FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Carlos Diaz: Spaces & Spectacle, A 35 Year Retrospective
May 13 - June 10, 2017
Opening Reception, Saturday, May 13, 6 to 8 PM
Detroit, May 2, 2017 - David Klein Gallery is pleased to present Carlos Diaz: Spaces & Spectacle, A 35 Year Retrospective. The exhibition focuses on four series: Invented Landscapes of Coney Island, Carnival Ride Attendants, The American Carnival Midway and Rouge: The Legacy of Detroit and the Autoworker. The exhibition also marks the launch of Diaz’ newly published hand bound book and portfolio: Invented Landscapes of Coney Island.
The photographs and collages reflect Diaz's continued interest in the American Industrial Revolution, which gave birth to the working class, and the American amusement industry which was born out of the Revolution. Mechanical inventions meant greater efficiency and productivity therefore creating a new opportunity for leisure and play for the working class.
The Rouge series pays homage to the enormous impact the automotive industry had on American culture, especially here in Detroit. Diaz notes the importance of the Diego Rivera murals and how they affected him as a young visitor to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Especially significant was Rivera’s reverence for the auto workers. It opened Diaz’s eyes to the history and profound beauty of the Ford Rouge Complex and the spectacle of American industry.
Carlos Diaz is a Professor of Photography at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit where he has taught for 34 years. He received a BFA from the College for Creative Studies and an MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Ross Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of the City of New York; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Diaz is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, NEA Midwest, Polaroid Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.
For further information please contact:
Director of Contemporary Art
David Klein Gallery
1520 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226
Tuesday – Saturday: 12-6