"They Call Me Grandma Techno" will be on display through the month of June
"They Call Me Grandma Techno" will be on display through the month of June
Photograph of Mr. Vile by Jef Bourgeau
“All art is an illusion - but the biggest illusion of all is what it is worth,” snorts the crusading challenger. “It’s time these shysters got their comeuppance, I’m ready to take on the entire art racket.”
One may experience this revelation in Oracle Of Vile (One Night Only) Saturday May 30th at The Tangent Gallery in Uptown Detroit.
Con + Temporary
The contemporary art swindlers aren’t hiding. These billionaire bamboozlers make headlines when they set the prices for this fine art flimflam. “This is a scam,” informs Vile as he intelligently dissects roots of the very word itself, Contemporary.
- Con is to deceive, to defraud through illicit or immoral activities typically for financial gain.
- Then there is Temporary, fleeting, a lack of permanence, to vanish. “It’s almost as if the public were begging to be hoodwinked,” he chortles.
So what is Vile’s nostrum for this high brow hornswoggle? “Transparency, I’ll be using both scientific and spiritual methods to rescue art,” beams the brilliant bon vivant. “Unlike most galleries who typically use bright lights on white walls to distract by blinding the patron to the hokum hanging on the walls, my pieces will be surrounded in darkness, with each work magnificently illuminated individually, so as not to disrupt the ether which permeates all space. Furthermore, the ever-present vibrations of electromagnetic radiation will be controlled allowing the patrons maximum viewing pleasure.”
As if this were not enough, each patron will be allowed to consult the Oracle of Vile, a scientifically designed future prediction machine. “It's pretty simple,” Vile crows, “ I’ll be contacting my future spirit though radio waves which I have modified to travel through the ether and the magnetism. It’s not magic, it’s science mixed with illusion. My future self can merely look up the answers on the UWW (Universal Wide Web), so it will be 99.9% accurate.”
The artist drones on. “ I owe a lot to Tesla and Mesmer who did much of the grunt work. I just put it together with a bit of spit, polish and quantum theory. And don’t worry, the device will not be using that much radium - we wouldn't want another Atlantis.”
In addition to the Oracle, the exhibition will showcase some of Vile's most recent masterpieces, many featuring subjects from other dimensions and the spirit world, such as Ghost Cat. The exhibit will be set up much like a museum, not the modern institutions that misappropriated the name- but the true turn of the century educational facilities which displayed a variety of objects of intrinsic value and immense interest to the public.
Works which are for sale will include not only the current value, but the future value as well, courtesy of the Oracle.
“I believe the public is sick of these quacks who label themselves as, artists- taking them for a ride. So you millionaire mountebanks better take heed, I’m aware of your temporary cons and I’m going to shake things to the very foundation,” swears Vile on a stack of Bibles.
The celebration will continue through the weekend, with a special performance in Detroit’s Brightmoor and Old Redford communities on Sunday, June 21. Join us at 2pm for a screening of Cave’s video work at the historic Redford Theatre, followed by a celebration from 3-6pm at The Artist Village featuring food, music, and dancers in soundsuits – who will join the party in an impromptu flash mob. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Brightmoor celebration is just one of several events Cave is staging over the course of seven months throughout metro Detroit. The performance series kicked off last month when Cave began “invading” the city of Detroit for a series of site-specific photo shoots. He was spotted at locations such as Eastern Market, the Dequindre Cut, the African Bead Museum, and many more. The photos will be published in the forthcoming book, Nick Cave: Greetings From Detroit, which will be available for purchase at Cranbrook Art Museum. The book is designed by Bob Faust, with photographs by Corine Vermeulen and an essay by Laura Mott.
Check the Cranbrook website for full details on this extensive program.
4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit
SHOW REVIEW: Clutch Live at Freedom Hill on The Missing Link Tour + Neil Fallon Interview (with video and photos)
First off is our exclusive pre-show interview with Neil Fallon which can be viewed below...
You could not have asked for a better day to see a outdoor concert due to the weather being stellar. Perfect T-shirt weather and the fans came out in droves representing their favorites. If they didn't have a T-shirt when they arrived, they most likely walked away with one because the merchandise booth had a huge line the entire night.
