ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/show en-us 40 Roberto Gómez - Locust Projects - May 2nd - June 13th <p style="text-align: justify;">Locust Projects is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>What Happens When Nothing Happens</em>, a new site-specific work by Miami-based artist Roberto G&oacute;mez. For his first publicsolo exhibition, G&oacute;mez has crisscrossed Locust Projects&rsquo; main space with clothesline, on which he has hung a series of cloth-like objects made from layers of latex paint. G&oacute;mez blurs the boundary between painting and sculpture, emphasizing the physicality and materiality of paint by utilizing it as a three-dimensional element. He plays with the audience&rsquo;s expectations by presenting objects made of paint &ldquo;masquerading&rdquo; as cloth, in a configuration more often encountered outdoors than in.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>What Happens When Nothing Happens</em>&nbsp;builds upon G&oacute;mez&rsquo;s works on canvas, created through the repeated application of layers of found paint sourced from local chemical waste management sites. At Locust Projects, G&oacute;mez has done away with the traditional canvas support, creating objects by pouring paint directly onto plastic sheets placed on the ground. Once the paint has started to dry, he peels it away from the plastic and manipulates it into the desired shape, which can be hung over a line. The repeated acts of pouring, peeling, molding and hanging reflect the repetitious character of many everyday tasks and can seem &ldquo;work-like&rdquo;, but the production of G&oacute;mez&rsquo;s objects also has some of the qualities of &ldquo;play&rdquo;. Physical and aesthetic qualities are dictated by the intrinsic characteristics of the artist&rsquo;s found materials (such as color and paint type), while G&oacute;mez chooses which colors to combine, and manipulates the paint into its final form, producing each object through a balance of serendipity and control.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">G&oacute;mez&rsquo;s practice interrogates the ways in which quotidian objects and actions structure daily life, and reflect social behaviors. Clotheslines intersect the landscape of many countries across the world, including Costa Rica where G&oacute;mez grew up, yet while washing and drying clothes is a repeated action that punctuates our lives, in some places it is rare to see laundry hanging outside. The presence &mdash; or lack &mdash; of clotheslines in a landscape can be an indicator of culture, class and socio-economic status. Through the familiar sight of laundry hanging on the line, G&oacute;mez questions our experience of daily life (and its relationship to art) and playfully explores the potential of the banal to become extraordinary.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT ROBERTO G&Oacute;MEZ</strong><br />Roberto G&oacute;mez (b. 1983) was born in San Jos&eacute;, Costa Rica, and lives and works in Miami. He graduated with a BFA in Painting and Art History from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida in 2007. G&oacute;mez has exhibited at a number of local venues, and had a solo exhibition at Art Media Gallery in Miami in 2012. His work was featured as part of Locust Projects&rsquo; booth at NADA in Miami Beach in 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST: SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015, 6:30PM<br />OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015, 7:30PM</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:20:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Robert Thiele - Emerson Dorsch - April 16th - May 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">Emerson Dorsch announces a solo show&nbsp;<em>3 for 8 Minus 23</em>&nbsp;by Robert Thiele, to open Thursday, April 16, 2015. Thiele will exhibit new works at the gallery, in advance of his museum exhibition of sculptures from the 1980s at Museum of Art + Design in September of this year.&nbsp;<br /><br />Robert Thieles calm intensity emanates equally from his person and his works. An established figure in the South Florida art scene for more than forty years now, Thiele sustains a remarkable studio practice that, first and foremost, builds on itself. His studio itself is a magical place. In these paintings that he calls wall constructions, he embeds found objects from the environment. He creates apertures through which we can see a hint of the object. The shape and translucency of the window is essential. The construction is about 5 inches deep, and if the sides are straight, then he wraps them in canvas, painted white.&nbsp;<br /><br />The action of taking something from the world, of collecting it and bringing it inside mirrors what it is to go from the bright unrelenting sun outside of his industrial building into his studio, with its filtered light, cool air, and quiet. To bring something inside is to make it your own.&nbsp;<br /><br />Many of us in Miami have visited Bob in his studio. It is in the same building as the project space Bridge Red, which he runs with his daughter Kristen Thiele and son-in-law Franceso Casale. Bridge Red exhibits work by artists who do not have gallery representation in Miami, artists who, in many cases, got to know Bob during his thirty-year tenure teaching art at Miami-Dade College. The curatorial program there comes from a knowledge gained over years of conversations and studio visits between friends, colleagues and peers. This circle includes Duane Hanson, Lou Ann Colodny, Karen Rifas, Robert Huff, Barbara Neijna, William Cordova and Robert Chambers, to name a few.&nbsp;<br /><br />The steadiness of his process, both as an artist and a curator, comes from the willingness to be quiet, to observe, and to make. The talking comes later, and only rarely does he share the stories behind his work. The tale is private, to be shared between friends. The wall constructions transmit this privacy in a way that some writers liken the spiritual. Still others, like George Bolges, the director of The Deland Museum of Art and Director Emeritus of the then Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, take a more colorful view:&nbsp;<br /><br /><em>. . .inside the glass are little stories, marvelously masochistic, sexual things going on.