DLECTRICITY is Detroit’s nighttime festival of art + light that featured over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art illuminated Midtown Detroit in 2014, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This two-night “Nuit Blanche” festival was scheduled for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Midtown Detroit from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Saturday night also featured the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Parade where thousands of cyclists biked a 4-mile route through Midtown Detroit, adding extra light and energy to the streets. Weekend programming also included artist talks and performances. DLECTRICITY is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and is free to the public.
Shhhhhh is an updated and more ambitious version of a neon piece that I first exhibited at Kavi Gupta Gallery, in Chicago in 2012. The piece investigates the space between a word and a sound – Shhhhhh a familiar expression that gently commands silence. We are used to being shushed in a contemplative or institutional public context like a church, library, or museum. By transforming Shhhhhh into physical text ( a large sign formed in neon) and directing it towards the space outside a public building, the meaning shifts: who is requesting silence and why? Who is shushing who?
Special thanks to Spectrum Neon for their support of the project.
NOTE: This installation has been relocated to the facade of the G.R. N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art located at 52 E. Forest, Detroit, MI 48201.