Fabio J. Fernandez
Detroit contemporary presents recent works of transformation and features solo exhibitions of the spiritual nature by artists Susan Aaron-Taylor, Mary Fortuna, Robert Herrick and Gilda Oliver as well as a group show challenging the conventional concept of function with 14 artists from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Detroit contemporary presents recent works of transformation
detroit contemporary features solo exhibitions of the spiritual nature by artists Susan Aaron-Taylor, Mary Fortuna, Robert Herrick and Gilda Oliver as well as a group show challenging the conventional concept of function with 14 artists from the Cranbrook Academy of Art including: David Adey, Aaron Anderson, Fabio J. Fernandez, Josh Friedman, Jacque Liu, Sarah Norman, Peter Pless, Christopher Puzio, Jeff Rawlins, Bruce Thompson, Vincent Sansalone, Gregory Vendena, Thomas Viere, and Mike Zebrowski.
The Artist/The Work
Susan Aaron-Taylor (Detroit, MI), transforms the Second Floor Gallery with autobiographical sculptures exploring alchemical imagery through anthropomorphism in her exhibit, Soul Work. The marriage of Psychology and Alchemy is the source of inspiration for her most recent series of sculpture. Utilizing materials such as contorted driftwood, glass, Kozo fiber, fossils, and polymer, her allegorical figures and talismans are powerfully engaging in their sensitively tooled detail. An exhibiting artist since the 1970s, Aaron-Taylor has had nearly 30 yrs experience as professor and Crafts Department Section Chair at the College for Creative Studies and 10yrs experience as Crafts Department Chair, also at CCS. She has lectured extensively on her work, which is included in multiple collections, in addition to being featured in numerous publications including American Craft magazine, New Art Examiner, People Magazine, and Marquis in Whos Who of American Women.
Mary Fortuna creates Hanging Garden in the Brick Room Gallery with nearly 50 hanging sculptures reminiscent of the hallucinatory visions of Hieronymus Bosch. Manipulating hand stitched leather, carved wood, cast aluminum, rubber, found objects, human and horse hair, and fibers the artist combines these disparate elements with a seamless, organic logic. Founder and editor of the art journal, Ground Up, Fortuna is the recipient of many grants and artist residencies as well as having served on the Exhibition Committee for the Detroit Artist Market, Detroit Focus, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, and the Forum for Contemporary Art at the DIA.
Robert Herricks Detroit Film Projects allow Detroit to speak firsthand through Herricks unconventional photography, as presented in the T1 gallery. Forsaking the camera, he buries color film in sites throughout Detroit. Contact with soil exposes the film by chemical reaction before it is recovered and processed. The resulting colorful abstractions confound us with a mark that challenges our notion of the document. Nature and chaos display themselves brilliantly through this creative process.
Gilda Oliver s 3ft and 4ft portrait busts gather in the T2 gallery as Spirit Stones. These larger than life heads are just as impressive in their subtleties of gesture as they are in their overwhelming size. A living space is created as these forms nearly breathe between one another. Receiving her B.A. in painting and sculpture at Wells College, her B.F.A. from the world renowned Alfred University, and her M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1997, she has gone on to teach, receive commissions, and exhibit throughout the country.
Ideas for Sitting comes to the First Floor Gallery with 14 variations on the chair. These Cranbrook Academy of Art students; David Adey, Aaron Anderson, Fabio J. Fernandez, Josh Friedman, Jacque Liu, Sarah Norman, Peter Pless, Christopher Puzio, Jeff Rawlins, Bruce Thompson, Vincent Sansalone, Greg Vendena, Thomas Viere, and Mike Zebrowski, explore this topic through style, utility, humor, ritual, material, and status. The result is a myriad of forms that acknowledge and yet challenge tradition while presenting possibilities for new directions into the 21st Century.
Opening reception to meet the artist: Saturday, April 6th, from 6-10pm
Image: Susan Aaron-Taylor, Votive #5 wood, cement & vine
This six-week exhibition runs from Saturday, April 6, 2002 through Sunday, May 19, 2002 with an opening reception to meet the artist on Saturday, April 6th, from 6-10pm and public strolling lecture on Sunday, May 5th, at 12:30pm.
detroit contemporary is open Thursday through Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. detroit contemporary is located in the Woodbridge Historic District at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd.
This is two blocks north of Warren Avenue, two blocks south of the I94 expressway, three blocks west of Trumbull.
You may contact detroit contemporary by phone at 313.898.4ART or via electronic mail.
Opening receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Free on the street parking available.
5141 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit MI 48208-1705