Evan Roth, featured in October 2010, is set to open a new exhibition, Welcome to Detroit, at the Eastern Michigan University Gallery today, March 14. Eastern Michigan University's Art Department awarded Roth the McAndless Distinguished Professorship for 2012, composed of a 6-week residency in Detroit, a teaching opportunity at Eastern, a solo exhibition and a lecture tour, this award of $30,000 was designed to allow an artist to produce new work and reach across institutional borders.
Evan Roth's exhibition, Welcome to Detroit, will feature nearly all-new work, much of it made during his residency. The work follows his core conceptual framework of appropriating popular culture and combining it with a hacker's philosophy to highlight how small shifts in visualization can allow us to see our environment with new eyes, whether online, at home, in the city or at the airport. His work acts as both a mirror and vault to contemporary society, creating work that reflects and withstands a world of rapid advancements in computing power, changing screen resolution and repainted city walls
For Welcome to Detroit, Evan mines everything from the spray paint can, to hip-hop music, to airplane shopping magazines and flight safety cards, resulting in a show that moves freely across media, but always with a sense of pop cultural pranksterism. From individual art objects to video pieces to documentation, the work is designed to simultaneously serve as a record of activity and creative output, while also underscoring important issues concerning copyright, public space, and our offline and online identities.
Welcome To Detroit, opens March 14, 2012 from Evan Roth on Vimeo.
Welcome To Detroit
Works by Evan Roth
March 14—April 2, 2012
Curated by Gregory Tom
Eastern Michigan University's University Gallery
900 Oakwood Street , 2nd Floor
Reception @ EMU's University Gallery March 14, 4:30pm - 7:00pm