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SNACKS GROUP EXHIBITION FEAT. MIKE BURDICK, JAMES NOELLERT & VAUGHN TAORMINA

PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents the artwork of Mike Burdick, James Noellert and Vaughn Taormina in the upcoming group exhibition, Snacks, opening on May 12th. The exhibition explores a mutual adoration of one anothers work, on-going conversations together and the range of their individual illustrative styles. Artwork will feature scenic illustrative paintings reflective of the trio’s minimal style and maximum wit- […]

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VICTORIA SHAHEEN: DECONSTRUCTING CAPITALISM WITH NICHE OBJECTS

Detroit visual artist, Victoria Shaheen has dedicated her artistic practice to unpacking what exactly this fascination with “kitsch” objects means for us as a society.  We all know the feeling — you’re mindlessly wandering through a yard sale or antique store when you see that one, tiny object that you absolutely must-have. It could be a […]

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ZACH THOMPSON SHARES HIS PERSONAL UNIVERSE WITH “CHESS MOVES” SOLO EXHIBITION

Like many artists,  Zach Thompson has created his own universe to exist in. One that fuses medieval staples like swords, kings and queens with distorted futuristic settings and mythical beings that meld nostalgia with human form. The self-taught artist will be sharing this universe with the rest of the world on Friday, April 13th at […]

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Detroit News // Artfully reframing perceptions

The framed images adorning the gallery on Detroit’s east side could have been the work of artists years into their career. The vibrant pastel skylines, kaleidoscopic street scenes and detailed depictions of local landmarks such as Eastern Market all resulted from hours dedicated to perfecting techniques and honoring traditions. But those behind the pieces are […]

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ARTIST OPEN CALL: FALL 2016 ARTIST RESIDENCY WITH PLAYGROUND DETROIT AT PONYRIDE

PLAYGROUND DETROIT has partnered with Ponyride to facilitate a new artist residency program providing artists with an incubator space to create excellent artwork in a dynamic environment within the Detroit creative community. This residency simultaneously hosts one Detroit-based artist and one visiting artist who are provided with private live/work space and co-working area at Ponyride in […]

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GO SEE: “FIRST SHOW,” THE DEBUT EXHIBITION OF DAVID KLEIN GALLERY DETROIT

In its 25th anniversary, nationally-recognized David Klein Gallery opens its doors in downtown Detroit as a second location. Continuing in its tradition, the Birmingham gallery site at 163 Townsend Street will continue to focus on Modern and Post War American art. The programming at DKG Detroit will be devoted to their contemporary programming, spear-headed by Gallery Director, […]

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JERRY VILE’S DIRTY SHOW IN DETROIT AND GET SUMMERED’S DIRTY SHOW IN NYC

For the past sixteen years Jerry Vile has promised his fellow Detroiters that their Valentine’s Day would most certainly be filled with eroticism. Erotic art and performance, that is. Since its inception in a small office building, Vile’s exhibition entitled, Dirty Show, annually outgrew its venue capacity before it landed in the Russell Industrial’s Exhibition Center […]

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FARE SOLO SHOW FROM PAULA SCHUBATIS AT THE GALLERY PROJECT SHINES BRIGHT FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Last night fiber-artist Paula Schubatis had a one night solo exhibition of interwoven artifacts at The Gallery Project, an industrial very large 2-story warehouse in Eastern Market. The enormous space quietly sits across from the popular Redbull House of Art gallery space, which also had it’s Cycle 9 opening happening. Ironically, Schubatis is a Redbull HOA graduate; her […]

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BENEATH THE SKIN FEATURING WORK BY CRISTIN RICHARD AT OUTLET GALLERY IN BROOKLYN

Femininity gives way to shock when the true nature of Cristin Richard’s delicate dresses is revealed to an audience; a shock similar (though opposite in sequence) to what a plastic surgery patient may experience post-op upon the first view of their reflection, anxious to reveal their newfound Beauty. The concept of Richard’s upcoming show, Beneath […]

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THE PLAYGROUND DETROIT GUIDE TO NAVIGATING THE DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL 2014

Detroit Design Festival is happening once again this year on September 23rd-28th in Detroit, Michigan. We are proud to be partnering with DDF to further extend their mission “to connect creatives with one another, introduce them to new markets and consumers, and expose Detroit’s creative talent and collective design aesthetic to national and global audiences.” #DDF2014 #designliveshere […]

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#NYC2DET CREATIVE CARAVAN BRINGS NEW YORKERS TO THE DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL 2014

Have you ever wanted to explore Detroit? Meet cool new people? Check out what’s really happening in the Motor City? Here’s your chance! The #NYC2DET CREATIVE CARAVAN returns again! PLAYGROUND DETROIT  is offering a round-trip to Detroit from New York City with accommodation included to attend the Detroit Design Festival! This long weekend will be full of […]

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READ NOW: ∞ MILE ONLINE ART JOURNAL RELEASES ISSUE #5 EXPLORING ARTISTS & THE CITY

∞ mile (infinite mile) is a recently launched monthly online Detroit-based art journal.  Through reviews, interviews, articles, writings and photo essays, ∞ mile  fosters critical discourse in support of art and culture in Detroit.  Inflecting on Detroit and its nuanced, experimental and diverse art scene, ∞ mile seeks to proliferate and formalize discussions and critique. The release of issue #5 contains contributions by […]

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