POST-CARD series by R.J. + Rebecca

POST-CARD series by RJ + Rebecca

POST-CARD series by R.J. + Rebecca opens to the public at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House on Thursday, June 22nd. Stop by to see this special exhibition during regular gift shop / gallery hours, Thursday - Sunday from 12 - 5 p.m. Images in part of this series are available for purchase to support our vision for Heidelberg 3.0. 

POST-CARD series by  R.J. + Rebecca combines reclaimed paper provided by the Heidelberg Project with letterpress elements from The Alternative Press studio, now housed at the University of Michigan Library. This project is supported by the Design Lab Residency, Shapiro Library, and the University of Michigan. 

Letterpress elements and ink are from The Alternative Press letterpress studio and used with permission of the library and the press's co-founder, Ken Mikolowski. Tree images are drawn by Ann Mikolowski and Gel Pen art is by R.J. Miles. Most type was set and printed on a Chandler and Price platen press by Rebecca Chung, with some elements printed on a flatbed press by both Chung and Miles. 

Dr. Chung is a book a literary historian now studying information science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her letterpress work is also included in the Shakespeare Library and Bodleian Library. In early childhood, Chung lived in the West Village, not far away from the Heidelberg Project site, and was captivated by the Project when she returned to the city in 2012. 

Artist R.J. Miles works with pen and ink and reclaimed paper to provoke reflection on relationships among visual objects, their context, and self-representation. He is also a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His inspiration and work on the "postcard" comes from reflecting on his relationship with his grandfather after learning about Tyree's relationship with his grandfather. 

POST-CARD series by R.J. + Rebecca is on view at the POST-HAB gallery through Saturday, July 15th. The POST-HAB gallery is open Thursday - Sunday from 12 - 5 p.m. 

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Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective

Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective

Opening to the public on Friday, October 21st at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg), Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective takes us on a journey through time with a collection of photographs taken throughout the 30-year span of the Heidelberg Project.

Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective presents a study of the 30-year transformation of the Heidelberg Project while celebrating the life and works of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton.  The exhibition unveils a collection of images (1986 - present) including more than 60 photos from the archives -- many of which have never been released to the public.

The 30-year photo retrospective will feature images of a young Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey during the beginning stages of the Heidelberg Project, as well as iconic Heidelberg Project installations (both past and present) including works that were destroyed by recent fires and the 1991 and 1999 demolitions led by the city of Detroit.

Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective debuts with an open house mixer on Friday, October 21st at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) from 5:30 -8:30 PM. Heidelbergology, a 30-year photo retrospective is on view through Saturday May 13th, 2017. The POST-HAB gallery on Heidelberg street is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m.  

Heidelbergology is curated by HP Programming Manager Margaret Grace. This exhibition is part of Thirty Months of Heidelberg, a series of celebratory experiences and events in conjunction to the 30-year anniversary of the Heidelberg Project. Thirty months of Heidelberg is supported in part by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation,  the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Toni Nunn


Join us as Detroit artist Toni Nunn unveils STONED, a series of new works at the POST-HAB gallery!

Detroit artist Toni Nunn takes us on a journey of quiet contemplation of stone formations to psychedelic trips through fields of flowers via her amazing pencil and ink drawings. These small, monochromatic drawings with pops of bright, vibrant colors were inspired by collections of the 1960's and 1970's and reflect a love for nature and seeing the beauty in the simplest of all things.

"Drawing and graphite was always my first love and the methodical, meditative process helps connect me to my subject matter and my inner self" the artist explains. "Life and nature are similar concepts. Nature is the study of how life interacts within the circle of existence. When we take the time to examine the beauty of the world around us, we are able to see parallels within our own lives. One who is attuned with nature is attuned with the practice of living. All of nature moves in a spiral as do our personal lives. I find that it is important for me to spend time in nature to come back to my true self and become attuned to it's wisdom."

Born and raised in Detroit in the West Grand Boulevard area, Nunn graduated from Siena Heights University with a degree in Fine Arts for drawing and painting. Now hailing from the Heidelberg Project as the Executive Assistant of the Detroit based community organization, Toni is to be honored with a solo exhibition at the POST-HAB gallery in part of the Heidelberg Project's 30-year anniversary celebration.

