Art Galleries

3 At Once
Flatlanders Art Galleries proudly presents 3 solo exhibitions of important Detroit artists. These artists' work will be available for viewing at the Flatlanders Art Galleries from November 20, 2005-January 8, 2006.

An opening reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, November 20th, 1 to 4 PM.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 8 to 5 PM
Saturday 10 to 4 PM
Sunday 1 to 4 PM


Charles Magee
The works of Charles Magee are a reflection of his perceptions and understandings about nature, and also include relationships between people and society.

Creating abstract works using various media including sculpture, painting, and collage, Magee illustrates that the whole of a piece of artwork, like any particular thing in the natural world is perceived in one fashion while a closer look reveals more intimate details. According to Magee, the parts of the whole are often different, indeed never identical, but variations on a theme and all have a specific purpose.

 Al Hinton
Al Hinton is one of the country's premier mixed-media artists and for the past 29 years, a tenured professor of art at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design at Ann Arbor.

Hinton's art works have been viewed in solo and group exhibitions, public and corporate collections, and in articles and reviews throughout the United States. Hinton has received numerous awards and honors for his outstanding achievements as a professional artist both nationally and internationally. Using mixed medium materials, fabricated and founded objects, he creates abstract collages that often explore ancient symbols and mythology to find a new meaning. Hinton stated that his mixed medium collages are "intimately involved with the exploration of layered illusion and depth perceptions." Using abstract grids, figure and natural forms his works have involved the use of industrial materials, plastics, polymers, roplex and metals as collage elements affixed to durable surfaces. Al Hinton is a spirit master of directness. His frontal assault on painting, attacking it simply as if it were sculpture moves the academic issues aside, allowing one to feel the full impact of his images and the intensity of his concerns.

Unconfined by the constraints of painting an sculpture, this new work strikes a balance between them with a characteristic intuitive immediacy. It is free to be interpreted in urgent response to the theme of identity, the ideas are calculated to target the inter thoughts.

In my recent work the idea I have tried to convey is growth. Growth the metaphor follows a specific rhythym related to forms that are   distinct from the moment they emerge as concept. I am enthusiastic about my recent works. They are a summing up of biomorphic codes and deciphers that   refer to natural growth and universal rhythms.

"When we perceive the ways of Nature, we remove the conflict from within ourselves and discover a harmony of body and mind in accord with the flow of the Universe." Sei 2002   At an early age I always loved to feel the power and energy that comes from trees. In Japan we live in urban areas but have a reverence for nature, witness the numerous   public and private parks and gardens. In Japanese culture, big, strong dignified trees are called (Shinboku 'God Tree'.) They are found in temples and shrines. Shinboku Trees are deified and made national treasures.

What time is to the Musical Composer, space is to the painter. Musical rhythm consists of intervals marked off and experienced in time: time is a medium. Pictorial rhythm consists of intervals registered in space: space is the medium. Time and spatial configuration is what I want the viewer to experience, read and reference. Without the intrusion of specific images of real objects, the image is not diluted. The viewer is invited to form an almost mystic contemplation of what is, after all, a prime element of the Universe, Shinboku

For further information contact Al Hinton (734) 485-2620

  ahinton@umich.edu