NOVEMBER 15, 2014


October 20, 2014 (Detroit)

Detroit fine art gallery Library Street Collective announces it will host the newest body of work by world-renowned artist POSE (Jordan Nickel). The exhibition, entitled LEMONADE, opens on November 15, 2014 at Library Street Collective’s downtown Detroit gallery. The LEMONADE opening coincides with the first-ever exhibition at Public Matter, an outdoor public exhibition located in the Belt, a newly redeveloped alley directly behind Library Street Collective. The Belt also features permanent murals by a dozen international artists including Vhils, Cleon Peterson, Tristan Eaton, Dave Kinsey and Hush. POSE will christen Public Matter with a new body of large-scale work that is entirely separate from LEMONADE.

Since making his transition from the streets to the gallery six years ago, POSE has exhibited work around the world, including recent sold-out exhibitions in New York City and Los Angeles. His upcoming solo exhibitions features 10 brand new paintings and more than a dozen collages that explore the ever-evolving notion of the American Dream and its sometimes tenuous relationship to an experienced American history.     
It’s neither coincidental nor ironic that the Chicago born-and-bred artist is premiering his newest body of work in Detroit. As POSE notes, “I drew a lot of inspiration from the booms and crashes of American cities like Detroit. Painting for more than half of my life has left me with a wealth of experiences in the failure and triumphs of human beings in these cities. These failures and triumphs are the foundation for this body of work.”  
The Detroit connection is not lost on Library Street Collective partner Matthew Eaton, who notes “POSE paints stories that resonate well beyond the boundaries of his own experiences or the experience of any particular geography, and yet his newest work feels deeply rooted in a narrative with which Detroit is intimately connected: The American Dream. Library Street Collective is honored to introduce this work to the public right here in Detroit.”           

POSE (Jordan Nickel)                        
Born and raised in Chicago, Nickel graduated from Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 with a painting major, after having practiced his craft since 1992. He has become one of the world’s foremost graffiti-style fine artists, respected by his peers and acknowledged by many experts in the field as a pioneer. His studio work is strongly informed by his graffiti experience and his immersion in classic sign painting, as well as more contemporary pop art mediums. With his own creative agency We Are Supervision and as a member of several distinguished art collectives such as The Seventh Letter and MSK, Nickel has painted murals around the globe-- most recently on New York City’s illustrious Houston/Bowery wall with REVOK. In 2013, Nickel exhibited at Art Miami Context after having completed a large-scale mural in Detroit the month before, both with Library Street Collective.