UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

FAILE: SIZE OF THE FIGHT
JUNE 24 - AUGUST 12, 2017

Library Street Collective (LSC) is proud to present the first Detroit exhibition for FAILE, the Brooklyn-based artist collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The show’s title, Size of the Fight, references Mark Twain’s quote, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” and relates to the city’s impressive comeback over the past few years. FAILE is inspired by the resilience, passion, and energy they see the Detroit community bringing to the city’s infrastructure and art scene.

Progenitors of the street art culture in the early 2000s, FAILE incorporates popular imagery, bold hues, layered source material, and enigmatic text into their work. In the LSC galleries, they’ll display twelve new paintings. Their process of painting separate woodblocks and patching them together results in textured, quilt-like works imbued with a sense of nostalgia. “We are interested in exploring American Folk Art through the lens of our urban life,” says Miller.

LSC has transformed a formerly disused alleyway near the gallery into a public exhibition space called “The Belt” and welcomes one artist per year to display a series of panels as part of their Public Matter program. FAILE will mount five large-scale painted, stenciled, and silkscreened works on wood panels that incorporate textile design patterns, images of urban signage, American Folk Art elements, abstract grids, and typography. “They’re eye candy deluxe,” says McNeil. “We wanted to celebrate what we do in the urban environment with a nod to our studio practice.” 

At the conclusion of FAILE’s Public Matter exhibition, LSC and FAILE will donate one of the Public Matter works to Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Detroit-based charter school that views artistic development as central to the education of today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. The artwork will be displayed in the school’s common areas for students’ daily interaction.

FAILE: Size of the Fight will be on view at Library Street Collective Detroit from June 24 - August 12, 2017 with the public opening and artist reception on June 24 from 6-8PM, along with a reception / afterparty for Public Matter in The Belt from 6-11PM.

FAILE DET Modern Living, 2017 Acrylic and silkscreen Ink on Blocks, steel frame 65 x 81 x 3 inches

FAILE
DET Modern Living, 2017
Acrylic and silkscreen Ink on Blocks, steel frame
65 x 81 x 3 inches

LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE
Library Street Collective specializes in cutting edge contemporary fine art with a focus on emerging and established artists who have pushed the boundaries of traditional medium and exhibition space. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, we present regular group and solo exhibitions while contributing to the artistic renaissance of the city's public, private, and heritage spaces. It is our mission to bring both world-renowned artists and exciting new work to a reimagined Detroit, as well as carry this sentiment as we expand our presence through exhibitions, special projects and art fairs nationally and internationally. 

PRESS INQUIRIES
Hannah Holden | Olu & Company | hannah@olucompany.com 

 

UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS
JULY 27, 2017


Library Street Collective and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) are pleased to announce UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS - a group exhibition at the historic W. Hawkins Ferry house. This unique exhibition, opening on Thursday, July 27th, will showcase a curated collection of over 30 groundbreaking contemporary artists within the modernist setting. Proceeds of the event and exhibition will benefit the museum. Tickets are very limited and required for attendance - click here for more information. 

Artist list includes: Nina Chanel Abney, Derrick Adams, Brian Bellot, Trudy Benson Katherine Bernhardt, Sanford Biggers, Greg Bogin, Kendell Carter, Jack Craig, Greg Fadell, Beverly Fishman, James Benjamin Franklin, Sayre Gomez, Tyree Guyton, KAWS, Mike Kelley, Paul Kremer, Andrew Kuo, Sadie Laska, Austin Lee, Tony Matelli, Charles McGee, Josh Reames, Scott Reeder, Jason Revok, Carlos Rolon, Holton Rower, Adrianne Rubenstein, Chris Schanck, Willie Wayne Smith, Agathe Snow, Sheida Soleimani, Devin Troy Strother and Spencer Sweeney.

Josh Reames Dinner Party, 2017 Acrylic on canvas 60 x 70 inches

Josh Reames
Dinner Party, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 70 inches

Tyree Guyton Purple People Without Purpose, 1997-2016 Cage and shoes from the Heidelberg Project 19 x 23 x 24 inches

Tyree Guyton
Purple People Without Purpose, 1997-2016
Cage and shoes from the Heidelberg Project
19 x 23 x 24 inches

LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE
Library Street Collective specializes in cutting edge contemporary fine art with a focus on emerging and established artists who have pushed the boundaries of traditional medium and exhibition space. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, we present regular group and solo exhibitions while contributing to the artistic renaissance of the city's public, private, and heritage spaces. It is our mission to bring both world-renowned artists and exciting new work to a reimagined Detroit, as well as carry this sentiment as we expand our presence through exhibitions, special projects and art fairs nationally and internationally. 

PRESS INQUIRIES
Hannah Holden | Olu & Company | hannah@olucompany.com