Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Women’s Caucus for Art Show At 555 Gallery: “Eye on the D: Seeing Detroit With New Eyes”

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

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K.A. Letts's drawing incorporates poetry written by a Detroit youth.

"I'm a Michigan artist, but I've always concentrated my efforts on having my work shown in Chicago,” Ann Arbor-based K.A. Letts says. “It seemed easier to get your work shown, there was more press coverage. But then I looked around and saw all these people doing all really interesting things [in Detroit], and it occurred to me that I should be also looking closer to home.”

Letts only really opened her eyes to the Detroit art scene when a tour with national organization, the Washington, D.C.-based Women’s Caucus for Art took some of its members on a tour to Detroit artists spaces last summer. In response to this tour, WCA members have put on a group show at the 555 Gallery. Titled "Eye on the D: Seeing Detroit With New Eyes" and running Nov. 1 - 21, the show features paintings, drawings, photography, and more: all commenting on Detroit.

Letts will have a drawing featured in the show, which incorporates poetry written by a Detroit youngster named Christopher J. Burges. Other artists include Brenda Oelbaum, who has painted a portrait of local artist Patricia Hill Burnett, the first woman to have a studio in the Scarab Club. Another artist, Patricia Izzo, took photos of a memorial and home of a Detroit girl who was slain while walking around the city. “She was afraid [the family] was going to be objecting,” of taking personal photos, Letts explains. “But they said thanks for noticing her.”

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Patricia Izzo's photography will be part of the show Eye on the D.

Of the gallery, Letts says it’s the perfect place for an art show about Detroit: “555 is very much a microcosm of the Detroit culture scene right now. It's in that old precinct station, it's a repurposed building but also it's right next door to the Detroit agriculture company, so it's like urban, agriculture, and art in the same building.”

Eye on the D will be on view from Nov. 1 - 21. 555 Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 3 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 2 - 5 p.m. Artists' Reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 - 9 p.m. with a dance performance of "nature abhors a vacuum" during the reception, Thur. Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

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