We chatted with Detroit-based artist and curator, Jack O. Summers, to talk about his background in the arts as well as how he decided to do a show about the relationship between text and image.
His interest in art began in Detroit
I had a good beginning with art in the Detroit Public School System, and at Cass Tech, in particular. We had a good program in lettering, and we had good design background, so the combination of the two really made me appreciate lettering and design.
He thinks the Detroit Art Scene is underrated
I’m on the exhibition committee at the Detroit Artists Market, I’m also a member of the Hatch Gallery in Hamtramck. The Detroit art scene, to me, is a little underrated, I don’t think it gets the attention that it really needs and should have, because there’s really some wonderful, wonderful artists. I like to have shows that highlight some of these artists so we don’t take them for granted. We need to focus more on our local artists.
Jack enjoys doing exhibitions that are unexpected.
I like to do shows that I think are a little under the radar and I think this topic (Text/Image) is one of them. We take text for granted, we take image for granted, and putting them together I think enhances them. I like to emphasize things that I don’t think are appreciated.[hr]
Text/Image will be on display in the 117 Gallery until June 3.