Thursday, April 16, 2015
Joel Peterson Premiere / Book Release / Bill Harris Reading
Leon Johnson, for Art X Detroit 2015, presents the second of three book release events, Vestigial Enclaves & Sacral Enclosures: The Fox Creek Biome, featuring the premiere of a commissioned composition by Joel Peterson, the reading of a new poem by 2011 Kresge Arts in Detroit Eminent Artist Bill Harris, 10 new works by the artist, 6 maps by Paul Bartow + Collaborator/Metzgar, readings by Norman Douglas, new photographs by Leander Johnson, the book typeset and designed by Megan O'Connell for Salt & Cedar Letterpress, with archival pigment prints, bound by hand in an edition of 70.
A forthcoming magazine format will be produced by 12 'Zines, and a range of hand bound one-of-a-kind prototypes will be issued from the Press. The final night that concludes this event trilogy, once again featuring Joel Petersen and readings by Bill Harris and Norman Douglas, will unfold on April 26 at 7pm at Salt & Cedar
While the Fox Creek Canal is a relatively modern articulation on the geographic landscape of Detroit, its origin from what was once Fox Creek has a much deeper history as a watershed feature of the Grand Marais (Big Marsh). The Grand Marais was drained in the late 1800s to eventually become Grosse Pointe and outlying terrain. The historical import of Fox Creek abounds with countless affordances offered through its bio-dynamic physicality on the Detroit landscape. Today, in the year 2015, it continues to be a diverse cultural biome, retaining its watershed dynamic for both the human and nonhuman. This book proposes a blueprint for procession towards a collective refrain of place.