Archives for the month of: August, 2012

A couple of nights ago I went to the welcoming reception for the new grad students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The event was held in the Sullivan Galleries smack in the middle of Detroit USA: Material, Site, Narrative, an exhibit with works by Danielle Aubert and Maia Asshaq, Jon Brumit, Kate Daughdrill and Mira Burack, Design 99, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, Jessica Care Moore, Catie Newell, Gilda Snowden and Corine Vermeulen.

The art was strong and I have to say it gave me a sense of pride given that I have been connected with Detroit since my early beginnings. Born and raised in Windsor, Detroit’s skyline was my daily view. I crossed the border to go to school, to visit friends and relatives and experience Detroit’s cultural riches. And now, Detroit is part of my artistic community. The city is in my blood and seems to be following me wherever I go.

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This is my new creative space. It may look like a blank page right now, but not for long. I have lots of ideas percolating and just can’t wait to start painting and explore new ideas with my advisor Michiko Itatani. Stay tuned.

This morning I was exploring my new neighborhood, enjoying a bit a free time before school starts. As I approached Randolph and Dearborn, I came across a whopping crime scene and not just any crime scene but a real live police car pile up. Whipping out my cell phone (along with a few other onlookers), I got as close to the yellow tape barrier that cordoned off the area and started taking pictures of police cars banged up, overturned, with smashed windshields and auto parts strewn across the pavement. I don’t know the story yet but I’m sure it wasn’t pretty.

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