Press & Media Coverage of Palm Treat
“Let every writer tell his own lies. That's freedom of the press.”
― Norman Mailer
The scope of Palm Treat's work has expanded greatly from its birth in North End, Detroit. The content below is curated from selected press coverage spanning the life of Palm Treat.
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Piano & Coffee Interview: Palm Treat
by Anna Aguilo
When did you begin making art and how were your first few experiences with it?
We have always been interested in design. As children we both drew things that we liked, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and My Little Pony. We both remember our artistic endeavours having positive outcomes…Read Full Interview
Marie Nolan Featured in "How spammers nearly destroyed the biggest 'Simpsons' meme page"
The Daily Dot
by Miles Klee
It's hard to overestimate the impact that The Simpsons — particularly the first dozen seasons or so—has had on popular culture. Two decades after the long-running cartoon's heyday, its funniest moments are still fodder…Read Full Article
"In Progress" Artist: Palm Treat
Palm Treat's Jeff Nolan (a member of Northend Studios in Detroit) starts off explaining that their submission for In Progress is, “Inspired by the Foot Clan’s hangout in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Subconsciously, I had this idea of a space like the Ninja Turtles’.”
Palm Treat will be working in conjunction with their friend, Shannon McDonald, whom he describes as, “A carpenter/builder who creates weird, matrix-y art. He’s inspired mostly by the things he finds in abandoned buildings.” The duo plan on making either a skateboard ramp or video arcade game for In Progress, though Jeff admits sheepishly, “I don’t even own a skateboard. I just really like the idea of having a skate ramp. Maybe I’ll learn how to skateboard after this.”
Although a skate ramp seems like an unusual object to place in a gallery, Jeff argues, “My art inspires others to do something with themselves, even if it’s just to ask ‘why is this in an art show’? If you put it in a gallery and call it art, I don’t see why it’s not art. Most people don’t recognize art until it’s in a gallery.“
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Notes from the Underground
via Real Detroit Weekly
Easily visible from Woodward Avenue, a massive sky-blue and rainbow paint-splattered mural instituted by CCS grad Katherine Craig houses North End Studios, a collective workspace of several up-and-coming artists and musicians. On occasional evenings, the space takes on an alternate moniker—Sparklewood—where shows and dance parties often last deep into the morning hours. When I arrived early one afternoon, empties covered the tables and co-curator Jeff Nolan had recently woken from a windowsill and was sipping on a bottle of champagne, looking a bit disheveled. “I was going to clean up a little…” but I assured him that I understood completely.
The building has been a notable party spot and has a history stretching back to early 1990s rave culture. Once North End Studios began to welcome artists last year, fellow CCS grad Nolan invited local indie-pop party-bringing superstars Macrame Tiger to share a portion of the main floor and has since hosted a variety of events. “There’s always weird shit happening here because there are so many artists in this space,” says Nolan. “There’s about one art show a month… usually we’ll do an after-party. This week there was five bands from out of town. There’s usually a dance party every other week.”
“Everything is operating really well,” informed Nolan. “There are a lot of repairs and general maintenance that we want to do on the building, just so everything’s nice and pristine… a nice, professional looking, finished spot.” Portions of floors are currently being remodeled and walls are being refinished, and overall their ongoing work shows a great deal of promise. “We want to bring in artists from out of the country, out of the state… more and more big stuff because it’s such a big space.”
“At the Marco Polio show, people were dancing on tables and crowdsurfing in a wheelchair,” says Nolan. “You couldn’t get away with that at a venue.” Sparklewood hopes to open its doors to more national touring acts.