A sad loss earlier this year, Mike Kelley was an artist who influenced a generation and helped bring attention to Los Angeles as a vital art capital. His Mobile Homestead’s project – a recreation of his childhood home mounted on a trailer – was only part completed at the time of his death. The Museum [...]
The word on the street is that this enigmatic foursome from Detroit, Michigan, is putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited second full-length album. Their quality-over-quantity approach has produced a meticulously-crafted catalogue which is compact, yet sonically rich with soaring electronic rock that will leave you jonesing for more. That said, hurry the hell up [...]
I recently came across this photo essay by Detroit photographer/archivist Robert Monaghan, though it was apparently put together a few years ago. There are a lot of cool and/or hilarious compositions among these, and overall this set makes for a pretty unbeatable snapshot of Reagan-era Detroit decay, twenty-something public intoxication, and the unfortunate smearing of some poor girl named Candy Berkeley.
Detroit denizens Crud’s new CD, Crud on Monster Island, is the soundtrack for demonic debauchery. This Motor City 5 slings sleaze-laden rock with enough fire power to bring down dictators, nay-sayers, and any Detroit-haters.
This is a short film capturing 24 local artists, cooks, thinkers and musicians as they came together to showcase Detroit’s spirit, performing inside the downtown People Mover train one day in April.
We like this blog, Silent Cities. We like seeing images of some of the most noisy and crowded places in the world momentarily bathed in silence. There is something both serene and eerie about these scenes. The images above and below are from London, Sydney and Detroit.
Jonathon Kambouris was raised outside Detroit, Michigan. Of this series, Last Meals, he writes: ‘The series visually documents the face and last meal of convicted killers. I created this project to explore the interesting and unique relationship humans have with food and used the last meal as a metaphor to raise questions about the death penalty’.
Detroit really is as desolate as people make it out to be. Have you ever seen an abandoned high-rise with its windows smashed out? You can see that there. People have been arsoning their houses to collect insurance. Artist Catie Newell, in collaboration with nonprofit Imagination Station, has embarked on a project called Salvaged Landscapes [...]
When i was a kid, I thought graffiti was awesome. Not much has changed. I also thought it would be awesome to paint my parent’s living room. They refused, repeatedly. RETNA and Richard Colman probably shared the same dream. Only, in place of the Black Flag bars that would’ve landed me in military school, they dreamed in lush calligraphy and bold geometrics.
Detroit is fast becoming a city with a reputation for being one of the most dangerous metropolises in America and a population that has been decreasing every year since 1960. Strange then to hear such fun, bubbly, electronic music, such as the kind Lord Scrummage (part of the art collective Scrummage University) makes.