Recent work from Detroit-based artist Pat Perry (previously featured here). Originally from Michigan, Perry has been spending time in Churchill, Manitoba working with the PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls program on a series of protest paintings based on the struggling small town, its connection to places like Michigan and the broader environmental crisis we’re all facing. As Perry writes in a passionate open letter for the project:
Following the decline of one economy, just like in Michigan, an idea takes hold in Churchill that tourism will now be the bedrock economy that will sustain the town. So then, a dozen artists are brought here to make the town their muse and to beautify it, but just before that happens, unprecedented flooding washes out the rail line, cutting the flow of goods, essentials, and seasonal visitors. Prices soar, and dogs begin starving. So what are the artists to do? Choice A: Paint jovial works that bring some brief yet genuine psychological respite to the village. Choice B: Cautiously bracket choice A, and instead tell the truth.
Read the full letter here and check out more images below!
Photographer Aleksey Kondratyev captures the sculpture-like figures of ice fishermen in Kazakhstan. Braving -40 degree temperatures, they fashion protective coverings from salvaged pieces of plastic and discarded rice bags. Love this series so much! See more images from “Ice Fishers” below.
Great portrait of artist Doze Green by my buddy, Detroit-based filmmaker, Mike Popso. I’ve been a fan of Doze for a long time; his artwork was the reason I blind-bought albums like Deeper Concentration 2 in high school. A lot has changed since then! For the last five years he’s been living and working on a self-sufficient farm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
In “Doze Green Arklandia Dreamstate,” Popso captures the vibrancy of Green’s new life and new work. His upcoming show at the Openspace gallery in Paris opens November 20th and runs until December 20th. Watch the video profile below!
“Miles to Empty” is Shannon Goff’s homage to her grandfather’s special edition, collector’s series, 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V. While her grandfather’s car was metallic turquoise and white vinyl, Goff’s rendition is all white and made entirely of cardboard! The artist described the piece to us as:
“a 3D contour drawing inflated into space. This car is wrapped up in both personal and political histories. It is a critique on American society’s obsession with convenience, luxury and autonomy.”
More detailed close-ups below!