Design Detroit shares their experience of a full-day media tour of Detroit last Wednesday, June 20, when a select group of media from around the country visited the studios of Re:View and See Art + Design artists, ending the day with a cool cocktail party at Re:View Gallery. All THANKS to Buick Design who made it possible for the group to get a unique intimate view of the studios and the gallery!
Design Detroit was invited to experience first hand Detroit’s Art Movement. Thanks to the Buick Design Team, Design Detroit was introduced to Detroit artists Bryan Baker, Andy Kem, Adam Shirley, Graem Whyte, each one relevant and influential in the Art Movement of Detroit. The artists gave us a tour of their studios and we saw the creative environments in which they work. We were in Hamtramck and Cork Town, at the Russell Industrial Center and at Re:View Gallery. There many prongs required to establish a thriving energetic city, and these artists are creating a foundation that will lead the way for many other vibrant movements to follow. [Read full story].
"As a young boy growing up in America, it seemed patently obvious that I could be anything I wanted when I grew up, and even though what I wanted continually changed — shifting from fireman to soldier to NFL player and eventually rock star — my parents, and the culture at large, reinforced the maxim of unlimited potential so many times it came to seem as simple as choosing a path and letting fate take over. Decades later I’m still trying to figure it out, of course, but I still think fondly on my childhood as a time when anything seemed possible. A more formal definition of that feeling might be nostalgia. In the show by Matt Zacharias, “Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth,” up now at Re:View Contemporary Gallery, that boyhood nostalgia is writ large." [Read full review]
Images of all works in this exhibit can be found at this exhibit's page on Re:View Gallery's Website.
Join artist Matt Zacharias for an informal gallery talk and exhibit tour, this Saturday, June 23, 5 pm to 7 pm, as Zacharias shares references and insights into his first solo exhibit at Re:View entitled Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth. In this new body or work, Zacharias continues his ongoing preoccupation with the fertile period of coming of age through youth culture and personal narrative. By deconstructing and reconfiguring imagery of rock-stars, actors, and characters of childhood, Zacharias creates a frenetic visual style evoking a sense of ‘channel-surfing’ in the 2D. This array of fragmented flashes of memory and bittersweet humor provides a guided tour inside the emotional topography of Zacharias’ past. [Read more]
Watch a video clip of the opening reception on June 9. The exhibit runs through July 7:
In Sonic Manhood, writer Peter Markus interviews artist Matthew Zacharias about his new solo exhibit at Re:View, Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth.
In the early 1990s, Matthew Zacharias was one-third of the arts collective known as AWOL, a Detroit collaborative arts collective of three visual artists, Zacharias, Greg Fadell and Pete Wardowski. AWOL was best known for making "action figure art," an impulse that was most fully realized in their short war film entitled Max, a six-minute masterpiece where the games of war were played out through the dramatic manipulation of GI Joe dolls.
It's no secret that the most sublime impulses of the contemporary artist are to be found in any number of backyard sandboxes scattered throughout the world. Detroit-born Zacharias is, like a child in a sandbox, reaching back into his own fractured backyard past. He's digging a hole at the base of his family tree to recast and uproot what it means to be a man, a father, a woman, a mother, a boy, a son.
In Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth, Zacharias uses the remembered objects from his own familial treasure chest, along with classic images appropriated from texts and music of the mid-1970s and early '80s, to tell his story in a way that only he is able to do. Zacharias' one-man show, his first, opens on Saturday, June 9, at the Re:View Gallery.
Metro Times: You work with found scraps of language, images already made, you solicit other artists and friends to paint on canvas panels that you then form/deform into your own objects. Begin by taking us through this process of appropriation and if you can address the reasons why this is your chosen method of art making?
Matthew Zacharias: In the end, I'm a collaborator. When I was in AWOL, I worked with two other artists, Greg Fadell and Peter Wardowski. This current show consists of input from over a dozen artists, engineers, and builders. I equate this collaborating process to making a film or being in a band. For the Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth show, Scott Allen is my chief collaborator. Allen's had his hand in all aspects of these current works. He jams.
Each of these new works is a mini-production and required different materials and areas of expertise. So, my process begins with a raw idea. From here I figure out what it will take to create-build-construct for the best end-result regardless of how minimal or over the top. So, the ideas dictate the materials, and then it's all about doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Like father & son, we do it all.
Check out a SNEAK PREVIEW of Matt Zacharias' works at his studio. Zacharias' solo exhibit, Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth, opens up next Saturday, June 9, with an opening reception from 7 pm to 10 pm.