Detroit: Artists in Residence

Published On September 12, 2013 | By Sweet1Lani | The Arts

mattressfactoryThe Mattress Factory – known for its innovative installation art – opens a new exhibition tonight. Entitled “Detroit: Artists in Residence,” the exhibit features new work by artists living and working in Detroit. Selected during a fall trip to Detroit last year, the Mattress Factory staff picked artists Design 99, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Scott Hocking, Nicola Kuperus, Adam Lee Miller, Russ Orlando and Frank Pahl to participate.

The artists’ work focuses on their reactions to the sudden socioeconomic changes in Detroit. Their creativity and go-getter attitudes were what captured the attention of Mattress Factory co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk on that fall visit last year – it reminded them of the Mattress Factory’s original mission of encouraging artists to experiment and become risk-takers when it was founded in the North Side 35 years ago.

hocking1Want a little preview of what to expect? To the right is an image of one of Scott Hocking’s sculptural installations in iconic abandoned buildings in Detroit. He is known for taking the objects found in these buildings and giving them an entirely new aesthetic. The history and people of a place inspire his work. His artist statement mentions his focus on the cycles of life, death, and rebirth.

kuperus_millerHere is another example of work created by photographer Nicola Kuperus and painter Adam Lee Miller. Together this duo make up the dark electronic pop band ADULT. They also make films and videos together, including a 113 minute film trilogy entitled “the Three Grace(s) triptych”. The film is always shown with a live soundtrack by ADULT. The artists also create all of the complex props and sets, which serve as installation pieces in their own right.

The exhibit will be on display from its Opening Reception from 7:00PM-9:00PM on September 12th through the spring until May 25th 2014. Museum hours can be found here, and admission is $15, or $10 for students.

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