Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Lot set up on Lawley Street this October to meet up with Luis Croquer (Director of MOCAD) and Joel Wachs (President of the Andy Warhol Foundation). It was a lovely get-to-together. Thanks to Jon Brumit across the street!
This marks the beginning of The Lot's transient phase, where the The Lot is a venue wherever the letters are. We are looking to partner with friends, strangers, and organizations in Detroit and beyond. Think about it! Let's come to your neighborhood!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Mary Beth Carolan & Robert Reese
Sat. May 22 6-10pm
(dance performance at dusk)
12138 St. Aubin
An interactive sculpture that will transform through two stages of
energy. The first stage will be a high energy dance performance.
Dancers silhouettes will be lit with high powered industrial lights
that draw power from the grid. The performance will be viewed from four
different sides of the cube. As night falls the sculpture will
transform into a quieter experience. Solar powered lights will kick on,
drawing power only from the storage provided by the sun that day.
Audience members will be invited to come inside, lounge around, and
gaze at the solar light show. (Dance by Tzarinas of the Plane)
Mary Beth Carolan is a multidisciplinary Detroit artist and is the recent recipient
of a 2010 Kresge Community Arts Grant for $9,000.00. In the fall she will be attending
the University of Michigan Masters of Fine Arts Program.
Robert Reese is currently an industrial electrician at the Ford Rouge
Center. Outside of "working on big machines and poking them with
probes and stuff", he's passionate about building projects. Recent
"volunteer projects" include a scratch built "vacuum forming machine"
for the University of Michigan-Flint's Engineering Science Department
and an "arc vapor deposition chamber, used to create buckyballs and
nanotubes" for UofM-Flint's Physics Department. This year he made a
personal metal-casting furnace and is working with metals. Upcoming
plans include a CNC machine that "uses an additive process to print
three dimensional chocolate sculptures."
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Yugoslavian-born American artist, Miroslav Cukovic, a graduate of College for Creative Studies, has exhibited extensively both in North America and Europe. Most recently, he has completed a public project entitled "Hoops" which was made through a grant from the City Council of Maribor. He lives and works in Maribor with his wife Jelena and son Boris.
Saturday, May 22
Popps Packing 12138 St. Aubin, Hamtramck
Balloon Launch 7pm
David Prince is a sculptor, explorer, lumberjack, amateur scientist, community advocate, and inventor, creating artworks in a wide variety of materials and media. His subject matter frequents the topics of ecology, heroism, civic engagement, and impermanence. He received an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and a BA from Colorado College in 2001. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and is a part-time nomad, living and working from his minivan-studio.
balloon launch : Alternative Energies
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Well here it is, the collaboration of the decade. The Lot teamed up with Popps Packing to bring you this golden casket. The title was inspired by a text penned by one Benedictus Figulus in the early 1600's. Alchemy, philosophy, the elements, psychopompery - we've got all that and more in this upcoming show.
May 22 6pm-10pm
12138 St. Aubin
In the Garden
David Prince "Hot Air Balloon Launch"
Nomad artist Prince brings us an unmanned hot air balloon made entirely from biodegradeable materials. The balloon is an elegant metaphor for a question, and he invites us all to imagine our own questions. Launch at 7pm
Graem Whyte and Scott Hocking "The Hole II"
Prominent Detroit artists Whyte and Hocking bring us Phase II of The Hole. You'll just have to see it.
Design 99 "Heartland Machine"
Husband and Wife Team Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope bring us the Heartland Machine, a project created in conjunction with the Heartland exhibition. They went looking for interesting arts initiatives and interventions throughout the Midwest and photographed/videotaped/documented the people, places and cities who make art in this region to document and export in the most spectacular way. The result is a sculptural self-contained information kiosk showcasing the character active in this region. Also its a sweet boat.
Mary Beth Carolan & Robert Reese "Drawing Power"
as described by Carolan
An interactive sculpture that will transform through two stages of energy. The first stage will be a high energy dance performance. Dancers silhouettes will be lit with high powered industrial lights that draw power from the grid. The performance will be viewed from four different sides of the cube. As night falls the sculpture will transform into a quieter experience. Solar powered lights will kick on, drawing power only from the storage provided by the sun that day. Audience members will be invited to come inside, lounge around, and gaze at the solar light show.
