Shadow Art Fair 2013

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As usual, Emi Slade killed it at this year’s Shadow Art Fair. She calls this one Captain Beefheart.

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I don’t know how well he did sales-wise, but it looked like our friend Marty “the lighthearted sadist” Flint was having fun introducing young and old alike to the world of bondage.

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Bearded local librarian Ben Miller wears an important Shadow Art Fair artifact as he represents the Midwest Feminist Revolutionary Network alongside MaryAnn Kozlowski… a early t-shirt designed by Melissa Dettloff, and purchased at the very first Shadow.

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The highlight of my day had to be during setup when I noticed that Jessica Sheeran had actually brought to life, in stuffed form, the six-headed creature featured on the Shadow Art Fair’s controversial last poster.

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A look inside local filmmaker Donald Harrison’s Heidelberg Project Mobile Photo Video Booth, designed in collaboration with visionary Detroit artist Tyree Guyton. (See the booth in action here.)

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I didn’t have a chance to talk about it with Tim Furstnau, as we were busy discussing the merits of printing the internet, but apparently he’s doing more work on the subject of pain. (We’d been discussing the printing of the internet because, among the things on his table, Tim also had a 500 page book containing all of the URLs on the internet beginning with the word “seriously” as of a specific date last year. He wanted $25 dollars for it. I don’t believe it sold.)

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Our friend Naia Venturi, the woman behind Ypsilanti’s Dreamland Theater made a new puppet for the last Shadow. If you gave him a few bucks, he’d whisper your fortune in your ear. I know I talked with him, but I don’t remember what he said. He told Clementine, however, that she’d have a lucky life that would play out like a book.

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Dustin Krcatovich, who’s going to be leaving us soon for Portland, chopped up a poem into individual words with his collaborator Micah Loyd, and then charged people 50-cents per word to recite them individually on video. Apparently, these short video segments will now be shuffled, creating new poems, which will be shared online… Also worth noting, Dustin tells me that he purchased a loaf of bread from Jason Voss at some point in the evening, which, he was told, was made to resemble my face.

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While Jim Cherewick has played music at the Shadow before, I believe this was his first time sharing his drawings, and I think they went over really well.

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As promised, John “pooping wizard” Zeichman delivered the weirdness. Here we see a bodybuilder with the tiny puma head attacking a waterfall with a shiv.

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Cre Fuller got his start at the Shadow Art Fair, and has gone on to build a robot empire. It’s been awesome to see his work evolve over the years, and we were incredibly happy to have him back for this, our last show.

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As predicted, Andy Claydon’s Black Metal Bicycle was the huge hit of the evening. Here we see our resident philosopher, Thom Elliott, peddling to summon cthulhu.

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My contribution to this year’s Shadow was something called the Closure Corner… a safe space where people could sit, collect their thoughts, and work through their feelings about the end of the Shadow Art Fair. Here we see two girls contemplating the thought of growing up in a world without the Shadow.

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Those walking up to Vinnie Massimino’s unmanned “Fax Party” station, found only a 6-foot long table and an old fax machine. I’m not sure how it worked, but, when I approached it, the above fax came through… an image of the zine that Linette and I had stayed up working on the night before, with Vinnie’s creepy, staring face superimposed in the bottom left corner.

[There were tons other people who did good, interesting work, and I wish I had photos of all of them to share with you. And that’s especially true of all the bands that performed outside. Unfortunately, as is always the case, I didn’t have much time to get away from my area and explore, though… There were just too many people who needed closure… My self included.]

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6 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Lots of good stuff. Lots of positivity in the air. Lots of beer flowing. Hard to believe it’s only 3:30.

  2. Posted July 21, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry I couldn’t attend. I hope it went well and am happy to say that I participated in the early SAF’s.

    Thank you, Mark.

  3. Damn
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Damn you to hell for not keeping this going, and doing it 18 times a year.

  4. Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Still processing. More later.

  5. anonymous
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Bondage gear, taxidermy, art by fax, bloody sundaes, heavy metal. Here’s to going out with a bang.

  6. Posted July 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I bought a coloring book. I am enjoying it very much.

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