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DAMNED VI - An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness

On October 24 through 26, 2013 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings St. Ballroom in Detroit comes an extraordinary assemblage of 136 artists from across this world to display 175 of their most introspective creations at DAMNED VI – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness. From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse. This is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live strings and explorative vignette performances.

There are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that surround the exhibition:
  • 10/24 “The Darkness“ – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimate VIP Preview/Artist Reception, a formal absinthe tasting courtesy of Kübler Blanche Absinthe and chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres.
  • 10/25 “The Enlightenment“ – A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal. This night features a VIP sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with paired libations courtesy of B Nektar and exotic aerial and fire performances.
  • 10/26 “The Masquerade“ – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball, a six-dish aphrodisiac-inspired dinner, the dreamworld aural ambiance of Sugar Hiccup and a menagerie of cirque performances all night. This night is mask mandatory and proper attire only.
DAMNED, first and foremost, is an exhibition of the intensely personal creations that are often born from within the artist’s most darkest hours that often returns them towards the light. DAMNED then cultures an intriguing visual ambiance of art-inspired explorative performance vignettes with the region’s most creative talent including Satori Circus, Detroit Flyhouse, Miss Pussykatt, Chantal, Jade Ashekerra, Shadowe, Leslie Blackburn, Lula Loops and many others. Aurally, the haunting gallery soundtracks are custom designed by Life Toward Twilight with the mesmerizing live strings of Dixon's Violin and Jesse Fox on percussion during performances.

Then on Saturday October 26, DAMNED will heighten the exhibition towards a sensuous celebration of extravagant delicacies, libations and dance with a formal, mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball. Beginning at 7pm, a very intimate VIP engagement will commence as we usher you to your private seat for an elegant Six-Course Aphrodisiac-Inspired Dinner created by our own DAMNED chefs. Between courses, brief interludes of intriguing dance performances will further enhance the senses and inspire. Exotic desserts and keepsake photograph are also included, as well as VIP access to the sensually lush VIP Mezzanine with private bar and live televised performance simulcasts for the rest of the night. Then from 9pm until 2am, the evening becomes enveloped with the dreamworld aural ambiance of Sugar Hiccup featuring DJ Quig, bringing a carefully selected and blended landscape of lush textures, ambient colors and dreamlike sounds that is always chill, laid back and sensitively sophisticated. All within a menagerie of exotic cirque performances throughout the venue.
SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique has graciously donated one of their finest creations to help those in need on our city streets. At midnight on October 26th during the Masquerade Ball, one winner will be chosen to receive the Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring© crafted in AG’s custom surgical stainless steel alloy with custom blended three dimensionally bonded reinforced ceramic inlay (or $980US credit towards the retail value of an alternate design). All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will go to our favorite local charity Burners Without Borders, which coordinates dozens of volunteers to hand pack hundreds of survival backpacks filled with basic needs (canned goods, water, toiletries, underclothing, gloves, blankets, etc). Then, during the colder months, BWB scatters throughout the forgotten parts of our city and personally hand them out face-to-face. This is real-life grassroots community “giving” by volunteers in the true spirit of the word with no corporate management profiteering! Your funds help to purchase those backpacks and their contents. To further help with their cause, DAMNED also accepts canned donations for $5 off the door admission price.

Visit the DAMNED website at to review past photos, find further
information and to purchase advance tickets. Also visit Noir Leather in Royal Oak, Showtime
Clothing in downtown Detroit and V-Male Vintage in Dearborn Heights to purchase advance tickets.
The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom is located at 715 E. Milwaukee St. in Detroit.

DAMNED VI - An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
and Formal Masquerade Ball

October 24/25/26 2013 - Tangent Gallery - Detroit

“Creating random acts of kindness and service to Detroit homeless one supply-filled backpack at a time.”

