Poor Man’s Art Collective unveils new show
For the past 11 years, the founders of the Poor Man’s Art Collective (PMAC), Geno Harris and Mychal Noir have been working to bring attention to the creations by Detroit’s unknown and emerging artists. They get another crack at it Oct. 25-Nov. 8, when PMAC’s new show, “Thinking Outside of the Box!” adorns the walls of The Liberal Arts Gallery at 3361 Gratiot, on the city’s east side.
“Thinking Outside of the Box!” will feature works from many artists working in diverse media, including: wood sculptures by Reggie Abstrkt; purses and wallets fashioned from Better Made Potato Chip bags and Faygo bottles by Natalie Bandele; paintings by Mychal Noir, Jimmie Scott Robinson, Geno Harris and Dawud Shabazz, mixed media pieces by Steve Athanas; and photography by Jack Kenny. Alejandro Valtierra, Duane Vaughn, Anna Coleman and Detroit Bleu will also be showing new pieces. An opening reception for the show (Oct. 25) will feature One Single Rose performing her original poetry.
Even the artists get excited seeing their colleagues’ new works: “The poet, One Single Rose, completely blew me away,” said photographer Jack Kenny. Happy to be a part of the event, he continues, “the mix of artistic styles has energy that keeps you interested and wanting to see more.”
When the show eventually closes on Nov. 8, contributing visual artist Detroit Bleu will showcase his other talents in a live jazz performance.
The PMAC began in response to Noir and Harris’ frustrated efforts to get their own work hung in local galleries. By pooling together resources — financial, experiential and intellectual —the group has been helping new artists to bring their work to market ever since PMAC’s first exhibition in 2003
The show is being sponsored by Crème Detroipolis, local artisan makers of sweet potato tarts. For anyone wondering (or just plain hungry), Crème Detroipolis will be serving up their fare at the opening reception for “Thinking Outside of the Box!”