Golden Ratio, 2016
Kelsey Brookes has spent a large portion of the past 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.
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 from September 24, 2016 through March 19, 2017.
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.
“The connection between the Great Hall installation and Swoon’s work in community streets is a powerful one,” says Library Street Collective owner Anthony Curis, “It is testament to the DIA's commitment to share culture beyond the museum walls while affecting positive change for the city's residents.”