As we all know, Detroit is on hard economic times and it’s getting harder. This is when community-led
grassroots organization and networking is needed to help address gaping needs where existing cultural
and societal systems are failing. Burners without Borders Detroit (BWBD) is a local chapter of a
worldwide volunteer-based outreach organization coalesced from a collective instinct to serve and assist
those in need on our streets with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Over the past seven winters, BWBD has collected thousands of items generously donated by the
community and organized hundreds of volunteers to create supply-filled backpacks to give directly to
those who do not or are unable to go to shelters during the cold months. Since 2009, the DAMNED
Exhibition and fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique have collaborated annually with BWBD to
coordinate collections of needed canned food and financial donations through admission discount
offerings and fine jewelry raffles. Through this, we have been able to purchase hundreds of new
backpacks each year and fill them not only with the donated canned goods, but with purchased items
such as hand warmers, blankets and toiletries. We hope to continue with the goal of giving over 300
backpacks this year, perhaps with a gift certificate to a participating local restaurant so the homeless are able to escape the extreme weather and find some comfort.

As we begin our 2013 campaign in collaboration with DAMNED and Atelier Gothique, we thank each
of you for your past donations and for any future assistance you give to Burners without Borders Detroit. Please know that we can not do what we do without the generous help of people like you.

Danielle ~doxie Kaltz
Burners without Borders Detroit

DAMNED Exhibition

Atelier Gothique

Anna-Maija Mettälä (Finland)
Ash Sivils (TN)
Aunia Kahn (IL)
Becky Grismer (SD)
Christian Correra (RI)
Danielle Tunstall (UK)
Jessica Ward (MI)
John U Abrahamson (CA)
Jordan Walker (RI)
Krista Acheson (Canada)
Lana Gentry (VA)
Paul McCarroll (UK)
REMO (Argentina)
Rivenis (Barbados)
Robert Bauder (WA)
Sara Yun (Spain)
Wojciech Grzanka (Poland)

A Owen Layne (MI)
Aleks7 (IN)
Aleta Welling (AZ)
Allison Leigh (MI)
Amber Michelle Russell (WI)
Ann Smith (MI)
Artem (Denmark)
Ash Marnich (MN)
B.A.M. (MI)
B2 Photographique (MI)
Barbara Campagna (MI)
Bernardo Corman (NJ)
Brett J Lawrence (MI)
Brian Stadler (MI)
Brian Lewandowski (MI)
bridgett D (MI)
Carl Lundgren (MI)
Carl Wilson (MI)
Carly Toporzycki (MI)
Carolyn Weltman (NY)
Charles Alexander (MI)
Clint Parker (MI)
Corinne Elizabeth (MI)
Courtney Morningstar (MI)
Daniel Seybold (MI)
DarwinsDaughterCouture (MI)
Debbee Sheppard (MI)
DeEtta (MI)
Diane Irby (MI)
Diane Marie Kramer (MI)
Don Dolanski (MI)
Eric Hudgins (IN)
Eric Toth (MI)
Erin Kruczek (MI)
Eve Noir (MI)
Gregory James Wyrick (MI)
Hellmet (Slovakia)
Holly Hock (MI)
Iszola Vox (MI)
J Vida (OH)
Jack O Summers (MI)
James Patrick Kirk (MI)
Jay Raven (Canada)
Jerry Shirts (MI)
Jino Rufino (TX)
Joanne Price (KY)
Joe Intrinsic Sawyer (MI)
Joe La Grassa (MI)
Joe Young (MI)
JoeIntrinsicSawyer (MI)
Joel Howell (MI)
Jos-Ov Condor (MI)
Joseph Ferraro (MI)
Joseph JoJo Smedo (MI)
Justin Abraham (NC)
Justin Aerni (WA)
Keith Grodi (MI)
ken hales (WA)
Kia I Arriaga (Mexico)
Kirill Slavin (MI)
Laura Dark (OH)
Licentious (MI)
Lidya Adventa (Indonesia)
Lindsey Harnish (MI)
Lore-Li Photography (MO)
Luiz Postal (Brasil)
Luke MacGilvray (MI)
Lulie Cardon (MI)
Lynn Graznak (NH)
Marija Makeska (MI)
Mariuca Rofick (MI)
Markness (MI)
Martin Blanco (Andorra)
matt hughes (GA)
Megan Renee Rahm (OH)
MissPeggyArtist (MI)
MonkeyTeeth (MI)
Morgan Chivers (TX)
Moudy Designs (Canada)
Mrs Empty (MI)
Nicholas R Wilson (MI)
Nick Masiello (FL)
Niki Urban (MI)
Noelle Starshyne (MI)
Ozie (MI)
PM Gray (MI)
Pat Duff (MI)
Paula Marie Deubel (MI)
Regina Walsh (KS)
Ren Fracture (MI)
Rick Cronn (MI)
Rick Lieder (MI)
Rosemarie Hughes (MI)
Ryan LaVoisin (CA)
S.I.N. Rothe (MI)
Sarah Pifher (OR)
Shadia (MI)
Shagrat (MI)
Shannon Burnett (MI)
Shekinah 9 (MI)
Silke Seybold (MI)
Sophia Fenby (MI)
Soren Soto (MI)
Stein McGee (MI)
Steven Goossen (MI)
Strehlau (Canada)
Stu Edwards (Canada)
Sya (OH)
Ted Wm Lottman (MI)
Tim Buhl (MI)
Tim Malik (MI)
Travis Mullins (IN)
Void Pop (MI)
Xat Grey (MI)
Zachariah Messiah (MI)
Zieg (MI)


