November 10 – December 20, 2023
Artist Reception: Saturday, December 2 at 1–3 pm

Color | Ink Studio & Gallery is pleased to present “Dream Journals”, a solo exhibition of mixed-media assemblages by Troy artist Larry Zdeb. The show opens on November 10 and runs through December 20.

Larry has been called the “Master of Found Objects and Personal Mementos”. What many see as trash is treasure to him, and he creates incredible assemblage pieces from discarded and antique items. Some of his pieces are larger and designed to hang on a wall, some are smaller for a shelf or tabletop, and others are wearable.

Many of Larry’s pieces and pendants feature portraits, which he finds in old 1930s and 1940s yearbooks. His other materials come from collecting the kind of detritus that usually goes unnoticed. The items in his work are juxtaposed in such a way that the viewer might ask, “What is that?” The simplicity of his work is apparent, yet it is an illusion; they are dream journals!

Although his pieces are made from recycled objects, he doesn’t label his work. “I don’t feel like I want to be classified,” says Larry. “I want to be doing anything that appeals to me at the moment, which is practically everything. I use items that might’ve ended up in a landfill and turn them into art.”

Gallery Director Candace Law adds, “Larry has an amazing eye and skill for finding art in vintage and found elements. His pieces are one of a kind, and I’m always delighted to see how he turns a collection of unrelated objects into a final piece.” Click here to read a review of the exhibition in Detroit Art Review.

The public is invited to attend an Artist Reception on Saturday, December 2 from 1-3 pm. It’s free, and guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist in person and talk about the artwork. Light refreshments will be offered. The exhibition will be on display online at and in the Gallery, which is open most weekdays by appointment. The Gallery is located at 20919 John R Rd. in Hazel Park and can be reached by email at or by phone at 248-398-6119.

Click here to start your visit to the Gallery by exploring a virtual tour of the exhibition. If you would prefer to view it in person, either click here to schedule your visit, send an email to, or telephone us at 248-398-6119. No appointment is needed to attend the Artist Reception; otherwise, the Gallery is open most weekdays for scheduled visits. The original fine art on view in the exhibition will be available for purchase in the Gallery or securely online.