For three years, the Red Bull House of Art has been removing obstacles like space and money from artists so they can focus on their next great work. Tonight at 7 p.m., Red Bull House of Art opens its doors once again for its 10th cycle of artists.
Over the course of three years, 80 artists have held residency in the Red Bull House of Art’s E&B Brewery Lofts with each opening averaging 2,500+ attendees – And this one will be even bigger!
Want to know a little more about cycle 10’s artists? Read a little about them and get a taste of their style.
James ‘Jimbo’ Braddock
Copic Markers on Paper & Acrylic Paint on Canvas
Looking at his art, it’s hard to imagine that James ‘Jimbo’ Braddock has been honing his craft as a painter for less than two years. Influenced heavily by the colors and sharp contrast of Saturday morning cartoons, Braddock’s body of work for Red Bull House of Art is a mix of the vivid illustrations and animations he grew up in and manifested via the diverse colors, shapes and sizes of birds. “There’s a freedom and a fluidity there that my art can speak through,” says Braddock, a 22-year-old Detroit native with a background in graphic design. Braddock’s opportunity at Red Bull House of Art is one he sees as a springboard into the city’s bustling art community. Says Braddock, “It’s the best feeling in the world to be able tell my story to a crowd of people who don’t know me.”
Acrylics & Ink on Canvas
In K. Guillory’s artwork for Red Bull House of Art, you’re given a glimpse of how society views the modern female through the wide yet shallow lens of the world wide web. “It’s a reflection on women, the Internet and how relationships have changed,” says Guillory, a 32-year-old artist with roots in Houston and Detroit. “I’m hoping the audience thinks about how women interact with the Internet and it’s ability to promote feminism and a positive self-image of black women to empower themselves.” Guillory is a writer, graphic artist and founder of the Ashur Collective, an all-female comic company based in the Grand River Creative Corridor.
Charcoal & Micron Pen Drawings
Looking at Niki Urban’s pen work, one might consider it obsessive. To the artist, that attention to detail is a proud calling card. “One of my teachers [in college] called it obsessive and I thought it made so much sense,” says Urban. “Maybe it’s a reflection of my personality in a way.” Urban’s body of work for Red Bull House of Art takes the audience through the back alleys of a dark dream steeped in fantasy; a part of your imagination you don’t normally explore, says Urban. An artist of Polish descent, Urban says she was heavily influenced by the Polish Gothic architecture of her youth. A staple at Tangent Gallery in Detroit, this is Urban’s largest gallery showing to date.
Raised in the Irish Hills of Michigan, Brent Forrest set out to combine familiar elements of his youth with his passion for the sci-fi into his very first public showing of art. By borrowing from the world of animation, Forrest layered digitally painted cells into custom light boxes where the placement of light creates an additive or reductive quality to each piece. The result is something organic, of this earth and yet alien all at once. Each tells a story uniquely blended in a sterile, regimented world surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Acrylic, Oil Paint, Soft Pastel, Pencil & Marker
For as long as he can remember, SHEEFY has been creating art. More often than not, the world of music and art have collided within it. When he paints, he wants you to not only see his work but hear it loud and clear, too. “I try to make my paintings have sound through loud colors and rhythmic line work,” explains the 25-year-old Detroit artist. “It’s a like subconscious abstract jazz.” For Red Bull House of Art, SHEEFY created a vividly high stakes collection of work that he hopes captures a certain sense of chaos. “I want to be more experimental and dangerous with my work,” says SHEEFY. SHEEFY founded The Air Up There & SURREALITY, two events showcasing up-and-coming performers and painters in Detroit.
Photo Collage & Mixed Media
No medium is safe from Parisa Ghaderi’s artistic scope. Often tapping into the tools of new media in her work, for Red Bull House of Art, Ghaderi decided to focus on the idea of nostalgia through archival photos. “I’m always trying to find different types of media to get my message across,” says Ghaderi. A native of Iran living in metro Detroit for the past six years, Ghaderi says the concept of nostalgia has become very bold for her. “I’m looking at the past lives of people in my country, and trying to understand the similarities and differences between them and the person I am today.” By adding mundane household objects to the photos and rephotographing them, Ghaderi hopes to juxtapose sense of alienation and contradictions into each piece.
Assembled Laser Cut Wood & Mixed Media
Stepping out of the streets of Detroit and into the gallery, Elmer is breaking new ground in his artistic career with his collection at Red Bull House of Art. Through the lens of Elmer’s myriad modern street art influences, Elmer’s retro-futuristic laser cut wood pieces are like nothing the gallery has seen before. “I don’t want to be on the same page that I am on in the streets,” says Elmer. “To me, graffiti doesn’t apply to a gallery wall. You have to take it, move it and channel it in a different way.”