ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 lou anne colodny - 6th Street Container - April 19th, 2013 - May 10th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Lou Anne Colodny's latest work in photography and video</em><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Artist Lou Anne Colodny, aka Louie “THE SMASHER” Sams dons the gloves and enters the boxing ring to explore the world of “sweet secrets” - which is a name used in the trade to denote female fisticuffs. She becomes a virtual fighter, placing her likeness on “other people’s bodies,” in an attempt to understand and empathize with women who enter the “Squared Circle” of boxing. Not unlike a Cindy Sherman or a George Plimpton, Colodny exposes us to</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> the foreign world of female boxers via her art.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Colodny, who abhors violence - seems drawn to it. Her interest in boxing began when a physical trainer taught her some basic boxing techniques. Amazed by the empowerment derived from hitting a defenseless punching bag, coupled with her background in dance and interest in societal pressures on the individual, Colodny conceived this exhibition. Female boxing challenges many notions about femininity, power, aggression, shame, and desire. It has always been frowned upon by society…as being shady, sleazy, and an unlady-like endeavor. Researching the subject, Colodny discovered that many woman take to boxing to gain a sense of “power” or “ freedom” to express an aggressive nature. The female fighter often becomes at one with her body, confident, able to protect herself, boost her self esteem and gain the respect others.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Study after study shows that parents and teachers often stifle aggression in young girls and encourage it in boys. Girls grow up under the “tyranny of the nice and kind” and are instructed to be obedient, to sublimate their anger, to be peacemakers, to not take stands and to remain passive. Often these messages by society soon become internalized. Psychologists have noted that aggression turned inward by young girls often turns to acts of “meanness”, to anorexia, self-injuring, and depression. Almost all the female boxers uncovered in Colodny’s research either had male family members involved in the sport who they wanted to emulate or were in some ways “broken” and had an internalized need to assert power and dominance to receive recognition and gain self-respect. Boxing gave them that.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Colodny’s doppelganger, Louie “THE SMASHER” Sams has had very little formal boxing training. “THE SMASHER” studied training videos on the web and woman’s bouts on YOU TUBE. For this exhibit, she trained with her coach, Clarence Brussard. Other source materials came from the Woman’s Boxing Archive Network (WBAN) and various fight magazines and publications. Quotes from the noted book on female boxing, WITHOUT APOLOGY, written by Leah Hager Cohen reverberate through the space from the video portraying the training techniques used by</span> <span style="font-size: small;">“THE SMASHER”.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Adalberto Delgado at 6th Street Container, the many female boxers who unknowingly donated their bodies, likenesses and boxing endeavors to this project, trainer Clarence Brussard and Mike Colodny (husband and confident).</span></p> Sat, 04 May 2013 17:07:04 +0000 Alex Katz - Adamar Fine Arts - March 9th, 2013 - May 6th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">ADAMAR FINE ARTS BRNGS TO MIAMI A HISTORIC EXHIBITION OF OVER 30 WORKS OF LEGENDARY CONTEMPORARY ARTIST ALEX KATZ<br /> <br /> We are proud to host an important exhibition of orignal works and screenprints by the ledgendary contemporay artist, Alex Katz. Alex Katz (born Brooklyn, New York, 1927) is one of the most important and respected living American artists with a career that spans over six decades. "Face to Face" brings together original paintings and prints from several decades of the over 60 years of the artist's career.<br /> <br /> Katz's bold paintings are defined by their flatness of color and form, their deceptively simple use of line and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. Using categories, such as, portraiture, land and seascape, figure studies and flowers, many of Katz's works picture an everyday America in times of leisure and recreation. A recurring subject is Katz's wife and muse Ada, whose iconic image has appeared in his work since the 1950s.<br /> <br /> Influenced as much by style, film, poetry and music as by art history, Katz works in the tradition of European and American artists like Eduard Manet, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. He began exhibiting in the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant movement in American art led by figures such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Katz admired these artists but rather than follow in their wake, he instead developed a contemporary figurative language combining the enlarged scale of American abstract painting with the bright colors and graphic style of advertising billboards. An influential precursor to Pop Art in the 1960s, Katz has famously said, 'I wanted to make paintings you could hang up in Times Square'.