Summer Exhibitions: NY Freak Show & Detroit D•Construction


Local Project Presents: FREAK SHOW opening

Curated by John Baber and Carolina Peñafiel.

Opening reception: Thursday Aug 16, 6-9pm
Show runs through Sept 8th
Gallery hrs. Wed- Sat 12-6pm
Performance event Aug 25, 7-10pm
Closing potluck dinner and Screening, Sept 8th 5pm, videos by Adea Guldi, Brittany Bartley, Carl Diehl, Dahlia Bloomstone, Katie Hovencamp, Khalil Charif, Matti Havens

Participating Artists: Aaron Schraeter, Adea Guldi, Alan Richards, April Andes, Audrey Anastasi, Brittany Bartley, Carl Diehl, Christine Carbone, Christopher Lin. Christopher Spinelli, Courtney Kates, Dahlia Bloomstone, Damian Rivera, Dayana, Deborah Yasinsky, Dominique Vitali, Eliot Markell, Eugenia Pigassiou, Faye Dell, Gary Peabody, Issa Ibrahim, Jackson Denahy, James Seffens, Jennie Jones, Jesse Wiedel, Jody MacDonald, John Gross, Jon Duci, Julia Justo, June Kosloff, Katie Hovencamp, Khalil Charif, Kristen Bartley, Kristen Leonard, Laura Bell, Laura Miner, Leslie Baum, Logan Benedict, Lynn Liebert, Marie Roberts, Mark Harrington, Matt Sears, Matti Havens, Max Sarmiento, Michael Scherb, Mollie Serena, Monika Malewska, Peter Aguero, Peter Teraberry, Raina Panagiotopoulos, Raymond B. Normandeau, Rebecca Memoli, Robert BrickHouse, Robert Zurer, Ronald Gonzalez, Rowynn Dumont, Samm Cohen, Sarah Schechter, Sharon Steven, Stephanie Kosinski, Susan Conrad, Susan Spangenberg, Toni-Lee Sangastiano, Victoria VanKesteren, Xek Noir.






MOSAIC Productions and OFFICE SPACE Gallery
present D•CONSTRUCTION: Metamorphosis of the City
June 2, 2018
6 – 10 pm
D•Construction: Metamorphosis of the City
June 2 – July 22, 2018
D•Construction addresses the economic, social and political issues that arise as a
result of the restructuring and gentrification of urban communities. Artists working in
all media call into question the ongoing reconstruction of Detroit and other cities, its
impact on a city’s landscape, its citizens and their ways of seeing.
Artists in this exhibition:
Victoria Bayagich
Matt Cain
Rowynn Dumont
Anne Fracassa
Thalya Hunter
Craig Maki
Jaime Pattison
Michelle Renee Perkins
Sarah Price
J. Gordon Rodwan
Nancy J. Rodwan
Mary Rousseaux
Toni-Lee Sangastiano
Gary Schwartz
Tim Tonachella
Svetlana Tsivinskaya
Victoria Bayagich’s Construction series (Fig. 1) captures the idea of work and what
that means in regard to the creation of comfortable, safe and secure environments.
Her paintings focused on the M1 Rail construction isolate images of construction
workers and the brightly colored, plastic warning pylons that are a feature of any
construction site. The removal of background creates a moment of stillness upon
which the viewer’s eye can settle, while paradoxically showcasing the focused
attention of the workers on the job at hand. It also places the work in an historical
context that the viewer might not initially consider
Jaime Pattison’s works for this exhibit reflect history, explore the concept of decay
and examine ideas of community and togetherness. Her mattress installation, Frame

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on Frame (Fig. 4), encompasses the spirit of our human connections. As Miss
Pattison explains, “The coexistence of the mattresses and the coexistence of people
are similar, the mattresses share the same general form and function, just as we do
as human beings. By stripping the mattresses of their coverings in order to show
them in their most basic form, I highlight our similarities as humans. When we
reduce ourselves to our most basic form, we can find intimacy with one another.”
Michelle Renee Perkins uses themes, materials and aesthetic considerations that
evoke a prayer, chant or sacred dwelling. Her series of sculptures entitled Oshun’s
Den (Fig. 5) evoke memory, call forth history and radiate spirit. She states, “I’m
attracted to the sweet waters, memories and dreams and the relationships between
personal/ancestral narratives, black aesthetics, and black spirituality. Afrocentric
spiritual practices create an opportunity for images and objects inhabit a space akin
to primal or celestial intuitive state of being. A state of being home, space that
manifests as the internal and external home we all desire.”
J. Gordon Rodwan’s photographic images, such as Danger (Fig. 6) juxtapose
tradition with thought-provoking subjects. This image in particular encapsulates the
struggle that often occurs when an urban setting is in the throes of change; while
there are many positive aspects, there is often an underlying destructive effect that
remains unexposed. Rodwan speaks of his work this way, “I seek arresting images
with unique angles, details, shapes and shadows. I strive both to compose
compelling pictures in unusual places and to expose unexpected aspects of
traditional subjects.”
(Fig. 1 Victoria Bayagich, Temple and Cass, 2016; Fig. 2 Rowynn Dumont, The
Deterratorialization of Semiotic Space, 2004; Fig. 3. Anne Fracassa, Detroit
Reclaimed IV, 2017; Fig. 4 Jaime Pattison, Frame on Frame, 2017; Fig. 5 Michelle
Renee Perkins, Oshun’s Den, 2018; Fig. 6 J. Gordon Rodwan, Danger)
D•CONSTRUCTION: Metamorphosis of the City runs from June 2 through July 22,

OFFICE SPACE Gallery is located at 2870 East Grand Blvd (between Oakland Ave.
and Beaubien St.), Detroit 48202.
For more information, please contact MOSAIC Productions at 313.478.6722; email; or visit our website

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