For those of us who chased fairies in our backyards and played with make-believe friends, there’s Samara Golden’s two-story trompe l’oeil installation—it’s one for the dreamers. More specifically, it’s for those who fantasize about a world beyond.
At the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s “People’s Biennial,” curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann have selected a group of established artists to, in turn, choose their own non-art world collaborators. But “outsider art” hardly begins to cover the kinds of creative practices on display.
It’s not a new idea to try and recreate the artist’s studio inside the gallery. “Material Affair,” though, fortunately proves that the idea can be carried out in a way that doesn’t fetishize the artistic process. “Material Affair” presents the artist’s studio not as a clichéd, Joyce Pensato-style, paint-splattered sanctuary, but alternately as a workshop, a storage facility, and a place of compiling and categorizing that contemporary, multidisciplinary artists will certainly find true to life.