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Alex Katz has exhibited widely all over the world. His work has been the subject of many major solo exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of over 100 important museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in new York; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Art Institute, Chicago; The Tate Gallery, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, and the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, to name a few.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:09:35 +0000 Alejandro Corujeira - Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery - April 4th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery is honored to announce Alejandro Corujeira’ s first solo show with the gallery. Corujeira’ s Miami exhibition will include thirteen paintings, most acrylic on canvas, and nine small format works, a suite in progress,each acrylic and color pencil on wood. Corujeira paintings are characterized by elliptical forms, sinuous lines that navigate the surface, and layers of transparency that invite closer inspection and meditation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The works in the suite, entitled “Pouring Light”, continue to develop certain forms associated with the organic world, placing him within a strain of the abstract tradition where one recognizes affinities with Minimalism. Corujeira, in a conversation with noted scholar, Kevin Power, remarks “… I interpret my painting as a way of being in this world, a way of establishing mechanisms to comprehend reality, rather than painting as a carrier of ideas.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">By reducing to a minimum those formal elements that could interfere in the reception of light, these recent works approach more abstract, more conceptually complex questions while at the same time showing a greater simplicity of resolution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The title of the exhibition ‘Pouring Light’ evokes the act of liquefying color used by Corujeira when he paints; holding a recipient of water in his hands, he pours a bit of it into another recipient with the colored tint, with the intention of creating a more transparent tone, pierced by the light and transforming the painting into a luminous and active object to the eyes of the beholder.<br /> He frequently incorporates graphite and colored pencil in his paintings, layering pale blues, greens and earth tones that seem to pulse with life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A past resident of the Josef and Annie Albers Foundation, Corujeira has work in the collections of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and the Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern, Valencia, which held a solo exhibition of his work in<br /> 2006.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in Buenos Aires in 1961, Corujeira moved to Madrid in 1991 and has exhibited widely both in Spain and internationally. A winner of numerous awards, Corujeira has also had a number of significant solo exhibitions, including a large installation at Espacio Uno, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, in 2002. His work is found in many notable public collections, including the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Texas; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Caracas; IVAM, Valencia; MNCARS, Madrid; Museo Municipal de Madrid, Madrid; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de España, Madrid; Academia Española de Historia, Arqueología y Bellas Artes, Rome, among others.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He lives and works in Madrid.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Alejandra von Hartz Gallery opened in 2002, coinciding with the first edition of Art Basel Miami Beach; and was a pioneer in establishing itself in, what is today, the internationally known Wynwood Arts District. Its mission is to promote and explore contemporary, non-objective, constructive and conceptual art by emerging and established artists of growing local and international reputation. With a focus on Latin American art, and Geometric Abstraction, the gallery has always explored the ever expanding interconnectedness and creative dialogues of globalized contemporary art, while establishing connections with the city of Miami and its growing artistic scene. To this end, we: explore relationships between Modernism and Contemporary Art; promote emerging artists, in both traditional and experimental exhibitions; promote established artists in their creative endeavor to produce new bodies of work; participate in art fairs worldwide, strike strategic alliances with other like minded galleries, and serve as trusted consultants and advisers, to numerous collectors, museums, and other institutions.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:38:38 +0000 Jane Manus - Armory Art Center WPB - December 1st, 2012 - April 26th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Jane Manus shares a vision to create new and dynamic spaces with abstract, yet solid form. The exhibition at the Armory art Center will feature six of her large-scale works placed, as they are meant to be seen, in the outdoor sculpture garden. Though concrete and heavy in themselves, Manus's sculptures are artfully connected planes of line and geometric shape, joined as to invoke a complex, shifting array of transparent spaces and paradoxically unsubstantial solid forms. Her work actively engages her audience, as the shapes and spaces form and reform as the viewer moves closer to them, further away and around them. While seemingly at odds with their setting, Manus's sculptures are meant to be seen in the ever changing conditions of nature. her work forms a relationship with the play of shadow and the passage of time.