Our self portraits

1.  Self Portrait

Eur’s self portrait.  Oil paint on canvas; wood panels.

Diary of Salina Township.  112 slide mounts, photographs, Native American arrowhead, local sand, local seeds, stretched in oak frame.  2009.

Joe’s self portrait.  112 slide mounts, photographs, Native American arrowhead, local sand, local seeds.

How to illegally hang your work in Detroit

Actually, I don’t know if it’s illegal.  Detroit is a public-communications headquarters.  In the barren and even the not-so-barren places, hundreds of people seem to always be saying, “I’m here.”

3 more solo shows in Detroit

Artists: if you want to show your work, simply bring your work into public and show it.  Here are 3 more solo shows I completed in Detroit this past week.  1…at fancy vegetarian restaurant Seva (Diego #1 and fat frog #1 (ode to Diego) in the bar area).  2…at homey Traffic Jam and Snug (fat frog #2 (ode to Diego) is currently posted on their wall).  3…at independent Source Booksellers (Golden Parties from the America series hung inside, facing the sidewalk viewer).  In all, we showed and left 21 pieces in Detroit.  – JM

Diego’s industrial people – Rivera Court, Detroit Institute of Arts

We saw the Diego and Frida exhibit at Detroit’s DIA.  For two educationally rich hours I got to study Rivera’s canvases and charcoal studies.  Everything had to be committed to memory as there was no photography – not even sketching – allowed in the exhibit, so I kept my nose as close to his works as the environment would allow.  Then we exited through the gift shop and wandered a course to Rivera Court – where Diego’s bigger than life Detroit Industry fresco exists.  It’s flooring.  If you admire even one single thing about large works on walls, then you must make it a point in your life to see Rivera Court (I felt similar awe seeing the Lincoln Monument at night a few years ago).  Rivera Court is not a place for photography – capturing it is not possible.  We stayed in the court for over an hour and visited it again before leaving the museum, being there compressed by our individual responses to such an artistically overwhelming place.  I love to look for the artist at work whenever I see work in person, and I found Diego’s pencil lines apparent everywhere in the muted industrial storyboards visible at eye level (images inspired by what Rivera observed at Ford’s River Rouge Complex).  Capturing the small images shown here was the only effective way I could capture any of Rivera Court.  It’s given me new artistic material to reflect upon when creating my own work.  – JM

3 Diegos for Detroit

3 unfoldable Diego’s.  Going with us to Detroit.  We’re bringing and leaving 21 unfoldables in all.  I hope people who get the unfoldables will be inspired to hang, photograph, and email.  The unfoldables break bread at the table of modern art.  – JM

Robert Peary, and Robert Peary’s Toes

These are unfoldable odes to the explorer Robert Peary and they turned out great.  Robert Peary is credited (controversially) with being the first human to reach the top of the world.  For his entire life Peary was crazy intent on being the first person there.  Unlike me, he was apparently immune to freezing temperatures.  Once, after enduring weeks of sled travel in sub-zero temperatures, he reached the northernmost outpost.  Inside, his partner Matthew Henson pulled off his sock, and the men heard what sounded like twigs snapping – only it was Peary’s toes snapping off and staying clung to the sock!  Unbelievably, Peary quickly learned to walk without toes, and he spent the rest of his life returning to the frozen north until he finally declared that he was first to the top of the world.  These 3 unfoldables will be left about Detroit to be found by participants in the city’s Free Art Friday program.  I’m excited about giving them away.  – JM

Diego for Detroit

This is the second (of 3) Diego unfoldables I finished.  It’s going to Detroit when we see the Diego and Frida show at the Detroit Institute of Art.  Eur and I will hide the mailers with our Diego and Frida unfoldables around the city as we participate in Detroit’s “Free Art Friday” scavenger hunt, which we learned about after the Detroit Institute of Art declined, due to policy reasons, our request to unfold and hang our Diego and Frida pieces in the Institute’s break room.  – JM

Diego and Frida, Fat Frog and Little Dove

We’re going to Detroit to see Diego and Frida at the DIA before their show ends.  We’ve been talking about Diego and Frida for the past few months and we got inspired to create a handful of unfoldable pieces about them.  I did Diego and Fat Frog.  Eur did Frida and Little Dove.  We’re bringing these with us to Detroit.  Best seen through this platform’s viewer. – JM