Tyree Guyton Solo Exhibition “Spirit” Opens October 17th

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.

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“Spirit”, is an exhibition showcasing Guyton’s Faces In The Hood collection from the iconic Faces of God series.  Each work in this collection was originally salvaged from the 1999 demolition, then stored in the War Room House which was set ablaze after the 5th arson attack on his public installation, the Heidelberg Project. From the disrupted canvas resulting from the fire, Guyton painstakingly reimagined, reworked and renewed each piece, infusing new life and new energy.  In addition to Faces In The Hood, Guyton will debut his latest collection of Faces of God, new original works on paper that were created during his year-long residency in Basel, Switzerland.

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“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.”

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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.

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“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!”

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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.”

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“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.”

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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.

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Read The Detroit News Article and Watch Their Mini Documentary Here

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Read The Detroit Free Press Article by Mark Stryker

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Read Lee DeVito’s Cover Story in this Weeks Metrotimes

For an advanced collector preview, interview opportunities, media inquiries and high resolution photos, contact gallery director Jesse Cory at jesse@innerstategallery.com

More information can be found at:
http://www.tyreeguyton.com

http://www.heidelberg.org

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Camilla d’Errico Returns With Suckerpunch Prints + Opening October 9th at Cotton Candy Machine

1xRUN Thru Interview
Suckerpunch by Camilla d’Errico

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still available?
Camilla d’Errico: This piece is called Suckerpunch and the original) is available as a part of my show “Rainbow Children” which opens Oct 10th at The Cotton Candy Machine in New York City. I’m very happy to have brought this piece to life. She’s 12×16 oil on wood and framed in a gorgeous white ornate frame. I love the energy of this painting, every time I look at her I am happy that I spent so much time detailing the melting colors and tentacles. There is something very ethereal in her face as well that makes me very happy that I was able to render her expression so softly.

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1xRUN: What materials did you use to create this piece?
Camilla d’Errico: This piece is painted on a birch plywood panel using Holbein DUO water soluble oils and some of the rainbow is painted with Holbein gouache.

1xRun: When was the piece created?  
Camilla d’Errico: I painted her in the Spring of 2014.

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1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about…
Camilla d’Errico: I started sketching out ideas for my show a few months before I started painting the series and Suckerpunch was one of the first ideas that I really fell in love with. I was really intrigued with the idea of hiding her eyes and at first I thought I would use the tentacles to do so, but as I refined the sketch I liked the idea that her hair would be paint and dripping down, obscuring much of her expression. There is a mysterious quality to a painting when you can’t connect with the character through their eyes, and as I worked on her I found myself really focused on her mouth. I was drawn to painting a subtle emotion that contrasted with the intensity of the melting colors and wild energy of the tentacles.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?    
Camilla d’Errico: Suckerpunch took me two weeks of non-stop painting to create. There are so many layers in the rainbow hair drips that you wouldn’t believe me if I told you! When I painted the melting colors I added a lot of colors to give it depth and dimension so most of my time went into that section. And of course tentacles are complex so those suckers took me quite a bit of time too.

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1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Camilla d’Errico: I’d say that what makes Suckerpunch unique is how much energy is in the painting. There is nothing static about the imagery, the tentacles are moving, the colors are melting and even her mouth is open, almost as if she’s about to speak or maybe even kiss someone. What I like about this piece is how I bend reality and the physical world, I made the colors 3 dimensional at the top and slowly altered the perspective to 2D as the piece moves down.

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1xRun: Why should people buy this print?  
Camilla d’Errico: If this piece makes you happy, or you find yourself connected to her then buy it! I tend to buy artwork that I am intrigued by, simple or complicated, it doesn’t matter, if I feel a connection and I can’t seem to stop looking at it, then I buy it. I never regret buying things, only regret when I miss out on it. So don’t miss out on buying Suckerpunch at 18×24!

1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Camilla d’Errico: Wild.

