For every art gallery in town there are scores of stunning private home-studios where the public can see hundreds of pieces that simply can’t fit into a regular art venue. Take the house of Helen Gotlib and Dylan Stryznski. They have been together since they met at the UM School of Art and Design. She focuses on figurative and botanical drawing, using live models and delicate dried flowers that she sketches with pen and ink and then fills in with watercolor or gouache. Dylan has been exploring an expanding socio-environmental set of themes that he describes as “paranoid” and “cartoon expressionism” using a variety of media including roofing tar. That’s gouache on acid. And in this world, no matter how paranoid you get, you can never keep up. You can find Helen at booth number 166 on South University during the Ann Arbor Art Fair. To make an appointment to see their studio-house: 734-678-7976.
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