When Jesse Cory and his team from 1xRUN
moved their e-commerce art startup to Eastern Market, they also brought a retail component with it from downtown Royal Oak.
Inner State Gallery opened at 1410 Gratiot Ave. a year ago and has since hosted a number of contemporary artists, both national and international. It's part of the gallery's visitng artist program, although its founders don’t necessarily refer to it as that.
"It's not really a program," says Jesse Cory, partner with Inner State Gallery
. "We have a loft for the artist to live here and make artwork."
The artist will live at the gallery for a month, giving them a home base to practice their craft in Detroit and host an exhibition. Shark Tooth
, a Los Angeles graffiti artist, will host "I'm Shark Tooth, Who The Hell Are You?" at Inner State Gallery this weekend.
Inner State Gallery hosted Jerry Vile
last month and will host Meggs
, an Australian-based artist, later this summer. Most of the artists participating in the program are muralists.
"You'll see more murals popping up in Eastern Market," Cory says.
Source: Jesse Cory, partner with Inner State Gallery
Writer: Jon Zemke
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