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1xRun: It has been about 2 years since our last release with you, bring us up to speed on what you’ve been up to in the mean time?
Camilla d’Errico: Wow, two years just flew by! I’ve been doing a lot with my career in that time. I’ve released my art book Helmetgirls and my graphic novel Tanpopo Vol. 2 and released a How to Draw book, Pop Manga, which is #1 on Amazon.ca. I have recently launched watches with Modify Watches, successfully comple ted a Kickstarter with Killer Tentacle Octopus to bring my tentacle crown to life in 3D. I’ve shown my work in Germany, Japan, LA, Seattle and France. I’ve been quite busy and I have so much more that I’ll be releasing in 2015!

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1xRun: You’ve been staying crazy busy with tons of various tangible toy projects, what have some of your favorites been?
Camilla d’Errico: I think the tentacle crown is on the top of my list. This is such a unique piece that is not only 3 dimensional, but wearable! I can’t wait to get mine and put it on! Kaity from Killer Tentacle Octopus really knocked this out of the park.

1xRun: Any recent shows or events that you had that you’d like to highlight?
Camilla d’Errico: My show “Rainbow Children” with Hikari Shimoda is one of my biggest events of the year. We’ll be showing together at Tara McPherson’s gallery The Cotton Candy Machine in NYC. I couldn’t be happier! I’m releasing over 10 new paintings that are all highly inspired by rainbows and dreamy imagery.

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1xRun: Have there been any new or up and coming artists that you have been excited about?
Camilla d’Errico: Hikari Shimoda is a highly accomplished artist in Japan and she’s just recently began to show in the USA over the past couple of years and I’ve been so excited to see her work. Being able to show with her is an honor and anyone that doesn’t know her work should definitely Google her immediately!

1xRun: Any old favorites that have been inspiring you as of late?
Camilla d’Errico: I’ve recently been studying Mark Ryden’s work and each time I look at his paintings I’m completely awed and inspired. His work is inspiring and just so darn yummy! I wish I could jump into the worlds that he creates.

1xRun: As the fall gets started here, do you have any upcoming shows or events on your radar?
Camilla d’Errico: One of my favorite trips has always been New York City Comic Con and it’s an event that I look forward to each year. NYC is one of my favorite cities and each time I go I wander around the city and discover new places and rediscover old haunts with my husband.

1xRun: Where can we find you?
Camilla d’Errico: Website –  FacebookTwitter @helmetgirl – Instagram @camilladerrico

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Inner State Gallery Presents Spoiled Rotten By David Meggs Hooke – An Entirely New Body Of Work From The Prolific Australian Artist

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Opening to the public Friday, September 19th from 6-10pm, Inner State Gallery is proud to welcome Australian artist David “MEGGS” Hooke for his solo exhibition Spoiled Rotten. The exhibition of over 40 new paintings and multiples explores the wondrous decay of social morality stemming from modern society’s obsession with pop culture and overindulgent materialism, and continues MEGGS’ perpetual fascination with dualism and finding beauty in tragedy.

The city of Detroit plays a major influence in MEGGS’ philosophy behind Spoiled Rotten, as he created an entirely new body of work during his five-week residency at Inner State Gallery and 1xRUN. The exhibition highlights Detroit as an inspirational juxtaposition of a spoiled past and its position as a new canvas for growth and rebirth. MEGGS’ use of deteriorating signage and locally sourced materials from the city’s abandoned and forgotten places emphasizes the revival of social pillars such as community and the idea that destruction and decay breed new beginnings.

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“Detroit is a city of duality more so than many other cities I have been to. I sought to incorporate this by using objects and surfaces that imply decay, in what I consider to be a beautiful way. Old wooden materials and signs with layers of paint tell a story of their own. Although the colors and textures are aesthetically beautiful, I think it’s about giving these materials a new life, a second purpose,” MEGGS said while working in the Inner State Gallery loft.

The genesis of Spoiled Rotten lies in MEGGS’ painting entitled ‘Life’s Ups and Downs,’ which features a split image of the inflated iconic yellow happy face balloon juxtaposed with its discarded, decaying, and deflated other half.

