Detroit Boom City, 2015 - Gallery Entrance & "Sky Diamond"
       
     
Road to Hybridabad: Indus Truck Works by Osman Khan
       
     
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Mike Meadow (dj)
       
     
Boom Parking by Chido Johnson
       
     
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Sabrina Nelson (detail)
       
     
She Is Here by Sabrina Nelson
       
     
Once Was, Always Will Be by Jason Peters
       
     
Once Was, Always Will Be by Jason Peters
       
     
Damn, I'm here now. By Michi Meko
       
     
"Body Work" by Melanie Manos
       
     
(right to left) Melanie Manos, Kim (the gallery neighbor) & Dash Board Treasurer, Victor Wilson
       
     
The Young Never Sleep
       
     
Sensual Peach
       
     
Scott Hocking, "Narcissus, INC."
       
     
Narcissus, Inc. by Scott Hocking
       
     
Ingrid LaFleur, "In Paradisum"
       
     
In Paradisum by Ingrid LaFleur
       
     
       
     
Free the Water, Free the Land by Antonio Cosme
       
     
"Popps' Mobile Sauna" by Graem Whyte
       
     
Popps' Mobile Sauna by Graem Whyte
       
     
"After Aris" by Mitch Cope
       
     
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Detroit Boom City, 2015 - Gallery Entrance & "Sky Diamond"
       
     
Detroit Boom City, 2015 - Gallery Entrance & "Sky Diamond"

Sky Diamond (top right) by Jason Peters

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For Detroit Boom City, Dashboard was invited to produce an exhibition that engages multicultural communities at the intersection of art and social entrepreneurship. Participating artists were selected for the quality of their execution and conceptual practice, as well as their engagement in diverse communities. Each Detroit-based artist is acutely aware of their city’s uniqueness -- they have created works that respond to or enhance it. For added perspective, 4 national artists were invited to produce a piece depicting initial impressions of this complex landscape. The resulting exhibition is sharp, delicate, sensual, dirty, meditative, and warm (quite literally, Graem made a sauna).

Detroit Boom City is presented in a vacant, former pickle factory dynamically situated in the city. The building boasts a rich history and is owned by Detroit natives who are social entrepreneurs committed to enhancing the cultural landscape of their neighborhood.

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Road to Hybridabad: Indus Truck Works by Osman Khan
       
     
Road to Hybridabad: Indus Truck Works by Osman Khan

Two-part installation: truck (exterior) & office (interior)

The project transfers the familiar iconography of one culture (the colorful and exquisite patterns and design of Pakistani Transport Trucks) to another (the arguably blander American Box Truck cousin). It addresses the lopsided expanse of globalization, where Western, in particular American cultural hegemony, dominates the global landscape.

Osman Khan is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. He is an assistant professor at the School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.

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Mike Meadow (dj)
       
     
Mike Meadow (dj)

With projection by Osman Khan inside of "The Road to Hybridabad"

Mike Meadow is also the CEO of Allied Media Conference held in Detroit, MI each year. 

Boom Parking by Chido Johnson
       
     
Boom Parking by Chido Johnson

Boom Parking Inspired by Detroit’s car culture and the wire-cars he played with as a child in Zimbabwe, Chido created WAWAD (Wire-car Auto Workers Association of Detroit). Here the artist presents Boom Parking, a lot full of wire cars made by his friends and neighbors during various WAWAD workshops.

Detroit artist, originally from Zimbabwe. He is a Kresge and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and currently the section chair in Sculpture at the College for Creative Studies.

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Image by Noah Elliott Morrison

Boom Parking detail 1 of 100
       
     
Boom Parking detail 1 of 100
Sabrina Nelson (detail)
       
     
Sabrina Nelson (detail)

Sabrina’s work honors those who have come before her. Her work has feminist undertones and addresses the power of the SHERO and the healing protective nature of that power. Her installation pays homage to the late Mary Herbeck, an influential artist and educator who lived and worked in southwest Detroit. Mary was a fire~walker, she planted seeds literally and figuratively. This installation is an auditory and visual conversation of Mary’s sensuality, memory, identity and influence.

Sabrina Nelson was born in the late 60's during the riots in Detroit Michigan. She is a painter and arts educator. She has worked in admissions at the College for Creative Studies for more than 20 years.

She Is Here by Sabrina Nelson
       
     
She Is Here by Sabrina Nelson

Sabrina’s work honors those who have come before her. Her work has feminist undertones and addresses the power of the SHERO and the healing protective nature of that power. Her installation pays homage to the late Mary Herbeck, an influential artist and educator who lived and worked in southwest Detroit. Mary was a fire~walker, she planted seeds literally and figuratively. This installation is an auditory and visual conversation of Mary’s sensuality, memory, identity and influence.

Sabrina Nelson was born in the late 60's during the riots in Detroit Michigan. She is a painter and arts educator. She has worked in admissions at the College for Creative Studies for more than 20 years.

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Image by Noah Elliott Morrison

Once Was, Always Will Be by Jason Peters
       
     
Once Was, Always Will Be by Jason Peters

A piece exploring the ubiquity and value of objects as they are deconstructed, assembled, mass-produced and re-assessed. Objects are all property of Detroit-native Brad Ellis and highlight what he’s recycled, collected, sold, and got stuck with as he’s navigated shifting economic climates.

