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Kasper Ray O’Brien

SHOW ME LOVE | 48″ x 23″ x 12″ | Plaster, unitard, human hair, metal drain, enamel paint, wood, black spray paint, epoxy, polyurethane foam | 2020

Artist Statement

Kasper Ray O’brien (b. 1992, Southgate, MI ; currently lives and works in Detroit, MI) uses both drawing and sculpture to consider the relationship between the body as a condensed expression of force and the potency of the fragment. By casting directly from his own body, Kasper confronts and engages with personal narratives involving sex, queerness, trauma, and comfort. Through the concept of the mask, he contends with self-image, persona, and performative anonymity. Kasper received his BFA from the college for creative studies, Detroit.


Artwork/s at the following locations:
M Contemporary Art
Public Pool
Scarab Club

Artist Website + Social Media: 
Instagram @kasper_ray

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.