STONED opens to the public with an open house mixer on Friday, May 20th at the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) from 5:30-8:30 PM. and is on view at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House through Sunday, July 17th. The POST-HAB gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Carrie Dickason

Carrie Dickason Shifting Focus

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.).

Dain Mergenthaler

Dain Mergenthaler Material Desirez

Material Desirez

Are materials desired, desirable, or do the materials themselves desire something else? Composed of intersecting installations, Dain Mergenthaler’s Material Desirez poses more questions than answers, as he grants agency to a bedroom turned art installation at the Heidelberg Project's POST-HAB gallery.

Easily accessible, determinedly facile, trashy, mock luxurious, mass produced, mock glamourous. These select attributes of camp sensibility Mergenthaler draws from Mark Booth’s 1983 book Camp. What is the value of camp, parties, and spectacle? “The parallels and intersections between labor, performance, and material are what drive my practice” Mergenthaler explains. “I use materiality and object-making to create virtual spaces within photograph, video, and installation. These spaces of liminality find themselves deadlocked between opposing spaces: work site, performance site, and sacral site.”

The materials that Mergenthaler animates are not neutral, they are of a certain disposition. For Material Desirez, we see plastic gems, pom-poms, peony roses, and confetti work in concert to convey a sense of saccharin and tragic decadence. In a single bedroom, Mergenthaler, a candidate in Cranbook Academey of Art’s MFA Fiber program, conjures parties and camp, witchcraft, life and death, and Miley Cyrus, questioning the parallels between these disparate forces.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mergenthaler now lives in Hamtramck, Michigan. Dain has traveled around the country for residencies, workshops, and exhibitions including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, and most recently ACRE Residency. It was all in pursuit of a good karaoke bar.

Opening alongside Material Desirez, Detroit photographer Julie MacDonald brings Over the River to exposure., the Number House photo gallery she has debuted and curated throughout this expanded POST-HAB season. The collection explores a sunset study of Detroit as she knows it, from places her grandmother frequented in childhood.

Material Desirez debuts with a first Friday open house mixer on September 4th at the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) from 5:30-8:30pm with live music and libations. Both installations will be on display at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) in the month of September. The POST-HAB gallery is open on Thursdays / Fridays (12-5 p.m.) and Saturdays / Sundays (11-6 p.m.).


Youreself presents: Pasts Presents and Futures

Yourself Presents: Pasts and Futures

Events in time are not perceived as isolated occurrences by those most affected by them. Patterns in history account for social and emotional conflicts felt by many groups but are not always felt by others. How will patterns of empathy change in the future?

Locally based collaborative Yourself seeks an answer to this question through an installation inside the POST-HAB gallery featuring collections by Yourself, including limited edition prints, paintings, drawings, wood cut-outs and found objects.

“Visually seeking to balance chaotic noise and peaceful abstraction, this work is guided by the positions of time.”, explains the artists. “Keeping in mind a diversity of perspectives, the work questions how both an individual and a whole society relates to ideas of the past, the present and the future.”

Yourself is the identity used for a series of works with a constantly changing collection of both artists and non-artists, working on projects involving collaboration, viewer consciousness and public discourse. These projects began in 2011 for a series of public mural projects in Portland, Oakland and Seattle before the project extended to Detroit in 2013. POST-HAB will be the first local gallery to feature Yourself since the collaborative moved bases to Detroit in 2014.

Defined as a “collaborative” in that there are constantly changing participants working together, Yourself offers a prism of perspectives and media. Working in such a way has brought together the diverse practices of the collaborators such as animation, bike-building, graffiti, installation, journalism, painting, performance, photography, printmaking & writing. Recurring collaborators include Alex Milan Tracey, Asker: 3 Dots the Third, Bike A.R.T., Jennifer Quartararo, Johnnie Olivan, Liena Saturn, Ray Spectrum,  and Richard Mutt.

