Detroit’s Pop Art Princess has been getting around, with successful exhibits in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Traverse City… Well a girl’s gotta début somewhere!! That’s right! Opening July 31st at InsideOut Gallery is Niagara’s first show in Michigan after ten years!
Once you see a Niagara you will never forget. There is only an insatiable need for more.
It’s not every day that a world famous artist is born, bred, and stays in Detroit to make art. Now that is what I call love. It seems as if Niagara has met her muse with this city and their affection is inseparable. This “Motor City Queen” is a triple threat as an artist, thesexy lead vixen in her bands (Destroy All Monsters & Dark Carnival), and as a writer (Beyond the Pale). What’s next for this leading lady? She has branched out in fashion with a series by Hysteric Glamour in Japan, and with a shoe series in collaboration with Vans. Appearance on a TV show has even already been covered with the series Offbeat America on HGTV. All that is missing from this arsenal is a movie, but even that may pop up in the future. This long list of achievements makes a proven point that this Renaissance woman really can do it all.
Niagara’s iconic style is not to be forgotten. Artistically, Niagara incorporates a shifting, off-register look to her paintings. The lines are never meant to be perfect, while the colors are usually met to juxtapose. Her subjects usually consist of beautiful and dangerous heroines with hypnotized males waiting in the shadows. The femme fatale quality of Niagara’s compelling ladies shows each vamp in a range of emotion, from violent and seductive, to indulgent and virginal.
It is this unrivaled style that attracted InsideOut Gallery to ask her to do a painting show. The newly remodeled art gallery needed a strong subject to coincide with the Traverse City Film Festival. Niagara will be debuting 40 new works with an “old Hollywood theme.” Kristi Kates from Northern Express interviewed Niagara, who explains “that film connection may be the reason the InsideOut Gallery booked my show to coincide with Michael Moore’s film festival,” Niagara says, ‘I’ve painted certain film stars of the 20th century for this show, with elements gleaned from film noir.’”
The show, titled Niagara Phobia, is running from July 31st to August 18th. The opening reception is this coming Saturday starting with a VIP Reception from 6-8 (tickets available at the gallery), followed by a public reception from 8-9. The culmination of this event is a two hour set from Jason (Von Bondies) Stoellstiemer’s new band “Hounds Below”! The only thing to keep in mind about this outrageous event is to plan ahead for a place to crash since the city will also be booked for the Film Festival.
**All the images shown above are available for purchase as limited edition serigraphs and giclees.
***To order visit http://www.niagaradetroit.com/print.htm
Inside Out Gallery
Address: 229 Garland St, Traverse City MI, 49684.
#: (231) 929-3254
All Niagara Images Used with Permission
Photo of Niagara by Tom Pidgeon