Jason J. Ferguson, Dining Room, 2013. Trailer, wood, welded steel, carnival lights, altered dinette set, wall paper, audio, and mixed media.

“(in)Habitation”

Detroit

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Habitation has become a popular topic in Detroit. Credit the many pictures of abandoned buildings circulating as “ruin porn.” Credit, too, the late Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, a full-size re-creation of his childhood Detroit home, permanently moored behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). In timely response, MOCAD mounted the provocative group show “(in)Habitation,” which featured sculptural installations by Michigan artists Matt Kenyon, Osman Kahn, and Jason J. Ferguson. Using flashing lights, motors, a magnet, custom electronics, and software, the artists invested traditional concepts of habitation with ideas about corporatism, the housing crisis, spiritual faith, and the gulf separating private from public space…see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.

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