We exChange: An Assemblage of Possibilities Group Exhibition Scarab Club (Main Gallery) August 31-October 1, 2022 Reception : Friday, September 2, 5-8 pm
February 5 – August 8, 2021
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
Dual Vision is an expansive, forty-person group exhibition featuring artists living in or otherwise engaged with Detroit. Framed as a series of visual conversations that explore various methodologies for collaboration between practitioners, Dual Vision includes twenty individual projects produced by forty artists working in pairs—each work representing dual creativity as one. This exhibition underscores the nature in which contemporary artists communicate visually as a means of crafting a collective message. Dual Vision exhibits a robust intersection of disciplines and practices—from painting and sculpture to sound, fiber, and lens-based media—with contributions by artists at varying stages of their careers.
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The Salad Days
January 22 – February 20, 2021
Detroit Artists Market (DAM)
2000 through 2012 brought a renaissance of self-made artist run spaces in Detroit. Rent was low, space was unlimited, and artists cooperated to bring engaging shows. Coming off a prosperous decade and a world being reshaped by the internet, this was a new beginning… an awakening… an inclusive paradigm shift. Salad Days explores the subculture and work of artists who were working in Detroit in the aughts (2000s), and also features current work reflecting that time period.
“Salad days” is a Shakespearean idiomatic expression meaning a youthful time.
Michael Nagara, Mukhliseenah Hajj, Scott Hocking, Andrea Eckert, Asia Hamilton, CeCe McGuire, Bryant Tillman, DVS, Dekilah, Simone Desousa, Scott Northrup, Chido Johnson, George Rahme, Jeff Nolan, Martin Anand, Gilda Snowden, Cedric Tai, Sioux Trujillo, Taurus Burns, Erik Howard, Katie Hawley, Chris McGraw, Cal Navin, Undine Brod, Kevin McCoy, Steve Kuypers, Kate Silvio, Vincent Troia, Shoshanna Utchenik.
Curated by Holliday Taylor Martindale
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Thank You, Mies
June 14 – July 20, 2019 at the Detroit Artists Market (DAM)
Detroit’s art scene is rife with overheated expressionism, gritty assemblages, and interrelational social practice. As a counter to this aesthetic, curator Dennis Nawrocki spotlights a style of abstract art that has long focused on clarity and order instead of overt emotions. On view are sculptures and paintings by 20 Detroit-area artists who picked up the baton of formalism and forged images perhaps best defined by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s mantra, “Less is more.”
Participating Artists: Scott Berels, Brian Caponi, Vincent Castagnacci, James Collins, Larry Cressman, Simone DeSousa, Cynthia Greig, Janet Hamrick, Lester Johnson, Laith Karmo, Ian McDonald, Brian Kritzman, Paul Kotula, David Edward Parker, John Rizzo, David Rubello, Kate Silvio, Todd Stovall, Lois Teicher, Joe Zajac
Curated by Dennis A. Nawrocki
Round in Circles
June 16 – August 26, 2017 at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
Round in Circles is a group exhibition that explores formal and metaphorical implications of the circular. Probing the banal to the absurd to the disheartened, each work included in the exhibition employs some form or manifestation of a circle, loop, spiral, cycle, spin, circuit or hole. The exhibition reflects on a broader, collective feeling of the times, that of moving without getting anywhere, ending at the beginning, of literally going round and round in circles.
Artists: ‘jide Aje, Danielle Aubert, Corrie Baldauf, Davin Brainard, Tyanna J. Buie, Alexander Buzzalini, Shane Darwent, Clara DeGalan, Simone DeSousa, Erin Imena Falker, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Ani Garabedian, Richard Haley, Asia Hamilton, Megan Heeres, Eli Kabir, Osman Khan, Austin Kinstler, Nicola Kuperus, Timothy van Laar, Anthony Marcellini, Adam Lee Miller, Shanna Merola, Eleanor Oakes, Ato Ribeiro, Robert Platt, Marianetta Porter, Dylan Spaysky, Todd Stovall, Gregory Tom, Graem Whyte, Elizabeth Youngblood, Alivia Zivich
Curated by Jennifer Junkermeier
Calculating with absence
April 23 – June 10, 2016
The Holding House is pleased to present “Calculating with Absence,” Simone DeSousa’s solo exhibition featuring new paintings on multiform panels.
DeSousa’s abstract paintings emerge from the artist’s ongoing interest in the investigations of the nature of reality, combining disparate references such as ancient yoga and modern science’s study of the phenomenon of consciousness.
In deliberate visual juxtapositions that oscillate between minimal gestures and intricate compositions, the works point to the inseparability of the seemingly opposite alternating stages of emptiness and manifestation. The bases of the works, integral to the compositions themselves, defy the limitations of the edge and expose the base material itself, suggesting relationships both inward and outward-moving.
Examining the interplays amongst shapes, colors, lines, and textures, superposed and intersecting, one moment at a time, DeSousa’s paintings suggests different spatial environments that are both directly human and transcendent.