© 2010 SUPERFRONT LA FreelandBuck_Superdivision Detroit_Digital Print_2010_render-web



Curated by Chloë Bass + Mitch McEwen
Opening January 20, 5:00 – 8:30PM

January 20 – May 20, 2011
Pacific Design Center (PDC) Suite B208 | West Hollywood, CA | 90069

“Superdivision Detroit” Freeland Buck, Digital Prints, 2010, courtesy of David Freeland & Brennan Buck

DETROIT: A BROOKLYN CASE STUDY, SUPERFRONT LA’s first exhibit of 2011, considers Detroit both as a specific city and as a set of circumstances. Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study invites not so much a comparison of Detroit and Brooklyn but a calculated misreading. How and where might the logics or circumstances of Detroit operate in Brooklyn? At what scale of intervention or performance could Detroit and Brooklyn become indistinguishable?

This exhibit investigates Detroit as not only a given typology – the shrinking city, abandoned city, reclaimed city – but also as an everyday environment, as a specific place with specific moments. Through cartography, documentary video, architectural proposals, photography, painting and other media, DETROIT: A BROOKLYN CASE STUDY explores urban typology and local specificity between places both known and imagined.  From intimately personal representations of Detroit to abstract mappings or urban-scale analogies, the exhibit produces a case study (an empirical inquiry that investigates a phenomenon within its real-life context) of a Detroit that may or may not exist.

“Fallow City Project, Aviary Tower” Berenika Boberska, mixed media, image courtesy of Berenika Boberska

The exhibit includes works by: Chloë Bass, Dana Bell, Brent Birnbaum, Berenika Boberska, Brennan Buck, Lynn Cazabon, Sara Conde, Philip Dembinski, Jill Desimini, Sebastian Fischbeck, David Freeland, David Karle, Erin Kasimow, Amanda Matles, Blake Morris, Juan Alberto Negroni, Paper Tiger TV, Kaleena Quinn, Jon Stevens, Brett Van Aalsburg, Anusha Venkataraman, Margi Weir, Audra Wolowiec and others.

Within this exhibit across art, architecture, and urban documentary, SUPERFRONT LA also presents the 25 Inch RFP (Request for Proposals) – results from an international call to develop new construction at SUPERFRONT’s micro property in Detroit. This fall SUPERFRONT invited artists and architects to propose a buildable project for 25 square inches of Detroit, located at 13949 Evergreen Rd, Detroit, Michigan, purchased in partnership with LOVELAND micro real estate. The winning entry, LIGHT UP! by Ellen E. Donnelly and David Karle, was selected by an interdisciplinary jury to be constructed by July 2011. The jury included Paul Amitai (New York), Andrea Bauza Hernandez (San Juan), Christina Heximer (Detroit), Jerry Paffendorf (Detroit), and Craig L. Wilkins, PhD AIA, ARA, (Detroit).  The jury selected proposals by Pedro Santa-Rivera (San Juan | Boston) and Tim Kindrat (Van Couver) for honorable mention.

“LIGHT UP!” Ellen E. Donnelly and David Karle, Digital Rendering, 2010, 25inch RFP

DETROIT: A BROOKLYN CASE STUDY opens January 20, with a reception from 5:00 – 8:30 PM. The exhibit will remain on view through May 27, with a conference on March 24. This exhibit is enabled by generous donations from Brian & Suzanne Selmo, Betty J. Webb, and the SUPERFRONT Board of Directors.

We would also like to thank our Kickstarter backers: Vanessa Agard-Jones, Joy Akien-Prohaska, Eleanor Anderson, Jason Andrew, Nicolas Barrette, Alan Bass, K. Berg, Monica Bernheim and Daniel Gelb, Matt Broach, Isabella Bruno, Anne Bynoe, Pat Bynoe, Lynn Cazabon, Mollie Eisenberg, Mack Elder, Kira-Laura Ferrand, Rafael Gallegos, Rachel Gibbs, John Hartmann, Megan Hays, Drayton Hiers, Lee Ping Kwan, Ferentz Lafargue, Amy Lucker, Lee Mandell, Erica Mapp, Walter McEwen, Robert McKee, Sarah Millsaps, Kunle Owolabi, Paula Owolabi, Olukola Owolabi, Andrew Radin, Kate Ryan, Susanne Schnell, Risa Shoup, Brendan Spiegel, Rachel Stevens, Austin Thomas, Gia Wolff, Paul Zonca, and The Freedwomans Bureau.

SUPERFRONT is a not-for-profit space for architectural experimentation and creative interdisciplinary exchange. Open in Brooklyn since January 2008, SUPERFRONT opened an additional satellite gallery at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles in the summer of 2009. SUPERFRONT LA is generously sponsored by the Design Loves Art program of the Pacific Design Center.

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