Image: KAWS, ALONE AGAIN (2016). Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 120 in. Photo: Farzad Owrang.

KAWS: ALONE AGAIN

 

MAY 10 – AUGUST 4, 2019

KAWS: ALONE AGAIN is a solo exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974), organized by the Museum of the Contemporary Art Detroit’s Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder in close collaboration with the artist. Featuring five sculptures, a site specific wall work, and three paintings, this highly anticipated exhibition will occupy the main exhibition space of the museum. ALONE AGAIN will showcase the artist’s masterful compositions that appear to be abstract while retaining the artist’s colorful acrylic palette with his trademark motif. Riffing on specific genres of pop art, figuration, deconstruction, collage, and fashion, the exhibition represents an underlying irreverence and affection for our turbulent times, as well as KAWS’ agility as an artist to appropriate and transform.

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Eddie Martinez: Fast Eddie

 

MAY 10 – AUGUST 18, 2019

Eddie Martinez: Fast Eddie is a solo exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez (American, born 1977), organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder in close collaboration with the artist. Featuring over 12 new paintings, this solo exhibition will occupy two gallery spaces showcasing never-before-seen paintings. Martinez’s masterful abstract compositions include the artist’s signature motif of floating heads and gestural sweeping paint strokes. Spanning from popular urban culture to action painting, automatism, and Surrealism, Martinez’s work joins together painting and drawing, abstraction and representation in non-traditional ways. Permeated with a sense of personal iconography, his practice often combines signature figurative elements, such as bug-eyed humans and eclectic headgear with gestural, abstract blocks of color. Energetic and raw, his paintings employ an aggressive use of color and texture with various combinations of oil, enamel, spray paint, and collage elements on canvas.

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Unboxing: Doublespeak

 

MAY 10 – AUGUST 18, 2019

Unboxing: Doublespeak explores the boundaries between storytelling, self-perception, and moving image. This suite of video and film installations by Bailey Scieszka, Mary Helena Clark, Laure Prouvost, and Helina Metaferia engages the human voice as both material and technology—confronting its capacity as a narrative device and as an instrument of individual empowerment. Flush with curiosity and suspicion, the works in this exhibition are studies in the natural ventriloquy of historical record.

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Nicolas Lobo:
Wellness Center

 

MAY 10 – AUGUST 4, 2019

Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at MOCAD presents a new series of works by Nicolas Lobo (b. 1979, Los Angeles; lives in Miami) in a solo exhibition entitled Wellness Center. Miami’s identity as a resort city built atop a crumbling ecology
 is a source of rich contemplation for Lobo’s research-intensive process. His work often focuses on points of friction within the urban milieu, from informal markets—transnational multi-service shops and relics of the leisure industry. In recent work, the Miami-based artist has focused on ways in which the human body extends into the socioeconomic, spanning between individual and collective space.

Wellness Center is conceived specifically for Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at MOCAD, in which Lobo, concerned with the tension between labor and leisure imagines wellness and healing from a variety of collective harms; presenting a prototype for utilities of a new kind.

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