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SPRH | DSM-296.44 Bipolar I, Psychotic Features

Square Peg, Round Hole, 2015-2016
“If you choose to represent the various parts in life by holes upon a table, of different shapes,—some circular, some triangular, some square, some oblong,—and the person acting these parts by bits of wood of similar shapes, we shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole. The officer and the office, the doer and the thing done, seldom fit so exactly, that we can say they were almost made for each other.” —Sydney Smith, On the Conduct of the Understanding

Square Peg, Round Hole is a collection of works exploring the spaces and culture of Metro Detroit, where I was born and raised. All works highlight various aspects of Detroit, its history, our stories, and our diverse cultural narratives. The exhibition includes paintings, C-prints, sculptures, video projection, experimental films, and installations built primarily with found objects from Detroit. Video works incorporate footage from recorded drives through various Detroit neighborhoods and appropriated historical images of the area reproduced into experimental animations and projections. (Photos | E. Flatau)

A List of Things One Might Think About While Walking Around In This Show
1. It smells like leather dye, synthetic resin, and tar in here.
2. Why is life, like, just sooooo totes crazy?
3. I like zebras but not donkeys or carrion birds.
4. Am I a square peg? Am I a round hole? Am I some other polygon?
5. Hooray Detroit!
6. Oblong is an awesome word.
7. I will always dance to a Prince song.
8. Are we made for each other?

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