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Cherry Wood

Serenatas | Performance art | 4″ x 6″ | Photography by Camera Noctua @camera.noctua | Film processing by NIMM FILM @nimmfilm |
Artist in residency at TAKT Leipzig @taktleipzig | Project founded by The Canada Council for the Arts. @canada.council

Artist Statement

Cherry Wood is an artist and notary public using self-created puns, photography, sculpture, and performance art. Currently, Wood is writing the story of his alter ego using Serenatas (Serenades) as an iterative part of the character. The camera captures both still and video images. The performances are in spaces like motels and the park. The work portrays Wood interacting with models he wraps in Saran wrap and sometimes bags in banana bags, representing a ritual action of love or death posing for the camera.
Wood’s work has been exhibited in galleries, in museums, and at performance art festivals, including the Venice International Performance Art Week in Italy, the Detroit Historical Museum, and Canada’s Museum London. His work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, NALAC, the Ontario Arts Council, and Red Bull Arts.
Cherry Wood lives in a Detroit suburb. His upcoming events in June include a performance piece on the 30th June at Mighty Real/Queer Detroit and a 10-day performance workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico, with La Pocha Nostra.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Galerie Camille

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @cherrywood139

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.