Twenty-five years ago this month Detroit’s only arts, culture, entertainment, and humor magazine was created; 16 years ago Orbit was put to death by its creator. Unlike Victor Frankenstein, Jerry Vile survived his creation and went on to father new freaky monstrosities to roam the countryside. His February event The Dirty Show has grown from a small concern to an internationally renowned erotic art behemoth in 16 sweet years. The Vile touch has also been felt beyond gallery walls. As his fair city was headed toward the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Vile’s large Crisco can under the Joe Louis fist, titled “vessel of hope,” summed up the feelings of many about the need for a little lube to ease the pain that is and was coming in the summer of 2013. After the vessel went viral, his actions placing sales tags around downtown, running a “going out of business” ad in this very paper, and even vultures on the lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts helped to secure Vile’s place as Detroit’s most beloved artist.
This week one of Orbit’s favorite targets, the Detroit Metro Times, offers a taste of what Vile and his snarky band of pranksters have been thinking recently.
Strap in: It’s time to go into Orbit once again!