Yourself Presents: Pasts & Futures opens at the POST-HAB gallery in the Number House with an open house mixer on Friday, August 7th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and will be on display through August 27th. The mixer will feature live music and sponsorship by Blue Moon Brewery. The Number House is located at 3632 Heidelberg Street, Detroit, 48207.

Paolo Pedini

Paolo Pedini Simulacrum


1. An image or representation of someone or something.

2. An unsatisfactory imitation or substitute.

Just last year, Paolo Pedini took the Red Bull House of Art by storm. While many were hearing his name for the first time, others recognized this Detroiter by-way-of-Saginaw as a storm long-brewing, with no signs of losing steam. Paolo Pedini’s “Simulacrum” debuts with a first Friday open house mixer outside the Number House, 3632 Heidelberg Street, from 5:30-8:30 PM with live music and libations.

Specializing in collage, painting, drawing, and digital art, Pedini’s contemporary works are peppered with images of ancient Greek and Roman creations. A graduate of Saginaw Valley State University’s B.F.A. program, Paolo continues experimenting with new collage, spray, and stencil techniques, honing his process. “Each piece starts off spontaneously by creating background colors and patterns, later adding foreground figures that are a stark contrast to previous layers.” he explains. It was these bold, contrasting images that first put Pedini on the POST-HAB shortlist. For Paolo, everything comes back to the portrait, a philosophy keenly shared by the Heidelberg Project’s Founder, Tyree Guyton, whose Faces of God series spans over 25 years of work.

Defined as “an image or representation of someone or something, or an unsatisfactory imitation or substitute, Simulacrum for Pedini means calling attention to the form and artistry of the icons often presented in his work. Simultaneously, he transports their classic familiarity into a new, hand-crafted context. “My subjects for these paintings will be products of mass reproduction, facsimiles of modern mythological figures, cultural icons, and subjects from nature.” A reproduction he is not, Paolo Pedini is bringing his own unique contrast to Heidelberg Street, the portrait of a city and a people in flux.

Paolo Pedini’s “Simulacrum” catalyzes the second season of the POST-HAB Gallery experience inside the Number House on Heidelberg Street. July’s exposure. photographer Melissa Weckler brings her Detroit-based work to the gallery with “On Scene”, a collection of photos of Detroit’s finest, the Detroit Fire Department, in action. As a special tribute, a portion of proceeds from “On Scene” will be donated to DFD.

“Simulacrum” and “On Scene” open at the POST-HAB gallery in the Number House with an open house mixer on Friday, July 3rd, from 5:30-8:30 PM and will be on display through July 25th.

Daniel Cicchelli


1. in such a manner that the inner surface becomes the outer

2. in or into a state of disarray often involving drastic reorganization.

With the urge and the will to expose his eclectic inner world to those outside, Daniel Cicchelli’s latest exhibition takes on both the literal and emotional context of its title. The show debuts with a first Friday open house mixer outside the Number House, 3632 Heidelberg Street, from 5:30-8:30 PM with live music and beer from Detroit's own Atwater Brewery.

A lover of many mediums, Cicchelli delves deeper into large scale painting as he delves even deeper into his own artistic identity.”In constant contemplation as to what my work is about, a process that is surely never-ending, I am confident that my reason for creating art lies in something very unprocessed, visceral, and crude,” says the 25 year-old artist. It is this rawness that drew the POST-HAB community to Cicchelli’s work. “I am interested in the organic formation of unrestrained thoughts exposed in tangible forms,” he explains. “These forms are my canvases.”

A BFA recipient out of Wayne State University, Cicchelli is also practiced in Sculpture and is fueled by music performance and travel, the interactions between these passions allowing more and more of his world into ours. An emerging artist on a mission to reveal his inner workings to himself as much as to his viewers, Cicchelli is poised to deliver intensive meditations that are right at home within the whimsy and grit of Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project.

Tony Rave

Tony Rave The Purge

The Purge Exhibit

By Artist Tony Rave

The concept of “The Purge” first came to Tony as a parallel to the movie of the same title, though Tony’s version narrates a purge closer to home, and more socio-economic in nature. Exploring the power of wealth, “The Purge” not only speaks to Tony’s artistic process, but to the reality that those who possess this power are primed to profit from the city’s potential as a result. Using his iconic painted pigs, Rave will tackle the controversy of disparity in Detroit, a city on the cusp of renewal.