The Freedom Hill Amphitheater is my new favorite local venue. The place looked fantastic and is a mini version of DTE Music Theater, which means a smaller lawn and not a bad seat in the house. The pavilion is fully covered and they even have a general admission pit in front of the seated area. The staff was very accommodating and this fact was even proven more when I saw a gentleman drop his beer and they called him over to give him another one for free. They have a wide selection of beverages and food including a margarita bar and healthy food options like salads and even hummus.
The venue was pretty packed by the time Clutch hit the stage and everyone stayed till the end to witness the onslaught of a live Clutch live performance. This particular evening was the second to last date of the Missing Link Tour. Lesser bands could of easily called it in from the wear of the road after 25+ shows, but not Clutch. Seasoned vets that they are, the band came out rocking right off the bat with "The House That Peterbilt" and never let up the entire evening.
Clutch bass player Dan Maines had to leave the tour the night before to get home to his wife who is having a baby, so Brad Davis from the band Fu Manchu stepped in. He learned a lot of the recorded material and did a great job. No new songs from the forthcoming Clutch album "Psychic Warfare" were performed this particular evening because the band didn't want to overwhelm Brad Davis with material that the band themselves are still learning to play live. But with a catalog of over 100 songs the band had no problem coming up with a 17 song set list. Nothing was played live from the first album, but fans of their second LP self titled "Clutch" were treated to "Escape From the Prison Planet" and "Spacegrass" on top of the opening song. Neil brought up the fact that the album is 20 years old this month. Having seen the songs played live myself 20 years ago, I can say with confidence that the songs sound just as fresh today as they did back then.
Tracks from Clutch's vast discography were performed with a great intensity. Neil's voice was spot on and completely owned up to his distinct rock vocalist title. Drummer Jean Paul-Gaster made drumming look easy, but was laying down very impressive beats that only a technically gifted drummer could perform. I would often just stare at him during songs and smile at the ease he played. Guitarist Tim Sult was in his standard stage demeanor of looking down and playing his guitar. He may look shy playing, but his fingers are surely not. Tim deals the high-volume riffs that has made Clutch the band that they are today. Singer Neil Fallon picked up the guitar for some songs as well, including "The Regulator" and "Electric Worry". Both these songs had a swagger that had people swaying and dancing just as much as the other songs had the crowd head banging.
The band played several songs off their last release "Earth Rocker" from 2013 as well. They performed the title track "Earth Rocker", as well as "The Face","Crucial Velocity", "The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…", and "D.C. Sound Attack!". For "D.C. Sound Attack" Neil played the cowbell and the band also brought out Brent Hinds of Mastodon to play slide guitar. The band is not afraid to evolve and take chances musically and the fans respect that. I've seen many a live Clutch shows since the first time back in 1993 and the band has consistently delivered at every show.
Clutch currently has a bunch of Europe/UK tour dates on the schedule, but they also have select North American festival dates booked as well.
Clutch will be releasing their new album "Psychic Warfare" on their own Weathermaker Music label in September and should be around the Detroit area around that time to support it.
Clutch's Set List for the show:
The House That Peterbilt
The Mob Goes Wild
Profits of Doom
Pure Rock Fury
Escape From the Prison Planet
Unto the Breach
D.C. Sound Attack! (with Brent Hinds of Mastodon)
The Wolf Man Kindly Requests...
One Eye Dollar
Visit Clutch at their website: http://www.pro-rock.com/
Photos and review: Casey
Interview conducted by: Bree and Casey
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For most bands, the specter of the “sophomore slump” is daunting to say the least. Tame Impala, however, were nonplussed by any expectations created by their first LP “Innervisions”.
Backed by a flux of mind bending visuals, Tame Impala sounded polished.
New material like “Let It Happen” and “Eventually” sounded glorious, and they slightly reworked older jams like “Elephant” and “Be Above It”.
