LISTEN UP: WDET INTERVIEWS HAUTE TO DEATH, TAKEAWAYS FROM A DETROIT ART SHOW IN MANHATTAN
WDET interviews Detroit artists and deejays Ash Nowak and Jon Dones, best known for their monthly Haute to Death party at the Temple Bar in Detroit. But the duo spent the last several weeks in New York City, where they curated an exhibition presented by PLAYGROUND DETROIT at the CultureFix gallery in Manhattan. Titled Emergency Nothing, the show featured a handful of established Detroit artists. Nowak and Dones spoke about the experience with WDET’s Travis Wright. [WDET]
The true spirit of Detroit can begin to be understood through its individuals: their personalities, their passions, their motivations and stories. PLAYGROUND DETROIT recognizes the co-founders of Haute to Death and their artist peers as a collective seminal voice that can represent the character of creativity in Detroit. Emergency Nothing echoes this sentiment by suggesting alertness for nothing in particular except a deep desire for the possibilities that can emerge from the city.
Emergency Nothing visually articulates the multifarious character of Detroit’s most-beloved and notorious monthly party, Haute to Death, popular with Detroit’s creative, thrill-seeking bon vivants. The exhibition features artworks from Haute to Death’s co-founders Jon Dones and Ash Nowak and Detroit artists Davin Brainard, Eugene-Carland, Vaughn Taormina, Cristin Richard, Alison Wong, Mariam Ezzat, Andy Gabrysiak and John Maggie. The Haute to Death ethos is contrast: equals and opposites. Dones’ and Nowak’s works in photography, painting, and LP cover appropriation are artifacts that convey Haute to Death’s narrative, while accompanying works by their Detroit peers provide a fuller, abstracted level of insight of artists working currently in Detroit.
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