Downstream Artists Featured in Art Collab Project at Padzieski Gallery in Dearborn – The News Herald
The synergistic and collaborative work of three Downriver artists is on display as part of the “Art Collab Project” until March 18 at Padzieski Gallery in Dearborn.
Downriver artists include Kyle Sharkey of Wyandotte, Martina Sanroman of Rockford and Sash Corder of Lincoln Park, who is also coordinator and curator of Pardzieski Gallery.
The project was created to connect, inspire and showcase artists working in different media in Southeast Michigan, and to allow them to create creative connections, strengthen the artistic community and have fun.
Grosse Pointe Park artist Michelle Boggess-Nunley, who created and curated the Art Collab project, has been tapped by Corder to provide new programming for the gallery as it emerges from its COVID-19 closure.
Sixty artists were randomly paired and challenged to produce collaborative works together in a month.
Corder said artists are encouraged to step out of their creative comfort zones and learn a new style or technique from their artistic partner.
“From sculptors to painters, to photographers and designers, and everything that comes under the term ‘artist’, we’ve created this unique collective of collaborations,” she said. “It showcases the diversity, the willingness to learn and share, and the interconnectedness of artists within our community.”
Corder said the project’s partnership, logistics and results have all been successful.
“The stories these artists collaborated on to create their concepts, and how they chose to collaborate, was fun to watch,” she said. “Not everyone made a single piece. Some have incorporated the collaboration into their own rendition, which has been really fun to see the results of it all.
Corder said it was great to bring people together after they had been isolated for so long by the pandemic.
“It was a way of forcing everyone involved to meet someone new and work on a new medium and new techniques,” she said. “We tend to isolate ourselves when working in our own little niche, and we can’t branch out to meet these other artists.”
Corder said feedback from attendees was positive.
“At the end of the day, everyone seemed to have a really good experience with it, and it’s really going to propel our art even further into the community,” she said. “These new connections and new networks, and the way they have combined their intellect, their techniques and their experiences in these collective pieces is really exciting.”
Corder worked with Detroit’s Trae Isaac to create “Paradigm of Polarity,” which she says represents the different roles they take on in their respective lives.
She said that as artists they have to pursue the business side of their art as well as the creative side, and at the end of the day they go home to their families, where they fulfill other roles. .
“This piece really embodies how we see ourselves, stepping into all of these roles,” she said.
Corder said the artwork also features printed ultra-violet filament that changes with lighting, as well as glow-in-the-dark paint.
She said she was really excited that the exhibition offered artists the opportunity to showcase the work they created over the past month.
“They only had a month to make these parts, which in itself is a giant feat,” she said. “And then, just to bring everyone together, after missing receptions for so long, it’s just been a really successful night.”
Sharkey, who teaches at Wayne State University, Henry Ford College and the Center for Creative Studies, said he tries to work on different types of projects to keep his own studio work from becoming monotonous, and collaboration with another artist represented a new and different opportunity.
“It’s a really good thing to be able to try and navigate that space with another artist, because I think it’s doable,” he said. “There’s a lot of fear around it – what ideas can be shared and what’s going to be compromised – and people tend to think about worst-case scenarios.”
Sharkey said he’s always had great peers around him to give him honest feedback, and this project is a great outlet for that kind of feedback.
He said he focused on charcoal on canvas and oil paint, but occasionally stepped out of his comfort zone and worked with mixed media.
Sharkey said he would recommend a similar collaborative process to his peers.
“When you collaborate with someone, you want to create the fairest possible situation, where there’s a great sharing of ideas,” he said. “This project really does that, and the experience I had with Martina Sanroman was really profound, and I highly recommend it to everyone.”
Sharkey said it took him out of his comfort zone and fostered a dialogue he wouldn’t normally engage in.
“It allows you to creatively solve problems in ways you might not have,” he said.
Sharkey said Sanroman did the painting and added the three-dimensional elements.
“We worked back and forth, tirelessly, really trying to find a balance between pushing the three-dimensional plane, but also referencing the painting within the frame of the image, and how to engage the viewer and how to make them look. inside of it, on all sides, and how does that change and change their experience with it,” he said.
As an acrylic painter, Sanroman said that although she has collaborated with other artists in the past, this is the first time she has worked with someone she did not know before.
“We wondered what our approach was,” she said. “He wanted people to think about it, but don’t make it too obvious, and mine is more about inner healing; I like to empower people.
Sanroman, a self-taught artist, said her paintings were colorful, dreamy and cartoonish, and she cannot remember a time when art was not part of her life.
The Padzieski Gallery is located in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, and is open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Artist discussions will take place live, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on March 2 and 10 at the gallery, and March 16 on Zoom. The link will be posted on the gallery’s website.