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

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