Detroit, Mich. (September 29, 2014) Purge of ego, selfish gain and facades leave only true self for the masses. This is Tony Rave’s mantra for his upcoming exhibition, “The Purge”, on display at the POST-HAB gallery from October 3rd through October 26th. The show debuts with a first Friday open house mixer outside the Number House, 3632 Heidelberg Street, from 5:30-8:30 PM.
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.”
“The Purge” opens at the POST-HAB gallery in the Number House with an open house mixer on Friday, October 3rd, from 5:30-8:30 PM and will be on display through October 26th. The mixer will feature a live dj and free beer, courtesy of Blue Moon Brewery. The Number House is located at 3632 Heidelberg Street, Detroit, 48201.
The Heidelberg Project is a 501 © 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and improve the social and economic health of their greater community.