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AXD Visual Arts Exhibition April 9-26


The Art X Detroit 2015 Visual Arts Exhibition will open to the public from 7PM-11PM on Thursday, April 9 at MOCAD as part of the AXD Opening Nightfestivities. Visitors can view the exhibition during museum hours from April 9-26, 2015.

The AXD 2015 Visual Arts Exhibition brings forth selected works from the collection of the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist, two of the 2014 Kresge Dance/Music Fellows, three of the 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellows, and nine of the 2013 Kresge Visual Arts Fellows.

This exhibition presents these artists as they arrive at the culmination of their fellowship period, and shows their continuing explorations in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, animation, video, and mixed-media installations. For some, the time as a Fellow has allowed for the creation of new works specifically for exhibition during Art X Detroit 2015. It has also given some Fellows an opportunity to collaborate with other artists, or to explore an altogether new medium for expression.

Participating Artists:

Bill Rauhauser (2014 Eminent Artist)
Selected Photographs: Bill Rauhauser
Bill Rauhauser A gallery providing a selected display of some of the iconic artist's celebrated photography will offer a glimpse into works spanning the 1950s through the 1980s. Rauhauser received the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist Award in recognition of his lifetime of artistic engagement in Detroit. To see more about the life and works of Bill Rauhauser, a monograph developed by the Kresge Foundation to honor the artist is available for download here.

Ben Hall (Dance/Music Fellow)
Windbag for Thirty-Six Sets of Lungs
Ben Hall Ben Hall’s project involves an ongoing installation that will be activated with two separate performances. Windbag for Thirty-Six Sets of Lungs is a performance installation involving 36 supine volunteers whose passive breath will act as a sound generator, interacting in conjunction with a hanging sculptural installation of ferns and disco balls.
     Required reservations for performance participants. Click here to reserve a space in the first performance (Saturday, April 11 from 6:30-7:30PM) and Click here to reserve a space in the second performance (Saturday, April 25 from 6:30-7:30PM).

Jeedo (Dance/Music Fellow)
Dirt Tech Detroit
Inspired by still photographs, Dirt Tech Detroit is a collection of 12 streaming videos to showcase the music of Detroit based DJ and producer Jeedo. This series of videos offers a glimpse into the landscapes and people that inspire his work.

Cary Loren and Michael Zadoorian (Literary Arts Fellows)
Boofland Babylon
Cary Loren and Michael Zadoorian_3 A multi-media installation and collaboration between Cary Loren and Michael Zadoorian, Boofland Babylon is based on a photograph of Zadoorian’s childhood in which he met many local Detroit children’s TV hosts on a float during the Hudson’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1963. The installation is comprised of a large “altar piece” of pop-culture memories, a life-sized sculpture on stage, stand up figures, inspirational objects, a monitor showing a short film will be contained on the stage, two vitrines containing additional archives from Loren and Zadoorian, and a small retrospective of rarely seen photographs by Norman Zadoorian (Michael Zadoorian’s father, a professional photographer working in Detroit mid-century).
     The installation explores autobiographic material thematically connected to Loren’s and Zadoorian’s youth, pop-culture and Detroit history. During weekly meetings and self-interviews, they’ve collected stories, experiences and objects reflected in the display, which will also be presented in a small pamphlet to be given away at the event. Covering experience and culture commonly felt and witnessed by baby boomers who grew up during the ‘50s and ‘60s in Detroit, Boofland Babylon is about time, memory, humor, symbolism and a very specific regional history of Detroit.

Peregrine Workshop (Literary Arts Fellow)
The City is Made of Stories
Peregrine Workshop_1 Peregrine Workshop (Andrea + Gary Urbiel Goldner) presents a playful exploration of cities and how they are made.      They are working on a series of books for explorers of all ages, with children as a primary audience. The first book in the series follows the ordinary and adventurous interactions of neighbors making their way to and from two neighborhood ovens in North Africa. That city is made of fresh bread, kids, grandmas, roosters, salt and cumin shaken over chickpea custard, and peanuts rolled into cones of math homework.
     Visitors are invited to contribute to the series by telling them about your city. Find a postcard (available throughout the event), use words and images to complete the sentence My city is made of___________., and pin it to the wall as part of their exhibit at MOCAD. Join them at a workshop for families to think, write, draw, and talk about what the city is made of at the Michigan Science Center on Saturday, April 12 from 12-2PM.

