were very interested in his creation of the Obama "Hope" poster and how he comes up with new things and keeps going. His answers were more than refreshing. He compared being a street artist to being a hip hop artist in the sense that they are both competitive and a little bit rebellious in nature. The kids seemed to enjoy their time with Shepard, many of them even approached him at the end and asked him to sign everything from their drawings to their sweatshirts and he happily obliged.
After finishing up with the kids he took questions from the press. I was really impressed by the man behind OBEY. I wore an Obey t-shirt for way too long in high school and was a fan of OBEY for years before he ever broke into the main stream. It was interesting to hear him talk about his rise to "fame". He talked about how and why he creates each of his murals and why he chose Detroit. He stated that he has wanted to work with the Library Street Collective for years, but the timing never lined up. He was asked by the collective what it would take to get him here to work on something and his answer was, "a wall that I cant pass up." That's when he was offered his largest project to date, the 184' wall on the side of One Campus Martius. He has been working on the mural with a team of three other people. He even joked that he can't believe that he is at a place in his career that he can hire people to work with him. For years it was just him out there on his own. He talked very fondly of the city of Detroit and what he loves about being here. He feels that Detroit is a place that has incorporated art deeper into itself than most other cities. Even our bars and restaurants have an artistic authentic feel to them, no one is the same. He gave shouts out to a few local artists that he appreciates, including Revok (who previous lived here) and Shades. We also couldn't resist asking if he has ever fallen during one of his late night adventures scaling a billboard. He said that it has happened many times, but luckily only from 15 to 20 feet in the air, nothing high enough that it hurt more than his back.  
My favorite point that he made during the afternoon was that he stays true to himself. He pointed out that he gets criticized by the corporations for being too street and by the street kids for being too corporate. He doesn't really care much about what people think as long as they are talking and hopefully enjoying his art. He was an inspiring artist who made me want to go home and create. I think the most amazing thing about him was when I saw his hands, the hands of a true artist. I think I creeped him out a little when I asked him if I could take a picture, but I personally think those hands were one of the most amazing sets I have ever seen. They work hard, they create beautiful things, and they just made the landscape of the city that I love a lot more beautiful.

Cheers to My. Fairey for spending time here and shedding a bright positive light on the artistic community of Detroit. Do not miss his latest show called "Printed Matters" opening tonight at the Library Street Collective at 6 p.m. The show will run through August 15th, 2015, but don't wait! Get out there and see this for yourselves now!