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May 16, 2014

Jackie Rines and Hamilton Poe at North End Studios–Detroit

by Jim Welke

Jackie Rines and Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

Jackie Rines and Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

North End Studios opened a show on 15-May-2014 with work by Hamilton Poe and Jackie Rines. A print and a sculpture, both over twenty five feet long, spool across the gallery to anchor the show. The print, by Mr. Hamilton, presents a horizontally stretched version of one of his black and white pencil drawings. Possibly he came on this idea while sharing studio space with Ms. Rines at Bagley-Parks Studios where he undoubtedly observed the laterally extended sculpture she assembled there (in six sections–the whole would not fit in the studio). Both the extended drawing and the serpentine sculpture offer an unreeling narrative bursting with existential impressions and leftover detritus of acquisition. In Ms. Rines case, the existential leftovers were not metaphorical–she departs soon for UCLA in pursuit of an MFA and found her studio space overflowing with collected objects as yet unused and needing to be dispatched. Faced with the pressure of limited disposal options she dug in, found inspiration, and assembled a magnificent and joyous mobile artwork.

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

In his drawings, Mr. Hamilton does not collect physical objects, but he does seem to collect imagery. A rare sort of athlete, he ventures out on self-made challenges to his endurance such as long bicycle rides that include a six-week trek out to California as well as day trips around Detroit. In fact, according to his bio at infinitemile, cycling comprises his sole means of locomotion aside from walking. As he mentioned, imagery forms in his mind during these tests of endurance and the drawings offer a means of expressing and preserving these spontaneous inspirations blown into his being by hovering muses unseen. Figures and forms tumble across the paper sheets that contain them, rein them in, but offer a landscape where they form their own self-sustaining ecosystem.

horizontally stretched print of a drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

horizontally stretched print of a drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

Hamilton Poe

Hamilton Poe

 

horizontally stretched print of a drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

horizontally stretched print of a drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

Ms. Rines does most of her work in ceramics, so the sculpture here at North End Studios represents a departure. According to a statement on her website, “The work is always about personal and cultural circumstances with which I feel dissatisfied or unresolved. I use humor to cope with this lack of resolution and find a greater place of understanding with my audience.” You feel that understanding and humor in this expansive sculpture formed of lath, chicken wire, fabric, and tchotchkes too varied and numerous to mention. We all share some propensity to collect the stuff of consumerist culture, and equally share the need to periodically purge ourselves of it. Suspended by a single cable attached to the ceiling, the work tips and rotates at the merest touch and to a viewer in proximity, the motion of the sculpture transfers into apparent motion of the room–as though the room rotates and tips as the cirrus-shaped assembly holds stationary. A cat inhabits the gallery, and during the event, found his way into the sculpture, upset the balance and imposed unexpected motion–the artwork incorporated the cat with grace, tipping and creaking slowly as though digesting the animal. The cat emerged unscathed.

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines (right) at North End Studios 15-May-2014

Mr. Poe does other work besides drawings. In fact, he does not typically display his drawings in galleries. He does some vexing and inspired installations, of which you can catch a glimpse on his site. One, “Balloons” will enchant you with its simple and wondrous elucidation of natural forces (have a look). Perhaps the drawings may be thought of like the notebooks of Da Vinci–raw materials mined from imagination.

The show, Jackie Rines and Hamilton Poe, at North End Studios, captures the spirit of art-making in Detroit–fluid, vibrant, spontaneous–sort of like those self-assembling molecules that instigated life from protean muck billions of years ago and yield ineffable beauty all around us. Catch these works while they are still up (closing date unknown), and visit a Detroit gallery with very-Detroit architectural chops.

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

sculpture by Jackie Rines at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

 

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

drawing by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

collected words by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

collected words by Hamilton Poe at North End Studios 15-May-2014

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