Matthew Loflin Davis
Detroit, MI - October 28, 2003 – Detroit artist
Matthew Loflin Davis invites all artists and art-lovers in the Detroit area to
join him on Belle Isle at the White House on Thursday, October 30, 2003, at 1
p.m. in the afternoon, for a Stone Stack-In. This event supercedes the Rock
Removal Ceremony announced yesterday.
“After some thought, I realized it was a violation of my
artistic integrity to cooperate with the park manager’s order,” said Davis.
“I cannot destroy my art, and I expect that the thousands of people of Detroit who enjoy
seeing the stones on Belle Isle will support me. Ultimately, the installation is
a beautiful thing, put in place by myself and many other people who want to
beautify the island. The island is a public park, and if the will of the public
is to stack rocks on its shore, the right thing to do is to stack the rocks. The
wrong thing to do is to destroy this beauty and tell people they can’t create
He paused, then asked, “What kind of government destroys beauty?”
Davis encourages artists to find creative ways to beautify
the island during the Stack-In. “It doesn’t just have to be about stacking
rocks,” he said. “This is about taking a stand on public art and public art
education. I encourage everyone who comes to create something while they’re on
the island. I will also be giving lessons to anyone who wants to learn how to
Davis asks supporters to meet at the Belle Isle White
House, which is on Inselruhe road near the Aquarium. “Follow the signs to the
Aquarium and look for the crowd,” he said. The group will then make its way to
the installation sight and start stacking.
Davis describes the Stack-In as an act of passive
resistance. “Like the sit-ins of the ‘60s, our goal is to teach and to
passively make a statement, namely to demonstrate our love of public art. Contrast this to the park manager’s
tactics of destruction and ignoring the will of the citizens.”
Aaron Timlin, Executive Director of the Detroit Artist
Market, which has shown Davis’ stone and photographic work, is a strong
supporter of Davis and the Stack-In.
“This is a great opportunity for Belle Isle and Detroit to become the creative center it is meant to be. Matthew's work on Belle Isle gives flight to the Spirit of Detroit and tomorrow's gathering promises a new and exciting step in our journey as human beings, and as Detroiters. I will be there."
Davis and his rock sculptures have been written about by the Detroit Free Press and in papers across the U.S.; the artist has been interviewed by WJBK FOX2 Detroit's Bill Gallagher, and has appeared in local gallery shows at Mack Avenue Gallery and the Detroit Artist Market. He is scheduled to appear on WTBS's Art Beat on November 8 at 2 p.m., and will have an opening at Gallery 4731 on November 15.
For more information, visit www.mldavis.com.
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