As the Mattress Factory celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it recalls the edgy creativity and entrepreneurial spirit at play during its founding with the presentation of new works by Detroit-based artists Design 99 (Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope), Jessica Frelinghuysen, Scott Hocking, Nicola Kuperus & Adam Lee Miller, Russ Orlando and Frank Pahl.While each are connected by their environment, the reactions these artists have to the swift socioeconomic changes happening in Detroit is vastly different and intensely powerful.
Rose Clancy is a sculptor, site-specific installation artist, and gardener currently working with the reclamation of neglected and unused urban spaces. Her work illustrates the ease with which a neglected, unproductive space can be nurtured back to a productive state.
Clancy's GardenLab@510, a Mattress Factory exhibition in a lot adjacent to the museum, is a working garden that incorporates art into the living elements of the space. This year GardenLab@510 will feature peas, radishes and broom corn, as well as structural sculptures crafted from bamboo and trees.
Sarah Oppenheimer opens apertures in existing architecture, modifying the recognizable modular units (such as rooms) that make up our standardized built world. Interested in the way that people navigate their environments through both familiar bodily experience and with the aid of navigational tools, like maps, Oppenheimer’s works alter the visitor’s experience and perception in the gallery space.