Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Famous instigator, cultural icon, and wild menace — fire has been re-figuring the landscape around us for hundreds of thousands of years.  Flames are a symbol of energy, passion, and fearlessness; a merciless but seductive force, spurring growth in a wake of ash. This exhibition seeks to spark a conversation about the reality and romance of fire in the city of Flint.
Unusual Operation Operation, an alternative art space, presents:

Cool Fires
718 Stone Street
Flint, MI
5 - 9 PM
Featuring works by:
Abe Lampert
Alexis Johnson
Ben Smith
Bryce Lamson
Eric Hinds
Hannah Kovalchek
Jake Pierson
Jon Waites
Keith Smith
Mike Lopez
Ryan Gregory
Tyler Baker

Guest curated by Nathan Dell and Melisa Morgan.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Flint, an artists play ground full of disused, vacant lots and abandoned homes. UOO ventured out and reclaimed one of Carriage Town's many empty shells and re-imagined the old building with new possibilities with their June Exhibit VIOLET.

Violet, often representing royalty and wealth was the dominant hue to inhabit a deteriorating vacant single-family home at 718 Stone St. with blooming ceiling-to-floor installations, found object sculptures and drawings of a vast violet geometric landscape. The semi-permanent exhibit will remain installed in the house to remind viewers that the left over shells are still here to be used for other purposed. 

• Jessica Buchanan: Egg Carton Installation
• Willie Mccraw Jr: Geometric Landscape
• Klaus Pinter: Foldable Prints
• Cory Kram: Video Projection
• Melissa Morgan and Nathan Dell: Flyer Printing and Design
• Stewart//Montague: Found Object Installation

Friday, May 16, 2014


Flyer Print by Melisa Morgan and Nathan Dell

     Photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison

May 16, 2014, Unusual Operation Operation hosted EATUP, a food focused art exhibit, that featured works from artists, local to flint, and from across the country. A collection of Images were on display as the viewer approached the  plastic wrap tent where they enjoyed La Petite Eat an experimental video by Katina Bitsicas. Nathan Dell spun the sounds while Melisa Morgan invited guests to pull their own prints designed by her and Nathan. Take some tasty treats off of Stewart//Montague's installation before sitting down to read Tasting Notes by Levi Sherman. A selection of pills by Liz Wierzbicki's was on display to treat our viewers many ailments such as, Laboremagra (treats productivity disfunction). Also on display was designed food packaging made with shaped and folded screen Prints by Jonathan Stewart.

For those who missed AIR our partially deflated balloons filled one of the spare rooms and works from shows passed are installed throughout the residency as our permanent collection. 

Install: Stewart//Montague
Images: Lillian Sidebottom 
             Leanne Pratt
Video: Katina Bitsicas
Sounds: Nathan Dell
Prints: Melisa Morgan and Nathan Dell
Book: Levi Sherman
Pills: Liz Wierzbicki
Packaging: Jonathan Stewart

Curated by Stewart//Montague

When: Friday, May 16, 6-10pm
Where: Stone Street Residency
605 Stone St. Flint, MI

If you are interested in owning your own copy of Tasting Notes by Levi Sherman order here:

     Photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison

     Photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison

     Photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison
     Photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison

     Photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison
     Photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison

Friday, April 18, 2014


    Photos by Lindsay Decker

April 18th, Unusual Operation Operation hosted AIR - an interactive, up-oriented art exhibit that featured hanging photos by Jewel Wilson, suspended by balloons of varied sized and elevations installed by Stewart//Montague and a sound performance by Josh McAbee, Cameron Winn, and David Slega of Thyme Fliez. Balloon sculptures by Rebecca Kiser. Sweet treats by culinary artists Chris Reynolds and Kameron Creagar.

Harold Gunderman, of Twist A Mint Balloons Saint Johns, MI, made twists for tips, displayed balloon designs, and an online project entitled Balloons Around the World.

