|Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 12:48 am: |
After graduating from CCS in 98 I traveled and spent summer in upstate New York in the Catskills and then eventually wound up living with a fellow artist in a trailor on the N Carolina Blue Ridge. The challange and electricity I had experienced at CCS in Detroit found its way to drawing me back before the end of the year! I moved into the Cass Corridor around late November and what a revelation! Living in the Sheridan Court Building I came into contact with a vibrant life of facing fear and attempting to break the interior chains.. The pallette of Humanity was around everywhere as well as Artists and Art!
The Apartment Manager was an Artist and Son of Jack Steele whom I began to learn a lot from as well. Charlie Campbell put together a show at the IO space ( A great creative Hive! )across from the waking Opera House involving five artists and his band Lord Mud. It was a great time and brought together Charlie,Phaedra Robinson, myself, Scott Hocking and Kristen Matley on the wall and in the ear. One of my works Accidental Tribe was inspired by the heavy blizzards that year and its effects on the Corridor. Met Aaron Timlin that eve and he mentioned Detroit Contemporary. That exhibit led to a similar exhibit Sight Sonic at DC not to long after which established Scott, Clint Snider, Phaedra, Aaron.. and the Gallery. The Actual Size shows have been some of the best around and almost single handedly brought together all generations and idealizations of Detroit Art! DC was incredibly vital for fostering the young Arts Community in Detroit