Artist: Carrie Dickason

Shifting Focus

Influenced by observations of nature, combined with interests in the constructed environment and consumer society, Carrie Dickason’s experimental works explore the experience of looking, as well as reflecting upon how ideas and thought patterns affect emotional and physical well-being. With an installation at the Heidelberg Project's POST-HAB gallery, Shifting Focus opens with a first Friday open house mixer on October 2nd at the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) from 5:30-8:30 PM. This event will feature libations, live music, and drinks by Drifter Coffee

The installation includes layers of new works made primarily of cut paper and spray paint. Dickason develops patterns and systems using familiar materials ranging from tape and plastic packaging, to automotive leather and foam. According to the artist, “The work has developed from choosing to trust in the unknown- taking risks in the studio: employing the process of working subtractively, rather than additively; using new materials, rather than post-consumer materials; embracing the unfamiliar with the belief that new answers lie within.”

Carrie received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has had residencies at the Corporation of Yaddo; Santa Fe Art Institute; and Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd School of Architecture. She has lived in the Detroit city of Hamtramck for five years, while working at the automotive trim shop, HOF Designs. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Denver, Columbus, Toronto, Cleveland, St. Petersburg, Washington DC, Detroit, Hamtramck, among others. She is currently working as a staff artist at the Vermont Studio Center, where she spends time learning from a new landscape of rivers and mountains.

What was once a residential home on Heidelberg Street, the Number House is no longer used as its intended purpose as a conventional living space but serves as a vibrant home for art. Season two of POST-HAB features five artist rotations, as well as a simultaneous rotation of photography exhibits, dubbed “exposure.” Opening alongside Shifting Focus Belgian born photographer Bruno Vanzieleghem is to unveil Singular Impressions, a collection of snapshots taken over the course of two years. These images explore the connection to place, his unique impression of Detroit and how it has become to feel like home. Both installations will be on display at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) in the month of October. The POST-HAB gallery is open on Thursdays / Fridays (12-5 p.m.) and Saturdays / Sundays (11-6 p.m.).