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Axios // Detroit artist’s “The Eye of Horus” exhibition debuts at Cranbrook

Original Article: words by Annalise Frank, on Nov 18, 2022 Detroit-based Bakpak Durden, an artist whose work can be seen on murals across the city, debuted their first solo museum exhibition. Driving the news: “The Eye of Horus” runs now through March 19 at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills. Details: Durden’s show is titled after an ancient Egyptian […]

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Cranbrook grad’s solo exhibition opens at Detroit gallery

Article By JENNY SHERMAN | jsherman@medianewsgroup.com | Royal Oak Tribune Original article A new solo exhibition featuring the work of Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Julian J. Jones will open Friday, Sept. 9 at PLAYGROUND DETROIT Gallery, 2845 Gratiot Ave. “MARKINGS,” presented in collaboration with Detroit Month of Design, will feature quilted works by Jones that blend culture with […]

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BLAC // The Black Experience Told in Quilts and Oil Pastels in ‘Markings’

The Indianapolis-born artist is bringing his unique textile-based artwork and oil pastel drawings to Detroit. By Joshua Andrei Bon, September 6, 2022 Artist and Quilter Julian J. Jones is bringing his work to Detroit for an exhibition titled “Markings.” It’ll feature quilted and gestural abstract artworks influenced by traditional African American quilting, particularly “The Gee’s Bend […]

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Interview: Marlo Broughton on “LONG DAYS, NO DREAMS” Solo Exhibition Fights for POC Freedom and Equal Rights, Opening February 19th

LONG DAYS NO DREAMS is Marlo Broughton’s upcoming exhibition featuring striking, graphic portraits of black community leaders, historical events and anonymous figures illustrate the continuous fight for freedom and equal rights for people of color (POC).

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In Conversation: Bakpak Durden speaks to Cyrah Dardas on Their Upcoming Exhibition, “I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before”

I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before, is Bakpak Durden’s solo exhibition exploring perspective, neurodivergence and intersectional identity, opening to the public on November 13, 2021 from 6-9PM at 2845 Gratiot Avenue. Their series of paintings examine specific experiences that we -as humans- come up against and have to power through in order to maintain […]

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“Show of Hands” Caroline Del Giudice Solo Exhibition Features Sculpture with An Attitude

Show of Hands is Caroline Del Giudice’s solo exhibition featuring sculpture that emphasizes the mechanized qualities of post-cyberspace and surveillance capitalism, fusing the disembodied online experience with tangible Emoji hands symbolism. Caroline Del Giudice is a mixed-media artist and fabricator based in Detroit, Michigan. In 2020, she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Ayana Love’s “Space” takes her ‘To Be Human EP’ into the Beyond

The single, “Space,” is premiering below from Ayana Love’s To Be Human EP, exists as a climax within the project as a whole. In her own words she explained, “Quite literally, [with this project] I’m giving myself the ‘Space’ to get to know myself more, and to be the well-rounded artist and woman that I […]

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James Oscar Lee Solo Exhibition “Plodded Account” Opens January 12th

James Oscar Lee’s solo exhibition, Plodded Account, presents his most recent series of paintings which cinematically interact with one another in a way to tell a broader narrative: a drawn out address; a recollection of events.  James Oscar Lee is a Detroit-based painter and visual artist. His colorful abstract style and large-scale paintings are layered […]

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“SECONDARY FRUIT BOWL” BY LINDSAY FARRIS FEATURED IN DAVID KLEIN WINDOWS

On November 2nd, artist and designer Lindsay Farris will debut two window installations entitled, “Secondary Fruit Bowl” at David Klein Gallery Detroit, curated by PLAYGROUND DETROIT. These ‘3-D paintings’ will be on view to the public alongside the upcoming exhibition, Stories Better Told by Others by Liz Cohen. The concept for Farris’ installation was something she had […]

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ELYSIA VANDENBUSSCHE SOLO EXHIBITION, “RELATIONS BETWEEN” OPENS JUNE 16TH

PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents Relations Between featuring multi-disciplinary artist Elysia Vandenbussche. The exhibit explores and breaks boundaries of traditional crafts, the concept of a canvas, and skill combined with intuition through her porcelain wall installations on June 16th from 6-9pm with a Members-only VIP preview hour from 5-6PM. On view through July 14th. “I’m really interested […]

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DETROIT RENAISSANCE MAN SHEEFY MCFLY TO RELEASE ‘MURALS’ ALBUM ON MAY 6TH

It’s nearly impossible to be an arts enthusiast in Detroit without hearing the name Sheefy McFly. A dapper native oozing Detroit style, this visual and recording artist has bestowed a bountiful body of projects to date which span from his visual art, hip hop and electronic music and event production for over ten years.  An […]

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PLAYGROUND DETROIT PRESENTS KATAI WITH “MOKSHA” FILM SCREENING & EXHIBITION

“Katai captures what can be called ‘contemporary counter-culture’ seen through the use of subtle color, imagination, and intent. Heavily inspired by ancient eastern spirituality he addresses modern day concerns with the use of photography, cinematography, and digital manipulation. Katai explores concepts such as identity, propaganda, and meditation with a reactionary method of creation, resulting in […]

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