Welcome Artist in Residence, Claudia Holzinger

Popps Packing in excited to welcome Claudia Holzinger for a month long residency during November 2023. Holzinger is an artist based in Germany and Austria and describes herself as a teller of new pictorial stories who creates expansive installations in which photography acts as the main narrative.

During her residency, Holzinger hopes to continue working on her upcoming  film project called LOBSTER LOVE (working title). Lobster Love moves between the genres of romantic comedy, animal documentary and slapstick-porn. The centre of the narration is the sexual behavior of the Atlantic lobster, which is surprisingly devoted, vulnerable, bold, tender and sensitive at the same time.



Artist Talk with Franziska Klose
Sunday, September 24 / 4 pm
at Popps Packing,
12138 St Aubin St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Please join us for an intimate artists talk with Franziska Klose , an artist and photographer based in Leipzig, Germany who was first in residence at Popps Packing in 2015 . Klose is back in Detroit to share her newly published photo-book, entitled “Detroit: Field Notes from a Wild City.” The artist book presents the city as a complex urban structure in between the vision of the American Dream and its post-industrial reality. The current narrative of a comeback is contrasted with land speculations, water-shutoffs, and urban agriculture that aims to create food sovereignty in Detroit.
Popps is excited to host Franziska for a 2- week mini residency, 8 years after her initial residency and to celebrate the culmination of her may years of work and research to complete this wonderful book. We hope to see you Sunday!

10/29/22 – 12/4/22 A snake in the grass @Popps Emporium

Closing Reception December 4, 2022 12-4PM

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays 11-4PM or  by appointment

Contact: Poppspacking@gmail.com, 248-568-9167

Popps is excited to present our first exhibition in 3 years, A snake in the grass, featuring the paintings of Julia Callis and the pottery and sculptures of Virginia Torrence . Callis and Torrence have been  quiet forces in the Detroit art community  for years and their poetic and distinct individual practices are often un-seen, like a snake in the grass.

Please joins us on Saturday, October 29th 6PM-9PM at Popps Emporium to celebrate these two artists.
Seen or unseen
A snake
lay bare, the boneless body
to tie knot
in the rope, shed off with
The skin, an image

Can both stand alone or
in conversation with others.

Disperate figures
on pot or panel, A dance
between friends with Discrete,
individually separate and distinct, image

Snake, or snake-less
“The Grass divides as with a Comb-”
and image becomes another, anew


Julia Callis (b. Detroit, MI)  received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and studied serigraphy in Florence, Italy. She currently works at Wasserman Projects as the gallery Assistant and makes work out of Klinger Studios in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Virginia Rose Torrence (b. 1991, Midland, Michigan) received her BFA in Craft/Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in 2013 and her MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 2016. She is the co-founder of Ceramics School  a community art school and residency. She lives and makes art in Hamtramck, MI.

10/12/19 Sadie Nielson “Demons” @ Popps Emporium

“DEMONS” is a collection of demons rendered by Sadie Nielson, our September/October artist in residence. Over the course of Sadie’s first month at Popps, Sadie made a series of small paintings, and hanging fabric sculptures inspired at least in part by her recent increased awareness of the destructive nature of human activity on the earth as well as the existential threat it poses to itself.

06/28/19 June Residents Open Studio

Join us this Friday, June 28th from 6-9PM at Popps Packing for open studios and view our June Resident’s works in progress!

Friday, June 28th
Popps Packing 12138 St. Aubin St. Hamtramck, MI

Carley Zarzeka (PA) received her MFA in Studio from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her work in progress series “Wear Closed Toed Shoes”, Zarzeka explores how standardization has become essential in the world of product design and their relationship to the domestic space. She does so through a sculptural and installation-based practice collecting common objects to construct a framework of time and place that though aims for individualism, falters due to unconscious, generic consumerism.

Michael Hubbard (TX) born and raised in the Detroit-area, has been creating a multi-panel painting inspired by women of Detroit’s music history. Titled “Rocksteady,” the painting combines images of Aretha Franklin, Mary Wells, and other soul artists, forming a complex portrait of a sound.

Gabrielle Finn Egnater (CA) is in the midst of a series titled, “Mini Monuments” , that questions which objects can “mark importance” and which objects are a “marker of importance”. Egnater’s newest body of work aims to allow the audience to place their own memories and desire on the “marker of importance” by creating “adjustable monuments”.

4/27/19: Macro View+ BYOBirdhouse

Opening Reception Saturday, April 27, 6-9PM

Macro View is the first exhibition in the newly renovate Popps Emporium Resource Space and features the macro photography of Joseph Ferraro who documents native pollinators and other invertebrates. 
BYOB ( Bring Your Own Birdhouse) 
is a garden installation of sculptural takes on birdhouses featuring Chris Riddell, Andy Kem, Julia Callis, James Viste, Graem Whyte, Bridget Michael, Sean Hages and  more. Located in the gardens behind Popps Emporium.

April 27 -May 30, 2019

4/27/19: The Day Everything Became Nothing

New Works by Karin Karinson

Saturday April 27, 2019 .   6PM -9PM

Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter, Detroit

Popps Packing is excited to present the new works by spring artist in residence, Karin Karinson (Götaland, Sweden) for a one-night exhibition of a new body of work created during her two month residency at Popps Packing. 

Karin is a sculpture artist, working primarily in clay and incorporating all stages, shapes and forms of the material into her work. Resting in the rivers of glossy glaze, she blends ready-made, found, porcelain objects with self-created sculptures;  shards of people’s desires and fantasies, things forgotten, and left behind protrude through a dreamy manifestation of the fragmented natural world.
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As a part of the College  for Creative Studies Craft Department thesis exhibition, “boundaries”, ranges in disciples from ceramics, glass, metal smithing, fibers, and furniture.

Featuring the work of artists Steven Kin, Liz Coy, Noah Mantei , Feather Chiaverini , Cai Steen, Erika Williams, Tyler Zibkowski, Taylor Thomas , Jaminely Emmanuelli, Alex Martin,Peter Caparaotta, and Jordan Rose.


A Conspiracy of Accidents

A group show curated by Detroit artist and writer Timothy van Laar. This show includes work by artists: Barbara Kendrick (Omaha, NE), Ryan Standfest (Detroit, MI), Michelle Wasson (Chicago, IL), and Timothy van Laar.

A Conspiracy of Accidents examines the use of collage in the work of four artists, Barbara Kendrick, Ryan Standfest, Timothy van Laar, and Michelle Wasson. Collage is an image making process that formally disrupts more stable contexts, offers startling reconstructions and hybridity, and questions assumptions about the original sources of its images. Since collage acknowledges both the previous meaning of an image and the rupture of that context into something new, collage promotes the multiple uses of images and the uncertainties that this multiplicity generates. This exhibition considers the nature of collage through four very different approaches to the medium.

Andrew Mehall “Clock Cage”

Andrew Mehall’s “CLOCK CAGE” aligns you with your senses, or at least bring you pause with your sense of the world. T.V. footage of swimming polar bears and modern-day music is disrupted by a massive leather sofa, a cumbersome lounging devise placed upon flesh-toned foam. A plaque listing dates sits amongst, the stars and there you stand by candlelight and peanuts.