We are extremely excited to welcome Detroit artist Tyree Guyton to 1xRUN. Guyton and his massive public art installation The Heidelberg Project have made an immeasurable impression on every employee here at 1xRUN and Inner State Gallery, as well millions around the world and the metro Detroit area. We are proud to announce Tyree’s solo exhibition “Spirit” will open Friday, October 17th at 7pm at Inner State Gallery.
“As an artist, I felt my job was to take that which was meant to be an act of harm and destruction and create magic—new possibilities! A work that demonstrates that you CANNOT kill spirit,” Guyton said in his studio space in Midtown Detroit. “I have risen to another level of consciousness where I can see the mighty hands of Yahweh (God) in everything.”
The recent fires are not the first time that Guyton’s has dealt with adversity. Throughout the 90’s, the Detroit city government battled Guyton on his larger-than-life public art installation that spans two city blocks on Detroit’s east side. Despite two demolitions, and eleven separate arson attacks over the past year and a half, Guyton proves again and again that he will not be stopped. Coined, “Detroit’s own Ghetto Guggenheim”, the Heidelberg Project draws over 275,000 people annually from over 140 countries and is recognized as a pioneer of Creative Placemaking.
“I believe that you must become the alchemist. You come to see that all things can become new again because of the spirit in you. Spirit lives in all of us to animate, to move, think, do and be,” said Guyton. “This show is my way of creating, once again, something out of nothing, but nothing is something, too! I hear it, and what I hear is what I want you, the viewer, to see in this show: Spirit!”
Though Guyton has been a leader in the Detroit art community for 30 plus years, his reach has stretched around the globe, as evidenced by the number of documentaries, books, museum exhibitions and speaking engagements regarding his work. When asked why he chose the crew at Inner State Gallery, Guyton replied, “Because they chose me, from the right place at the right time.”
“Long before ‘Street Art’ was a buzz word in the current parlance of our times, Tyree Guyton was Detroit’s true Street Artist, working primarily in the public domain,” explains Inner State Gallery co-founder, Jesse Cory. “There is an immeasurable amount of influence that Tyree’s work has cast on our community and today’s art world. As Detroiter’s, we could not be more excited to be participate in this journey with Tyree.”
This exhibition is free and open to the public. The welcoming artist reception will begin Friday October 17th at 7pm and will end at 10pm. The exhibition will be on view in its entirety from October 17th – November 15th 2014.
For an advanced collector preview, interview opportunities, media inquiries and high resolution photos, contact gallery director Jesse Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org