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Austin Ackles

Four You | 24″ x 20″ | 2021

Artist Statement

I grew up in Flint, Michigan and the neighborhood where I spent nearly all of my childhood was bulldozed and is since a grassy field. That event was the erasure of an early life of disenfranchisement and resistance to gender norms but still those shaky foundations will always be present in my work. I’ve traveled a good deal and have seen so much art there is a mountain of influence: textiles, beaded work, rock wall paintings and hieroglyphics are particularly important resources for me. Fears that we cannot reconcile ourselves to live equitably together, wield technology responsibly, and treat our planet respectfully inform my compositions.

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @danielaustinackles

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.