THE SNOWDEN EXHIBITION
February 21 – March 30, 2018
Reception | Friday, February 23, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk | Thursday, March 29, 6 pm
The Snowden Exhibition (formerly called the Silver Medal Exhibition), is an annual unthemed, all-media exhibition, open to all artists. As an artist, teacher, mentor and friend, few people had as great an impact on our community as Gilda Snowden. After her death in 2014, the SC began presenting the top prize for the Silver Medal exhibition in her honor. Beginning in 2018 the exhibition is named for her.
The purpose of the Snowden Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for students.
Heather Accurso | Jim Aho | Morgan Barrie | Mark Beltchenko | Marcelyn Bennett-Carpenter | Hannah Burr | Lorenza Centi | Darice Cobb | Caroline DelGiudice | Molly Diana | David Doubley | Angela Eastman | Mary Fortuna | Liz Frankland | Ellie Gause | Lisa Goedert | Carole Harris | Margaret Hull | John Jasso | Kaylie Kaitschuck | Eric Kovacs | Kip Kowalski | Kirsten Lund | Loretta Markell | Patrick Mech | Janice Milhem | Robert Mirek | Sarah Nesbitt | Susan Okla | Jonathan Phillips | Kathyrose Pizzo | Simone Rosseau | Katrina Ruby | Christopher Schneider | Donna Shipman | Allen Tenbusschen | Larry Zdeb
Sarah Rose Sharp is a creative generalist and writer of arts criticism and philosophy. Her writing is a mechanism for inclusivity and understanding between art makers and consumers, Detroiters and non-Detroiters. Her work leverages positive regard, accessibility, promotion of viewer agency, clarity of language, and sincerity of tone as tools for enabling an appreciation for art in viewers of all kinds. An active participant in the Detroit art scene, Sharp is a regular contributor to Knight Arts, Essay’d, ZIPR, Infinite Mile and Hyperallergic.
SOLO EXHIBITION: PATRICK MECH
February 21-March 30, 2018
The Scarab Club is pleased to host an exhibition of recent paintings by Patrick Mech. Passionate about his artwork, Patrick works in a loose painterly style that combines simple tones with fun colors. He incorporates and emulates the techniques of many of his favorite artists, including Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent.
Born in Detroit and a lifelong area resident, Patrick embraces Detroit’s unique urban flavor with bold brushwork and crisp colors. Recently retired from a veterinary career that has spanned close to forty years, Patrick and his wife Molly live on Grosse Ile. His love of family instills both his life and his artwork with joy.
La Gloria Bakery Baker, Southwest Detroit
16″ x 20″, oil on canvas, 2018
Lafayette Greens, Detroit Urban Garden
24″ x 36″, oil on canvas, 2017
OBJECTS AND PLACE
April 4 – May 19, 2018
Reception | Friday, April 6, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk | Friday, April 27, 6 pm
Since 1907 The Scarab Club has been one of the pivotal Detroit art hubs, a beautiful and complicated historic place. This space (place) was a crossroads for both renowned and unnamed artists, collectors, and club members who together built an institution with a history reflecting the most vibrant artistic and social norms of the day, along with a disciple-like membership and legendary festivities that left the former club house level a tobacco stained resonance. For decades furniture, paintings, fixtures, murals, and rugs have remained while artistic and social trends have shifted. The Scarab Club is a place wedged in a private/public predicament with an honorable and challenging past which now finds its members, board, and patrons at its next historic pivot point.
This exhibition, Curated by Addie Langford, Objects and Place, looks at the ability of configured objects to hint at audience, suggest use, and implicate a politics of space. Artists Marie Herwald Hermann, Laith Karmo, and Addie Langford pair clay and mixed media to consider how the objects and space of the Scarab Club have shaped and continue to shape the sense of what this space housed, supported, sheltered, formed, and transformed in creating and maintaining place.
Marie Herwald Hermann, from Copenhagen, Denmark works in Detroit. She worked as a studio manager for the British artist Edmund de Waal and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2009 from the Royal College of Art in London. Solo exhibitions include most recently a solo exhibition and featured artist at NADA Miami at the Reyes Projects, Stillness in the Glorious Wilderness at Matin Gallery in Los Angeles and The Only Thing I Can Think About is Yellow at Egg in London, among many others. Represented in collections including the Sèvres Museum in France and the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum in China Marie was awarded a Danish Arts Foundation grant in 2009 and the Annie and Otto Johs Detlef’s Award for young, experimental ceramic artists in 2010. She is also a curator and co-director of Sixpm Project Space and a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Laith Karmo moves through the world with a profound sense of wonder and a desire to make sense of it. He has questions and from a young age art became a means to examine those questions and give his ideas space to stretch. Between high school and college, a teacher lent him a wheel and a block of clay. The clay, he found, held answers to some of his most burning questions. A dialogue began between the two. Connections were made, stories intersected and Karmo quickly realized he was part of something bigger. By manipulating this material into something new, he was participating in one of the oldest traditions known to man, and within this medium, he found his place. Each piece Karmo creates is a direct reflection of where he is at a given moment in time — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Laith Karmo earned a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He’s participated in several national group shows and has had solo exhibitions at Paul Kotula Projects and The Butchers Daughter in Metro Detroit. He was awarded a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2011 and maintains a studio in Pontiac, Michigan. Karmo has taught ceramics at Wayne State University, Oakland Community College and College for Creative Studies.
Addie Langford (exhibition curator) lives and works in Detroit. Her practice draws on her varied background in painting, ceramics, drawing, fabrics, and structural influences from architecture and craft. Traditions in Southern Appalachian craft from quilts to barn structures, weaving, and vessels emerge and recede as forms or fragmentary histories in the work and are in dialogue with movements such as Supports/Surfaces and Korean Dansaekhwa, or artists such as François Rouan, Simon Hantaï, and McArthur Binion. Her work is included in numerous Detroit Collections. Recent exhibitions Include, 21st Century Painting and Abstract Sculpture at Rush Art Gallery in New York and solo exhibition A Timeless Elsewhere, at Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit, 2016.
She completed her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in ceramics after a BFA in architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2006-07 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Madrid, Spain, researched tapestry in relation to contemporary collage and exhibited a body of mixed media drawings, Slow Knots, in 2007 in Madrid.
Image: Laith Karmo, Hunter Bowl, Ceramic and oak, 18x15x11, 2017
In the historic room, you’ll find works from the Scarab Club’s permanent collection, including an original Robert Hopkin. Hopkin was one of Detroit’s leading painters in the mid to late 19th century in Detroit, producing seascapes, landscapes and decorative works, including the interior of the Detroit Opera House (1869). In 1907, the Detroit Museum of Art held an exhibition in his honor, at which time his fellow artists founded the Hopkin Club, which later became the Scarab Club.