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Current Pop-Up Exhibition

Interior Streets

Pop-up exhibition by Detroit artist Carl Wilson

Feb 27 - Apr 25, 2018
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Institute for the Humanities Common Room
202 S. Thayer

The "Interior Streets" exhibition features the work of Detroit artist Carl Wilson, known for his stark black and white linocut prints. The self-taught artist sees himself as a documentarian of lives easily ignored in a world obsessed with materialism and celebrity. His work frequently highlights not only the strength found in conquering the everyday and mundane, but also the pain and defeat of those not able to rise to the occasion. His love of film noir and pulp fiction novels from the 1940s and '50s has led him to experiment with minimalist animation and comic book illustration. He embraces the whimsy hidden in the darkness.

Wilson is the recipient of a 2013 Kresge Artist Fellowship and is an alumni of the historic Yaddo Artists’ Community. During his residency there he carved the prints for, and wrote the book, Her Purse Smelled like Juicyfruit, a recollection of his mother’s life. Carl was named 2014 guest curator of Detroit’s Carr Center. Also in 2014 Complex Online Magazine named him one of Twenty Detroit Artists You Should Know. He was featured in Essay'd, a monthly publication about Detroit artists. 2017 sees the release of a comic book, the first installment of his graphic novel, Dead and Lost in Detroit.