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July 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Annual Unfiltered Show

 

Art Exhibition Curated by Mike Kelly

 

Exhibition – July 11 – August 22, 2009

 

Opening Reception – Saturday, July 11, 6 p.m. to midnight

 

 

by Robert del Valle, Real Detroit Weekly

 

A Deep And Satisfying Drag Will Not Harm You

 

With new works by Johnny Bee Badanjek promised on the roster, how could we not be excited by Unfiltered, a celebration of outsider art scheduled for July 11 at Detroit Industrial Projects.  In a nutshell, outsider art is the force of folk vision expressed in a more contemporary manner by self-taught artists who draw most of their inspiration from the urban milieu.  It has a sharp (at times almost barbarous) immediacy and is never afraid to defy the conventional expectations of a critical audience.  This is actually the fourth consecutive Unfiltered, and it is to curator Mike Kelly’s credit that additional names on that mentioned roster include Dan Frasher, Josh Slavin, Julia Sisi, and other artists of talent and dedication.  And yes, we include Mike on that roll of honor as well.


 

Featuring musical performance by Subourban Son

 

Subourbon Son

 

 

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"Abyss" by Detroit Artist, Dan Frasher

"Abyss" by Dan Frasher

 

 

"Hillside Encounter" by Mike Kelly

"Hillside Encounter" by Mike Kelly

 

 

"She Devil" by Julia Sisi

"She Devil" by Julia Sisi

 

 

"Siamesi" by Franco Meloni

"Siamesi" by Franco Meloni

 

 

"Dancing King" by Holly Hinkle

"Dancing King" by Holly Hinkle

 

 

"Bo Diddley" by Tim Pewe

"Bo Diddley" by Tim Pewe

 

 

"Lost #4" by Ross Kerr

"Lost #4" by Ross Kerr

 

 

"Serenade for Dead Wolves (The Spirit of 75)" by Josh Slavin

"Serenade for Dead Wolves (The Spirit of 75)" by Josh Slavin

 

 

"The Mom In Me" by Meggie Renee

"The Mom In Me" by Meggie Renee

 

 

"The Mexican Bird of Death" by John Badenjek

"The Mexican Bird of Death" by Johnny Bee Badanjek

 

 

"Snuff Pin" by Mike Kelly

"Snuff Pin" by Mike Kelly

 

 

"Denial, Grief, Anger" by Mike Kelly

"Denial, Grief, Anger" by Mike Kelly

 

 

"We All Scream (For Ice Cream)" by Jerry Shirts

"We All Scream (For Ice Cream)" by Jerry Shirts

 

 

"The Dan Ryan" by Wesley Willis

"The Dan Ryan" by Wesley Willis

Wesley Willis was best know for his music- a diagnosed schizophrenic, one time homeless street musician, who was “discovered” and went on to become a full blown cult phenonenom in the 90s, releasing over 50 albums over his prolific but relatively short career. While some dismissed his simplistic music as repetitive and a novelty act, true fans could appreciate his music as catharsis for the demons that he was plagued with all his life, his fearless DIY attitude, and his pure love of rock-n-roll that oozed from his lyrics and persona.

What is lesser known is Wesley’s visual art. He drew obsessively, mostly outdoor renditions of the urban landscape of his hometown Chicago.  Using pen and markers on paper and cardboard, he sold his works on the streets of Chicago, and later at his rock-n-roll shows.  While some detractors dismissed his music as ridiculously amatuerish, his art is accomplished considering he had no formal artistic training.  His early drawings appear primitive, but he eventually developed a detailed linear style that showed a sophisticated grasp of perspective and composition.

This drawing is a typical example of Wesley’s work, featuring one of Wesley’s favorite subjects, the Dan Ryan expressway.

Unfortuanetly Wesley is no longer with us, succumbing to leukemia in 2003 at age 40.

 

 

"Shadow" by Tom Pewe

"Shadow" by Tom Pewe

 

 

"Medallion" by Tom Pewe

"Medallion" by Tom Pewe

 

 

"Abe Lincoln:Cage Fighter" by Tom Pewe

"Abe Lincoln:Cage Fighter" by Tom Pewe

 

 

"His Name Was Johnny" by Dan Kuznia

"His Name Was Johnny" by Dan Kuznia

 

 

"Jesus Saves" by Dan Kuznia

"Jesus Saves" by Dan Kuznia

 

 

"Amerikan Konformity Gothik" by Sinister

"Amerikan Konformity Gothik" by Sinister

 

 

"Untitled" by Sinister

"Untitled" by Sinister

 

 

"Wilmastrocity" by Sinister

"Wilmastrocity" by Sinister

 

 

"Metal Sculpture" by Chris Bell

"Metal Sculpture" by Chris Bell

 

 

"Wheelbarrow Robot" by Tom Pewe

"Wheelbarrow Robot" by Tom Pewe

 

 

"Ugly Bitch" by Dan Frasher

"Ugly Bitch" by Dan Frasher

 

 

"Wedding Wisp and Baby Bouquet" and "Psycho Bride for Sarah Goode" by Brian Steimel

"Wedding Wisp and Baby Bouquet" and "Psycho Bride for Sarah Goode" by Brian Steimel

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