On April 1, 2013


Containment Front

Containment: A Life of Hoarding and Hiding

April 12 – May 11, 2013

Reception: Friday, April 12, 7-10 pm

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, May 11, 2 pm

Announcing the opening of a two-person exhibition, Containment: A Life of Hoarding and Hiding. This exhibition showcases new works by Undine Brod of New York and Clare Fox of Detroit. In addition to the large-scale collaborative installation, the artists will present individually created works. The exhibition will run from April 12 – May 11, 2013. This event  is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

Undine Brod and Clare Fox employ various methods and techniques in their multi-media art-making practices. Personal experience and typically overlooked possessions are utilized for both content and material. The “everyday” becomes significant through various treatments. A shared curiosity of and an obsession for collecting brought about this collaborative effort. As two somewhat transient artists, maintaining storage for their vast collections is a constant struggle. While transitioning between schools, residencies, and job opportunities, the weight of personal possessions has become quite heavy for them. The artists are certain that their affliction – a love of objects and the extremes they go to in housing their objects – is not unique.

Our contemporary culture is one of consumption and collection. Our saved possessions, no matter how ordinary or mundane, are steeped with individual histories. A problem arises however when these objects become too plentiful for a comfortable living space.  In an attempt to explore this problem, Brod and Fox are having a “barn raising” at Whitdel Arts. Their gallery-filling installation will be constructed of reclaimed wood, hardware, and materials sourced in and around Detroit. The structure will be filled with objects from their own collections, from found collections, and from collections contributed by the community. The interior space will weave together various narratives through which a uniform landscape will be created. The interior space shall become a dense, luscious environment, full of texture, pattern, and layers of history. A non-specific memorial will be built for collecting, collections, and collectors.

Open gallery hours are Saturdays during exhibitions, noon-3pm, or by appointment.  For more information about the exhibition, contact Rebecca Vogel-McGowan at

A division of CAID, Whitdel Arts is an 1800 sq. ft. professional exhibition space that showcases the work of local and international established and emerging artists. Whitdel Arts is located at 1250 Hubbard Street, Suite B1, Detroit MI 48209. Whitdel Arts is also located on the web at


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