</p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:16:08 +0000 - Armory Art Center WPB - April 26th, 2013 - May 9th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition of work in all media by local students in K-12. Exhibition organziaed by the Armory Art Center.</p> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:36:13 +0000 Eugenia Calvo, Babette Herschberger, Regina Jestrow, Laz Ojalde (LMNOQ), Kerry Phillips, Frances Trombly, Gerbi Tsesarskaia, Michelle Weinberg - Art Center / South Florida - March 23rd, 2013 - May 26th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>Multiplicity</i> is defined as the quality or state of being multiple or various. The artists in this exhibition do not work with the quantitative notion of the word but rather examine the multiple uses of materials and their transformative quality to take on a range of meanings and functions. Whether they are found objects, recycled trash or simple materials utilized in daily life, the artists challenge, re-use and re-invent them in the creation of sculptural pieces, paintings, installations and photographs that reveal their aesthetic qualities and reference the personal context in which they were made.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:00:22 +0000 T. Elliot Mansa - BFI - April 26th, 2013 - May 8th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>BFI presents T. Elliot Mansa</b><br /> To celebrate the wonderful news that Miami based artist T. Elliot Mansa was accepted into the prestigious Yale painting MFA program, the BFI #BigFutureInitiative is hosting an exhibition of his newest work. <br /> <br /> Please note, this is a fundraising exhibition: All profits from every sale of Mansa's Artwork will go directly to help fund Mansa's expenses while at YALE. We want Mansa to thrive!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mansa, born in Miami, is a product of Miami-Dade's magnet programs. Home was a very different place than school. At home in the early 80's he watched as his stepfather grappled with crack addiction. In school Mansa began to navigate the dichotomy of these two worlds. He began to use Art as a place to question these contradictions around him. Though he graduated from the esteemed New World School of the Arts, Mansa still had to avoid the ever-present temptations of gangs and drugs. Despite watching a number of his friends dabble in the drug trade, some even falling to gun violence along the way, the temptation to follow in this illicit life path for Mansa was real.<br /> <br /> After battling depression following the death of his mother, Mansa again looked to painting. He explored auto-biographical tropes in his Mother/Son series. Logically, Mansa began to explore his relationship with his father in his work. It seemed painting was becoming his saving grace. Looking at his own life Mansa saw that through Art he had been able to accomplish more than his peers around him; namely, he had managed to graduate college and avoid the label of felon, two things his siblings had been unable to achieve. <br /> <br /> As Mansa questioned the relationships between Sons and Fathers and ideas behind the worship of 'the hustler' in hip-hop's urban culture, he was able to draw closer to his brothers and father. This was a fleeting joy. Unfortunately on Easter Sunday, Mansa would lose his father to cancer as well. Mansa received his notice of acceptance to Yale the night before his father's funeral.<br /> <br /> T. Eliott Mansa will be exhibiting recent portraits that bridge the gaps between sociological and autobiographical narratives, mixed with elements from the mythologies of the West African Yoruba cosmology. The figures painted in acrylic, often of family and friends, emerge in rich details from graphite washes. These young men, brothers, uncles and father(s) of the artist, are all convicted felons. The paintings portray the subjects, often African-American men, both in urban settings and as African deities, or Orishas, using the metaphor of possession to examine the role of hero-worship in Mansa's subjects' socialization.</p> Sat, 04 May 2013 14:46:42 +0000 David Rohn - carol jazzar contemporary art - March 22nd, 2013 - May 5th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Carol Jazzar is pleased to present Reigning Men, a solo exhibit by Miami artist David Rohn. This will be Rohn's fourth exhibition at the gallery.<br /><br /> Miami-based artist David Rohn will present a series of 12 self-portraits of male types distilled from performance. The soldier, the country guy and the money manager, among other identifiable types, are explored in the context of traditional 'male' markers such as power and dominance. For Rohn, "facial expression and body language are arguably more basic, more telling, than spoken language." He maintains that the expanded definition of femininity that began in 1960s and '70s is incomplete until an equivalent of what we consider masculine has also taken place. Some of his characterizations reveal less apparent aspects of male-ness, such as vulnerability and weakness, as they are exhibited in varied social and professional roles.