Last year during 2017, Matthew Angelo Harrison brought together an exhibit that used 3D printing. He collected old artifices he found and had his homemade 3D printer recreate them. Culture Lab Detroit presented public work pieced together by Gary Simmons. His artwork consist of piecing together musical flyers of different genres that held a political message and context that is taken place on pop culture. The creative energy that Culture Lab Detroit is offering for our city is inspiring for the youth that are creative entrepreneurs on the rise.
This year modern art renaissance became a forefront on Detroit’s Narrative as Culture Lab Detroit reveals new work for this up-coming year. October 11th-12th will highlight artist of different background having public discussion around the topic, “Crisis of Beauty”. The event will also be attended by Peter Weller, who had a lead role in the 1987s block buster Robo Cop. This event will also include many other panels that showcases progressive Detroit.
I am personally excited for this different kind of progression Detroit is seeing. Creative work is bursting like streams of light within the city’s recovering period we are seeing. It also gives the inner-city youth something positive to come and enjoy. Bringing great enlightenment in the young-minds that starve for great wisdom.
Muralist Carl Oxley decided to spruce up a railroad duct in downtown royal oak. Having been abandoned and not being looked after. He took his painting talents and spruce up things a bit in his community. He got arrested for not going through the process that city council requires for murals to be decorated on the side of buildings. They described it as, “Not liking the color of someone’s fence and changing the color of it.” People in his community was outraged when they found out he got a misdemeanor charge for something the city that has not been looked after in years. It was depressing to see. So he let his paint brush free.
He does not want to see a community go to waste. The man that was a paint brushing hero gave life to many people. The life of his art got him a gig to do a painting on a woman’s garage, he received three-hundred dollars for the painting. People started leaving decorations of their own on his mural. The outrage caused a far cry, making more support for this artist work. I think people just want something positive out of a negative. That what makes a motivating force, especially when it is done out of the positive outlook on someone else’s time and life.
Me growing up in the big city “Detroit” , Michigan; it is a lot to the neighborhood life here. You have people at the local barbershops having cookouts with their barbeque grills fired up. You got some people selling water bottles on street corners. We have abandoned buildings and dilapidated houses but still got community leaders that want to see the better of the city. Detroit is more than Detroit, it is a town that consist of hero’s, workers and hustlers. They say the dollar is the common ground of why Detroiters move. In my eyes it is more than that, I believe it is the love of their life, family and sometimes careers.
I think a human beings greatest threat is a dollar. Yes, are actions must equate to making the dollar. When we receive payment for our deeds, it is a kind thank you for the quality of work I did for today. That is not what defines business though, I think business comes from having a passion for the community. Knowing the ins and outs of your local scene to be able to build up a strive- contributing to economic success. I would not describe Detroit as a city of, “hustlers”. Maybe that is the case in the more urban areas. When the bigger thought is captured in the mind and heart of a Detroiter. It is a better life that is being chased.
With the economic declined that happened when Kwame Kilpatrick was in office. We watched the population decreased from at-least a million going down too six-hundred thousand. Moving to places like California, Arizona and even Atlanta. The dollars value here has inflated, rising cost and people being lost out of a house. Fast forward too the year 2018, the city has now became better. Downtown Detroit is seeing a revitalization and the artist community is starting to thrive along with it. In my opinion, what makes a Detroiter ? The grit, grime and never being able to be killed. What won’t kill me, will make me stronger.