photo:Kimo De Sean
her persona, Dangerous Diane, as dissatisfied suburban house wife turned
hardened rock star in musical performances with the band, the Cadillac
Kids, at venues as varied as the Detroit
Institute of Arts, Clutch Cargo's and the New Miami Bar.
Diane and husband Randy Delbeke also found time to chronicle the Motown
art scene by publishing the Detroit Artists Monthly magazine. Along
side of reviews and articles, they frequently conducted interviews with
name artists who were visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts (e.g. Ray
johnson interview) with the aid of John Hallmark Neff who was
curator of Twentieth Century Art.
As a constantly moving source of ideas, she left a vacuum in the suprisingly vital Detroit art community
when she left for N.Y.C. in the early nineteen eighties.
Diane's art was edgy and controversial.
Postcard announcement for "Potentially Dangerous"-D.
This phone event captures many
of the elements of her work: the longing
for contact with a larger world, the restrictions of domesticity, the
bleak physical environment of Detroit. The background sound
of water throughout
adds suggestions of ablution or, maybe, chores.
Seven years later Dangerous Diane reads some poetry in another phone
event for the Detroit Institute of Arts' exhibit "Automobile Culture
- Detroit Style."