Nora Blog

Meet the PopUp Shop Artist: Scott Hocking

For Nora’s Culture Lab Pop Up, Detroit’s favorite man of mystery Scott Hocking might be welding an antique Ford Edsel to a sidewalk, or mass producing cassettes of spooky Halloween fart sounds. He might also be producing a book with Nora’s own Toby Barlow called Detroit Nights. Hocking describes the ongoing project (started in the mid 90s) as an attempt to capture the “strange serenity that can be found off the beaten paths”. The book is a selection of the last eight years, after Hocking switched from film to digital. Hocking doesn’t eat breakfast and doesn’t like assholes. His favorite green spaces in Detroit include:

The I-94 Industrial Park Renaissance Zone, former St. Cyril Village neighborhood

Under the I-75 Industrial Overpass / Rouge River Bridge, in Carbon Works

The former Airport Trailercoach Park near City Airport

The former Uniroyal Plant site

Riverfront-Lakewood East Park

The grassy mound between I-75, the Davison Freeway, and the Detroit-Pontiac RR

Nora's PopUp Shop Artist: Addie Langford

Addie Langford is named after her great grandmother from Elizabethton, TN and lived to be 103 years old. Like her great-grandmother, Addie’s work has a timeless longevity. In collaboration with Scott Hocking, Addie has created sculptural tasting cups perfect for wedding gifts, bridal showers, entertaining, anyone over the age of 21, people at Hugh, your friends, your neighbors, and anyone you’re trying to impress. After her first sleepless year in architecture school, Addie was enrolled in a ceramics class (thanks to her mother) that shaped the course of her life. She studied under the wildly surreal Estonian ceramic artist Sergei Isupov and his then life partner Dana Major. For the next three summers, Addie helped produce their production line and run their business and then went on to take over their ceramic studio space. Addie believes that there is no one effort impacting culture in Detroit in a positive way, but instead a sense of collective re-investment from the grassroots to the federal government. She loves the Dequindre Cut and olive bread from Avalon Bakery. Stop by and see her Culture Lab collaboration at Nora.

Addie will be hosting a Meet the Artist Event on November 2 from 5pm-7pm at Nora.