Artist Review: Emily Whitehead

I had the privilege, Saturday March 6, 2010, of meeting Jason Gilmore (@jasonxgilmore on Twitter). Jason is very passionate about helping artists get recognized and has started a blog and magazine called Detroit Artist Review (DAR). The DAR will feature articles and reviews of contemporary art, book reviews, columns on cinema and popular culture, and feature advertisements from prominent galleries around metropolitan Detroit.

Emily above showing her work to Eric Simmons

Me (Tina bottom left) doing an interview at Café 1923 with Jason Gilmore (Emily’s work featured on the left wall in the background)

About the Artist Yesterday

Emily Whitehead’s work was showcased at Café 1923 in Hamtramck at a HATCH 4 event (where over 100 people were in attendance). I got a chance to talk to Emily extensively and she explained how she began drawing at a very early age. Emily works during the day but feels most comfortable at night when drawing as she does not feel like she is in her element when she isn’t drawing. Emily is very soft spoken and easy to talk to. She explained how she recently discovered that drawing is her life passion and she creates one to two drawings a month. Emily’s drawings are very detailed and you could spend hours studying it and finding new things in each painting each time you look at it. For me her art really makes me think about life and feel as if I were in the piece as I wonder what each layer and detail of the picture means.

How each piece is Created

Emily said she starts out with sketching about 50 to 100 drawings (per piece) and then she brings them together into a collage and from there she puts them onto a full size board and colors them with acrylic (or leaves them black and white). The whole process is about 250 hours of work for each piece. Emily receives her inspiration from life’s experiences and her piece “Basement Sun” (which was featured at HATCH 4) was inspired by how sometimes the light shines in on life and you think all is good but then you realize that sometimes that can be an illusion.

How is the work Reproduced

The two pieces of Emily’s work that is displayed at Café 1923 are reproductions where as the original pieces of work are about 3ft by 4ft and do not have glass over the. I also had the opportunity of meeting Kyle Engelhart who uses a custom built vacuum press to hold the original piece of work flat against the wall or on the floor then uses a high resolution camera to take the shot. The reproductions are created by http://stage3.com.

What is HATCH

HATCH’s 2010 is an all-media juried art exhibit (www.hatchart.org). I also had the opportunity to meet one of the founders and Presidents of HATCH Chris Schneider. He explained that hatch was created as a way for new artist’s to be able to network together and form a community that would promote art and Hamtramck in a positive way. The artists in this community work together at achieving their goals. Chris explained how they have purchased an old Fire Station in Hamtramck to use as a studio/art gallery and are currently taking donations for renovations which they hope to open in the spring. Artists are also welcome to submit their work online if they would like to be included in this art community. Consumers can sign up for the mailing list online to find out when and where the art will be displayed.

Musician Todd Luneack and Chris Schneider of HATCH

Special Thanks go out to JSP Singleton Photo for taking the pictures. All photos Copyright 2010 © J Singleton Photo: These images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of J Singleton. http://tinyurl.com/y949k4k Twitter: @jsingletonphoto

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