Jon Brumit (Visual Arts Fellow)
Escape from Weed Mountain
Jon Brumit The installation is a large-scale diorama based on a makeshift semi-rural campground, in turns backcountry paradise, tourist attraction, smoking den, meditation center, workspace, death metal rainbow gathering, and utopian development. As a 50 channel sound installation with accompanying vinyl record by the same title, each of the tent, huts, grow rooms, or other structures involved in Escape from Weed Mountain emits its own soundtrack.
     While Escape from Weed Mountain both celebrates and condemns new technology, white trash culture, back-to-the-land movements, basic entrepreneurial drive, artist colonies, and the use of narcotics, the overall narrative is a conflicted response to self-discovery in multiform. The piece, although largely autobiographical, is inspired and informed by John Carpenter's unfinished "Escape from .." series, Deleuze's "Philosophy of the AND", and attempts, through made and found objects and hand-cut records, to recreate a select few vivid and transformative memories of campgrounds, parties, or art festivals with so much "healing" going on that one could only hope to pass out, black out, or otherwise escape.

Coco Bruner (Visual Arts Fellow)
Normal Shift
Coco Bruner A typical floor offers an idealized version of the ground, flattened and smoothed out, a form of spatial background noise that we often ignore. Normal Shift upends that notion of a floor. Conceptually located at a meeting point between sculptural object, three-dimensional drawing, and architectural intervention, the piece invites participants to confront assumptions that underlie everyday experience. As visitors make their own way across the alternative floor, they are invited to experience choice, mild risk, the nature of balance as a process, and the necessity of consciously considering what we usually take for granted.
     In drawing attention to the floor, Normal Shift focuses awareness on what we take for granted as fundamental, especially where that is unexamined or rapidly changing, and not what we assumed. Growing out of the artist’s work in drawing, it extends concerns with physical process, personal history, and questions about perception, illusion, and relationship into four dimensions and viewer participation.

Jason E. Carter (Visual Arts Fellow)
Jason Carter In the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright reassessed the design of the American home, leading him to create the Usonian house. For Wright, the fireplace was the geometric, spiritual, and symbolic focal point of the house, despite it no longer having an essential function for the home. Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy on the hearth is the catalyst for #UsonianFocus.
     Jason E. Carter explores digital screens as a modern point of center inside Wright's Affleck House, as we enter a new age of light in which we gather in isolation around the glow of a screen and meet up communally in a virtual space.
     Carter’s paintings meditate on this new perception of light, recognizing that the light we live by today is not what others experienced in the past. The sole light source for the paintings come from a screen (laptop, tablet, smartphone), which, with its digital flicker, manipulates and redefines the space.

Kate Daughdrill (Visual Arts Fellow)
From Here to There
Kate-Daughdrill_1 Created in collaboration with Patrick Costello, From Here to There involves an installation, a series of intimate activities, a publication, and a value-making ceremony. The installation is the central hub from which the rest of the project grows. Shelves of canned food arranged in a color spectrum surround tables for gathering and sharing in artist-made food and teas. The installation is an immersive space for quiet engagement with a holy water station, a station for letting go, plants, jars of food, herbal medicine, ceremonial objects, and a publication exploring the life and values of Burnside Farm, Daughdrill’s 8-lot urban farm on the east side of Detroit.
     During the show, the installation will be activated with a series of intimate activities—a medicinal food and tea pairing, an aromatic encounter, an elixir making experience with students from the Boggs School, and a discussion about food sovereignty and urban farming in Detroit.
     The project will culminate with a value-making ceremony, which will bring together 150 diverse Detroiters for conversation and a series of rituals to explore what we truly value and how it is embodied in our daily lives. Food, objects, smells, facilitators, and fire will be involved. The value-making ceremony is being cultivated with Phreddy Wischusen and 15 other soulful Detroiters.

