On the eve of Darkroom Detroit's Grand Opening Celebration we bring together three photographers to have a conversation about their work and vulnerability through representation: Kris Graves, Amy Elkins and Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
Using photography and portraiture of themselves or others, their images all tell different stories about the complexity of the self and our perception through images. Their photographs depict individuals or groups that are frequently marginalized by society, offering a counter point to the dominant narrative shown through centuries of historical portraiture.
Darryl Terrell (b. 1991) is a queer African-American artist whose primary practice is photography. Currently based in Detroit, Terrell received an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from Wayne State University. Darryl’s work deals with body image, black masculinity, queer identity, and the black family structure. Pulling from influences he observed growing up on the Eastside of Detroit, Michigan, Darryl’s work is also a reflection of popular culture traversed through media such as music, movies, and other similarly related sources.
Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; among others.
Amy Elkins (b .1979 Venice, CA) is a photographer currently based in the Greater Los Angeles area. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; Aperture Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, among others. She was awarded the Aperture Prize and the Latitude Artist-in-Residence in 2014 and The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2015. Elkins' first book "Black is the Day, Black is the Night" was Shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award, the 2016 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize aand listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.
Documenting DETROIT is a program of Facing Change: Documenting America, a non-profit organization created by photojournalists in 2009 to address our era of great challenges in the United States through our photographs and narratives. The images the Fellows create are showcased across Detroit as larger-than-life representations of our community.
Steve Koss and Cydni Elledge – both alumni of the inaugural 2016 Documenting DETROIT Fellowship for Early-Career and Emerging Photographers – are featured at Grand On River
Cydni Elledge’s Portraits of Black Youth, Ages 9 – 22 aims to break down stereotypes of her peers. She says, “This portrait series represents truth. The truth that black men are far more than what the world portrays them to be. I began creating this series so everyone can see what I see, what God created them to be.”
Steve Koss’s No Time to Worry shows diverse Detroiters at nightclubs around the city. He says, “When times are bad for a city, people go to a bar. When times are good for a city, people still go to a bar. I want to see what people make up places and why they come to these places. All these places give Detroiters something different."
Grand on River welcomes Detroit -based artist John Sauvé. John Sauvé uses industrial plastic to create relief, free standing, pedestal, and outdoor sculpture.
“John Sauvé’s sculptures stem from a tradition in modern art of using found objects and industrially fabricated materials,” said Ute Weingarten, Art Historian, “Sauvé’s work incorporates elements of drawing, architecture, and print making. The transformation of prosaic materials into spectacular and beautiful forms suggests multiple readings ranging from issues of labor and industry to the human condition.”
The sculptures – some of which appear to be figurative, others abstract – also have an ominous aspect suggesting the proliferation and persistence of industrial waste. Over a dozen works will be presented at Nylon 6 66: John Sauvé
The opening reception will be held on Friday May 19th at 7 PM at Grand on River located at 5001 Grand River Avenue Detroit, MI, 48208,
“Sauvé began his career making sculpture in the 1980s, and continues to emphasize the connections between life, movement, and his artworks. He is a highly talented artist, working with a difficult, tactile medium. The human-scale, industrious nature of his work in contrast to the pristine, clean marble of the building will be inspiring,” said Weingarten. “The sculptures are powerful and starkly contrast the space they will be in. This will be a strong exhibition and invoke strong reactions.”
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Trista Dymond and Rachael Ahn Harbert bring you the fourth and FINAL installment of ATROPHY [spring edition].
This playful, non-verbal, interactive installation celebrates the intersection of nature's growth and decay processes. Collaborating participants [YOU] are encouraged to interact in both building and dismantling the environment. Natural materials that thrive during the spring season will be provided, however you may bring your own. Please avoid invasive/endangered species and sharp/potentially harmful materials (i.e. glass).
*If you have seasonal allergies, taking an allergy pill or a dose of local honey before attending may be helpful :)
We are looking forward to playing with you.
For the full experience, ATROPHY promptly begins at 6pm and ends at 8pm. Latecomers will not be turned away.
$5-$10 / Adults
All ages welcome!
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Grand on River and Donut Shop will be hosting a Maker Mixer on Saturday, April 1st. Join Detroit area craftspeople and artists for drinks and light refreshments as we welcome spring back to the city!
Feel free to bring or invite other craftspeople, makers, or advocates. Maker Mixer is a monthly event sponsored by the Center for Craft & Applied Arts and Design. Make. Detroit.
Join us at Grand On River, a bank turned gallery space, for an evening of photography and conversation, featuring presentations by Rashaun Rucker, (Detroit Ruck) an award-winning photographer, visual artist, Deputy Director of Photo & Video at the Detroit Free Press, and documentary photographers Danny Wilcox Frazier, of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA) and VII Photo Agency, recipient of the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman 1st Book Prize for “Driftless: Photographs from Iowa”, and Ruddy Roye, inspired by by the raw and gritty lives of grassroots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica, and strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills. Karah Shaffer and Alan Chin will moderate the panel discussion.
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The MicroMacro Art Biome is a 3-day pop-up art gallery featuring the work of 16 local and international artists/artistic groups. It is a multi-disciplinary event including film, dance, portraiture, installation, etc. All of the featured pieces were created specifically for the Biome, all focusing on the themes "Micro/Macro" and "Indigo."
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6pm Doors open, 11 pm close
7pm Place and Borrow a piece by Maya & Rouvelle 8pm Q&A with the Artists
Refreshments & Mingling!
1pm Doors open, 10pm close
7pm Take Root a dance performance
1pm Doors open, 8pm close
*Live musical performances by Jordan Reynolds will happen throughout each day*
CRISTIN RICHARD presents “METABOLISM II”. This marks the second in her experiential design series for the Detroit Design Festival, which launched last year in 2015.
“Metabolism II” is an intimate one night experience, utilizing performance, installation, and video. Additionally, it features soundscapes composed by Nate Czarling. Housed within one of Detroit’s architectural gems, Cristin Richard puts forth an interdisciplinary exhibition that explores the idea of our perception of the self and that of the other.
Please arrive between the times of 6:00pm and 10:00pm to tour the presentation at your leisure. The building is located on the corner of Grand River and Warren, just outside of the Historic Woodbridge Neighborhood. Parking is available outside the building on both Grand River and Warren Avenues, and also on 17th Street.
Visit www.cristinrichard.com for more information on the artist.