Tyree Guyton Solo Exhibition “Spirit” at Inner State

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.



“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.


Read The Detroit News Article and Watch Their Mini Documentary Here


Read The Detroit Free Press Article by Mark Stryker


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

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Theatre Bizarre Mastermind John Dunivant Returns With Professor Fenster – Theatre Bizarre Tickets On Sale NOW For The Illusionists’ Ball

We are excited to unveil the latest installation in a series of 20 Theatre Bizarre canvas banners from the annual Halloween party’s artistic mastermind, John Dunivant, as he returns with Professor Fenster. Read on for a few flicks from Theatre Bizarre and stay tuned through out the next 2 months as we continue to roll out new banners and even more new work from John Dunivant leading up to The Illusionists’ Ball on October 19th! Read on as John discusses his banners project in the 1xRUN Thru…


1xRUN: Tell us a bit about this series of banners from Theatre Bizarre, how many are there so far?
John Dunivant: I’ve been painting these over the course of the last eleven years and have 42 in total. For this series I’m picking a few of my favorites to release as prints. The banners mainly started out based on friends and then grew to include other characters that could be used as a device for telling stories from this developing world. The banners became one of my favorite things to create at Theatre Bizarre, partly because they are intentionally painted in a naive manner and the immediacy at this scale is so much fun. I’ve been wanting to have reproductions of these for a long time, but was never really happy with how they translated and how they were presented, but I love the way these turned out. They have a hand-made, two inch deep frame that the canvas is wrapped around and appear a bit like they are floating. No need for frames!


1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about the Professor Fenster, how did this banner come about?
John Dunivant:  Professor Fenster is an orator of ancient culture and ichthyology.  Hailing from a small, forgotten coastal village in Northern New England, he spent his youth traveling to ports and Maritime Provinces throughout the Atlantic and beyond.  Over the years he has gained vast knowledge of elixirs, tonics, and curious libations.

1xRUN: Where did/does Professor Fenster sit in the world of Theatre Bizarre?
John Dunivant: Because he’s a scholar in ancient cultures, he carries a vast amount of Pagan and Pre-Pagan knowledge on the rituals of, what is more recently known as All Hallows Eve and acts as a spiritual advisor.  He also sits on the Council of Templum Balatro and serves as a counselor in phonic pursuits.

1xRUN: Can you tell us about your recent exhibition at the Cranbrook Museum?
John Dunivant: I was asked to take part in Cranbrook’s first exhibition at their newly renovated art museum. The show was called “No Object is an Island” and each piece was meant to be in dialogue with something from the Cranbrook collection. My banners were placed in dialogue with a shrunken head from the collection of their science museum, I felt a strong kinship with that little fellow. During the process of the show I was able to explore the museums archives, which was an experience I’ll never forget, I got to wear white gloves and hold some unbelievable objects, including another shrunken head that was considered to be one of the most controversial items in Cranbrook’s collection and not to be shown on display, ever! The exhibition was incredible and it was such an honor to be apart of it, especially since my piece was flanked by a Robert Rauschenberg and an Andy Warhol. I still can’t believe I was in that show.


Esao Andrews ‘Epilogues’ at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Los Angeles based artist Esao Andrews returns to Jonathan Levine Gallery for a solo exhibition titled ‘Epilogues’ featuring all new paintings based on revisited narratives from the artist’s past most notable works. Finding a sense of closure that comes in the resolution of the works journey, while also offering hope for new beginnings.

Andrews describes every entity depicted in his works, both living and non-living, as “luminous objects that have a sentient vitality specific to their existence.” Merging surrealism with human emotion, each subject is thriving with a mortal energy, will and purpose. By breathing life into inanimate objects, the artist creates visual metaphors that convey wistful moments full of beauty and nostalgia.

New paintings from artist Esao Andrews on view now at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.

New paintings from artist Esao Andrews on view now at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.

New paintings from artist Esao Andrews on view now at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.

New paintings from artist Esao Andrews on view now at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.

New paintings from artist Esao Andrews on view now at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.

The show closes November 8th. For availability email sales@jonathanlevinegallery.com and view additional works at Jonathan Levine Gallery’s website or see the show in person at  529 W 20th Street, New York, New York.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


“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.


“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.

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Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207

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.

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