LOIZA, THE BELT
Loiza, a site specific installation with functional sculptures by Chicago-based artist Carlos Rolón/Dzine, in the Belt—the formerly disused alleyway that Library Street Collective has transformed into a dynamic public exhibition space. Loiza is inspired by the culture of Barrio Loiza in Puerto Rico, where roadside kioskos (kiosks) sell food and offer friends and acquaintances a site to gather, chat, and build community.
Rolón is an internationally-recognized artist whose artistic practice is informed by a post-colonial vantage point, his sense of and relationship with the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, and a distinctive autobiography. Loiza includes several components that are markers of comfort and domesticity, including handmade ceramic tile tables, a Jibaro garden made of cinderblock and artificial flowers, and hanging hand-crafted shell macramés that complement a site-specific wall installation. A palm tree, petrified and wrapped in lights, serves to further immerse visitors in an experience of a particular memory of the Caribbean.
“When visitors walk through the passageway of Loiza, the hope is when you enter the environment, you're immediately transported to another place and time. You forget for a moment about the world around you and become immersed in the present moment. More importantly, as an artist who incorporates a social practice component within my studio practice, it’s important for me to recreate ideas of memory that have personally created a sense of community and diaspora that exists independently of our smart phones, and create conversation,” Rolón states.
ONE WOODWARD, DETROIT
BEVERLY FISHMAN AND THRUSH HOLMES
CHASE TOWER, DETROIT
GOLDEN RATIO, 2016
ONE WOODWARD, DETROIT
Kelsey Brookes spent a large portion of the year working on Golden Ratio, a monumental 19’ painting commissioned for One Woodward building in downtown Detroit. The painting joins John Chamberlain's sculpture 'The First Dance of Trees' in the lobby of the Minoru Yamasaki-designed building.
BEVERLY FISHMAN AND RYAN MCGINNESS
FIRST NATIONAL, DETROIT
CALEDONIA CURRY (SWOON)
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS, DETROIT
Library Street Collective is proud to announce a partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), bringing the work of artist Caledonia “Callie” Curry (Swoon) to the museum’s prestigious Great Hall. The 20-foot tall installation is titled Thalassa, after the Greek goddess of the sea, and was created in response to the artist’s interest in environmental concerns, climate change and ecosystems that surround cities. First shown at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in 2011, it will be reimagined for the DIA and free with museum admission.
The massive sculpture, constructed of plywood on a steel frame and covered with paper cut outs and prints, will be suspended from the entrance to the museum. Thalassa’s face is looking upward and her bodice is adorned with imagery of sea creatures, as well as colorful swathes of fabric. Long paper ribbons cascade beneath her like tentacles reaching into the sea. Swoon’s installation at the DIA will coincide with a community mural project in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers district, executed with the assistance of several local artists.