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february 26 - march 26, 2011

Me / We

an exhibition featuring collaborations by 8 Detroit artists

brian barr + lynn crawford

collage + writing

Brian Barr

The Hunter, 2011


Brian Barr (b. 1980, Detroit, MI) has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the 2009 Windsor Biennial at The Art Gallery of Windsor in Canada, 2006 Biennial: Contemporary American Realism  at The Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Re:Vision at The Katzen Museum in Washington, D.C. as well as notable galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Washington D.C., among others.


He received a Mellon Grant in 2008 as well a scholarship to attend American University in Washington, D.C. resulting in an MFA. Barr also received a Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship in the Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Barr currently works as an adjunct professor of art at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

Lynn Crawford (b. 1959 Ann Arbor, MI) is a fiction writer and art critic. She received a BA in General Studies from University of Michigan in 1983 and a MA in Social Work from New York University in 1990.

Her fifth book, a novel, Simply Separate People, Two, has just been published by Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions (NYC).

She is a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a founding board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

dick goody + adrian hatfield

drawing & painting


Dick Goody (b. 1956, Windsor, UK) is a curator, painter, and writer. Goody received his MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He is currently the Director of the Oakland University Art Gallery where he has organized over sixty curatorial projects, and written more than thirty exhibitions catalogues. In 2009, Goody served as a review panelist for the inaugural Kresge Arts in Detroit Artist Fellowships. Notable recent curatorial projects have included: Seminal Works from the N'Namdi Collection of African American Art, 2008, The Art of the Artist's Book, 2010, and Borders and Frontiers: Collage and Appropriation in the Contemporary Image, 2011. In January 2011, his paintings were featured in Painting Coast to Coast at the Elaine Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit.


Adrian Hatfield (b. 1969, Toledo, OH) has been showing his work both nationally and internationally for over 10 years. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Altered States at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, NY, Recent Work at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL and Suitable Illusions at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum.


He received his MFA in Painting from Ohio University in 2003 and has been Assistant Professor of Painting at Wayne State University since 2005. 

cynthia greig + nate morgan

photography & video

Greig & Morgan

Bloodwood Breath, 2011

Video Still

Cynthia Greig (b.1959, Detroit, MI) lives and works in metropolitan Detroit. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, received her MA in art history and studied filmmaking and at the University of Iowa, and earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Greig's photographs and video have been exhibited in the US and abroad including Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco. Her most recent solo shows include Witzenhausen Gallery (2010), Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Oakland University Art Gallery (2011), Rochester, MI. She is featured in collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the George Eastman House and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

Nate Morgan (b. 1980, Detroit, MI) graduated with a BFA from the CCS in 2007 and is currently Exhibitions Director at CAVE (artist-run collective) in Detroit. His art has been exhibited throughout Michigan. In 2009, he worked as a sculpture assistant to Matthew Barney on the prologue for the yet unreleased film “Ancient Evenings”.

tom phardel + laith karmo


Laith Karmo (b. 1980, Detroit, MI) received his Bachelors of Fine Art at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit MI and earned his Masters of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills. He has exhibited in galleries across the metro Detroit area. Currently, he teaches at the College for Creative Studies as an adjunct ceramic instructor and works from his studio in Pontiac, MI.

Tom Phardel (b. 1950, Detroit, MI) received his Bachelors of Fine Art from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti MI, and earned his Masters of Fine Art from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.  He currently is the head of the Ceramic department at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.  He has exhibited nationally as well as internationally and maintains a healthy studio practice in his Ann Arbor, MI studio.

february 26 - march 26, 2011

The title of this exhibition, Me/We, is derived from an artwork by Glen Ligon, entitled Give Us A Poem (Palindrome #2), 2007 currently installed at the Studio Museum in Harlem.


The piece itself is neon lights spelling the word ME over the word WE. It blinks one word and then the other. Ligon's work is homage to a 1975 speech that took place at Harvard University in which Muhammad Ali was asked during an audience Q&A to recite a poem. He replied, "me, we".

Read more about it: Nico Wheaton, 2007, Glen Ligon: Give Us a Poem, Studio Magazine, Summer 2007 issue, page 26, Studio Museum in Harlem.

opening reception

february 26, 2011, 6-9:00PM

saturday salon

march 12, 2011, 4:00PM