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Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 12:28 p.m.

Downtown art studio hosting 'pop-up' installation on foreclosure during Midnight Madness

By Bob Needham

A "pop-up" gallery installation taking place during downtown Ann Arbor's Midnight Madness celebration on Friday takes an artful look at the country's foreclosure crisis.

The work in progress "Dream House" will be showcased in the studio of local artist Margaret Parker, which is located above Downtown Home & Garden on Ashley Street.

According to an announcement of the event, "'Dream House' delves into our hopes, dreams and fears about home. During this epidemic of foreclosures, the safety and security of home takes on an air of dislocation. The floating installation is a simplified house structure that viewers walk though. It’s woven out of cut up T-shirts, our second skins that we make personal with printed causes, team numbers and memorabilia. Woven together in a rough and eccentric pattern into the house structure, they create the sense of a circumstance we are collectively going through."

Video projections are another element of the installation. A workshop through writing center 826Michigan, organized by Shoshana Hurand and Onna Solomon, led 7- through 12-year-olds to write about the meaning of home. A local real-estate broker, Nate Foerg, gave a tour of foreclosed properties, and a weekly auction of foreclosed homes was re-enacted. A visit to homeless encampment Camp Take Notice was also part of the project. Glass artist Janet Kelman and weaver Mary Underwood also contributed, while behind-the-scenes work came from attorney Dennis Hayes, camera operator Joey Ostrander, builder Brian Schmidt and musician Ken Kozora.

"The voice and stories of Parker’s 96 year-old mother, Pauline Parker, form the backbone of Parker’s ideas of home and art, her attitude and vitality give this piece an essential note of hope," the announcement reads.

The pop-up gallery is in Margaret Parker’s studio, above Downtown Home & Garden at 210 S. Ashley St., and is open from 7 p.m.-midnight Friday. Other work by the artist can also be seen, as well as photographs of past projects including “C'ood: a democracy experiment,” a project that showed at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids on Calder Plaza last year.

While the "pop-up" installation is open, downstairs at Downtown Home & Garden there will be live entertainment: From 8-10 p.m., the store will host the 30-voice Our Own Thing Chorale as an added attraction.

Parker has worked in the Ann Arbor area for 30 years since graduating from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. She has shown nationally and internationally, with a piece in the current Windsor Biennial at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Her work is in the collections of the United States Capitol, the State Department Art Bank, the Maine Maritime Academy, University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, Chelsea Medical Center, and many private collections. For more information, see her website,