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INNER STATE Presents: SURVIVE Detroit Pop-Up Art Show

Traveling art show makes a one night only stop in Detroit’s Eastern Market 

On June 8th, Inner State Gallery will present SURVIVE for an one-night-only, pop-up art exhibition in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The traveling exhibition comes to Detroit after a highly successful premiere in New Orleans last April. This event is free and open to the public.

SURVIVE is an art exhibition featuring a conceptually coherent and significant, original body of work by emerging artists of the L.A. based graffiti crews LTS KOG featuring artwork by  SINER, FISHE, DREYE, KYLE THOMAS, and NATHAN SMITH. The artists work from the same monochromatic palette mixing ink, acrylic, markers, brush, rollers, and spray paint to produce 33  3 x 4 ft. canvasses.
SURVIVE has consciously chosen Detroit to follow up the New Orleans’ debut of their traveling exhibition to provoke a dialogue on the transformative power of art. These cities represent not only the everyday struggle to survive, but to be great again. We all struggle to survive at some point in our lives. This struggle can be a unifying force that forges a shared vision and identity. However, the struggle itself is incredibly temporary when compared to the lasting durability and enduring spirit of our cities.
“By inviting street culture purveyors and art audiences to the showcase of emerging artists at a formerly vacant structure and now transformed ‘pop-up’ gallery space, the concept, the process, and the art reinforce the purpose: SURVIVE”, says the curator, James W Riley.
The abstract work of the LTS KOG crews on the street translates directly across surfaces, textures, and contexts onto the canvass. The fearless originality and brutal honesty of their works creates a dramatic composition that reflects an aggressive obsession with technique and medium. The distinctively raw aesthetic results in something chaotic, yet beautiful.

The opening reception is Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 7p.m. to 11p.m. The show runs for one night only, and is located in the Eastern Market at 2431 Orleans St. Detroit, MI 48207.

With over ten crew members traveling to Detroit along with the exhibition, guest will be able to meet the curator, participating artists, photographers and documentary makers. A series of public murals will be produced near the venue that reflects the aesthetics and message behind the art exhibition.
To view the micro-documentary video of the making of their large-scale, street-art mural and New Orleans’ debut exhibition visit:

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

About Inner State:
Inner State Gallery is Detroit’s premier art gallery for local and international established and emerging artists.  Located in the heart of Detroit’s Eastern Market, the 1800 square foot gallery is home to two exhibition spaces, as well as a retail boutique for the gallery’s online counterpart 1xRUN.