The Tzarinas of the Plane Faina Lerman & Bridget Michael
As mentioned above, there will be a dance performance, and it will be Detroit's Tzarinas of the Plane. Here's what they have to say:
In the Galleries
Miroslav Cukovic "DRAWings"
The ever talented Slovenian artist Cukovic brings drawings that make you want to cry because they are so good and you can't quite put your finger on what it is about them that makes you look at them for so long.
8mm Film Collage by Guillotine Productions
When you run a used record album business, you end up with not just LPs but a variety of older media. Like 8mm films. Hello Records' Wade Kergan, Davin Brainard & Kathy Leisen are Guillotine Productions: specializing in Belle Isle bike rides and film collage.
First the weather threatened to fly us all away to Oz
So we invented The Room
Brave people showed up and doodled, and wonderful lecturers filled our minds with the truth about Santa Claus, idealistic problem solving, true and shocking stories from the ER, insight into the Roman Empire and the potential future of Google, the road to achieving Renaissance status, the joys of visiting, how to influence meetings by secret doodling, songs that spellbind, and the role that notes play in our everyday lives.
And now some doodles!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Drawing in the Margins: The Art of Notetaking
3013 Cochrane, North Corktown, Detroit, MI
May 8, 2010 ~ 1:00pm-3:30 pm
As we rely less and less on pen and paper in our everyday communications at home, in the office, and in classrooms, the opportunity for doodles and sketched notes decreases. This note-doodling is important, as it becomes a physical representation of our minds at work processing data, and is a uniquely wonderful instance of image and text coming into simultaneous existence as two manifestations of one thing.
To explore these note-doodles and focus, we have created an environment of speakers and note-takers through a series of lectures and lecture-performances. The program features 8 lectures covering a wide range of topics, and we invite you to doodle during them! The price of admission for guests to attend the event will be only that they take notes and draw(doodle). Paper and pens provided.
Featuring Presentations by:
Boye Adegbenro (Odu Afrobeat Orchestra) “Lines Alive”,
Anthony Cruz MD “Sickness, Psychosis and Scandal:
Shocking Shorts from the ER” Mary Beth Carolan “Idealism
& Innovation in Detroit, or, No one listens to a Waitress”
Kat Hartman (cartoon expert), Samuel Gray (mysterious)
William Chan (NYC Lawyer)“Cultural Identity in the Roman
Empire”, Daron Roberts (Asst. Secondary Coach for the
Detroit Lions) “The Myth of Meritocracy” Mikey Henderberg
“Santa Claus is simply an anthropomorphized mushroom”
Musical Intermission at 2pm
by Samantha Linn & Andrew Barrett.
Food by the Woodbridge Pub
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
"DRAWING IN THE MARGINS"
Sam Gray is a Richnmond, VA-based writer and musician. Interested in creating a dialogue regarding myth, archetypes, inspiration, creativity, and philosophy, he started The Beautiful Caucus, an organization dedicated to bringing about the first world renaissance. He practices Tai Chi and plays a decent game of ping-pong.
He holds a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also studied photography and film, and plans on attending Cardozo School of Law in New York City this fall.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
"Drawing in the Margins"
1:00pm - 3:30pm
LECTURE TITLE: "Idealism & Innovation in Detroit, or, No One Listens to a Waitress"
Mary Beth Carolan is an artist living and working in Detroit. She makes art work out of mundane life stuff. She is currently preparing to start a graduate program at University of Michigan. Will she bring the D to the AA or the AA to the D?
Monday, April 26, 2010
"DRAWING IN THE MARGINS"
MAY 8, 1PM - 3:30PM
LECTURE TITLE "THE MYTH OF MERITOCRACY"
Daron Roberts, assistant secondary coach of the Detroit Lions, is a fifth-generation East Texan.
Upon graduation from The University of Texas, he moved to the District of Columbia to work as an aide to Senator Joe Lieberman. After surviving the anthrax scare, Roberts moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated from the Kennedy School in 2004 and entered Harvard Law School in the fall semester of that same year. In 2007, Roberts graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.
