Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Matt Blake

Matt Blake
Matt Blake

Detroit artist Matt Blake passed away this past Friday of a heart attack. [I just learned of this about an hour ago, so I'm still rather rattled and shocked.]

Matt was an extraordinarily tallented young artist and a much loved and highly active member of the community. To describe him in the most basic terms: I don't think I've ever seen Matt without a smile on his face.

Matt was a member of the Propeller Collective, which put Detroit on the international design and art world map in the early 1990s by leading the resurgence of craftsmanship and metaphor in industrial design.

There will be a memorial at 4PM on Thursday, May 15 at the Piquette Model T Complex (3rd floor), 461 Piquette Ave. (betw. Brush & John R)

On Wednesday, May 14, an exhibition of Matt's artwork will be on display from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Motor City Brewing Works (470 W. Canfield St., Detroit)

Metro Times arts editor Rebecca Mazzei has an article here: Detroit Loses a Great

Detroit News article here: Detroit artist Matt Blake remembered

This is not okay.

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