Digging Detroit: Welcome to JC HudSears

12.12.12 Bucky Turco & Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL visited Detroit last week and for the next few days will be highlighting some stories from Motor City.

It’s not just federal bailouts of the automotive industry, development of industrial waterfront areas, and better urban planning decisions that are aiding in what has popularly been coined as the resurgence of Detroit, there’s also art.

For years, artists have been playing an important role in helping to reinhabit neighborhoods and invigorate the city. During our whirlwind tour, ANIMAL stopped by the Public Pool gallery space in Hamtramck, a small city encircled by Detroit. It’s currently home to a solo exhibit by lifelong resident Andrew Krieger. Entitled, “JC HudSears,” the artist describes it as a “temporary department store installation” that pays homage to iconic department store brands such as JCPenney, Hudsons, and Sears.

“I am exploring how department stores of old used marketing and consumerism to feed generations of people with everything they needed in life including broadenings their imaginative horizons,” notes Krieger. “As an artist, what lessons can be learned in how to sell? What ridiculous things am I willing to do to get people to notice the work and turn them into consumers?”

(Picture: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)
(Edit: Joseph Shulhoff/ANIMALNewYork)