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Brett Evans

Shadowbox Holding Glaze, Paint and Stone | 15.5″ x 14″ x 4″ | Glazed stoneware, metal, wood, and other found materials | 2020

Artist Statement

Brett Evans is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores themes of belief systems, identity,material obsolescence, and quotidian poetry. Evans employs the use of shadow box-like containers often built out of clay, an idea pulled from his own familiar history, to hold objects from his own day-to-day narratives.
Beginning his process with handbuilding clay objects and structures, a material he deliberately uses to contrast the found material, and gives the works rigidity through the addition of heat and the phenomenon of glaze. The shadowboxes then are given studio or street ephemera to hold, such as “Shadowbox holding rock”, which(as the title implies) holds a small rock, smoothed to a small round form from years on this earth and painted blue.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Anton Art Center
Detroit Artist Market

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @bretts_evans

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.