Jason Peters is an internationally recognized artist based in New York. He has been commissioned by BMW, Oklahoma Museum of Art, and many, many others. He recently completed a residency at the Bronx Museum. This is his third Dashboard commission.

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Image by Noah Elliott Morrison

Once Was, Always Will Be by Jason Peters
       
     
Once Was, Always Will Be by Jason Peters

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Damn, I'm here now. By Michi Meko
       
     
Damn, I'm here now. By Michi Meko

An artist moves through the urban and rural landscapes surrounding Detroit, excavating and gathering objects that speak to his Southern sensibilities.

Michi is an Atlanta based artist recently collected by the High Museum of Art. His work draws influence from rural southern culture and contemporary urban subcultures. He is represented by the Alan Avery Art Company and works at the Fulton County Arts Council.

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"Body Work" by Melanie Manos
       
     
"Body Work" by Melanie Manos

Body Work (detail)

Chrome fenders serve as the portals to the interior chambers of an automobile in which the artist, Melanie Manos, pushes the physicality of her body and practices Japanese. The piece ties her commute each day to her work building community between Detroit/Ann Arbor and Shigaraki/Kyoto (Sister Cities).

Melanie Manos is a visual and performance artist based in Detroit. She started an international “art pals” program between students at Detroit Bennett School and Shigaraki Kohara School (Japan). She also plays keyboard in Jeecy and the Jungle, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design.

(right to left) Melanie Manos, Kim (the gallery neighbor) & Dash Board Treasurer, Victor Wilson
       
     
(right to left) Melanie Manos, Kim (the gallery neighbor) & Dash Board Treasurer, Victor Wilson

Body Work (Background)

The Young Never Sleep
       
     
The Young Never Sleep

Sensual Peach is a study of color and texture; highlighting the myriad of ways these two elements interact with one another in a physical space. This piece is a visual conversation about the differences that drive us apart and the similarities that hold us together.

YNS is is an interdisciplinary creative studio based out of San Franscisco, and Atlanta. The studio is operated by artists and designers, Branden M. Collins and Madeline Moore.

Image by Noah Elliott Morrison

Sensual Peach
       
     
Sensual Peach

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Scott Hocking, "Narcissus, INC."
       
     
Scott Hocking, "Narcissus, INC."

Installation Detail. Image courtesy of Jeff Cancelosi

Narcissus, Inc. by Scott Hocking
       
     
Narcissus, Inc. by Scott Hocking

Using artifacts collected throughout the Pickle Factory and adjoining properties, Scott creates the surreal office-like, shed-quarters of Narcissus Inc., a play on both the layered history of the structure, and the changing Detroit environment surrounding it.

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Ingrid LaFleur, "In Paradisum"
       
     
Ingrid LaFleur, "In Paradisum"

Ingrid at an artist talk on May 3 in front of In Paradisum.

In Paradisum by Ingrid LaFleur
       
     
In Paradisum by Ingrid LaFleur

In Paradisum is a final blessing as the body’s spirit transitions from this earthbound existence. Like the Catholic requiem, In Paradisum, transports Detroiters into a man-made healing space where guided meditations provide respite from the chaos of the city. Each meditation is inspired by various mythologies developed by musician SunRa, supermodel Donyale Luna and electronic music duo Drexciya. The structure is inspired by the Dogon myth about the star system Sirius.

Native Detroiter Ingrid LaFleur is a cultural producer, arts advocate and founder of AFROTOPIA.

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"In Paradisum" by Ingrid LaFleur

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Free the Water, Free the Land by Antonio Cosme
       
     
Free the Water, Free the Land by Antonio Cosme

The phrase "Free the Land" graff-ed onto the exterior of the Pickle Factory represents the history of land, specifically in Michigan when, before car was king, logging was a lucrative industry. The text-based mural represents our relationship to socially-indifferent entrepreneurs and some of the founding ideals of capitalism.

Antonio Cosme lives and works in southwest Detroit. He studied economics and political science at Eastern Michigan University, and is a member of the collective, Raiz Up.

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"Popps' Mobile Sauna" by Graem Whyte
       
     
"Popps' Mobile Sauna" by Graem Whyte
Popps' Mobile Sauna by Graem Whyte
       
     
Popps' Mobile Sauna by Graem Whyte

Popps' Mobile Sauna  is a 1989 Mitsubishi Van converted into a wood-fired sauna. Conceived by Graem Whyte, with collaborative efforts by Danish artist Benny Henningsen and Dutch artist Erik Jutten while in residence at Popps Packing.

Graem Whyte is a visual artist based in Detroit, and co-founder of Popps Packing in Hamtramck.

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"After Aris" by Mitch Cope
       
     
"After Aris" by Mitch Cope

This line painting pays homage to Poetic Electricity (1972), a mural by the late artist and educator, Aris Katroulis. A very strong figure in the city’s art scene, Katroulis was a former chair of the College for Creative Services’ art department, where he taught and had significant influence on Cope. Born Detroit, Michigan, 1973, Mitch Cope works as an artist and independent curator out of Detroit. Cope co-founded Tangent Gallery, Design 99, and Powerhouse Productions.

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