April 20, 2012 - May 24, 2012
Detroit Artists Market is pleased to present its Biannual All Media Exhibition 2012. Opening April 20, 2012, DAM will host a public opening and awards reception that evening from 6pm to 9pm. This show is part of DAM's 80th anniversary year with a juried exhibition of contemorary art by 26 Michigan artists. This year the Detroit Artists Market invited guest juror Leon Johnson, artist and educator, to select the show from 200 area artists and 400 pieces of artwork submitted for consideration. Leon Johnson will present a gallery talk on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm. The Biannual All Media Exhibition 2012 will run through Thursday, May 24.
Exhibiting Artists: Douglas Bedard, Jennifer Belair, Jef Bourgeau, Alan Casadei, James Collins, Charles Dean, Barbara Dorchen, Jan Filarski, Mary Ann Grauf, Jim Grogan, Jim Hittinger, Tony Hope, Rosemarie Hughes, Ralph Jones, Steven Kuypers, Marco Mancinelli, David Mikesell, Michael Reid, Jackie Rines, Yvette R. Rock, Michael Sklenka, Daniel Steadman, Jeremy D. Thacker-Mann, Lorraine Trovator-Cantori, Ryan Weiss.
Guest Juror Leon Johnson is a convergent media artist, the proprietor of The Long Bell Press, and a founding member of Creative Material Group. He earned both his MA and MFA at the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow. In addition to his responsibilities at the University of Maine, Johnson has taught at the Transart Institute in Berlin and worked with graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design as a Public Engagement Associate. He also worked with his colleague, Iain Kerr, to establish the well-regarded low-residency MFA program at Maine College of Art. Among his many awards, Johnson was a recipient of the Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner Foundation Grant, a Yaddo residency for painting and the Ersted Award for innovative undergraduate teaching. He has also been honored as a performance artist and film maker. His film, “Faust/Faustus,” was selected for the KunstFilmBienale in Cologne, Germany, and the Raindance Film Festival in London in 2003. Recent engagements in 2010 have included the exhibition “Tricks of the Eye: History + Memory in a Shifting Social Landscape” at RISD, a solo exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and films “Overland, Offshore, Downriver” at 37A Gallery in Portland, Maine and “DUAL SITE”, a Dinner Theater Performance at Whitney Art Works. Johnson was also a project artist in residence this summer at Mildred’s Lane, PA which included a workshop on experimental book forms and a performance of “DUAL SITE.” In April 2011 Leon exhibited new work in New York, as part of the Live From Detroit Exhibition, at Fred Torres Collaborations. Leon is the founder of Detroit Emergent Futures Lab and Market Studio Kitchen, located in Eastern Market. Building an axis between business, academies, art, and culture, DEFL will form innovative partnerships, and engage with a range of learning communities in the city. Nimble in its movements and fluid in its boundaries the ALab and Kitchen, will support collaborators, participants, students and faculty working in urban studies, food ecologies, and art platform through a range of learning frameworks, including a Summer Low-Residency Program.
“Before beginning the process of reviewing work for this exhibition, I decided that my best hope for a rich engagement would be to approach the task as a dérive through the dreamscape of Detroit. A temperature extraction, a forensic sampler. I have attempted to identify clues, promises, covenants, and ciphers - some evidence of problems worth having, that have not yet been answered - beyond art school exercises, parodies, mimicry, habits, one-liners, and art history dumpster-diving. I am hopeful, and expectant, that the artists I have selected for this exhibition are committed to curiosity and immersion - and might join me in believing that what we do as creative creatures allows for the becoming of new worlds.”
Detroit Artists Market: The First 80 Years is on exhibit at the Detroit Historic Museum open now through May 24, 2012
The Detroit Artists Market is a nonprofit organization that has supported emerging and established Detroit-area artists since 1932. With its mission of providing opportunities for local artists to show and sell their work, and at the same time encourage the public to experience and learn about local contemporary art, the Detroit Artist Market has been rooted in the history of Detroit art and culture, and continues today to be a leading community organization promoting contemporary art.