THANK YOUUUU THANK YOU to everyone who attended the dinner and who came out to the opening on Saturday despite the insane heat and massive storm. WOW. In case you missed the opening: - Artist talk tomorrow, Tuesday July 23rd from 7pm-9pm - Gallery hours are 12pm-8pm everyday July 22nd-July 27th and by appointment. COME THRU!!!
“This Must Be The Place” Tonight. 6-9pm (69pm) @eightfoldcollective (2831 E grand Blvd) — If you feel anxious, spend time with the tree that’s in the gallery. It will be planted at the @boggsschool when the show comes down 💛 — We have reusable cups to break the cycle of single-use waste. Please put the cups in the appropriate bins when you’re done so we can wash them and reuse :) — I love you and I am BEYOND EXCITED TO SHARE THIS NEW WORK WITH YOU HOLY SHIT!!!! I put my all into this one.
I am so fucking proud that these billboards exist in the world and so grateful I got to work with such incredible artists ❤️🚀 ❤️Below are a list the artists in the order of their pics and their billboard locations: @jonahwelch (E. 7 Mile & Kempa) @adesholamakinde (W. Warren Ave & Wesson St.) @breannwhlgn (Livernois & Desoto) @slavadelic (Connor St & Maiden St) @detour303 (Harper Ave & Marlborough St) @viscaya_wagner (Gratiot & Linnhurst) @_erikhenderson (Michigan Ave & 23rd) @projectartusa (Joy Rd & Alpine St) @___elysia___ (E. Jefferson & Holcolmb) —- @saveartspace @playdetroit
🆘 FOOD ALERT 🆘 LETS EAT DELICIOUS FOOD 2GETHER Now that I have your attention, there are a few tickets left for the preview dinner on Friday, July 19th, before my show, This Must Be The Place, opens to the public on Saturday! (Dinner tickets in bio) 🥦🤤🍨 This four course meal is by prepared by @_magnet_detroit_ (yet-to-open) restaurant located in Core City will present a local and sustainably-sourced plant-centric menu with strong DIY ethos. Chef Brad Greenhill (@_takoi_) describes the cuisine "as elemental, a characteristic the food shares with its fuel source." 💙💙💙
E Grand Blvd & Cameron St, Detroit. — “Climate change isn’t an ‘issue’to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions— telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve.” - Naomi Klein — Thank you to @saveartspace and @playdetroit for the platform to say things that our political and corporate leaders refuse to and thank you to all other artists willing to take risks by making their work so public 💛 The billboards are all up and I’ll post a map of the locations in my story but you can see images of them all @playdetroit on Thursday for the opening of #SignsOfTheTime 6-9pm.
Sneak peek of the @alive_mag story that’s out on Monday for @detroitartweek ft. the queens of my heart @itsmecoledavis and @uri.bi 👑😭👑wearing some new clothes I’ve been making!! All pre-owned fabrics, sewn/reconstructed in Detroit by dream team @marmstreet @clothesareimportant @artistformerlyknownasleo and myself 📷 by brilliant @_attilio
Newsletters in your inboxes tomorrow. Love, ye ole nature slut rutt. (sign up link in bio I’d you haven’t already)
I started making "place paintings" in New York several months ago during my residency at @the_maple_terrace. It began as an attempt to make sense of a new place, to find alternative ways of noticing and engaging, to collect pieces of textural data from the outside and use that as the foundation for my work. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing photos and videos of that process in locations all over the country💙 These paintings will be shown for the first time at my solo show #ThisMustBeThePlace opening July 20th ✨ stills by @jeffvallee @lsstudios
I’m gunna charge y’all time-and-a-half for these paintings cause I had to work on the holiday 🤡 jkjk see you at my solo show in a few weeks (July 20th, deets in bio always) 😅 and as part of the show I’m hosting a panel discussion about climate change because the most patriotic thing we can do is fight for each other and fight for our planet ❤️💛💙 #ThisMustBeThePlace 📷 @_attilio
It is my absolute pleasure to invite you to my first solo show, “This Must Be The Place” opening July 20th! I am calling attention to the interconnectivity of earth’s complex systems through a new series of “place paintings” made by tracing elements and textures from the physical environment and allowing aspects of architecture and landscape to dictate the composition. Because I made so much of this work outside in public spaces, it has inadvertently and then intentionally become intimately interwoven with the urgency for climate action. Contact @playdetroit for a collector preview, and RSVP link in bio 💛❤️💙
Everything is connected even when it feels like it’s not, swipe to see what the painting will look like when it’s finished. Jk that’s just me in 9th grade lollllll Sometimes it’s nice to remember that even tho I’m still anxious it’s like waaaaayyyyyy better than it was back then holy shit