“It’s amusing to play with the dualities of power – examining the experience of those who have it and those who don't,” says Rave. “Why not be socially provocative? It's clear that some of us are left out and put down. ART affords us the opportunity to examine this harsh reality.” In this sense, Tony Rave’s work is an interesting conversation on the Heidelberg Project spectrum.

A native Detroiter, Tony Rave knew early on that his journey would be an artistic one. "I happen to be born the same year as the Heidelberg Project (1986) and I was born one mile south in downtown. I became familiar with art at a very early age, creating very easily and fluently at the age of five. At that point, I knew what I was going to be: an artist.”

Rave, a socially conscious creative, holds a deeply philosophical approach to his work. “It is a profound and revolutionary act to create art, even more so is to do so with no regard for the ego,” he explains. “I’m using a palette of the heart-broken and marginalized to collectively uplift all, those are the people I love.”

On view at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House: October 3rd - 24th, 2014


Jimbo Forgotten Galaxy

Artist Statement

James Braddock, born and raised in Detroit, first began his artistic ventures with graphic design, in addition to T-shirtproduction. In 2012, things changed when Braddock met Flaco Shalom and began an apprenticeship with Shalom in August of the following year. February of 2013 saw the exhibition of Braddock's first show entitled, 'Kids'.

Now also known as Jimbo, Braddock's style is a colorful combination of pop art and abstraction. Continuing on this new artistic trajectory, Jimbo aspires to showcase his art at the world's top galleries.

Forgotten Galaxy

Simply put, the 'Forgotten Galaxy' is my interpretation of the Heidelberg Project. It's full of artworks which are considered stars, the house planets, and the people who work there are the citizens of this small universe. Putting a spin on things, the focus of this installation is to show what people often overlook. Adding different faces and colors helps to represent all of the different type of people that make the Heidelberg Project what it is. All pieces in this show will feature many different characters, all of whom resemble children. Children are the focus. When you think about children, the first word that comes into your head should be 'future' or 'potential'. It was this first thought that inspired the creation of the Heidelberg Project in the first place.

In having a discussion with the founder of the Heidelberg Project, Tyree Guyton, the focal point was on outer space. He explained that 'Your art will take you where you want it to...even into outer space.' That's what the HP is. Another galaxy, one that gives its artists a chance to truly create. -- James "Jimbo" Braddock

On view at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House, September 5th - 25th, 2014. 

David Bandlow

David Bandlow Transcending Origins

About the artist: 

“I find it rewarding when people wear and enjoy my pieces.” -Bandlow

My name is David Bandlow. I am a Detroiter, born and raised. Working with a multitude of different media, over the span of a lifetime, I have made art my highest form of expression. Seeking out objects/materials, and repurposing them in my work, has afforded me continuous growth, and constant rebirth, as it richly nourishes my spirit, and rekindles my passion. Creating pieces that represent something familiar, but do not clearly dictate, or even reveal their true identity, I leave the unraveling of these mysteries in the grasp of those who observe them.

Transcending Origins: 

The seed of inspiration for my work was planted in my early life from witnessing the Heidelberg Project bloom in its early incarnation. The "un-struck chord" was sounded, carrying notes of our innate ability to transcend the dictations of conditioning and society. Cultures, indeed civilizations, have been built, one upon the other, using the detritus and resources left behind by more experienced forms of existence. The hand does, the mind wills, but the heart accepts divine actions. Pure consciousness witnesses the coming and going of all forms.

The Heidelberg Project is an integral part of Detroit; a perfect representation of its soul and undying spirit, reflecting in imagery that the city's heart pumps the sustaining force of industry and creativity. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to be a small part of it. --------

Learn more about David by visiting his website, or browse his jewelry and wearable sculpture in his Etsy shop, MenageDetroit!

Transcending Origins is on view at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House, August 1st - 23rd, 2014.