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THIS FRIDAY (May 22): Shepard Fairey "Printed Matters" art show exhibition opening at Library Street Collective gallery
Los Angeles based artist Shepard Fairey has been in Detroit this week doing what he does best- ART. He has been painting what will be his largest mural to date, a 184-foot-wide by 60-foot-tall design on Dan Gilbert's Compuware Building.See in-progress photos of Fairey's mural here.
This is in addition to exhibiting in Public Matter, the Library Street Collective's outdoor gallery.
It all leads up to Shepard's art show opening reception at the Library Street Collective gallery Friday night.
Shepard is well known just as much for creating the Barack Obama "Hope" as well for his "Andre The Giant Has A Posse" street art campaign. On top of that Fairey found huge success with his "Obey" clothing line that has branched out in many different facets.
The Printed Matters opening will coincide with Library Street Collective’s “Public Matter” exhibition located behind the gallery. Shepard will be the second artist to exhibit his work in “Public Matter,” the outdoor exhibition platform located in the Belt. Public Matter features a rotating exhibition of large-scale paintings by the most recognized and celebrated names in contemporary art. Shepard will also paint a permanent mural in the Belt as well as his largest mural to date in an undisclosed location in downtown Detroit.
Printed Matter: Repetition, consistency, and persistence over the years yielded a growing audience for both Shepard’s outdoor and gallery art. As people started to request more versions of his images, he began to embellish upon his utilitarian printing techniques by printing on wood, metal, and canvas, as well as incorporating stenciling back into the work. Some of these pieces began to function as one-of-a-kind mixed media paintings. To keep his work affordable and accessible, Shepard also made screen-print-on-paper editions of his fine art pieces. “Some people say print is on its way out, that it will be wiped out by digital media,” says Shepard, “but I say you can never replace the provocative, tactile experience of an art print on the street or in a gallery. Printing still matters.”
Shepard states, “I’m a product of the era of mass production and the mass culture it has created. I can’t imagine my art practice without the influence of, and the use of, printing. Some of my biggest art influences were not paintings, but printed things like album covers, skateboard graphics, punk flyers, and t-shirt designs. When I discovered stencil making and screen-printing in high school, I used them to make t-shirts and stickers, but by college I began to use screen-printing to make art. I enjoyed illustration, photography, collage, and graphic design separately, but with screen-printing I could synthesize those techniques into an integrated final product. Screen-printing also provided latitude for experimentation and the ability to make multiples, and my style began to evolve as I explored the graphic nature of the medium. I tried to make images that would translate well to screen-print production. A harmony of beauty, power, and utility was my goal.”
Public Matter: Shepard, a popular proponent of public art, will create five large-scale paintings as part of “Public Matter,” the fully accessible outdoor exhibition platform located between the Z parking garage and within the Belt, a newly redeveloped alley connecting Grand River and Gratiot Avenue between Broadway and Library Street in downtown Detroit. The Belt, named for its orientation in a former downtown garment district, also features permanent murals by more than a dozen local, national and international artists.
“Everyone can relate to Detroit’s struggle as a community and understand the need for people powered projects in the city,” says Shepard. “Murals and public art are free to everyone and create energy and positive impact in communities; the art becomes a conversation starter or common reference point and that is good for public morale and discourse.”
“Street art is one of the most democratic outlets for art. I consider myself a multi-platform artist, not just a street artist, but the audience I found through street art has created many of the opportunities I now have on other platforms and allows me to get my art directly in front of people, even if it is for a short time.” — Shepard Fairey
“Shepard Fairey’s work has had a cultural impact on the world. We are honored to bring this exhibition to Detroit and also provide a public platform for him to create while in our great city.” — Anthony Curis, partner, Library Street Collective
Visit Shepard Fairey at his website here.. http://obeygiant.com/
Printed Matters opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library St., Detroit; 313-600-7443; lscgallery.com. Runs until Aug. 15.
Friday May 22nd 2015
Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave W.
Woodworker & Middle Sister (local)
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With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, electronic dance music (EDM) will be at the forefront of Detroit’s music scene once again.
- Keith Kemp - DJ/Producer
- Brendan Gillen - DJ/Producer/Label Owner
- Brian Kage - DJ/Producer/Label Owner