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+ Also coming December 5 2014: KRAMPUS NIGHT +
On October 30th through November 1st 2014 in Detroit comes an extraordinary assemblage of artists from across this world to display their most introspective creations at DAMNED – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness. From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse. Rising from within the ashes of Detroit’s historic institution of Devil’s Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live ethereal music and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.
There are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that surround the exhibition:
- 10/30 “The Darkness” – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimate VIP Preview/Artist Reception, a formal absinthe tasting, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental performances.
- 10/31 “The Enlightenment” – A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal. This gala night features a VIP sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with with paired libations and exotic fire performances.
- 11/01 “The Masquerade” – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball, an elegant seated 6-course aphrodisiac-inspired dinner, intriguing dance performance interludes, the dreamworld aural ambiance of Sugar Hiccup and a menagerie of cirque performances all night.
Each night also holds various unique features which include a VIP Preview with Artist Reception, a formal absinthe tasting, an elegant aphrodisiac-inspired dinner, a formal mask-mandatory masquerade ball, a lush Moroccan-inspired VIP mezzanine overlooking the gallery, a gallery store to purchase art, our Devil Girl hostesses and, of course, the art.
SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique has graciously donated one of their finest creations to help those in need on our city streets. At midnight on November 1st during the Masquerade Ball, one winner will be chosen to receive the Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring© crafted in AG’s custom surgical stainless steel alloy with custom blended three dimensionally bonded reinforced ceramic inlay (or $980US credit towards the retail value of an alternate design). All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will go to our favorite local charity Burners Without Borders, which coordinates dozens of volunteers to hand pack hundreds of survival backpacks filled with basic needs (canned goods, water, toiletries, underclothing, gloves, blankets, etc). Then, during the colder months, BWB scatters throughout the forgotten parts of our city and personally hand them out face-to-face. This is real-life grassroots community “giving” by volunteers in the true spirit of the word with no corporate management profiteering! Your funds help to purchase those backpacks and their contents. For further details, or to enter online, please visit the AG Fundraiser page.
INTRODUCTION | THE DAMNED DEFINED