On Friday, April 12, the innovative Red Bull House of Art kicks off its 2013 season with a gallery opening unveiling its latest batch of artists. The opening — hosted in historic Eastern Market from 7pm to 11pm at 1551 Winder Street and free to the public of all ages — is ringing in Red Bull House of Art’s one-year anniversary, which has offered residencies and unlimited artistic opportunities to 32 local artists since its launch.
The fourth cycle of artists is made up of eight metro-Detroit artists — Lisa Poszywak (oil paints), Tylonn J. Sawyer (oil paints), Kristin Adamcyzk (mixed media), Lindy Marie Shewbridge (oil paints), William Harris (oil paints), Kevin Skinner (mixed media), Greg Siemasz (oil paints) and Ellen Rutt (digital & physical collage).
With a heavy emphasis on oil paint as a medium, Red Bull House of Art curator Matt Eaton is looking to redefine the expectations placed upon the art form by pulling from a diverse range of artists, each with their own style and approach to their craft. While Kevin Skinner builds cosmetically stunning ‘budget rayguns’ out of found items, Tylonn J. Sawyer and William Harris look past the paint to share a richer, in-depth narrative. Lindy Marie Shewbridge uses her day-to-day human interactions to fuel her art whereas Greg Siemasz is removing the human element to draw on animal instincts and how we respond to the wild. Likewise, Kristin Adamzyck’s mixed media approach allows her to anatomically dissect the world around us without sacrificing story as Lisa Poszywak and Ellen Rutt celebrate the basic beauties that surround us every day.
Red Bull House of Art has been dedicated to growing and supporting the thriving art scene in Detroit, breaking down barriers for artists and revolutionizing the local art scene by doing so. By giving local artists the tools they need to create art in a curated space, Red Bull House of Art has created a space for artists to have the freedom to show and publicize their work on a national and global scale.
In addition to two more gallery openings in 2013, the house also participates in Eastern Market's "Third Thursday" — a citywide initiative that opens up galleries, workspaces and more to the public each month — as well as hosting guest lectures from influential artists including Tristan Eaton and Glenn Barr. The Red Bull House of Art has also launched artist workshops on Saturdays, inviting the public become more familiar with new and innovative styles in the modern art world.
The gallery opening will feature music by Brian Gillespie.