Images from Picnics in the Polar Vortex

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Afghan Fortress, Dan DeMaggio

 

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Quiet in the Flowers: Photos by Bridget Quinn and Timothy Boscarino / arrangements by Sara Milner and Bridget Quinn

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Detail from “Detroit Toolkit” by Jacqui Au

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Circular Commute: Photos by Jula Osten and Bridget Quinn/ Screenshot from Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

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Human Geology: Photos by Lauren & Ryan Harroun and Bridget Quinn / Event Score by Joey Landis / Assemblage by Caitlin Drinkard and Bridget Quinn / found objects

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The Shape of the Flora: Photo by Trisha Holt / Photograms by Megan Major

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Handmade Paper from Meg Heeres’s Invasive paper project.

 

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Birdwatching in the Barricades: Photos by Bridget Quinn and Lauren Harroun / google satellite images

 

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Picnic Map by Timothy Boscarino

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Picnic Map by Timothy Boscarino

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Library containing books contributed by members of Picnic Club and videos made by Augusta Morrison, Jula Osten and Emily Gustufson.


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Sonic Picnic Basket – Listening Party & Spaghetti Dinner

sonic picnic basketValentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner

& Listening Party in the Land of Spinning Shadows
with special guest Dr. Ladybear
Suggested Donation $5

Join us in a basket! Picnic Basket is a 33-minute composition woven of the sounds of 23 solitary picnics that occurred on November 23rd, 2014 separate in space, together in time. The weaver, Emily Gustafson will debut her composition twice (4:00 & 7:30) with live accompaniment by sound artist-musician, Adam Pierce. We invite you to enjoy these foreign and familiar sounds within a changeable landscape of light and shadow.

Between performances, step into Dr. Ladybear’s office where she will write your valentines to loved and difficult ones. She is a psychic-psychoanalyst, a doctor of letters, master of feelings, with a care for the world. She looks forward to working with you and your heart feelings.

Bring your loneliness, your dreamiest dreams, your disgust with the whole thing, your friend, your lover in whatever combination and let’s make this a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Schedule:
1:00 Gallery Opens for the Day!
4:00 SONIC PICNIC BASKET Performance
4:33 – 7:30 Dr. Ladybear Office Hours
5:00 Spaghetti Dinner! +Beer and Wine
7:30 SONIC PICNIC BASKET Performance
9:00 XOXO end OXOX

 

 

Picnic Basket Contributors:
ANNE REINHARDT
AMY KELLY
GREG BAISE
JACQUI AU
AUGUSTA MORRISON
TOM FRIEL
MICHAEL COLLINO
BRIDGET QUINN
LAUREN & RYAN HARROUN
EMMY BRIGHT
ADAM PIERCE
VINNIE MASSIMINO
MICHELE PEARSON
EMILY GUSTAFSON
COLLETTE CZARNECKI
HAMILTON POE
CHRIS REILLY
CAITLIN DRINKARD
MICHAEL TOSTO
NEIL WALSH
JULE OSTEN
JOEY LANDIS

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Rambling alert!

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Saturday, January 31
Gallery hours 1-6; ramble leaves at 2
Public Pool,
3309 Caniff Hamtramck 48212

Picnic Club will be joining forces with the Detroit Area Rambling Network for a picnic adventure starting at 2:00 this Saturday, January 31. We’ll set out on a hike in the direction of the I-94 Industrial Renaissance Zone, which hosted Picnic Club’s inaugural event in April of last year. We’ll be returning to see what’s changed on this urban prairie as the seasons have passed. Where we once rustled through brush participating in the “Birdwatching Within the Barricades” picnic, we’ll find a scene rendered unrecognizable by more than a mere layer of snow.

Check out the DARN blog for more information and photos on this special picnic and other rambles! From there you can also sign up for the mailing list to receive timely ramble updates. Hope to wander with you this weekend!

