Solo Exhibition @ Whitdel Arts in Detroit

Located in Southwest Detroit, Whitdel Arts is a members’ based contemporary art gallery run by a volunteer group of artists and creative individuals, serving the community through contemporary art exhibitions, arts-based activities, and professional development.  Their main home is in Southwest Detroit’s historic Whitdel building on the corner of Hubbard and Porter. 

Whitdel Arts serves artists and the community through its exhibitions and events, professional resources, and educational programs.  The purpose of Whitdel Arts is to provide an environment centered around the creative process of the contemporary arts and the interaction and dialogue derived from it.  Whitdel Arts is a center where the public can view and learn about the contemporary arts by local and national artists, while providing working artists with the resources needed for their artistic careers and studio practice.

Fanoon Visiting Artist, Doha

In January I had the pleasure of traveling to Doha as the Fanoon Visiting Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Throughout the week, I made screen prints with the help of Assistant Professor, Zach Stenson and his painting and printmaking students. 


Reverb: Recent Abstraction in Painting: Part II

Reverb: Recent Abstraction in Painting is a traveling group exhibition curated by Kenneth Hall, Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2013 I had the honor of exhibiting my work alongside Scott Anderson, Jimmy Baker, Christie Blizard,  Angelina Gualdoni, Dana Saulnier, and Deborah Zlotsky. This exhibition also included paintings by the late Megan Dirks (1985-2010) whom I had the great pleasure of getting to know in graduate school over many studio dates and cups of coffee.  

Megan Dirks: 

The following are images from the exhibition held at Bowling Green State University in September 2014:

And finally, here are images of my installation process from the first exhibition at the University of Northern Iowa in 2013. 


CODEX

"On June 22, 2011, the Souris River ravaged Minot, North Dakota. Forcing its way through homes, it seized thousands of precious items; then, like a greedy burglar grabbing more than it could carry, was required to jettison its plunder in retreat.  Snatched away, thousands of objects drifted to a new resting place, displayed in public as a sad and surreal pastiche of the American material existence..."

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BLURRED BOUNDARIES

The human mind has the remarkable ability to perceive convincing patterns in puddles of chaos and banality. We are especially adept at making visual associations between diverse subjects. As children we become lost in the wonderment of clouds that transform into animals and the moon that wears the face of a man. In the collages of Sue Hettmansperger, disparate materials collide, generating new forms with traces of familiarity. Pieces of dried leaves and plastic pop rings are identifiable, carrying the weight of their own history. At the same time photographs and subtle marks of paint make these objects more difficult to place. The work channels both compatibility of forms and a growing tension between boundaries...

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I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOUR PANTS ARE TOO SHORT

"The paintings of Gyan Shrosbree, not only recall the short-pants-feeling of Watteau’s Gilles, they remind us that the dignity of humanness is often found in the beauty of awkwardness, the truth of frailty, and the acceptance of process as the end which is always becoming. Whether in the poised paws of a checkered cat, or the tilt of a white Kangol newsy, these works offer the possibility of a connection through the delicacy and strength of individual experience..."

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WATER AND STONE

In the book, What Painting Is, James Elkins defines painting as a combination of two ingredients: water (medium) and stone (pigment). The action of painting is a process of negotiating the two. Water and Stone presents two artists whose work necessitates material functions... 

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NEW DAY

Consider the experience of an archaeologist: the sensation of being immersed in earthen substances and the ceaseless curiosity that keeps one searching. Imagine clay and grime under your fingernails, the damp smell of a cavernous hole in the ground, and the inexplicable wonder upon discovering a hidden mystery preserved in the earth. In addition to the associations we have with the physical acts of archaeological digging, think of what it means to be doing archaeology: to investigate and search for evidence of the past in order to learn more about ourselves in the present...

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ANYWHERE

Trees, clouds, and empty roads populate the landscapes of Robert Fifield and Ben Cohan in the exhibition, “Anywhere.” The exhibition tells of a place that is both near and far; a landscape that keeps its distance while remaining close to home. While both bodies of work hold an apparent individuality, both artists are drawing from familiar landscape iconography. Fifield’s work explores the representation of landscape through the reduction and augmentation of cartographic languages. Cohan’s work uses the romantic possibilities of paint to confront places that are often overlooked. At first glance, the sites may be from anywhere, yet they embody a certain peculiarity that leaves one with a satisfying curiosity... 

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