Detroit artist Nico Rousselet goes full throttle with abstract paintings at Robert Kidd Gallery

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click to enlarge "Badass" by Nico Rousselet; acrylic on canvas. - Courtesy of Robert Kidd Gallery
Courtesy of Robert Kidd Gallery
"Badass" by Nico Rousselet; acrylic on canvas.

Artist Nico Rousselet is, like, one degree of separation from Keanu Reeves and we can’t handle it. OK — so it’s actually Rousselet’s art that might be closer to Neo than we’ll ever be. He was commissioned by Reeves’ Arch Motorcycle Company, and it makes sense that his abstract, auto-inspired paintings caught the eye of a broody dude like Reeves because, like his subjects, Rousselet’s paintings have speed. Detroit-based Rousselet’s latest collection Baby You Can’t Drive My Car examines his fascination with auto engineering and his academic background in transportation design, as well as the relationship between human and machine.

Opening receptions begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17; 107 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-3909; Event is free and open to the public.

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