Daisy Chain, June 30
Ruth Leonela Buentello
Jeffrey Augustine Songco
Curated by Amanda Krugliak
A conceptual group exhibition with University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities exploring the connections between artists, their ideas, and their creative work. The name refers to the traditional string of daisies threaded together by their stems, as well as the contemporary wiring scheme by the same name used in electronics and engineering.
For this Daisy Chain, nine regional and national artists with diverse experiences, perspectives, and practices were each interviewed by Institute for the Humanities Curator Amanda Krugliak. Each of them was asked the same series of questions. Among them were: How do you feel you are emerging from the past year? What kind of world are you trying to build for the future? How are you thinking about responsiveness and responsibility? Are there any creative strategies you have identified moving forward?
Their answers—along with images of their work—have been “strung together” visually in video format, one artist connecting to another in sequence.
In this time of re-entry, when we are cautiously emerging from a year in isolation, and also merging back into action at breakneck speed, Daisy Chain offers the opportunity for contemplation in its assemblage of artists, art, and ideas. It explores the ties that bind us, the past and the future, and the loose ends. Perhaps as important, it alludes to surprising and new combinations, and a renewed capacity to find joy.
Art Mile + Public Pool
Public Pool is representing me for this year's Art Mile. I have an exhibition scheduled for their physical space with Mary Fortuna at the end of this year.
DAILY RUSH — Stupor: TOUCHY FEELY
NOW STREAMING on DAILY RUSH, the streaming platform of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and on view in the museum ... Stupor: TOUCHY FEELY, a companion film (see the trailer below) to the issue of Steve Hughes' long-running zine Stupor that I illustrated, which is also available at the MOCAD bookstore or through Steve and me directly (hey—they're only 2 bucks!). A little background ... Steve and I collected hook-up stories from people in Hamtramck bars, he turned them into short stories, I illustrated + laid out the zine, then the pandemic happened and we couldn't have a release party, so...we invited director/performer Kaitlyn Valor Bourque to cast actors to perform + film each story as a monologue, The Hentchmen let us use some music, and I made this film from all the disparate parts. Watch it now!
Stupor Presents: TOUCHY FEELY
I collaborated with writer Steve Hughes on the Touchy Feely issue of his long-running zine Stupor and it's finally seeing the light of day! (See my zines page.) During quarantine this past year we worked with Director-Performer Kaitlyn Valor Bourque to make a companion film. Both are coming to MOCAD this summer! Checkout the film trailer now! Catch the film on MOCAD's Daily Rush starting June 4.
2021 DAM Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition
A few of my students are finalists for this year's DAM Scholarship and I was asked to exhibit a piece alongside their work.
March 12 — April 17, 2021 at Detroit Artists Market.
Ditto Ditto Recorded Reading Archive
You can now listen to two of my stories on the Ditto Ditto Recorded Reading Archive. Saturday and AIWMLWA (As I Watch My Life Whirl Away) are waiting for you.
THE SALAD DAYS at Detroit Artists Market
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.
January 22 — February 20, 2021 at Detroit Artists Market
Read about it on Detroit Art Review
COVID-19: RE-IMAGING OUR WORLD
I have recently contributed some text to a new 'text blanket', part of an ongoing international project by the artists Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen, through The Museum of Loss and Renewal in Collemacchia, Italy. More to come as this piece evolves.
Private Behavior @ White Columns
I have work in the online group exhibition Private Behavior at White Columns curated by Lauren Marinaro, of Marinaro in Chinatown/Manhattan.
The gallery is up through September 12, 2020.
my funny valentine at IFFY
Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti (IFFY) has moved online and announced new screening dates: August 20-22, 2020 with a special drive-in screening in Ypsilanti on 8/20.
My recent short my funny valentine will stream Saturday, August 22nd at 7pm. A history of bad boys and mating rituals, from Palatino to suburbia.
Tickets are pay what you can with all proceeds donated to We The People Opportunity Farm in Ypsilanti.
Click on the link above for more info.
U Up? at KO Studio Gallery
GALLERY HOURS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19.
I have a new collage in the group exhibition "U Up?" at KO Studio Gallery. The exhibition seeks to disarm the seemingly-innocent inquiry “U Up?”, typically sent in context of casual sex, and rather, use it to sum up what messaging looks like in the 21st century.
Featured artists: Kit Parks, Lucy Cahill, Scott Northrup, Sylvie Demers, Ash Nowak, Steven Shik, Grace Millard, Scott Mullen, Justin Hein, Chris Newman, Emily Wood, Nathan Edmiston, Stephen Cavanaugh, Justine Allenette Ross, Andrea Del Rio, Frank Lepkowski, Joe Martinez, Jeffrey Evergreen, Meredith Miotke, Narciso Espiritu, Lorenza Centi, Max Majoros.
March 6-28, 2020, 12-3pm Saturdays.
Opening March 6, 7-10pm.
KO Studio Gallery
9536 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck, MI 48212
PLACE, PEOPLE, and TIME — Available Now!
This collective publication brings together the art works, visual material and texts produced by the participants in The Museum of Loss and Renewal's and My Bookcase's collaborative Place, People and Time Guided Group Residency, 2019. The artist participants were Adrian Quezada Ruiz, Berta Ferrer, Corinne Thiessen, Dorte Gotlieb, Emily Fong, Fernanda Aranguiz M., Leah Anderson, Mary Lilith Fischer, and Scott Northrup.