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“This concept started when I saw a deflated happy face balloon, which is an image I’ve been obsessed with lately. The ‘happy’ balloon is a classic icon that depicts playfulness, optimism, and the idea of, “Have a nice day!” Yet, the balloon is also a very disposable item and has a limited life span. It deflates. I think this is something that people can identify with and it ties into that idea of duality in Detroit,” Meggs said.

The exhibition also marks the debut of a new sculptural collaboration between MEGGS and artist Rafael Batista of Brooklyn, New York. Batista, who hand-sculpted each piece, gives new life to MEGGS’ happy face balloon images, taking them from canvas to 3D collectors’ items.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, MEGGS has proven to be one of the most progressive street and fine artists with countless murals and gallery shows worldwide. MEGGS’ massive large scale murals throughout the globe have made him a must see artist at mural festivals like POW! WOW!, Forest For The Trees, and Sea Walls. Taking this same tireless work ethic to fine art gallery shows with creative and immersive installations at California’s White Walls and Thinkspace galleries, MEGGS’ Spoiled Rotten will be sure to impress.

Please join us from 6-10pm on September 19th for an artist welcoming reception and opening night celebration.

To Join The Advanced Collector Preview Email jesse@Innerstategallery.com

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
313-744-6505

Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11am – 4pm
Additional Hours Available by Appointment

About MEGGS: David “MEGGS” Hooke is one of Australia’s most progressive and committed street and fine artists. MEGGS is recognized for his unique, expressive, and energetic style with references to pop-culture, the natural world, and socio-cultural issues. His technical use of color and movement combines clean, bold, illustrative elements with intuitive, textural, and free flowing design. By constantly searching for the harmony between form, abstraction, order, and chaos, MEGGS pours his all-or-nothing personality into every inch of his work. His life manifesto is that the ‘journey is the reward’ and his work reflects his eternal search for balance. MEGGS’ emphasis on constant growth and passion for travel is demonstrated by his continual exploration of artistic techniques and mediums.

Adapting his street art and graffiti to fine art has granted MEGGS extensive opportunities to travel, professionally exhibit his work, and participate in mural festivals around the globe. His street art and gallery works are recognized nationally and internationally in cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Hawai‘i, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. MEGGS’ art works are included in the permanent paper collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum of London.

About Inner State: Inner State Gallery is Detroit’s premier art gallery for both established and emerging artists, both locally and internationally. Located in Eastern Market, the 1800 square foot gallery is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist live/work space and the gallery’s publishing company 1xRUN.

More information can be found at:
http://www.innerstategallery.com
http://www.1xrun.com
http://www.houseofmeggs.com

Jason Seife Returns With 011|110 Gold Leaf Prints

1xRUN Thru Interview
011|110 by Jason Seife

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original piece still for sale?
Jason Seife: The original was sold during my solo show “Palindromes” at the Lazarides Outsiders gallery.jason-blog-021xRun: Was this work part of a recent series that you had?
Jason Seife: Yes, the work was part of my palindromes series hence the title 011|110. The overall theme of this series was overcoming obstacles and tough times to reach a greater goal, this piece in particular referencing the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, which to some may seem like a direct religious or biblical reference, but it in fact can be related to our every day life in the feeling of betrayal which is something we have to deal with from friends, coworkers and sometimes even family/loved ones. It’s a very tough thing to get over, and something I wanted to transcend into my painting.

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1xRUN: What materials did you use to create this piece?
Jason Seife: Oil, ink, and gold leaf. Gold leaf is laid on each print edition as well at both sizes.

1xRun: When was this piece created?
Jason Seife: It was created in January of 2014.

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1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about.
Jason Seife: This piece, like a lot of my work was inspired by a renaissance painting. In this case it was a Caravaggio piece. Coming from a background in graphic design, and just design in general, aesthetically I like playing off of symmetry and geometric shapes which bring a more modern take on the renaissance style. Presenting styles in a way our eyes aren’t accustomed to viewing them is something that intrigues me.

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1xRun: How long did each piece take?
Jason Seife: The piece took about a month and a half to complete.

