Aiko Fukuchi’s Connection that carries us

Aiko Fukuchi:
Over the past few months, many of us have realized the urgency with which we need to cultivate and strengthen care and interdependence within our communities. With the oncoming of winter, another period of isolation for many of us, I would like to host an outdoor workshop that will use a combination of writing, watercolor, and bookbinding to support cultivating caring relationships between queer people in the Detroit area. The goal of this workshop is to foster new connections for community-building and care to take place between queer people in Detroit. Participants will be asked to bring a book that they have found to be comforting, distracting, or insightful which has supported them through a difficult moment to contribute to a book exchange as part of the workshop. At the end of this workshop, each participant will have created the beginnings for a small care package that will be mailed to them mid-winter as a reminder to continue cultivating these connections, and reflect on the care they may need in that moment.

This workshop will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 2-4:30pm and will take place outside. As of now, masks will be encouraged though not required for vaccinated individuals.

If you would like to participate in Connection that carries us, please fill out a quick 5-minute registration form (link above) and we will send a confirmation e-mail with additional information on the workshop. We can't wait to see you there!

This program is supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit 2019 winning project. BULK Space is a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects.     

September 26th, 2021, 2-4:30 pm

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

Images coming soon!

BULK Space Residents!

Please help us welcome our four residents (L to R clockwise): Saylem Celeste, Calvin Walds, Vanessa Reynolds, and Aiko Fukushi!

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Room Project X BULK Space Presents: 

Cydney Camp: “Blue Sky, Green Grass”
We’re so excited to support Cydney Camp’s newest installation, featuring a new body of work, at Room Project in the front window space. The installation is on view at 6513 Woodward Ave. through June 4th!

Cydney Camp:
Blue Sky, Green Grass offers a moment of tranquility, nostalgia, and play.  Centered around two paintings Juneteenth (Teenth) and Gardening Man, the installation invites the viewer into an immersive and verdant world that is complete with live plants, atmospheric paintings, and outdoor accessories, that all flourish under the sun.

During a current time of social distancing and growing collective anxieties, the vignette is a grounding reminder that our rich existence is cradled between blue sky and green grass.”

May - June, 2021

Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair

February 25 - 28, 2021

The Fair is free to attend, and will be open to the public on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Artist focused zines and books include:

︎ Pedagogy as Practice by Lauren Williams and Swati Piparsania
︎ Aban by Cyrah Dardas
︎ Victim Complex(ion)by Jannah Intifada
︎ MARIGOLD by Anhelo Anhelo
︎ wet version by Alexandra Virgina Martin
︎ The Zombies by Chelsea A. Flowers
︎ Of Human Care by Zeelie Brown
︎ PULP by M Pofahl
︎ Ache by Meg Kelley
︎ Velvet Babe by Sarah C. Blanchette
︎ Mostly Butter with Oriana Hirschberg by Sara Nishikawa
︎ Paradise Brochure by Jova Lynne
︎ Welcome to My Desert Nexus by Kara Gut

︎ Pressed Coffee Conversations by Nox Library

February 25 - 28, 2021

BULK Space is brought (virtually)10 newly BULK Space published zines, 5 books from our community partners, Paper Street Press and Anhelo Anhelo, and Nox Library‘s Pressed Coffee Conversations.

The Fair is free to attend, and will be open to the public on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Our PMVABF is no longer live but our books and zines will be available here shortly!