Oren Goldenberg (Visual Arts Fellow)
A Requiem for Douglass
Oren Goldenberg After documenting the drastic dismantlement of Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Housing, Oren Goldenberg created the series The Future is Changing : Rituals for Spatial Change to publicly explore the possibilities of catharsis for the ever-changing city. A Requiem for Douglass is the final iteration of this series.
     The interactive installation attempts to bring not only the documentation of ritual to the viewer, but the act of ritual as well, by inviting participants to perform the rite of removing a brick salvaged from the late Brewster-Douglass housing project. Arranged in the form of one of the iconic Douglass Towers, a sculpture of bricks initiates a series of videos when touched. The participant-activated videos present a display of seven rituals performed at the Douglass Towers during their demolition, as well as the demolition itself. The installation lasts as long as there are bricks remaining.

Marie T. Hermann (Visual Arts Fellow)
Birds in My Hair
Marie Hermann The installation Birds in My Hair is a new group of sculptures Hermann has been working on over the last year. Through the interactive installation Yours , Mine, Ours, visitors bring a cup from their personal collection to a location to exchange with functional functional handmade porcelain cups created and numbered by Hermann. Over the duration of the exhibition, the collection of 100 cups slowly changes in its entirety, commenting on the creation of new relationships between an audience and previously recognizable objects.

Charlie O'Geen (Visual Arts Fellow)
4620 Cass Avenue
Charlie O'Geen Beginning as an informal partnership with Cass Café, a supporting piece of 4620 Cass Avenue will be on display at MOCAD. O’Geen and his collaborator, Steph Vito, started by examining the simple vocabulary of the building and thought about how to extend this in the program and city of Detroit . This vocabulary is based on the building principles and materials developed by Albert Kahn and Henry Ford in Detroit in the early 20th century. Keeping this in mind, O’Geen and Vito experiment with advanced concrete and alternative construction processes, respecting the honesty of the materials used at Cass Café and listening to the site and building for their inherent potentials.

Bryant Tillman (Visual Arts Fellow)
works from alexandrine
Bryant Tillman tillman’s works from alexandrine presents a handful of Impressionist paintings to showcase the end result of several y ears of diligent progression, showing the summation of tillman’s current pathway in painting. He explores the mutual exclusivity of the objectivity of realism versus emotional expressionism, searching for the balance between delighting the eye and mind as well as gratifying the viewer with the usual qualities of realism. tillman finds realism, being either over-rated or functionally redundant, should diminish in favor of a greater role for license and creativity.

Carl Wilson (Visual Arts Fellow)
The Flow of Water
Carl Wilson Traditionally a print artist, Wilson steps out of his comfort zone with the creation of a 2D animated short film, The Flow of Water. As a mixture of animation techniques including cut out, traditional, and digital, the film is intercut with live action and told in a surreal style with a non-linear narrative. The film plays on a large video monitor at the center of an abstract installation, allowing viewers to step into the world of the film’s protagonist, Marty.
The Flow of Water is a dark allegorical tale depicting the voyage of self-discovery Wilson’s wife Mariuca embarked on, endured, and conquered. Raised in a harsh, cult-like religion, she determined she would reject the demand for submission to a husband and religion. She would become the ruler of her own life.
Shunned by friends and disowned by her family for rejecting the chauvinist teachings of their religion, the film's heroine, Marty, a middle-aged woman, dares to leave the only world she has ever known to create a whole new life for herself. Marty must conquer her own personal demons, her fear of the unknown, and fear of a world that she has been told was inherently evil.

MOCAD hours:

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - 11AM-5PM
Thursday - 11AM-8PM
Friday - 11AM-8PM
Saturday - 11AM-5PM
Sunday - 11AM-5PM

***MOCAD hours will be extended on April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 25 to accommodate Art X Detroit programming. MOCAD will have limited hours on April 18. Check mocadetroit.org for updates.