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damned -adj. 1. condemned to eternal punishment. 2. detestable; loathsome. 3. complete; absolute
Within the word “damned”, it is easy to envision devils, Hades and hellfire. However, damnation may also reflect the eternal condemnation of self and the subtle abuse of one’s mind against itself. It may reflect the emotional trappings within the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps the immeasurable tendrils that bind us to our deepest longings or deprivations.
DAMNED is an exhibition of those extraordinary creations that often emanate from within these prodigious moments to often reveal enlightenment within our most darkest hours. This is a minute glimpse within the vast shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul that may intrigue, disturb, inspire and/or repulse. A one true reflection of self to express that beauty does lie within the repulsive, balance within imbalance or salvation within personal damnations.
DAMNED first appeared in 2008 on a single night in Detroit, October 30…Devil’s Night. Since the 1970s, this night before Halloween was a dark long-standing tradition where the city destroyed itself from within through fire. Detroit, for one night a year, became a city in flames with fires numbering from 500 to 800 annually. In 1994, the city had enough and organized tens of thousands of volunteers to patrol the streets, squelching fires down to 100 to 150 thus eradicating Devil’s Night.
It was time to bring Devil’s Night back to Detroit. Not to glorify its self-destructive fiery past but to tribute Detroit’s renewal as a phoenix rising from its ashes through an artistic celebration of the diverse human spirit and the immeasurable realms of consciousness. And now each year, an extraordinary assemblage of artists, from the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, display their most introspective creations at DAMNED – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness.
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