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Ideas for Creative Leisure

Saturday January 24th, 1-6pm

@ Public Pool 3309 Caniff Avenue, Hamtramck

Join us this Saturday for “Ideas for Creative Leisure” a picnic workshop focused on accumulating both inspired and mundane ideas for recreation. We will draw inspiration from the Fluxus event scores of Yoko Ono, George Brecht and others. The original event scores that are produced during this workshop will be distributed to the masses via a 25 cent vending machine located within the gallery. This is also a great opportunity to see the “Picnics in the Polar Vortex” exhibition, and peruse the Picnic Club Library!

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Picnics in a Polar Vortex

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An exhibition at Public Pool Art Space

Opening January 10th 2015 ( 7-10 pm)

Gallery Hours: Saturdays Jan 17th-Feb 21st 1-6pm

The centrifugal force of the polar vortex of 2013 was so strong that it spun bright imagery of a million summertimes onto our retinas despite the blinding darkness of evenings spent inside. Those mirages of summer mark the beginning of Picnic Club, and in the midst of another Michigan winter we reflect on the picnics of our memories and revel in apparitions of picnics of the future.

The Picnic Club has evolved into a series of playfully curated happenings driven by a shared curiosity about the everyday landscapes that surround us. A picnic is a perfect social form for exploration, observation, play, and collaboration. So much time is spent just passing through the world around us… yet, at a picnic you are invited to stay a while. Our semi-organized wanderings have lead us to a silent evening spent arranging flowers behind a strip mall, a circular commute on the people mover, and bird-watching within the barricades of the I-94 industrial renaissance zone. This exhibition is a survey of our adventures thus far.

Join us for a picnic at Public Pool every Saturday beginning with the opening picnic party this Saturday evening 7-10pm and every Saturday after that from 1-6pm, closing on February 21st.

Contributors:

Jacqui Au

Greg Baise

Michael Bogdan

Timothy Boscarino

Emmy Bright

Michael Collino

Colette Czarnecki

Dan Demaggio

Caitlin Drinkard

Tom Friel

Emily Gustafson

Lauren Rossi Harroun

Ryan Harroun

Meg Heeres

Trisha Holt

Amy Kelly

Alissa Lamarre

Joey Landis

Megan Major

Charley Marcuse

Vinnie Massimino

Sara Milner

Augusta Morrison

Jula Osten

Michele Pearson

Adam Pierce

Hamilton Poe

Bridget Quinn

Chris Reilly

Anne Reinhardt

Rachel Thompson

Michael Tosto

Neil Walsh

 

Also, Thank you to Public Pool, for hosting us in their beautiful space and  to everyone who has attend a picnic with us this year!

 

Call for Submissions!

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Submission deadline: December 14th

Picnic Club is pleased to announce our first exhibition! The exhibition is being hosted by Public Pool in Hamtramck and will open January 10th and close on February 21st, with a series of picnics occurring throughout the show! The exhibition will function as a survey of our first year of picnics, a travel agency of the cracks in the sidewalk, a library and an art exhibition. We need your help! If you have attended a picnic and have ANY photos, artifacts or art objects that resulted we would love to display them!

What we are looking for:

  • Images (prints or digital… of any quality… even cell phone photos!)
  • Text (original and books/magazines you brought to picnic club or feel would fit well in our library)
  • Audio, video
  • Art objects and found objects

To Contribute:

  • Please submit digital images/videos/audio to: picnicclubdetroit@gmail.com by December 14th 2014
  • If you have physical objects or other media you would like to display please drop them off at our next picnic on December 7th or, you may drop them off at Techshop (800 Republic Drive, Allen Park, MI) between 9am-midnight by December 14th. Please write ATTN: Bridget Quinn on the package. Objects and artwork will be returned to you at the conclusion of the show. OR email Picnicclubdetroit@gmail.com if you need to schedule a pick up!
  • We are also looking for a television set and DVD player. If you have one that we can borrow for the show, let us know!