Red Bull House of Art is continuing its contribution to the cultural cache of Detroit’s internationally renowned art scene with the unveiling of its fifth cycle of artists on Friday, August 9 with a public gallery opening. The Eastern Market workspace and gallery has given eight Detroit artists the opportunity to create without limits, exploring their respective mediums including steel sculpture and clay, pastels and oil paints as well as acrylic paints and mixed media.
From the involved clay and ink pieces artist/local entrepreneur Elysia Vandenbussche creates to steel sculpture artist Steven McShane — the first to bring such a medium to the Red Bull House of Art — each artist at the gallery is bringing an incredible force of authenticity and creativity to the gallery walls. Desiree Kelly’s humor-driven pieces spark both laughter and conversation. Christopher Batten’s storyline of acrylic paints and collage are classic yet conceptual. Where Jesse Kassel’s work draws heavily from vintage advertisements and graphic design, Camille LaMontagne is introducing Baroque elements and complex, contemporary patterns into hers. For Carolyn Webber, everything she sees and interacts with on a daily basis becomes a part of her art, acting as a sort of reflective love letter to her everyday world.
The gallery, built out directly below the artists’ dedicated workspace in the E&B Brewery Lofts, is stunning and like no other. Built in 1891 and renovated by local architect Tadd Heidgerken, Red Bull House of Art blends traditional New York-style gallery space with raw, cavernous rooms unique to Detroit’s rich architectural history.
The eight featured artists in the fifth cycle are: Jesse Kassel (Mixed Media), Brian Lacey (Mixed (Media & Found Objects), Elysia Vandenbussche (Clay & Ink), Steven McShane (Steel Sculpture), Desiree Kelly (Oil & Acrylic Spray Paints), Christopher Batten (Acrylic Paint & Collage), Carolyn Webber (Pastels) and Camille LaMontagne (Oil Paints on Canvas).
Curator: Matt Eaton
Red Bull House of Art | 1551 W Winder St | Detroit, MI 48207
Friday, August 9, 2013 | 7-11pm
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About Red Bull House of Art
From Baroque to Banksy, the art world is always rebuilding from the foundation up. It's this principle that is the bedrock of Red Bull House of Art. A concept born in Brazil in 2010, Red Bull continues to provide artists with the foundation, tools and resources needed to create their work without financial or institutional constraints or censorship. The gallery is open every Saturday from 10am to 3pm until the next show.