Heather McGill's work is, simply put, stunning. The Detroit-based artist crafts utterly mesmerizing sculptures - proven by the pieces at her current CCAD exhibition - that use shape and contour with a buoyant color aesthetic.

Heather McGill’s work is, simply put, stunning. The Detroit-based artist crafts utterly mesmerizing sculptures — proven by the pieces at her current CCAD exhibition — that use shape and contour with a buoyant color aesthetic.

McGill built the groundwork of her immaculate skill while working as an apprentice in a collision shop in the heart of the Motor City, giving the painting aspect on her sculptures a particular luster. McGill takes that straightforward automotive sheen and supplements it with hypnotizing designs and groundbreaking forms.

McGill will hold an artist’s talk Thursday that addresses her concepts of modernity, the basis for certain aesthetics in her work and how Detroit’s complex history — a city of innovative successes and crippling failures — is a major influence on her work.

McGill is one of the most exciting contemporary artists working today, and the opportunity to hear her discuss her work and process is not to be missed.