Closing Soon: 'Perspectives On Pain' And 'Video Artist Ryan Trecartin'

12/16/2011 06:39 pm ET | Updated Dec 19, 2011

This weekend offers one of the last chances to see two eye-opening art exhibits now on display at local galleries. Check them out before the curator's wrap them up and ship them out.

"Perspectives on Pain" at Work:Detroit

The great painter Paul Gauguin once remarked, "I am a great artist and I know it. The reason I am great is because of all the suffering I have done." While many thinkers and critics have commented on the connection between art and pain, the University of Michigan School of Art & Design decided examine that connection in an exhibit wrapping on Dec. 30.

Curators Adrianne Finelli and Dan F. Friedlaender say the show, currently on view at the Work:Detroit gallery, asks viewers:

How do we begin to talk about pain, to share and explore it? While ubiquitous, pain remains a profoundly personal experience that many do not discuss or reveal. We hide it, we mask it, we manage it, but rarely are we implored to talk about pain. So how does one describe and depict pain? Can we find constructive ways of expressing it?

More than 25 different artists attempted to answer those questions. The exhibit's curators hope it "will create a reinforced sense of humanity and collectiveness among viewers: bringing us closer to confronting our own experiences of pain."

The exhibition is open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday through Dec. 30. Work:Detroit is located at the University of Michigan Detroit Center at Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150 in Midtown Detroit. For more information, call PH: 313-593-0940 or visit

"Video Artist Ryan Trecartin" at CCS

Using a cast of close friends, Ryan Trecartin makes short, loosely-plotted surreal video collages that seem to drive art critics crazy. The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl called Trecartin's work "an exhilarating onslaught of animation-enhanced performances" and referred to him as "the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties."

New York Times critic Roberta Smith says Trecartin "shreds the false dichotomies and mutually demonizing oppositions that have plagued the art world for decades."

Now Detroiters can see if the hype is true by taking a trip to see his "Trill-ogy COMP" exhibition at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

"Video Artist Ryan Trecartin" runs through Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Center Gallery, 201 E. Kirby in Detroit. For more information visit the Center Gallery website.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story listed incorrect times for "Video Artist Ryan Trecartin" at the Center Gallery. The show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 17.

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