We’ve put two new pieces of art in our kitchen, and they are really brightening the room.
The piece above is some of Russell’s work. Entitled Turtle, it’s a minimalist depiction of three young women looking at something. We love the colors and the scene. I think the piece shows Russell’s special talent for capturing the human form in everyday settings.
The piece below is called Portrait of Rico by one of Russell’s fellow Cranbrook MFA graduates, a gifted artist and nice guy named Billy Kang. I saw it at the Cranbrook Open Studios event and bought it on the spot because the colors, and the placid expression on the subject’s face, just make me smile.
It’s serendipity that both pieces feature the same yellow hue, which we think looks terrific against the red brick walls of our kitchen.
This weekend it was back up to Cranbrook for the Open Studios event, where all of the artists open their studios to the public. It’s a great chance to see what the students are working on — and it’s also a reason for them to straighten up their cluttered spaces, too.
This is a very busy time for the Cranbrook kids, and particularly so for Russell and some of his fellow graduating students. They not only are showing their work at the Open Studios and in the Cranbrook Art Museum, but they’ve also decided to stage a group exhibition of their artwork in downtown Detroit. Called House-Warming Party, the exhibition features pieces from Russell and 11 other Cranbrook artists. The show, located at 2170 Mack Avenue in Detroit, is open on Saturday and Sundays from 1-6 p.m. and by appointment between now and May 10.
I know Russell has been burning the candle at both ends on this last big push before graduation, and I hope he gets a chance to rest a bit. But his artwork at Open Studios looked great and seemed to attract a very interested crowd. And I think the notion of Russell and some of his classmates venturing off the picturesque Cranbrook campus to stage an exhibition and engage with the artistic community in the city is very cool, indeed. The grit and grime and spunk and comeback spirit of Detroit clearly has influenced Russell’s art, and having a show is a good way to make a payback of sorts to the Motor City.
Kish and I will be seeing House-Warming Party when we go up for graduation. If you are in Detroit between now and May 10, I encourage you to visit the Cranbrook Museum and the House-Warming Party to see what some up-and-coming artists are doing. You can get more information about the latter at firstname.lastname@example.org.