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted artwork to @SaveArtSpace x @playdetroit public art & gallery exhibition. You all blew me away. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. We had over 700 submissions, more than ever before, and choosing work incredibly difficult. I’m proud to announce the selected artists below and there will be a group show of original work during @detroitartweek to accompany the launch of the billboard >> swipe for details. Bre'Ann White (@breannwhlgn) Dessislava Terzieva (@slavadelic) Elysia Vandenbussche (@___elysia___) Erik Henderson (@_erikhenderson) ProjectArt (@projectartusa) Adeshola Makinde (@adesholamakinde) Jonah Welch (@Jonahwelch) Viscaya Wagner (@honey_and_rust) and Thomas “Detour” Evans (@detour303) You can learn more about the selected artists and see the art at saveartspace.org/signsofthetime. If you were not selected for this SaveArtSpace public art exhibition, there are multiple opportunities to have your artwork displayed on advertisement space in your community and beyond. And more open calls coming soon!
Some studio moments with @vans in their new #comfycush shoes ✏️ “If style is an extension of our identity, then being comfortable is paramount to an authentic expression of self. Being comfortable in my style allows me to approach each project with conviction.” You can read the full interview on the @vans site 🤙 😎 #ad and special thanks to @creativedrinking ilysm 💛💙❤️
“Time To Leave For A Sec” 60” x 84”, oil, acrylic and photo transfer on canvas. Slide to see the latest technological advancement as the work “installs itself.” (Jk it’s @chejka who builds all my stretcher bars and wood panels and helps hang my work and is amazing 🏆)
Some of my installations will be featured in the next issue of @loamlove, a print publication featuring creative activists who strive to support one another as we find our footing in the heart of the climate crisis. The mag is out in July but you can pre-order now 🤓 ( thank you @evesieees for introducing us 🌺)
“L'esprit de l'escalier” The French term for the predicament of thinking of the perfect reply too late.
“Cracking An Ice Cold Seltz With The Gals” 2019. 48” x 72” Acrylic, Photo Transfer and Oil Stick in Canvas.
Can’t wait for this workshop @room_project_ I need so much help with my writing, it’s a major source of shame in my practice. June 1st/15th/29th ART WRITING FOR ARTISTS is a collaborative workshop in a supportive and inclusive space; it will guide participants through the basics of great art writing to help support your practice as an artist in Detroit. Work together to develop skills that will allow you to connect more deeply to your art and others', then put those skills to use by creating richer and more compelling artist statements, grant applications, exhibition reviews, curatorial statements, essays, project descriptions, or any other writing that will help your creative career grow. Led by interdisciplinary writer and Kresge Artist fellow Rachel Harkai and writer, editor, and Essay'd co-founder Matthew Piper. Artists of all genders and gender expressions are welcome. Cost: $25 / To sign up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Tell us about your writing/art writing experience, your reasons for signing up, and any specific objectives that you have for the workshop. SATURDAY, 6/1 10:00-3:00 SATURDAY, 6/15 11:00-3:00 SATURDAY, 6/29 12:00-3:00
This time last year painting an abstract portrait of the US government: AKA TOO MANY STRAIGHT PEACH D’s IN HIGH PLACES AMARITE FOLX. 📷 @thecolorbrown
Parts of paintings #studio
I painted a back drop for bbfs @evewear a few weeks ago 💚♻️💚 Their sustainable sleepwear is sourced from all dead stock material and made locally in LA 💪 the set I’m wearing drops on Earthday (4/22) and is comfy as fuck 💪 Supporting wiznesses (women owned business), eating a plant-based diet, and electing politicians who are putting climate change and social justice issues at the forefront of their policy agendas are some of the best ways to mitigate impending catastrophe! Super 8 🎥 @fujiappleboy and 📷 @katebiel 🏆
Guys, the billboard thing is open to ALL ARTISTS 🗣ALL ARTISTS🗣Not just Michigan ppl. I was wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it. Ok thanks HAGD (have a great day)
C O R R E C T I O N: It is open to ALL ARTISTS and not just Michigan artists 💛 I was mistaken. My b. ~ *𝕮𝖆𝖑𝖑 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖆𝖗𝖙* I’m partnering with @playdetroit and @Saveartspace to curate a group of artists who will have their work displayed on billboards around Detroit for 1 month and during @detroitartweek ! This is our chance to subvert spaces that are typically reserved for ads and other commercial propaganda!!!! Scroll right to see more info. ~ DM this to your friends, screen shot it and send it to your parents, print it off and snail mail it to your grandparents (or even to friends of any age cause snail mail IS BACK AND IT IS FUCKING GREAT) , this is an all ages/all levels call for submissions. Deadline is May 28th, 2019. Put it in yr cals.
