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The DETROIT Series - The Present: Democracy (Demography) (Series I)

The legacy of creativity and triumph in Detroit, througout historic past, dynamic present, and the austerious future. Each set in this series describe Detroit’s history in series of 7 pictographic compositions detail a statement of Detroit’s character throughout the age. Each set poetically spelling out “D-E-T-R-O-I-T”, as too, how the city itself is seen at a distance.

Democracy (Demography) - The definition of culture and separation of the population. This “D” Machine represents the character of Detroit as it moves onto the path of progression. Commanded by people who make the machines, are in turn made into machines. Each of the neighborhoods of Detroit are characterized as the figures that drive the machine [Detroit], from the base to the passenger at the top. From the blue collar working classes living in Corktown that stoke the fires (and in turn, victimized by the machine itself), adjoined by the stoic technicians of Warren/ Wayne, the vigilant spirit of Highland Park and Hamtrammck, the dazzling creativity of Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Troy that sits at the helm. At the top, sophisticated Bloomfield and Birmingham riding as the aristocratic spectator enjoys the sights afforded by the toil of the other figures that operate the entire machine
The DETROIT Series - The Present: Economics (Series I)

The legacy of creativity and triumph in Detroit, throughout historic past, dynamic present, and the austerious future. Each set in this series describe Detroit’s history in series of 7 pictographic compositions detail a statement of Detroit’s character throughout the age. Each set poetically spelling out “D-E-T-R-O-I-T”, as too, how the city itself is seen at a distance.

Economics - The state of corporate interests and wealth, as a backdrop contrast on the rising cost of Detroit. ​This image details the relationship of the industrial capacity of the laborours of Detroit and the engine of progress that Detroit moves on into the future. “E” Machine rolls onward to a more mechanized, industrial future, driven by ideas and corporate profits. Money = knowledge plus information, multiplied by ideas. Of money and it’s effects: “What has it bought us?” asks the city of Detroit.

At the cost of the sweat, toil, and minds of the people, all for the profits of international globalization, it is ideas that equal profit and the wealth of a corporation is in it’s information value. Detroit is where Corporate America began, perhaps full circle, where capitol consumerism ends in the utter slavery of an entire population. At the base, driving the machine blind is the subjugation of the industrial wage slave. He does not know where he is heading nor is he really in control. At the top, the machine is commanded by the plans of devious minds. Conspiring over a hidden design, the architect is bookended by the embodiment of his creation and his obsession: robot, human, transhumanist.

#art #artist #character #engine #robot #illustration #ink #machine #Detroit #letter #E
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The DETROIT Series - The Present: Trials and Tribulations (Series I)

The legacy of creativity and triumph in Detroit, throughout historic past, dynamic present, and the austerious future. Each set in this series describe Detroit’s history in series of 7 pictographic compositions detail a statement of Detroit’s character throughout the age. Each set poetically spelling out “D-E-T-R-O-I-T”, as too, how the city itself is seen at a distance.

Trials and Tribulations - Socioeconomic strife and political turmoil. This image describes the division and schism of the American family, the separations between men and women, mother and father, brother and sister. The “T” Machine is the burden of history, the weight of progress and power struggles that the people carry on. Gentrification and all matters of intercity migration, who is really moving in and what are the things they carry? As profiteers sit comfortably above the death machine that is grief, spewing oil and wastes on the laborers that must bear the results of bad politics, bad decisions, and bad blood.

#art #artist #character #car #automobile #robot #illustration #ink #machine #Detroit #letter #T
The DETROIT Series - The Present: Revolution (Series I)

The legacy of creativity and triumph in Detroit, throughout historic past, dynamic present, and the austerious future. Each set in this series describe Detroit’s history in series of 7 pictographic compositions detail a statement of Detroit’s character throughout the age. Each set poetically spelling out “D-E-T-R-O-I-T”, as too, how the city itself is seen at a distance.

Revolution - Period of positive change and adversity. The “R” Machine represents the monstrosity of progression, personified as a war machine that crushes and conquers all in its path. Revolution without discretion, is evitable as the future treads onward. The commander is engulfed by the willful rebellion of what change brings about. An ever vigilant driver at the helm is consumed by the mindless violence and decides ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The machine must be destroyed. This call to arms is a requiem for a better world: “Why should we accept the way things are than to fight for the lives we want?”
Respond to your world: this is not paradise.

#art #artist #character #machine #robot #illustration #ink #machine #Detroit #letter #R
The DETROIT Series - The Present: Occupation (Series I)

The legacy of creativity and triumph in Detroit, throughout historic past, dynamic present, and the austerious future. Each set in this series describe Detroit’s history in series of 7 pictographic compositions detail a statement of Detroit’s character throughout the age. Each set poetically spelling out “D-E-T-R-O-I-T”, as too, how the city itself is seen at a distance.

Occupation - Distribution of social interests and labor in Detroit. What is it mean to occupy? When all else is ephemeral, to exist, to retain a place of value in the world is an act of defiance. The contraption represents the cyclical round of triumph, over culture, civilization, society, and its spoils. The beast of change roars on, driving the masses along and then those who cannot handle the pressures of progress are consumed in the wake of the machine’s operation.

#art #artist #character #machine #robot #illustration #ink #machine #Detroit #letter #O
The DETROIT Series - The Present: Institution (Series I)

The legacy of creativity and triumph in Detroit, throughout historic past, dynamic present, and the austerious future. Each set in this series describe Detroit’s history in series of 7 pictographic compositions detail a statement of Detroit’s character throughout the age. Each set poetically spelling out “D-E-T-R-O-I-T”, as too, how the city itself is seen at a distance.

Institution (Innovation) - Foundations (both literally and metaphorically) support Detroit’s people and infrastructure. Innovation is a lofty dream that only for the aware is ascension to a higher plane. The “I” Machine represents the power of invention and reinvention, how the will of the creative intuitive mind can soar above all worldly adversity. It is that higher plane is in the change of value to those capable of guiding the future.

#art #artist #character #machine #robot #illustration #ink #machine #Detroit #letter #I
The DETROIT Series - The Present: Transformation (Series I)

The legacy of creativity and triumph in Detroit, throughout historic past, dynamic present, and the austerious future. Each set in this series describe Detroit’s history in series of 7 pictographic compositions detail a statement of Detroit’s character throughout the age. Each set poetically spelling out “D-E-T-R-O-I-T”, as too, how the city itself is seen at a distance.

Transformation - transformation and transition into the Future of Detroit, what opportunity does it hold? This image depicts the transition into the future is described throughout as a transformation gateway, that the occupant is vaulted into a new realm of the unknown. The being is the catalyst, that we as the occupant is the center of change and we must brave fear to survives the future.

#art #artist #character #machine #robot #illustration #ink #machine #Detroit #letter #T
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#REVOLUTION was a success! My most sincere thank you goes out to the @rawartists x @rawartistsmia team that made it all happen. Thank you to everyone who made it out last night. 

I have not ever been so humbled to feel such enormous outreach, of all the praise I received and kind words from long time friends and supporters. The amount of time and labor spent in the production of this event, the progression, the setbacks, all of the experiences that brought me here. This is the summit of those times now I stand in triumph

This wall is on display until Monday, over at @lmntarts in Wynwood. Take a card, a photo, and please tag me! #NSSM