We got a little sneak peek into Iron To Gold/Ashes To Hope, the special benefit exhibition, installation, and auction in support of an innovative artist-in-residence program in Detroit that Juxtapoz is helping sponsor in collaboration with Chandran Gallery in San Francisco. The artists organizing the event, Monica Canilao and friends, are Bay Area based artists who have since moved and started a residency program in Detroit to bring together fellow artists from around the country to have a meeting place for collaborative projects and creative development.
The exhibition, Iron To Gold/Ashes To Hope, will take place on Friday, January 4 at Chandran Gallery in SF, with an online auction beginning on January 4 and carrying through January 18, 2013.
In 2009, Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine teamed with Powerhouse Productions to raise over $150k to create a unique artist-in-residence program in the Detroit. Juxtapoz invited six artists to paint and reimagine Powerhouse's neighborhood in Detroit, and one team of artists, Monica Canilao and Harrison Richards Bartlett 3 1/2, has remained in Detroit since the Juxtapoz work and begun to invite fellow artists to contribute to the neighborhood.Their homebase, The Treasure Nest, has become a headquarter of creativity and residency schedules that have allowed artists to come to Detroit to see their bodies of work and contributions come to life.
Now in 2013, Monica, Harrison Richards Bartlett 3 1/2 and their team want to continue the program with a self-sustainable infrastructure, build the Treasure Nest to host years of programs, and need the help of fellow artists and organizations to make it happen. Chandran Gallery of San Francisco will be hosting a very special one-night exhibition in San Francisco on Friday, January 4, that will showcase works from contemporary artists that support the Detroit residency program. On that same night, Chandran Gallery will host a onlince benefit on Paddle8, featuring the works donated from David Ellis, Swoon, Richard Colman, and others available via auction.
All proceeds from the art sales will go to support the Iron To Gold/Ashes To Hope project, that will help institute an artist-in-residence program, repair existing electrical infrastructure in the multiple buildings in the Treasure Nest family, as well as help establish the "Detroit Museum of Installation Art".