Art collective behind naked Trump statues to exhibit new work in Detroit showcase


Outdoor art installation by Amy Fisher Price. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Outdoor art installation by Amy Fisher Price.

A traveling showcase of films and installations that reflect on art as a form of dissent comes through Detroit tomorrow for a one-night-only presentation that will incorporate a group of subversive local artists.

COLLECT CALL will be held at the K.O. Gallery in Hamtramck. The showcase is anchored by new work from the activist-art collective INDECLINE, which has made national news for its naked Trump statues and for augmenting a shooting range billboard to say "Shoot A School Kid" following the deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It also features the work of freight train-hopping graffiti artist SWAMPY, as well as show curator Andrew H. Shirley, a “nomadic” videographer and multidisciplinary artist who hails from Detroit.

Naked Trump statue in New York City by activist-art collective, INDECLINE. - INSTAGRAM, @INDECLINEOFFICIAL
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  • Naked Trump statue in New York City by activist-art collective, INDECLINE.

Local work to be included in the exhibit’s Detroit stop includes a virtual reality film experience, “#Frozen_in_a_Detroit_wonderland,” by Ryan C. Doyle. Filmmaker Oren Goldberg’s compilation piece of rituals surrounding the demolition of the Brewster-Douglass Towers will be on display, along with bricks from the buildings that once made up the public housing complex. Artist Amy Fisher Price will video stream fabric eyes, designed like the eyes from Detroit’s old Angel’s Night posters, as they wave in the window frames of a derelict Detroit house. Illustrator, animator, and rapper Count Mack will premiere for the first time his new video for the song, "G-String." And painter and photographer Nick Jaskey will bring his red circles, which he seamlessly integrates with Detroit's landscape, inside for the first time, with a display in the Jos Campau gallery's old boutique windows.

Detroit artist Nick Jaskey's "Red Circles" dot Detroit's derelict buildings. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Detroit artist Nick Jaskey's "Red Circles" dot Detroit's derelict buildings.

For curator Shirley, who is accustomed to showing his own films outside train stations or in backyards, "The showcase is an opportunity to bring artists from different walks of life into settings where maybe they wouldn’t traditionally be seen."

He says he strives to incorporate local talent in whatever screenings or shows he puts on around the country so the audience can feel as if they're a part of the experience.

"It’s good to have the outside influence, but when you create a platform that has nontraditional artists and voices that are usually unheard being exhibited along with your peers and contemporary artists in your own environment, it allows you to feel empowered in a way that it's like well I have a voice too, I have a story," he says.

COLLECT CALL takes place Wednesday May 16 the KO Gallery in Hamtramck. Doors open at 7 p.m. The cost of entry is $3.

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