Monday, February 22, 2016

Detroit Inspired, Detroit Lived

About my work:
My work deals with the human aspects of life. I touch on human frailty, suffering and redemption, current events or social dilemmas. My work may reveal anguish or sadness. It may also indicate a new spirit or faith or just plain silly. My art is about being human being with flaws and humility. I use art as a conduit for inward contemplation, and understanding. Certainly, not all my work is made with some underlying psychology going on underneath it. But what has become important for me as an artist is to understand behavioral motives and try to represent them in an artistic manner. Art has become for me a kind of psychological language. I create simply to express my vision or to understand that “language.” 
 Detroit Series:
 Just about every weekend I photograph Detroit, anywhere anyplace until my battery dies. The real Detroit, not the little section that has shiny new facades and chic eateries, the "New Detroit".  It's hard for me to believe what I see, how much blight there is. Until you drive as far east, west, north and south you wouldn't believe it yourself, it's a burned out city that most turn a blind eye to. Or pretend doesn't even exist, or worse just don't care. 
Much of this burned out city is the real playground for the children of Detroit. Many beautiful churches, schools, homes are gone because there abandoned, or torched for the hell of it. Collapsing in on themselves due to costly repairs. Stripped and left bare to the elements.
I've been working digitally for some time and enjoy photo montage work. I work in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator working layers to create these images.
The houses I shoot are all abandoned in Detroit.  I exaggerate the color so at first glance you don't notice the house in it's state, then you zero in and see the decay. That's what I want, I want people to see it.
My heart, my art to those who live it everyday. I am only a witness, I live in Detroit, but in a little utopia, an area that sixty years ago was called the Black Bottom, the slums.

Copyright © 2016 Cal Navin-All Rights Reserved
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DETROIT SERIES 2016   

"Starry Night"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Center Of Hope"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Nark Moop"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage

"For Sale, Detroit Land Bank"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage

"3029"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"75Upsidedown"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Cinder Block"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"West Side"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Colored Town"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Waters Off"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage

"West Grand"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage

"Sunny Days"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage

"Begin One Way"
21" X 19"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Circle Black"
21" X 14"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"You"
21" X 17"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Two Hands"
21" X 18"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Free Tires"
21" X 15.5"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Port Side"
21" X 15"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Sex Room Upstairs"
21" X 17"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Gold Star"
21" X 14"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Snow Day"
21" X 19"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Duplex"
21" X 16"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
"Porch Chair"
21" X 17"
Detroit Series, Photo Montage
The work below was created in 2016 
"City Houses"
30" X 20"
Detroit, Photo Montage

"Paradise Imagined"
24" X 16"
Detroit, Photo Montage
"Motor City"
30" X 17"
Detroit, Photo Montage
" I Love Detroit"
36" X 16"
Detroit, Photo Montage
"Danger Reality Ahead"
36" X 14.5
Detroit, Photo Montage
"Long Walk A Head"
24" X 24"
Detroit, Photo Montage
"Holy Moly"
 21" X 13.5"
Detroit, Photo Montage
"Appliance Sales and Service"
 Detroit '
21 X 14
"Sunshine in the D (2)"
Lodge West Side Detroit 
21" X 15"
"Yellow X 3"
Somewhere in Detroit
21 X 15.5" 
"I Will Build My Church"
Elmhurst & Rosa Parks Blvd
21" X 14"
"Red"
I75 & Nevada
21" X 15"
"Garage Sale"
Kercheval & Mack
21" X 14"

"Special Pick Up"
Detroit
21" X 18"
"Sun Rise"
 Detroit
21" X 18" 

"Circuits Out"
Nevada & 7 Mile
21" X 18"
 "Shot Gun"
Detroit (forgot where)
21" X 18" 
"Picker"
Dequinder Area & 7 Mile
21.3" x 18"

"Street Cat"
Dequinder & 7 Mile
21.3" X 18"

"Helping Hands"
Dequinder & 7 Mile
21.3 X 18

"Neighborhood Watch"
West Side
21" X 17"

Leak*
7 Mile
21" X 18"

"Red Sky, Warning"
21.3" X 14"
East Side
"Satellite"(background part of upper shingles, playing)
21.3" X 14"
East Side

"Satellite"(same house as above)
21.3" X 14"
East Side

 
"Row House"
Off Jefferson, Detroit
21" X 17"
"Untitled"
I10, Lodge area near Livernois
21X15

"Fire in The Sky"
7 Mile near I75 
21" X 15"
2% YO!!
Detroit
21" X 15"
 "Spring is in the Air"
Detroit, off Lafayette
21 X 15"
"Day / Night"
West side Caniff and I75 area
21" X 15"
"No Parking Fire Route"
West Side Detroit 
21" X 15"
"Detroit House 1"
Off 8 Mile, West side I75  
21" X 14"
"Nights a Coming"
Detroit, I75 8 Mile Service Drive 
21" X 15"
"Untitled" 
Detroit (?)
21" X 15"

"Fuck"
John R, Detroit
21" X  15"
"DYKE"
I75 Service Drive and 7 Mile
21" X 15"
"Night has Fallen"
Detroit, Nevada
21" X 15"
"Corner House"
Detroit, West Side
15" X 21"
"Sunshine in the D"
Lodge West Side Detroit 
21" X 15"
"Wanted Richard Snyder"
"Kercheval / Detroit
 15" X 21"
"Night Service" 
Highland Park Building 1
 21" X 15"



3 comments:

  1. Thanks Ryan. One of many Im working on in the series.
    Detroit is so sad outside of a little area downtown. :-(

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  2. This is a great venue. I was here for a party and there was so much food and it was all done so well! The decor and food both were amazing. Personally, I think the space at Los Angeles event venues is laid out really well and the size of the venue keeps pulling great parties.

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