The Aluminum Group was formed in the 80’s in Chicago by Frank and John Navin (gay brothers), who have have been collaborating professionally for 35-40 years. The Aluminum Group, their newest, self-titled release came to fruition during COVID. Time elapsed for the brothers, between their last release and now, as they followed other life experiences.
Frank pursued his passion for art and design. He collaborated with Francesco Risso and Lawrence Steele (Creative Directors for the fashion brand Marni in 2018).
John retired as a veteran special education teacher from the Chicago Public Schools. Restored a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Townhouse in the fabled, National Historic Lafayette Park Community in downtown Detroit.
Their new record is a product, produced during the worldwide pandemic known as Covid-19 with all its variants. This posed new recording challenges. They worked through the wires. Simultaneous and in unison with their new album, the brothers have produced a body of visual artwork they call, “The New Gay Dada”. This series will accompany the record release as an art booklet. Prints will be available for purchase. They’re planning on exhibiting TNGD in various galleries in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Milan, and Paris.
In 2022, the Navin Brothers will again collaborate with Francesco Risso of Marni, curating a section of, “A Magazine Curated By” (https://amagazinecuratedby.com), due out in April/May 2022. The Navins have been invited to exhibit one-of-a-kind creations from Marni collections, titled, “Marni By The Navins”. This exhibition will be presented in Milan, Italy in the Spring, 2022.
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