</em>&nbsp;<br /><br />Of course, what we project as stories may say as much about us as the art, but the point Bolges made speaks to the secret humor at play in Thieles pieces. There are codes to his titles known only to him, and those stories - indeed some of them are meant to remain intimate details.&nbsp;<br /><br />In an age of over-sharing and data mining, in a time when we must grapple with the fact that privacy is dead, the mystery of Thieles wall constructions and the quiet that he has chosen seem like an anchor in the storm.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Robert Thiele</strong>&nbsp;holds a Masters and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Kent State University. After serving in the army and playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Pat DeLong, then Chair of the Art Department at Miami Dade College, recruited Thiele to move to Miami to teach. He moved to Miami in 1966. In 1975, he and Salvatore la Rosa were the first and only two Florida artists to participate in the Whitney Biennial. He took part in the wonderful series of&nbsp;<em>New Work Miami</em>&nbsp;shows at the Perez Art Museum Miami (then the Miami Art Museum), with a show in 2004. He showed with several Miami galleries before working with Emerson Dorsch on his 30-year survey show, cryptically titled 30, in 2009. His work is widely collected in South Florida, with a presence in the public collections of at least 12 Florida public institutions, including the Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Frost Art Museum, the NSU Art Museum, the Boca Raton Art Museum, the University of South Florida, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL and the Perez Art Museum Miami. His work has been covered in&nbsp;<em>Art in America</em>,&nbsp;<em>Sculpture Magazine</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Washington Post</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Miami Herald</em>,&nbsp;<em>Ocean Drive</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Biscayne Times</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>ARTnews</em>, among others. This exhibition will be his third solo exhibition with the gallery. His show with Museum of Art &amp; Design, Miami will open September 3, 2015, featuring sculptures and wall constructions from the 1980s.</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:13:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Stella Rey - BFI - May 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Dance with me, an experimental interactive exhibition by Stella Rey, is an invitation for the public to collaborate with an artist, highlighting the creative process as it&rsquo;s own performance, breaking boundaries between individuals and the groups they create.<br /><br />An atmospheric performance by Stella Rey will open the show and lead to collective art making; attendees can create works of their own and collaborate by adding to each other&rsquo;s work. Through drawings, painting, sculptures, mixed media and impromptu performances, a letting go of the self will occur.<br /><br />Gallery space and provided materials include, but aren&rsquo;t limited to: paint, paper, brushes, fabric and more. Performances and collective art-making events with Stella Rey will be scheduled through the duration of the event. Please feel welcome to bring your own materials and contributions.<br /><br />This exhibition will be the result of a performance by Stella Rey on the opening night. Further performances will provide moments for the exhibition to evolve with additional audience participation.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Performance Saturday May 2nd, 6-9pm</strong><br /><br /><br />Acting out a story of relationships and breakdowns, the artwork created on opening night will be destroyed, transformed, renewed. Rey is making the process public to strip the personal from the act of creation. This story is not unique, Rey wants everyone to know they aren&rsquo;t the only one starting from scratch. Viewers are invited to join, to make art, to understand you are not alone.</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:59:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Stella Rey - BFI - April 24th - May 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Dance with me, an experimental interactive exhibition by Stella Rey, is an invitation for the public to collaborate with an artist, highlighting the creative process as it&rsquo;s own performance, breaking boundaries between individuals and the groups they create.<br /><br />An atmospheric performance by Stella Rey will open the show and lead to collective art making; attendees can create works of their own and collaborate by adding to each other&rsquo;s work. Through drawings, painting, sculptures, mixed media and impromptu performances, a letting go of the self will occur.<br /><br />Gallery space and provided materials include, but aren&rsquo;t limited to: paint, paper, brushes, fabric and more. Performances and collective art-making events with Stella Rey will be scheduled through the duration of the event. Please feel welcome to bring your own materials and contributions.<br /><br />This exhibition will be the result of a performance by Stella Rey on the opening night. Further performances will provide moments for the exhibition to evolve with additional audience participation.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Performance Saturday May 2nd, 6-9pm</strong><br /><br /><br />Acting out a story of relationships and breakdowns, the artwork created on opening night will be destroyed, transformed, renewed. Rey is making the process public to strip the personal from the act of creation. This story is not unique, Rey wants everyone to know they aren&rsquo;t the only one starting from scratch. Viewers are invited to join, to make art, to understand you are not alone.</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:55:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list