“Gift of Art”: SHOP THE SHOW with Tawd B. Dorenfeld

The Gift of Art Exhibition has exemplified the breadth of talent that we have here in Detroit. From painters, to photographers, mixed-media artists, and sculptors and arts activists, like Tawd b. Dorenfeld (below), Detroit has it all! These pieces are essentially artifacts from a one-man campaign, led by the artist just a short time ago. They are a piece of history that we all made together. Learn about and support Mr. Dorenfeld’s work below…..

IG: @tawdbdorenfeld

 Tawd b. Dorenfeld. Vote-Bot #32/40, 2020. Mixed media, wood. $250


Tawd b. Dorenfeld is a storyteller at heart. He has used a multitude of media to tell his tales. He’s created a number of Feature Films, most notably The Anna Cabrini Chronicles scored by Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle & the Stop Motion Animated feature The Stories of the Baal Shem Tov.

Along with his filmmaking he made a number of music videos for the likes of Serj Tankian (System of a Down), George Clinton, Zap Mama & Erykah Badu, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), and The Offspring. Dorenfeld is known as a master of the Stop Motion & Hand animated arts, but none of this prevents him from making other forms of art. Currently you are looking at his series of Vote-Bots. These wooden, hand-crafted little voices were made specifically to help Detroit get out the vote in the 2020 election and remove the most divisive president we have ever had in our lifetime. Designed to captivate, humor, inspire and urge, the bots were strategically (and sometimes secretly) installed at nearly 30 outdoor sites throughout the city. We prevailed, but the sentiment still stands: VOTE. One thing this election cycle has taught us is that democracy is fragile.

Dorenfeld moved to Detroit in 2018 and has no plans on ever leaving the most beautiful city in the world. Here in Detroit, Dorenfeld spends most of his time running his artists on the autism spectrum company Tink Tank Animate LLC where he and others mentor and produce these unique artists in the Arts of Storytelling. These amazing artists create books, animations, short films, long form films, music, and audio-dramas.

Please visit www.TinkTankAnimate.com if you know someone on the spectrum that would benefit from the Tink Tank Animate program created, designed, and founded by Tawd b. Dorenfeld.

Tawd b. Dorenfeld. Vote-Bot #33/40, 2020. Mixed media, wood. $250

Tawd b. Dorenfeld. Vote-Bot #23/40, 2020. Mixed media, wood. $250

Tawd b. Dorenfeld. Vote-Bot #01 BIDEN/HARRIS 4/40, 2020.  Mixed media, wood. $250

Tawd b. Dorenfeld. Vote-Bot #35 BIDEN 4/40, 2020. Mixed media, wood. $500


Tawd b. Dorenfeld’s Vote-Bot was a whimisical and inspiring addition to our JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE Banner Exhibit and GOTV Event earlier this Fall. We were fortunate to get one of the many that made appearances around the city!

Contact Irwin House Gallery to inquire about or purchase any of these works of art: 313.932.7690 or irwinhousegallery@gmail.com.

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