Over Over Over: Opening Reception

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Simone DeSousa Gallery says
Saturday, July 11, 6-9 pm, Opening Reception for Over Over Over. Artists Francis Mckee and John Nicol, as well as curator Cedric Tai will be present. Performance at 7:00 pm by John Nicol, Efe Bes and Cedric Tai!

Artist-Curator Cedric Tai invited five Glasgow-based artists, Tessa Lynch, Francis Mckee, John Nicol, Rosie O'Grady, and Ross Sinclair to Detroit for an exhibition that investigates what it means to be an artist, creating and sustaining their practices in these cities.

This project is rooted in Tai’s introduction to the artistic community of Glasgow, which he saw as having similarities to Detroit’s developing art scene. Glasgow could serve as an ideal model for artists to re-imagine Detroit’s potential. He worked to learn as much as possible by attending meetings of grassroots organizations (such as GalGael), being a part of the AHRC funded project "The Glasgow Miracle: Materials for Alternative Histories" and leading walking tours through the city of Glasgow. Through these actions he met the five artists in this exhibition, as co-workers, peers and collaborators.

Lynch, McKee, Nicol, O'Grady and Sinclair have been invited to exhibit their work as each artist makes uncompromising work, never allowing their art to become too serious, a quality within that cultivates curiosity and critical thinking. Their process of examining the role of artists, identity, and place is steeped in abundant research. These ideas are manifested into playful works that critique voyeurism, tourism or corporatism. Where it has become an occupational hazard to become stifled by the mediated identity of a city, this project brings together people who do exceptionally well defining success on their own terms.

Over Over Over opens Saturday, July 11, and runs through August 8, 2015.
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By: Simone DeSousa Gallery

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