Art | Exhibition
New Artists Hit Fast & Bright
Inspired by popular trends in New York and London, a Detroit artist collaborative has teamed to brighten the streets with Detroit’s own “Pop Up” art gallery. Together, with the newly revamped Kresge Building, Pop Up Detroit has filled empty space in the historic five and dime with a variety of artistic works including instillations, photography and paintings.
“I read about pop up galleries and studios in New York and wondered why it wasn’t happening in Detroit. There wasn’t an answer, there doesn’t have to be, you just have to find the people who want it to happen,” said event co-coordinator William Singer. “This is only a small example of how much people want this city to keep moving forward.”
Singer brought the idea to area artists, who decided now was the perfect time for Pop Up, with the Kresge Building being the perfect place to launch the exhibition.
The opening, held August 27, complete with food, drink and live music from Joe Vargas of Tour Detroit, Drew Pompa of Blank Artists and Slufter, drew a crowd of the city’s latest artists and aficionados, looking to re-establish Detroit as a serious purveyor of New American art.
At times visceral, sometimes cerebral, Pop Up mostly surprised with flourishes of inspired beauty and raw optimism, unusual for this city, particularly during poor economic times.
If you missed it, don’t worry; Pop Up Detroit is open to the public, daily, from 10am to 6pm, Mon-Sat, now through September 13.
Kresge Building, 1201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit – [email protected]