Currently residing inside the Dreamland Theater of Ypsilanti Mi is a collection of works that, not ironically, spread out like a glittering showroom of local talent and pure creative exuberance. I’m talking about the assemblage curator Chris Sandon has compiled for DBQP (or Dirty Brothers Quality Productions) presents: GOLD show.
As you can imagine every detail of this event is smeared in a perfect shade of sparkly awesomness, and the unique and comical art collection flecked on the walls is indeed on the level, but it’s what we can’t see going on here that’s actually the real treasure. Here is a collection of some of the finest alchemist punks I know, doing what they do best, and having way too much fun while they’re doing it….
(A quick briefing on the Ypsilanti subculture)
Many times in my organizational life have I worked with and enjoyed the band of misfits that currently occupy the Dreamland Theater scene. The building itself is a puppet theater with regular events and workshops. Not your everyday puppet theater (as if there even were any), the Dreamland puppet troupe have quite a few outlandish plays up their sleeves, several revolving on comedic pop culture spoofs twisted through their imaginative anarchist lens. When the sun goes down, the space has been host to countless local art and musical arrangements, festival headquarters, and generally..acts as an incubator for the eclectic and ever-changing Ypsilanti scenesters* to showcase their collective talent *(I mean this in the nice old school kind of way, not the new insulting way). The creators of the DBQP team also hail from this funky little downtown spot, but to summarize their organization, it’s much more incredible to let them do it themselves: “A big blanket fortress inside which a bunch of art-rejects can have a creative pillow fight“.
He’s not kidding.
There usually are pillows, or at least, stuff animals duct-taped to your hands.
So, combining all these elements its easy to see why I can call the GOLD show event a fantastic spectacle and can be accurate 100%. The art was great, the music was wonderful (vids below), and the tomatoes tasted delicious.
Below is my piece for the show….Title: “Flying Golden Owl Squid”