New this month we featured a permanent piece by one of Flint's favorite artists, Pauly M. Everett, a ceiling-to-floor wall mural. You can check out more of Pauly's work on Facebook and Instagram @flintundergroundkid

Install: Stewart//Montague
Photography: Jewel Wilson
Twists: Harold Gunderman 
Paint: Pauly M. Everett
Sculptures: Rebecca Kiser
Tastes: Chris Reynolds and Kameron Creagar
Sounds: Thyme Fliez

When: Friday, April 18th, 6-10pm
Where: Stone Street Residency
605 Stone St. Flint, MI

Curated by Stewart//Montague

Friday, March 21, 2014


Flyer design by Brooke Vander Gronden

UOO presented our March show STACKS, an exhibition that displayed a collection of paintings by Chris Reynolds and Jennifer Montague that made up a stacked installation hanging down at various heights through out the space. We had an experimental, electro-funk sound performance by Micah Wager and Terra Lockhart of Phosphor Elephants and our guests enjoyed mini Torch burger by one of Flint's favorites, the Torch Bar and Grill, grilled to perfection by Thomas Martin.

Install: Stewart//Montague
Paint: Chris Reynolds and Jennifer Montague
Sounds: Micah Wager and Terra Lockhart (Phosphor Elephants)
Tastes: Thomas Martin (Torch Bar and Grill)


                                                               Flyer image by Kelli Donely

UOO's February show STRING, highlighted the everyday use of the material. Yarn, twine, rope, extension cords and other types of string were used to fashion a collaborative installation by Stewart//Montague with Lindsay Decker and Cameron Winn. Winn also did an interactive piece with his colorful, hand-wrapped dreads and Decker, who showed a collection of her photos Everyday Dreads, which revealed the process and early stages of Winn's dreads. Brooke Vander Gronden, a graphic design and AFA student at Mott Community College, displayed a red patterned string installation in a corner that covered the ceiling to lower walls with lighting that casted a mimicking shadow. Culinary artist, Lekha Rock, served a brilliant explosion of color featuring tantalizing tandoori chicken with a bright bespeckled chutney, a rainbow of fruit atop white chocolate and green tea tarts, a bell pepper menagerie with an edamame hummus and a lemon zest garnish. The featured sound performance, described as experimental pop, was put on by Tyler Rigdon, a resident of the Stone Street artist residency. Along the lines of David Bowie's Low or Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express, Rigdon ran his vocals through a reverb pedal and used a Korg synthesizer. 

New this month was a separate transformation installation by Samantha Maxson. Using only cardboard and a burst of orange lighting, Maxson took over a room in the house of her choosing with a piece called Stop Making Sense based on a short story she wrote about Calvin and his giant orange.

Install: Stewart//Montague, Cameron Winn and Lindsay Decker
Strings: Brooke Vander Gronden
Sounds: Tyler Rigdon

Images: Lindsay Decker with Everyday Dreads
Tastes: Lekha Rock
Transform: Samantha Maxson

Photo by Dustin M Price
Photo by Lindsay Decker
Photo by Cinthia Montague
Photo by Dustin M Price
Photo by Lindsay Decker
Photo by Stephen Zacks 

Produced in affiliation with:

Stone Street Residency provides free or low-cost housing to artists, designers, community leaders, teachers, and others to pursue short-term projects in Flint, Michigan. Residents get the chance to work with artists, architects, planners, journalists, activists, teachers from Flint and around the country who are rethinking and reinventing the way we share resources, activate abandoned spaces, strengthen neighborhoods, and make art.

Friday, January 17, 2014


Unusual Operation Operation opened their doors with the first show BLACKANDLINE, an exhibition whose title hinted at the basic fundamentals of art education. The use of black, white, and line are the building blocks from which new art students expand. Black and white are the first pigments that students are taught to use, along with the most simplistic and also the most complicated forms of art, the use of line.
January 17, 2014.
Installation: Stewart//Montague
Sound Performance: Ryan Gregory, Hannah Kovalchek & Aaron Griffin.
Lines: Tamra Klaty
Hand-Crafted Tastes: Christopher Reynolds