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, 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