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Patrick Ethen’s Two-Day Exhibition DREAM SEQUENCE Opens June 25-26th at Eightfold

DREAM SEQUENCE is a light installation of an ever-changing projection of interactive color shadows in space by Patrick Ethen. From the artist: To remember is to experience a past aesthetic, like the touch of a distant star, long faded, but whose light carries onward. DREAM SEQUENCE Founded in 2021 and enshrined with a mission to […]

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20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship Awardees Announced: Ten Artists Receive $2000 and Exhibitions

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is pleased to announce the selection of 10 Artist Fellows chosen for the inaugural 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship, a two-year juried program. Starting in 2020, twenty emerging Detroit artists will receive $2,000 awards each to develop their individual practices. As a result, new bodies of artwork will be created and accompanied by programming […]

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Dwell // For the Most Exciting Design Scene No One’s Talking About, Head to Detroit

By Jenny Xie – October 26, 2019 The only UNESCO City of Design in the U.S. is experiencing a cultural renaissance that you need to see for yourself. Once an urban epicenter thanks to the automotive boom, Detroit, Michigan, has no doubt suffered from deindustrialization, its population plummeting from a peak of 1.86 million in 1950 to just […]

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Patrick Ethen debuts “Field Condition” Solo Exhibition X Detroit Month of Design on September 7th

Field Condition is a hyper-sensory art exhibition that centers around a body of ephemeral, immersive light sculptures by artist and designer Patrick Ethen. He uses light as a medium to explore emergent behavior, using meticulously wired arrays of electronics to build installations which envelop the viewer in a meditative, immersive aura which feels simultaneously human […]

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“COMM[UNITY]” INAUGURAL GROUP EXHIBITION THROUGH JAN 13TH

Featuring over 30 artists, COMM[UNITY] is the inaugural group exhibition on view at PLAYGROUND DETROIT gallery that represents a small cross-section of Detroit’s creative landscape, which is bound not by geography or practice, but by an enduring set of shared values and virtues. Exhibiting artists include: Kristin Adamczyk, Marlo Broughton, Scott Campbell, Dustin Cook, Jon Dones […]

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ELLEN RUTT & PATRICK ETHEN MAKING A MESS, VIA THE COMMITTEE [PREMIERE]

“Andy [Miller] is one of my favorite videographers in the city,” celebrated Detroit-based artist and graphic designer, Ellen Rutt confirms; “When I invited him over and explained the concept- ‘we wanna trash this thing I built,’ he totally got it. It really couldn’t have been more comfortable and fun working with him.”  Watch the exclusive premiere […]

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PLAYGROUND DETROIT PRESENTS “AMBIENCE” GROUP EXHIBITION FEATURING SCOTT KLINKER, GEORGE VIDAS, STEVE MCSHANE & PATRICK ETHEN

“LIGHT CREATES AMBIENCE AND A FEEL OF A PLACE, AS WELL AS THE EXPRESSION OF A STRUCTURE,” – LE CORBUSIER PLAYGROUND DETROIT Presents Ambience: a group exhibition featuring Detroit-based artists Scott Klinker, Steve McShane, George Vidas and Patrick Ethen opening on November 10th-December 8th, 2016. This exhibition brings together artists who each utilize light as their medium that […]

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MURALS IN THE MARKET 2016 RETURNS SEPTEMBER FOR SECOND YEAR WITH MORE THAN 50 MURALISTS

Eastern Market-based fine art publisher 1xRUN along with the Eastern Market Corporation have announced the artist line-up after they unveiled the newest mural in the Market, a collaboration by artists Ellen Rutt and Jesse Kassel entitled “Nourish,” which celebrates the 125th year of this historic Detroit produce district. More than 50 local and international artists […]

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DETROIT SESSIONS LAUNCH PARTY FEATURES SOLO PIANO PERFORMANCE BY IVAN MOSHCHUK AT ORCHESTRA HALL

Ivan Moshchuk is an international piano virtuoso, unabashed fan of all things Detroit who is quickly working to contribute to the City’s great musical legacy on his own terms. On Thursday, June 9th Ivan will make his major stage debut – the first solo piano concert presented by ProMusica of Detroit at Orchestra Hall in […]

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PLAYGROUND PRESENTS FEATURED ARTIST PATRICK ETHEN WITH FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION “LIGHT WORKS”

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is pleased to present artist and designer Patrick Ethen in his first solo exhibition on Friday, February 12th. His work has been previously seen as large installation sculptures at various events such as Detroit’s internationally-renowned Movement Electronic Music Festival. He describes the collection of pieces he has created for Light Works as “pseudo-spiritual […]

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