Rosa Parks Boys Opens in Detroit

July 17, 2014

RPB is a flexible creative warehouse space in Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood. There's no shortage of artists, entrepreneurs, photographers, and creative individuals in this city, and they are there to provide them with a space to express themselves and their ideas. They recently had their Grand Opening and hosted an art show for Nick Jaskey. There is a gallery portion of the space that features new art every two weeks. Basically, every other Friday they host an opening reception featuring a new artist.

Behind the gallery, there is an open event space/movie theatre. As fans of architecture and skateboarding, they've designed and incorporated sculptural/skate-able elements throughout the space. You don't have to skate to enjoy the space, as everything is multi-purpose and easily transformable. If you have a fresh new idea, contact @rosaparksboys

"Dirty," is a collection of photos and paintings that focus on the application and breakdown of exterior surface sign painting in the city. The photos capture hand-painted signage typical to Detroit, which communicates messages effectively, though often crudely due to a lack of resources.

For Jaskey, however, these signs exceed their goal of communicating a simple message. They are a more honest form of the outreach efforts often seen today; they involve no planning, rely on no technology.

The paintings featured in "Dirty" are Jaskey's response to these signs and their surroundings. They draw from the color, texture and breakdown of the surface over time.

In painting the mural on the exterior of the gallery, Jaskey aimed to mimic another function of the signs: Their ability to offer a glimpse into one's surroundings. In a city where face-to-face interaction is limited, the signs are an indication of life going on around us. The triangles applied to the facade's peeling paint suggest that there is new energy breathing into the once-abandoned warehouse.