City Slang: Jerry Vileâ€™s Secret of Life
Former Boners frontman and Dirty Show and Orbit founder Jerry Vile presents his Secret of Lifeâ€¦ Revealed art spectacular on May 19 at Bankle Fine Arts. Viewing fee is $5.
According to the press release, â€śLove him or hate him, Jerry Vile is undeniably one of the cleverest people to come out of this city, and his lengthy resume is a testament to his cultural importance. And given his history, if he were a resident of either coast, he would likely be a star by this time. More than once I have credited him with being â€śThe most important figure in Detroit sub culture of the last 25 plus years and I still stand by it. Hell, even Wayne State University Publishing is commemorating Jerryâ€™s Orbit years with a coffee table tome, venerating the magazine that was Jerryâ€™s Pop Art canvas for 10 years. Mixing humor with the truth and a whole lot of exaggeration, Orbit was legendary in making the whole scene in the 1990â€™s- look important. He is doing just what he has always done- however this time it is on the walls – floors and probably the ceilings of a gallery.â€ť
â€ťWhile he may not be the best painter in Detroit, he just may be its best artist. His humor can be stupid- but it can also be profound. He may shock in his incisive social commentary. Remember that only a minimum amount of what he does is erotic when it comes to his own work. So donâ€™t laugh, we just may have the next Jeff Koons, Damian Hirst or Banksy right in our midst. Why? Because itâ€™s not just an exhibit- itâ€™s an art spectacular.â€ť