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Gallery: WILD | Scott Hocking, Juror

Gallery: May 24 – July 6, 2019
Juror: Scott Hocking
The current main gallery exhibition at the SC is WILD, an all-media exhibition. Artists were invited to interpret the word ‘wild’ in its wide-ranging and encompassing meanings–free, natural, thrilling, unruly, feral, desolate, untamed–the possibilities were endless.
Robbie Aaron, Suzanne Allen, Neil Babitch, Madeleine Barkey, Chris Bennett, Anthony Brazeau, Kristen Canda, Winnie Chrzanowski, Amelia Currier, Aaron Deshields, Joseph Ferraro, Cynthia Foley, Michael Garguilo, Alex Gilford, Hal Gould, Katharine HanleyJoan Harris, Carole Harris, May Hiddleston, Tim Johnstone, Gwen Joy, Joshua Kochis, Douglas LaFerle, Julie Lambert, Jeremy Lasilla, Tom Livo, Martine MacDonald, Loretta Markell, Anthony Maughan, Marat Paransky, J. Gordon Rodwan, Barry Roth, Jeanne Ruzzin, Whitney Lea Sage, Lawrence Sekulich, Matruka Sherman, Suzanne Sillery, Shawn Smith, Robin Speth, Edward Stanulis, Anna Van Schaap, Bobby Veresan and Andy Krieger, Sajeev Visweswaran
Scott Hocking was born in Redford Township, Michigan in 1975. He has lived and worked in Detroit proper since 1996. He creates site-specific installations, sculptures and photography projects, often using found materials and neglected locations. Inspired by subjects ranging from ancient mythologies to current events, his artworks focus on transformation, ephemerality, chance, and the cycles of nature. He is left-handed and wears contact lenses. He has a speech impediment and was once hypnotized in an effort to correct this. He is a Pisces, born on the day of creative isolation, in the week of the loner, and the year of the cat. A psychic once told him he would have an average life and die at 88. He does not know how to roller-skate, ice skate, ski, or drive a stick shift. He is a percussionist and can play the glockenspiel part in Jupiter from Holst’s Planets suite. He can read palms. He grew up on a dirt road, near a railroad track, with a dog named Bubba, who sometimes slept on the kitchen table. In elementary school, a visiting barnyard turkey took a shit on his head. At 19, he lived in a Toyota Corolla for 4 months. At 27, he lived in a French chateau for 2 months. He has 3 tattoos. He is a 6 of spades. He is the number 11. He has been to 42 states. He once hiked the Death Valley dunes on a 117 degree day, which led to a lesson from the sheriff, who said: ‘Son, people die in the desert.’; He’s been stalked by a New Mexican mountain lion. He’s slept on a Toronto billboard. He’s eaten reindeer in Akureyri, deep-fried honeybees in Shanghai, kangaroo in Cambewarra, and grasshoppers in Oaxaca. His spirit animals are the dog, which walks on his left, and the crow, which flies on his right. His childhood nickname was Scooter. He’s a 6th generation Detroiter, descended from Baltic Polish immigrants and a long line of Cornish copper miners who settled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Two dogs have bitten him in his life: Once on the right calf; once above the right eye. His favorite films are Le Samourai and The Road Warrior. He has been arrested 6 times, and accumulated more traffic tickets than anyone you know. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, including the Van Abbemuseum, the Kunst-Werke Institute, Kunsthalle Wien, and the French Triennial Lille 3000: Renaissance, and nationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art, the School of the Art Institute Chicago, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, The Mattress Factory Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at MSU, and the University of Michigan Institute For The Humanities. He has received multiple awards, including a Kresge Artist Fellowship, a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant, and an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, as well as residential grants in France, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Brazil, and throughout the United States. He is represented by David Klein Gallery, Detroit.

Image: Anna Van Schaap, The Hunger, Oil on linen, 75″ x 56″, 2019

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On Press: Making Visible an Unseen Detroit

Gallery: July 10-August 10, 2019
A Scarab Club/Signal-Return Partnership
On Press: Making Visible an Unseen Detroit
Printing Demo: Saturday, July 13th, 3-5 pm | Free!
Reception: Friday, July 19, 5-8 pm

People are watching, visiting and writing about Detroit, too often putting a superficial spin on a complex city. A more textured story exists and it is critical that Detroiters do the telling.  Not all artists are activists and not all nonprofit organizations are connected to the world of art. Signal-Return, a traditional letterpress print shop and community arts center, paired twelve Detroit artists with twelve Detroit nonprofit organizations, which resulted in powerful creative collaborations. As part this On Press project, artists received honoraria for their time and talent, and proceeds from poster sales benefit partner organizations. This collaboration created a creatively rich opportunity for engagement for both groups, for Detroit and for those looking at us from the outside.  The project was directed by Lynne Avadenka and the artists were guided by Lee Marchalonis.

This exhibition includes the twelve relief printed editions created by the artists to celebrate the nonprofits, along with original works by each artist, and information about the selected nonprofits.

The artists and nonprofits are:

Mark Arminski/Georgia St. Community Collective
Olayami Dabls/Mariners Inn
Louise Jones/Detroit Hives
Andy Krieger/The Children’s Center
Nicole Macdonald/Wild Indigo Detroit Nature Explorations
Sabrina Nelson/Black Family Development
Renata Palubinskas/Keep Growing Detroit
Pat Perry/Freedom House
Renee Rials/Cots
Azucena Nava-Moreno/Detroit Horse Power
Vito Valdez/Last Day Dog Rescue

The On Press project was made possible with the support of The Windgate Foundation and The John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation.

With thanks to UHY for their generous support of the On Press exhibition at the Scarab Club.

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Lounge | Through July 6, 2019
Works from the
Scarab Club
Permanent Collection

The exhibition in the second floor lounge gallery will showcase works from the SC permanent collection. Works from Charles A. Barker, Pierre Birckner, William A. Bostick, Charles Culver, Roy Gamble, Joseph Gies, Brach Goodman, Robert Hopkin, Sam Karres, Shawn Murray, Mitch Scheidel, Thomas Schmidt, Reva Schwayder, and Robert Swanson are included in the exhibition.

Image: Pierre Birckner –  1878-1977, Untitled, Gouache, 27 in x 22 in, 1926

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Historic Room

Historic Room | Jack O. Summers

Photo by Jeff Cancelosi, 2018

Photograph by Jeff Cancelosi

Jack O. Summers
(1938 – 2019)

In May, the SC collaborated with Detroit Artists Market and Hatch, in hosting an evening to remember artist, patron, teacher, supporter, and friend Jack O. Summers. An inspiring teacher, passionate about politics, and a lifelong Detroiter, Jack had a circle of friends that was both broad and deep. Jack enthusiastically curated many exhibitions for local galleries and organizations, all the while doing his own studio work: collages, photographs, and his ubiquitous postcards. Please join us to celebrate, recount stories, and remember a remarkable person.

Jack was a prolific artist, working primarily in collage and photography. The SC is hosting an exhibition of his work in its second-floor Historic Room.

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