Wasserman Projects Launches in Detroit with Immersive
Installations Spanning the Disciplines of Art, Architecture, and Music
Installations by Markus Linnenbrink/ Nick Gelpi and Jon Brumit will be on view
September 25 – December 12, 2015
Detroit, MI-- Wasserman Projects, an independent, interdisciplinary arts space, will
open its doors on September 25th, during Detroit Design Festival. Located in the historic
Eastern Market, the new space will launch with two exhibitions featuring large-scale
interactive installations by Markus Linnenbrink / Nick Gelpi and Jon Brumit. Opening
reception: Friday, September 25, 6-10 pm.
“This inaugural exhibition brings together artists and designers coming from a wide
range of backgrounds,” says Gary Wasserman, founder of Wasserman Projects. “It is a
great example of the conceptual and experiential nature we have envisioned for our
programming and is just the beginning of the innovative programs we plan to realize in
our new location.”
"Among the various disciplines represented is a shared exploration of form and function,
as well as the opportunity for engagement through interaction and participation,"
describes director Alison Wong. "What I find most exciting is the collaborative spirit of
the exhibition and the ability for the work to inspire new creative relationships."
Inside the main 5,000 square-foot space, Wasserman Projects will present a site-specific
installation titled THEFIRSTONEISCRAZYTHESECONDONEISNUTS by German born,
Brooklyn-based artist Markus Linnenbrink created in collaboration with Miami Beach
architect Nick Gelpi. The exhibition combines art and architecture, integrating architect’s
form-making process with the artist’s painting techniques, to create an elaborately
designed environment. This synthesis in the pavilion serves to blur boundaries and find
possibilities for new experiences between art and architecture.
Visitors are invited to walk around the pavilion, peer inside through small punctures, and
linger inside the object itself. Using the framework of simple architectural forms, Gelpi's
design incorporates modular variations and dynamic shifts in dialogue with Linnenbrink's
painting. The structure's interior reveals vibrantly hued parallel strips that run across the
walls, ceilings, and floors transforming it into a 3-dimensional walk-all-over work of art.
The pavilion is designed to open up along a central split, and be used as a platform for
special events including a musical performance by Detroit DJ Jeedo X with guest
saxophonist, Saxappeal during the opening reception. 2014 Kresge Fellow, Jeedo
helped pioneer a unique sound inspired by Detroit's rich musical history from Motown to
it's underground hip-hop and techno scene. In addition, a selection of works by
Linnenbrink, Gelpi, and Brumit will be on view in the gallery.
Simultaneously, Wasserman Projects will open an outdoor installation by Detroit-based
artist Jon Brumit, Elf Waves, Earth Loops, and Spatial Forces. Drawing inspiration
from disparate sources, such as public engagement, harsh noise, GMOs, pirate radio,
and vibrational healing, the installation will present three distinct but intertwined projects:
a sonorous grain silo, lathe-cut loop records, and public radio broadcasts.
Elf Waves (Sound House 2) is an engaging public sound project housed in a modified
grain silo that offers an aural, visual, and physical experience. The silo responds to
visitors by playing a composed soundtrack through the floor and ceiling of the
repurposed structure upon their arrival.
Earth Loops, an installation of GMO-inspired synthesizers and original lathe-cut
records, gives visitors the opportunity to play live music along with the
records infinitely playing extracts from New Earth, the album composed specifically for
the Spatial Forces radio project.
*Spatial Forces (Shed 13) is a public radio-based sound sculpture in 13 parts,
broadcasting throughout Eastern Market on 100.1 FM. Comprised of a cluster of 13
short-range FM radio transmitters installed on Russell Street from Mack to Gratiot
Avenues, it is a drive-thru audio collage, heard only with an FM radio, of broadcasts of
each of the 13 tracks from New Earth simultaneously. This is the premiere of Brumit's
citywide radio project WTBD (Terrestrial Broadcast Detroit), a Knight Arts Challenge