Omar-S explores his influences and music career in new exhibition

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Taking place in his own “party store” – an ode to Michigan’s corner shops, as well as the Detroit neighbourhood HQ his family owned.

Omar-S has launched a new virtual and physical exhibition, called Omar S: Conant Gardens Party Store, opening this October.

Operating as both a physical show as well as an interactive website, Conant Gardens Party Store explores the influences that have shaped Omar-S and his music, bringing together arcade games – including ones he has modified with custom sound effects, films, records, Detroit music memorabilia, and related paraphernalia.

In doing so, the exhibit “offers an unprecedented look into the universe of an artist who seldom discusses historical influences, and has often presented his work as strictly in the present.”

Alongside Conant Gardens Party Store, Omar-S is also putting out a new mobile video game called Record Packer, which he’s scored himself.

Omar S: Conant Gardens Party Store will run online, and at Red Bull Arts Detroit from Thursday 29th October through Sunday 20th December 2020, with several online and in-store events scheduled to take place alongside the exhibition.

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Photo credit, in order of appearance: Collection of Omar S., Photo by Sal Rodriguez. Photo courtesy the artist and Red Bull Arts; Games for Atari 2600 Jr., 1986. Manufacturer: Atari, Inc. Collection of Omar S. Photo by Sal Rodriguez. Photo Courtesy Omar S and Red Bull Arts; Original Conant Gardens Party Store Sign, Collection of Omar S. Photo by Sal Rodriguez, Photo courtesy the artist and Red Bull Arts; Gorgar, 1979. Design: Barry Oursler. Artwork, Constantino Mitchell, Jeanine Mitchell, Collection of Omar S. Photo by Sal Rodriguez, Photo Courtesy Omar S and Red Bull Arts.