The Detroit Artists Market

Featured Exhibition – From A Different Perspective

From A Different Perspective

June 26, 2009 - July 25, 2009

The Detroit Artists Market presents its first summer show, “From a Different Perspective”, from June 26th to July 25th.  The opening reception is on Friday, June 26th, from 6-9 pm.

The show features six regional artists who work outside of the traditional forms of painting, sculpture, and drawings. Their subject matter and style derives from comic book illustration, the surreal, alternative culture, and assemblage.  The works are often edgy and have some sense of humor, from droll and understated, to the more outrageous and obvious.

Topher Crowder  (Livonia) delves into storytelling using styles influenced by comics, postcards, TV, and billboards, which involve memories and emotions.  He has a BFA from Wayne State University and is presently working on his MFA also at Wayne State.

Tom Carey (Ann Arbor) uses techniques from Balinese Shadow Plays and does Technicolor paintings of monsters and robots from Ultraman.  He has his BFA from Wayne State and MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Julie Renfro (Ann Arbor) is influenced by her quilter mother and architect father, and uses found objects often glittery to create pieces of meditative beauty and obsessive detail.  She has a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Mike Sivak (Ann Arbor) creates detailed assemblages in varying scales that become their own worlds.  He has a BS in biology and chemistry from Eastern Michigan University and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 

Daniel Sperry (Detroit) is the most minimal of the artists in the show, whose work deals with puns, jokes, nonsense, contradictions, puzzles, and questions.  He has a BFA from Wayne State, and tours and records in the band Child Bite.

Ryan Standfest (St. Clair Shores) creates symbolic and absurd worlds and fantasies  that are ordered and arranged to tell cryptic narrative stories.  His work includes printmaking, cinema, and environments.  His degrees include a BFA from Wayne State, and a MFA from the University of Iowa.


Elements Gallery Featured Artist

Susan Aaron-Taylor (Pleasant Ridge) is the featured artist in the Elements Gallery for this summer show.  Her surrealistically sculptured creatures come from dreamscapes and fantasies of the psyche.  She has a BS from Wayne State and a MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.