Openings: As Vile As He Wants To BeJerry Vile art openings are as much about the performance as they are about the art on the walls; which itself can also be as much performance as it is painting. It’s art that at first glance may repulse you, it actually grows on you like a favorite song. You can experience for yourself, at his art reception for “The Secret of Life…Revealed, Again, For The First Time, Ever at Inner State Gallery
Videos, sculpture, taxidermy, miniatures, spoken word, (and/or actual performance) collide in flea market of contrasting mediums and styles. It’s often tongue and cheek with other body parts thrown in (he is after all, the creator of Detroit’s infamous and massive X-rated art spectacle, The Dirty Show®) Which provides a great lead in to his most well known work to date, The Crisco Fist. As a public art piece, The Crisco Can received more attention and accolades than any art piece in Detroit’s recent history. Along with his Selling Of Detroit, which included a team of artists hanging sales signs on Detroit’s more famous monuments and landmarks (as well as a hilarious ad in the weekly alt-weekly, The Metro Times) has given the former publisher and punk frontman a new stage to befuddle the masses. It’s pure Detroit agitprop, and it struck a nerve with a city in the those of bankruptcy. They were visually arresting, humorous, surprising and above all, strong statements. Vile that also won an award for Best Public Art a Reader’s poll in that same alt weekly’s poll.
The content of the show was kept a complete mystery to not only the public, but the gallery had no clue what was going on either. From chickens feet hors d’oeuvres to sticker machines, from paintings to trannys to a huge tub of Crisco. Needless to say this show was exactly that, and if you were not entertained or appalled then there was something wrong with you.