Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Recommendation Guest Post: Cully Sommers

Chris Turner  
LA from Detroit                                                                                                                      
Detroit, United States: DittoDitto, 2012                                                                                                
51 pp., 8 x 16", perfect bound. ​                                                                      
Edition of 200          

LA from Detroit is an artist book by Chris Turner. The work featured was completed during a winter retreat to Los Angeles.  ​Christopher Turner, sculptor, painter and mixed media artist, is a Detroit resident who learned his welding skills as a journeyman in Iron Workers Local #25. Turner’s most well-known work, a collaboration with sculptor Mathew Blake, is the massive stainless steel ‘Millennium Bell’, located in Grand Circus Park in Detroit, 26 feet in height with a total weight of ten tons. It is a working public sculpture, albeit one that is sounded just once a year at midnight on December 31/January 1.  Turner’s works have been shown throughout Ontario and Michigan.

LA from Detroit is available from from DittoDitto and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) store, for $25.00.


Cully Sommers is a librarian in the Music, Arts and Literature Department at the Detroit Public Library (DPL). Son of Detroit counterculture artist Robin Sommers, Cully has been immersed in the Detroit art scene from birth. Having dabbled in local art and experimental music projects in the past, Mr. Sommers now devotes his efforts to the music and art collection at DPL as well as curating the department’s Tumblr page @detroitlib.

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