Each night of DAMNED begins with a varying feast of finely prepared fare created specifically for our
patrons. The 2013 menus are as follows:


A 2-hour (7-9p) intimate preview of the exhibition with artist reception, absinthe tasting courtesy of
Kübler Blanche Absinthe and chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres. The menu:

  • Albondigas
  • Trout Dumplings
  • Shrimp Arancini with Tomato-Clam sauce
  • Roasted Peppers stuffed with Multi-Grain Pilaf


An intimate 2-hour (7-9p) sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with flavored mead tasting courtesy of B Nektar and exotic aerial and fire performances. The menu:
  • Charred Pork Belly, Roasted Peach, Smoked Gouda Polenta, Crispy Sage
  • Seafood Terrine, Fruit Compote, Orzo Salad, Microgreens
  • Sous Vide NY Strip Steak, Coffee Crème Fraiche, Arugula-Strawberry-Balsamic salad, Truffle-
  • Garlic Fingerling Steak Fries
  • Pomegranate Gelato


An intimate 2-hour (7-9p) pre-ball event beginning with an elegant seated 6-course aphrodisiac-inspired dinner with exotic performance interludes. The menu:
  • 1st Course: “Devils on Horseback” oysters cooked with garlic and wine astride toasted garlic bread slices sprinkled with bacon (vegetarian option: Diced portabella tomato and fresh Italian herbs marinated in vinaigrette astride toasted garlic bread slices)
  • 2nd Course: Ginger-orange glazed salmon with honey apple slaw on dried apricot and currant cous-cous (vegetarian option available)
  • 3rd Course: Petit Filet, wild mushroom duxelle, truffled asparagus (vegetarian version available)
  • 4th Course: Roasted “wild game bird” with Armagnac cherry reduction, celeriac purée and endive salad with serrano honey vinaigrette (vegetarian option available)
  • 5th Course: Grilled fruit medley featuring grilled pears, apples, peaches with champagne fruit gastrique and mascarpone
  • 6th Course: Chocolate ricotta mousse with chocolate brownie and coffee sauce

The DAMNED chefs will be preparing the first two menus live during the exhibition and vegetarian
versions will be made on request.

Steven Kempner and Aaron Egan
DAMNED also uses compostable and biodegradable serving products from Green Safe.