Looking for a drone operator in LA or Detroit or down to travel 👀 email firstname.lastname@example.org with relevant work samples :) don’t dm me, plz, I’m so bad at keeping track in there 💛
I’ve been thinking about how painting murals changed the way I consider art in spaces and the performative qualities of painting in public. How can I make work that is intimately site-specific but, unlike a mural, exists as a moveable object? In what ways can the space itself determine the composition? Come over to my studio tomorrow and let’s talk about stuff :) @the_maple_terrace | 356 Maple St. Brooklyn | 5-8pm (or whenever) *edit the studio is an actual INDOOR HEATED SPACE don’t worry, I’m not gunna make you hang outside the whole time OR AM I. No I’m not. Ok c you tomorrow
Open studio next Wednesday | 1/30/19 | 5-8pm or rly anytime that day lol I’ll be here @the_maple_terrace 356 Maple St, Brooklyn 🖤
I’m doing an installation for the @houseofvans event in Detroit, Jan 24-27 and it’s freeee! This is the first project that I designed off-site (see my janky scale model) and had fully fabricated by my wonderful friends in Detroit - an anxiety-inducing exercise in relinquishing control lol. Sadly, I won’t get to see it in person, but I look forward to experiencing it vicariously through all of you who are in Michigan ;)
”The Invitation” Acrylic and oil on canvas. —- Earlier in August I was exhausted by work, work that I was supposed to love, agitated by too much social media scrolling, disheartened by the news, exasperated by politics. I couldn’t focus and felt entirely hindered by my own brain. — I drove to northern Michigan alone where there is no cell service and no internet with a few art supplies and a film camera. Completely unavailable to everyone, but finally fully available to myself. — As I set up a tent and strung a canvas between a few trees, the familiar tyrant voice in my mind yelled at me, “What is the point of this? What if this painting turns out ugly and stupid? You have so much work to do, you can’t afford to take time off!” — Despite the internal noise, I started. I made a mark. Sometimes slowly, sometime fast and frantic. I played full out. Fucking threw paint, yelled, laughed, whatever insane gesture or noise needed to be made, I did it. I performed for no one. In the end, the painting is simply an expression of life, evidence of self-doubt, anger, healing, being a hoe and humor. It was an exercise in self trust - complete surrender, permission to make paintings for myself and for the experience of being in my body. “The Invitation” is a conversation, each mark guided by a feeling, a dialogue of color, form, texture and movement, detached from the outcome. (Taken with my 35mm film cam taped to a tree branch lol)
Winter solstice and the ongoing challenge of finding my center ⭕️
I’m featured in the most recent issue of @gross_mag in a conversation alongside the incredible @jillian_evelyn 💥 We talk about transitioning from our corporate jobs to freelance, daily practices to keep us from getting burnt out and knowing when to say no to projects. 🚨Spoiler alert, I’m not at all qualified to give advice but I’m a Leo, so I SURE AS FUCK DO IT ANYWAY 🚨 (and cover art by boss @amber_vittoria ✨) use code “Ellen” at checkout for freeeeee shipping 💌
Happy birthday to this exquisite woman @rachel_mulder_ who is one of my best friends and always helps me with projects she is extremely over qualified for. ilysm💛
I’m here in Brooklyn working at the @the_maple_terrace artist residency for the next two months! I spent that past few days setting up, prepping canvases and getting ready to birth some new work. I’d love to do studio visits and generally see as much art as I can, so if you’re here let me know 🌻 (35mm)
Hiii i know this is a few days late (I’ve been moving out of my apartment) but I want to thank everyone who made it out my open studio on Saturday and to those of you who couldn’t make it but wanted to, your present was felt and I appreciate you. I really had so much fucking fun and I sold all the sweatshirts but I HEAR YOU AND I WILL MAKE MORE ASAP 💛 You guys are the best.
