Art Mile Detroit

BULK Space Artist Residency is proud to present in the second Art Mile Detroit, a citywide digital art exhibition that champions Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community by promoting public programs and online acquisitions.

Bulk Space Artist Residency presented curated group of works from Maya Davis, M Pofahl, Kristyn McKinney, Ricky Weaver, and Rachel Pontious. 

Maya Davis is a multimedia artist and educator based in Detroit Michigan, through her work she interrogates the ideas of maintenance and care for and of the body through the abstract concept and materiality of skin and protective layers, discussing how one cares, harms, heals, and maintains. With a focus on bio-materials and textiles, Davis has a focus on a series of unconventional portraits, through the concept of sustainability of practice, lifestyle, and material. These portraits each portray a different embodiment of skin as armor for what lies inside.

M Pofahl is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator based in Detroit, Michigan, with roots in the South East United States. Pofahl holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. During their time in Detroit, they have worked with various art institutions, including Science Gallery Detroit, Wayne State University, Project Art Detroit, and Red Bull Arts Detroit. Pofahl is currently a curatorial fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, where they focus on work that pushes societal, technological, and conceptual conventions.

Kristyn McKinney is an emerging artist from Atlanta GA, whose current studio practice is based out of Detroit MI, at Spread Art Detroit Contemporary. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2018, and her BFA from Spelman College.

Often oscillating between painting, sculpture and collage, her work addresses observations of space, industrialism and influences of technology within human discourse.

Ricky Weaver is an Image-based artist from Ypsilanti, MI. She received her BFA from Eastern Michigan University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ricky is currently a Teaching fellow at ActCenter Pasadena in California. Weaver has shown work at the 13th Havana Biennale,  Expo Chicago, Black Studies Gallery at UT Austin and more.

Weavers practice prioritizes the ways in which  image materializes within a spatiotemporal collapse. Her application of scripture, hymn, and colloquial passages observe the nuances of the everyday black practices as portals to worlds that don’t require escape. She addresses the sonic, linguistic, and visual as a way to posture the body as a central mechanism for storing, downloading and transferring archives.

Rachel Pontious is a fine artist based in Detroit, Michigan. She uses paint to explore nonlinear narratives that speak to the ways we relate to one another, to the objects around us, and to the spaces we inhabit. She does this by weaving abstracted and unnavigable spaces with figures and objects of different planes and perspectives. Her work investigates the Venn diagram of what objects we keep close and the personal mythologies that they create, subtle and exaggerated modes of communication (e.g. body language and theatricality), as well as threshold/transitional architectural spaces and portals.

She has a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2017) and Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts (2011). She is a recipient of the PLAYGROUND DETROIT 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship award in 2020 and in 2019, she received a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and Residency. Her work has been exhibited at White Brick Gallery, Tessellate Gallery, Roy G Biv Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Ann Arbor Art Center.

June 14 - July 11, 2021