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Wasserman Projects: Alex Schweder’s Desire Bouncing

Paying homage to Detroit’s complex urban narrative, Wasserman Projects brings together different disciplines to address this city’s past, present and future. Spotlighting performance architect Alex Schweder,...
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Paying homage to Detroit’s complex urban narrative, Wasserman Projects brings together different disciplines to address this city’s past, present and future. Spotlighting performance architect Alex Schweder, the Desire Bouncing exhibition – 5 February to 9 April –  retrospects a series of sculptures, models and print he’s created since 2001.

The New York-based artist is perhaps best known for his In Orbit (not on show) and Counterweight Roommate lived installations. For this show, a new site-specific The Sound and The Future work follows in a similar mandate; posing commentary on spacial interaction and challenging architectural norms. Pulsating to Detroit-esque techno tracks, an inflatable mylar and faux-fur-coated structure reveals a intertwined program of corner beams. Such a work pushes viewer to self-reflect on their behaviour when dealing with ephemeral objects.

Complementing this installation’s underlying local references, Cuban artist Alejandro Campins and Detroit-based talent Nancy Mitchnick’s larger scale paintings offer up emotional interpretations to local architecture. While Campins romanticises memories of bygone theatres, Mitchnick’s Detroit: Dismantling Cities in Middle American series celebrates derelict structures as monuments to thriving communities that once were.

Desire Boucning: 5 Feburary – 2 April

Wasserman Projects: 3434 Russell St. #502, Detroit

Alex Schweder's “In Orbit”. 2013, Wood, Steel, Furniture, 10 Day performance, 20’-0” x 8’-0” x 30’-0”. Photo: Double Cyclops
Alex Schweder's In Orbit (2013) Photo: Double Cyclops
Alex Schweder's Counterweight Roommate (2015), Acrylic paint and toner on Mylar, 36" × 24"
Alex Schweder's Counterweight Roommate (2015)
Alex Schweder's The Sound and The Future (2016), Metallic vinyl and faux fur, 15' x 15' x 15'. Photo: Alison Wong
Alex Schweder's The Sound and The Future (2016) Photo: Alison Wong
Alex Schweder's The Sound and The Future (2016) Photo: Alison Wong
Alex Schweder's The Sound and The Future (2016) Photo: Alison Wong
Nancy Mitchnick's Framed (2016), Oil on canvas, 77” x 111”
Nancy Mitchnick's Framed (2016)
Alejandro Campinas' Eastown Theater (2015), Oil on canvas, 60” x 78”
Alejandro Campinas' Eastown Theater (2015)

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