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The Super Stiletto and the Heroine Heel

Topher Crowder grew up on the notion that ordinary guys could save the day. Just throw on that super hero leotard, and Poof! Bam! Pow!, there'd be a lot of saving babes and conquering evil going on. Well, it didn't take long for Topher to realize that he did not have anything in his own closet, or dresser drawers, that could ever transform him into one of the hero's he admired in the comic books. The large scale paintings (shown above), made from the frames of old box-springs slathered with paint, characterize Topher's adult obsession- the heel. Whether it be kitten, clog or stiletto- Women's shoes possess an undefined power we can all relate to. Inspired by his wife's shoe collection and hundreds of old fashion mag's, Topher vividly illustrates every fashionista's modern day power symbol.

You can view Topher's work at the Wayne State University MFA Thesis show, located in the Art Department Gallery.

Opening Reception: Tonight, Friday, February 19th, 5-8pm
Exhibit runs through Friday, March 19th.


No Vacancy ~ January 9 -February 23, 2010
Photo: Nicola Kuperus “Higgens 10 Gauge,” Detroit.
Butcher’s Daughter Gallery

In a world that rarely affords the opportunity for genuine contemplation, art creates a space in which the viewer can momentarily escape the everyday. Regardless the medium or the message, the artist is responsible for every choice found therein. As such, the process of
creating art is anything but shallow, empty, or inactive.

There is no vacancy in art.

Art is basically made by dissatisfied people who are willing to find some means torelieve the dissatisfaction.” –John Chamberlain

“Discontent is the first step in progress.” –Oscar Wilde
Taken from the curatorial statement of Valaire Van Slyck, 2010

Exhibiting Artists:
Sam Bassett, Michael Bevilacqua, Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings, Erik den Breejen, Brock Enright, Jack Featherly, Jonah Freeman, Kate Gilmore, Andrew Guenther, Kent Henricksen, Sissel Kardel, Nicola Kuperus, Justin Lowe, Shannon Lucy, Dave Muller, Guy Overfelt, Tyson Reeder, Michael St. John, Johannes Vanderbeek, Wendy White, Sherry Wong.