During his third year of law school, Roberts decided to pursue a career in football coaching and wrote 164 letters to college and professional football teams. The Kansas City Chiefs offered Roberts a training camp internship for the 2007 season. After completing his internship, he joined the Chiefs in a volunteer capacity and was elevated to the position of defensive quality control assistant in 2008.
After two seasons (2007-08) working with the Kansas City Chiefs, Roberts was hired as the assistant secondary coach of the Detroit Lions.
Roberts started , 4th and 1 (www.4thand1.org) - a free football camp for at-risk high school sophomores in East Texas. The camp combines football training with SAT prep services and life skills development.
Roberts reached his lifetime goal of touching all seven continents on November 23, 2006.
Stephanie Hafer is a multi-media artist most interested in storytelling. Currently her favorite mediums include video, photography, writing, and the occasional prank call.
She studied fashion design at Virginia Tech and English at University of Colorado in Boulder. She lives in Brooklyn but Detroit holds considerable real estate in her heart.
Corwin Levi is a visual artist who spends his time drawing cloud monsters, making tiny bouquets appear, and exploring terrariums in forests' discarded bottles. He marvels at synaesthesia, the view of the constellations from outside the city, and how many times the letter "i" can be squeezed into shine. In pursuit of such interests, Corwin uses a variety of media including paintings, drawings, children's books, sculpture, and video. He has a BA from Rice University and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. He is coming to Detroit from residencies in the Czech Republic and The Millay Colony for the Arts earlier this year. Later this summer, he will be participate in a studio residency in Alexandria, VA, followed by an August show at Hillyer Gallery in Washington, DC. Corwin's continuing work can be seen at his website, www.radiosebastian.com.
"Drawing in the Margins"
May 8, 2010
Lecture Title "Sickness, Psychosis, and Scandal: Shocking Shorts from the ER"
BIO: Anthony Cruz is a native Detroiter and an ER doctor with a budding interest in creative writing. He graduated with a degree in Anthropology from MSU in 1997 and from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2002. His training in emergency medicine was at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Cruz is also engaged in international emergency medicine; his studies abroad and volunteer efforts have taken him to Zimbabwe, Cuba, and the Philippines. He currently works as an ER doctor at Henry Ford Main and Henry Ford Cottage Hospitals. His wife Jennifer is an Ontario native and RN who also works in the ER at Henry Ford Main. They recently put down roots on the East-side in Grosse Pointe Park.
Anthony Orlando Cruz M.D.
Physician, Emergency Medicine
Henry Ford Health System
"Drawing in the Margins" is The Lot's first event of the spring/summer 2010 season at your favorite venue, THE LOT 3013 Cochrane Detroit MI USA.
After this event, we are going to be doing things a little differently this year. The following event May 22 is going to be a collaboration with Popps Packing in Hamtramck. We are looking to spread our wings, and in the future, events at The Lot will not be restricted to this one neighborhood. We will be finding other empty lots and spaces that could use a little art magic.
As promised, we'll be rolling out spotlights on our lecturers for
"Drawing in the Margins"!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Man I love spring. Everything seems to appear overnight, there's suddenly plops of green everywhere, and those white blossom trees really make it hard to be in a *%##!# mood.
It also doesn't hurt that the next show at The Lot is going to be....pretty much awesome. Let me break it down for you.
Stephanie Hafer and Corwin Levi are artists living in NYC and Mysteryville, Virginia respectively, and they proposed a show that I like very much.
"Drawing in the Margins" is an event about celebrating the act of doodling and about celebrating an unlikely collection of lecturers. This show allows us to role-play in a familiar scene: you're in school and there's someone talking and you're doodling. But this is better because you're outside in a cool empty lot and it brings together a seemingly random group of people in our community and we get to use our brains and have fun.
For me as an event planner, "Drawing in the Margins" allows me to get meta and playful as we envision surreal sets from which the speakers can lecture and I'm on my quest for a keyboardist (for the music in between presenters of course). Our panel of lecturers runs the gamut from an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions to an ER doctor to a self described Hippie McGuyver.
Over the next few weeks leading up to the event we're going to get to know them on this blog. Thank goodness for blogs.
PS Mark your calendars for May 8th, 1pm-3:30pm