Artist Talk: Greg Fadell

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Artist Talk: Greg Fadell
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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD says
Greg Fadell joins in a conversation with MOCAD Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann in conjunction with the opening of his 'Detroit Affinities' show.

Detroit-based artist Greg Fadell will inaugurate the second set of the Detroit Affinities series of solo exhibitions, part of MOCAD’s DETROIT CITY program. Ken Okiishi will be the other artist in this new pairing. These exhibitions mark the first solo museum exhibition for each artist. MOCAD presents DETROIT CITY as a multiyear program of exhibitions, talks, publications, and educational initiatives investigating Detroit’s current artistic, political, cultural, and economic realities, and how Detroit connects with other cities and regions around the globe. Detroit Affinities is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by MOCAD Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann.

Greg Fadell’s first museum exhibition will focus on the artist’s fascination with art history and its use and role in shaping aesthetic opinions. Fadell’s paintings, sculptures, and video conceptually question how to engage with and measure aesthetic and cultural value and explore what it means to be an artist in the twenty-first century. Art history is used as an inspiration and a starting point of discovery, and traditional painting techniques are replaced by inkjet prints and chemical solvents. Using appropriation and deconstruction, Fadell seeks to uncover the perceptual bias of aesthetic precedents, object value, provenance, and institutional prestige. Through this critical examination of how art history is mediated and represented via art publications, ordinary museum posters, or a seemingly mundane television show, Fadell adapts factual information and subverts it to create a historical context of his own invention.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD

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