Target was created as part of DARE-DARE's Special Project SATELLITTE designed to extend the geographic reach of Dis/Location to the urban frontiers of Detroit, Michigan, and Tijuana, Mexico. The artist-run centre DARE-DARE realized the mandate Dis/Location in 2004 when its offices were set up in a mobile trailer and since has moved every two years to selected marginal locations within Montreal's urban fabric. For more please visit dare-dare.org
The Imagination Station is a nonprofit organization that is creating a creative campus based on community, technology, sustainability and the arts. The organization owns an empty lot and two (built in the late 1800's and now blighted) houses, affectionaltely known as Lefty and Righty, at 2230 and 2236 14th Street in Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighbouhood. For more please visit facethestation.com
Lefty was my studio/workshop and was the frame for the final presentation of the work: a series of 27 beeswax window panes cast in-situ. To see the work, please click on the images below.
As part of the Special Project SATELLITE in Detroit, DARE-DARE invited Jason Botkin, one of the founding members of the Montreal-based art initiative EN MASSE, to create a mural. EN MASSE is "an ongoing exercise in irreverent, improvised collaborative drawing — a boundary-blurring cocktail of high and lowbrow culture, pop imagery fragmented like shattered glass in a spontaneous, multi-genre, black-on-white collision." For more please visit enmasse.info
In collaboration with three Detroit muralists, fel3000ft, sintex and Phil Han, Botkin created a true-to-form EN MASSE black and white mural on the boarded-up street level façade of the Roosevelt Hotel, located next to and almost on top of Lefty. The mural measures 100 feet long by 12 feet high and was completed during the course of a cold and rainy week from September 26th to October 3rd, 2011.