Saturday, May 7, 6-10pm, Opening Reception
Saturday, May 14, 1-6pm, Gallery Hours
Saturday, May 21, 1-6pm, Gallery Hours (Art Talk 2pm)
Saturday, May 28, 1-6pm, Gallery Hours
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a Double Rainbow” is an introspective glimpse into the fantasy world of artist Shaina Kasztelan. Through heavily decorated painting and sculpture, Kasztelan examines her own childhood anxieties and reminisces over self medicated hallucinations she has experienced throughout her disobedient youth. The work, while playful on the surface, investigates the surreal and darkly distorted perception of reality brought on by mind altering substances, the stigma of mental illness and the inevitable effects on a loner teenager. Self described as “Lisa Frank on acid”, this exhibition employs kitsch pop art memorabilia to resurrect 90s girl nostalgia in a psychedelic haze which desires to illuminate the pleasures and fears of recreational drug use in a culture where things are thoughtlessly consumed and quickly disposed of. Products, relationships, social media- Kasztelan aims to highlight a contemporary generation whose happiness is shaped by instant gratification, always looking for the next best thing.
Shaina Kasztelan (b. 1990, Sterling Heights, MI) is an American artist living and working in Detroit, MI. She received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2012 with a concentration in painting and a minor in ceramics. Past exhibitions have taken place at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Detroit Artists Market and the Red Bull House of Art.