“Change is happening regardless and we are ready or not”—Tiffany Massey
Massey’s bricks, bling and body adornments seduce with luster and tactility. Her work emanates strength and yet, it begs to be touched. These coveted objects invite the viewer to step ever closer until one’s visual perception of self is reflected back.
Tiffany Massey’s work is unapologetic and forcefully positioned as a critical stance on class and race. Through the very nature of reflection, many of her pieces seduce the consumer of art into considering their own socio-economic and socio-cultural positions.
“Our lives are a constant reevaluation and maneuvering of identity. That’s where my work lives; in the liminal space between thought and action, between our intentions and our effect on the social world(s) around us.”—Michelle D’Cruz
D’Cruz’s work is intense and at times frenetic. Whether drawings or typography, her patterns entwine and overlap until their origins become uncertain. Her prints reference the uncertainty of one’s sense of self and personal (mis) understandings of social standing. Through undulating forms, and enigmatic folds, they speak to the absurd side of human experience. D’Cruz’s work surpasses the boundaries of the 2-dimensional page—imprinting itself on the very architecture of the gallery.
On April 2, 2016, Reverb Art + Design invites the public to attend it’s opening show, Untethered. The exhibition will be curated by Northside’s own, Michelle D’Cruz and will feature the work of Detroit-based Artist, Tiffany Massey. D’Cruz will also present a typographic series in dialog with Massey’s collection.
Massey earned her MFA in Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work, inspired by African standards of economic vitality, includes both largescale and wearable sculptures. Massey counts the iconic material culture of 1980’s hip-hop as a major influence in her jewelry. She presents class and race through the lens of an African diaspora, combined with material drawn from her experience in Detroit.
D’Cruz holds an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work abstracts forms and patterns to act as language through visual representations of the body, culture, tradition and behavior. Such representations become both signifiers of experience and guides to interpreting work.
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Opening: April 2, 2016, from 6-9 pm