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1xRun: Why should people buy these prints?
Jason Seife: Because I truly love creating art, and print releases like these allow me to put a couple cents back into my pocket to continue doing what I love!

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1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.
Jason Seife: Evolving.

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1xRun: What have you been up to since our last release?
Jason Seife: Coming off of my solo debut at the Outsiders gallery I have been back at the studio creating works for my forthcoming solo which will take place in early 2015 and will also be my US solo debut, so I’m pretty stoked on that!

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1xRun: Any big shows or events coming up?
Jason Seife: I’ll be working on a couple cool projects for Art Basel 2014, as well as a limited edition collaboration with a luxury shoe brand involving my artwork and design as the construction of the shoe and then lookout for my US solo debut early 2015 in LA.

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1xRUN: Where can we find you?
Jason Seife:
Instagram @jasonseife

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Mary Williams Return With Cranium Mania

1xRUN Thru Interview
Cranium Mania by Mary Williams

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this new series of work.
Mary Williams: I’ve narrowed my focus on this series to one theme: skulls. They are endlessly interesting.

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1xRUN: What materials were used to create this series with?
Mary Williams: I have been working with all kinds of new materials with this run, incorporating more 3D materials in with my usual method of collage making and drawing. I found mini bottles and rinsed them with ink. I found these tiny clothes pins that actually work and I used a couple pieces from my personal shell collection. Also, I found some sweet skull printed paper which I used in a few of the pieces. There was a decent amount of time spent coloring and cutting out skulls.

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1xRun: When were these pieces created and how long did they take to complete?
Mary Williams: These took me a couple of months, I think. They were my summer labor of love.

1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Mary Williams: I am excited about the direction this series has taken my work and I think there is a new maturity with these collages. You know when you have something special going on in the studio when you can’t wait to get back to the pieces you are working on. This series is a good mix of personal touches and larger themes that everyone can get into.

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1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this series.
Mary Williams: I had been doing a lot of gun themed work and I made the little collage with the fox drinking coffee by his human skull collection. I wanted to expand on the theme of what the world will be like after all the people die off. Maybe tiny animals will live in our old bones or alien invaders will make fine furniture out of our skulls.

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1xRun: What do you feel is unique about these pieces?
Mary Williams: I see a lot of artwork that is very perfect, slick, smoothed over. I always strive for a decent level of realism in my work, but I also love that there is a handmade quality to it. I like to make work that looks like it has a history.

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1xRun: Why should people buy these pieces?
Mary Williams: If you are into skulls, then this artwork is for YOU!

1xRun: Describe this series in one gut reaction word.
Mary Williams: Smile!

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1xRun: We recently spoke about some work you are doing at the DIA and a possible documentary you are going to be in. Tell us a bit about that.
Mary Williams: I am very excited to be a part of the Ofrenda Exhibit at the DIA. I sent in a sketch and a proposal and I was chosen along with 27 other artists to make an Ofrenda or an altar made in memory of someone for the Day of the Dead celebration. My piece is a workbench in honor of my dad who passed away in 2006. It is not a traditional ofrenda, but I included traditional imagery such as the skull and marigold flowers.

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My friend Joe is filming a documentary about myself and the making of the workbench, and that has been a fun experience. It is strange to wear a tiny microphone and talk about myself though as I am a bit of an introvert! He is still filming, we have a sit down interview and the artist talk at the museum yet to go. Maybe we will do a local screening and he may enter it in some film festivals, I don’t know yet. But the ofrendas will be on view at the DIA through November 2. So if you are in the Detroit area please check it out!

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1xRun: Any new artist since your last run that have been inspiring you?
Mary Williams: There is a woman on Instagram who calls herself Wu Stitch, and she does really funny and sassy cross stitch pieces. You don’t expect to see ‘bitches ain’t shit’ nicely stitched into some fabric. It’s fabulous.

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1xRun: What are your plans for wrapping up 2014, anything special coming up?
Mary Williams: I believe I’ve finally selected a piece to do a print with, so that will be new for me. I also do custom pet portraits, so I hope it will be a lucrative holiday season!

1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Mary Williams: InstagramFacebook

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