OPEN STUDIO TOMORROW | 12pm-8pm | 560 Custer St. | I’ve got sweatshirts 4 u for the first time ever!! All sweatshirts are one-of-one, hand sewn on pre-owned sweatshirts because I truly believe that there are enough clothes already in existence and the production of new garments is unnecessarily harmful to the environment 💛
We’re having an open studio, come over! This Saturday, Nov 24th, 12pm-8pm. 560 Custer St. Detroit, MI. If you sign up for my newsletter by Thursday, I’m going to send out a secret discount code on Friday 💛 link in biooooo
@waajeed_’s LP “From The Dirt” is out in the world today 🔥 Needless to say, it is amazing.
Tomorrow, November 5, 6pm at @worthwhilepaper in Ypsi, MI I'll be in conversation with prolific artist, friend, teacher, gemini and now published author (!!!) @marleegrace as she reads from her new book "How To Not Always Be Working"! I hope you can join us 💙 --- Here is a film photo I took of her being a living sculpture on the top of Mount Tam when I visited her in California earlier this summer. The second image is from THE DAY she received her first ever copy of her book! We were eating burrito bowls at her studio 🥙 --- "Part workbook, part advice manual, part love letter, How to Not Always Be Working ventures into the space where phone meets life, helping readers to define their work—what they do out of sense of purpose; their job—what they do to make money; and their breaks—what they do to recharge, and to feel connected to themselves and the people who matter to them."
Going to Brooklyn in a month, all of December and January, for the @the_maple_terrace residency :) I’ve loved working outside for the past 6 months but I’m fucking tiiirrreddd and so ready to really focus on studio work.
Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of painting a mural in Victoria, BC. There have been many serious fires along the West Coast and the first few days of painting, the air was filled with smoke that hung heavy like a thick fog making the sky an eerie shade of light pink, and the sun bright red - it FELT ominous. Living in Detroit, we have plenty of social and economic issues, but are largely spared from the immediate impacts of climate change - no earthquakes, no hurricanes, very few major wildfires. Being in such close proximity to the fires triggered a lot of questions - what does “living sustainably” even look like in a society that rewards hyperconsumption? If none of our grass roots interests are being reflected in top-down policies, how do we hold ourselves accountable for well-intentioned but ultimately destructive behavior? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire report that made clear we have about a decade to stop catastrophic levels of climate change, is it even possible to make the dramatic shifts in our cultural belief systems and actions to decrease carbon emissions? Will we be able to support people who lose their jobs or have to change careers in the transition? Can we make environmentalism the norm and not exclusively available to the privileged? Grappling with my own hypocrisy, I only buy used clothes (fashion industry is fucked) but I also travel on airplanes (huge source of emissions), for example. I know this is a TL;DR sad post, but WE GOTTA TALK ABOUT THIS SHIT AND THEN TURN THAT TALK INTO REAL LIFE SHIFTS YANNO?? What are steps you’ve taken? Articles? I’m very interested in your thoughts!
I’m taking @marleegrace’s class “Creativity and Permission” and week one is self evaluation: looking at what is the vision and what parts are “jobs”. To make space for the real work also for not working.
I designed some window vinyls for the new @madewell store that opens downtown today, opening party from 6-8pm! They came over for a studio visit a few weeks ago and you can read the interview on their website (link in bio) but also here’s an excerpt in case you don’t feel like reading the whole thing lol . What advice do you have for people trying to get their work out there? . Learn how to improvise. The conditions will be different than you expected. You will drop your phone in a bucket of water. You will be called to do a job you don’t think you’re ready for. Your scissor lift will get stuck in the mud. You will get your period on a pair of Madewell jeans that aren’t yours when they come over for a studio visit. (They edited that part out but I think it’s important because SHIT HAPPENS AND BODIES ARE UNPREDICTABLE AND THATS BEAUTIFUL AND TOTALLY OK EVEN WHEN ITS MESSY) If you can learn to respond to the situation at hand, to the best of your ability, with the resources at your disposal and not freak out (that much) you will be successful. From what I can tell, success is about putting in the work and then being in the right place at the right time. And you never know when that will be.