<br /><br /> Rohn has inhabited many roles, some subtle, some exaggerated, many offering sly commentaries on art world characters. Most recently, he received "calls" from and conversed with viewers at Scope-NY during the Armory week and Scope-Miami during ArtBasel/Miami Beach in December 2012 as Walt Whitman, inhabiting a wood crate with fish-eye lenses revealing an elaborate 19th century still-life interior. An interest in mise-en-scéne and period costume has been a focus for Rohn, in his installations, performances, videos and still photographs exhibited previously at the gallery and elsewhere. "Using still photography to capture a moment of performance reveals what can be masked - and lost - in moving images. This continues to challenge me as much as the prospect of bringing to life invented characters, which are always an acute response to social and personal experiences."</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:05:51 +0000 Miguel Navarro - CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) - April 8th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013 <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white; text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Selections from the IVAM Collection</em></strong> is characterized by massive sculptures and features over a thousand pieces of different materials such as aluminum, zinc, and wood. His work is based on how cities can suggest different meanings depending on the spectator. Spread out across the gallery floor, the installations consist of sculptures that have been deconstructed in order to resemble a city seen from above. This interactive exhibit is Miquel’s first exhibit in South Florida.</p> <p></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white; text-align: justify;">Miquel Navarro was born in Valencia and graduated from the San Carlos School of Fine Art in Valencia. He started his career in 1972 as a painter and has since worked exclusively in sculpture. Miquel has received many awards such as the Alfonso Roig Prize, the National Prize from the Association of Art Critics and the Academician of the Real Academia de BBAA de San Fernando. The work of Miquel Navarro  is characterized by his unmistakable representations of cities or “clusters” and constitute a prototype he uses for his sculptural installations when grouping together small pieces, configured as diverse urban buildings, ranging from houses to factories, from ornamental to representational. Their structure is based on what is clearly an imaginary urbanism, a key aspect of Navarro’s works, now part of the IVAM’s permanent collection thanks to the generous donation of 515 pieces. This collection of works reflects his different stages allowing viewers to appreciate his creative style.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:31:37 +0000 Francie Bishop Good - David Castillo - April 11th, 2013 - May 4th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>David Castillo Gallery</b> is proud to present <i>Far From Apple Hill</i>, new photography by Francie Bishop Good for the artist's second solo show with the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>Far From Apple Hill </i>reveals <i>far </i>as a relative term. To experience Bishop Good's large-scale, digital photographs is to fall between antipodes-- cut through the center of the Earth on the straightest path between diametrical opposites-- slip from memory to lived experience. The artist compresses place and time like folding a map, making visible an expired wind in the shape of trees or the passion in muscle memory.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">You can't go home again, cautions Thomas Wolf. Bishop Good reaches impossibly toward her distant past in Apple Hill, Pennsylvania from her present South Florida, itself a transient region shaped by pirates, political refugees, and seasonal tourists. The resulting images draw from these varied locations; familiar bodies and strangers; specific cultures and diasporas; reconstruction and autopoiesis. Bishop Good's photographs are monuments to Walter Benjamin's notion of memory not as "an instrument for exploring the past, but rather a medium."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bishop Good depicts the place and time of the other, who, as in folklore, is also a <i>familiar</i>. Bishop Good sets upon the world with a keen vision, filtering the darkness of time and place-- moment and memory-- sign and signifier so that the vulnerability of early childhood, the bosom of a landscape, or the trauma of a torn umbrella is <i>yours</i>, and you can recognize it, suddenly, as clear as a photograph. Bishop Good's work resonates exponentially at the roots of collective memory. <i>Far From Apple Hill</i> is inspired and troubled by memory in hyperreality, both painfully removed and staggeringly intimate.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Francie Bishop Good lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Recent museum acquisitions include the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; The Patricia &amp; Philip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida; and Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The artist's solo show at the Hollywood Art &amp; Culture Center, Florida, opens November 2013.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:16:07 +0000 - de la Cruz Collection - December 4th, 2012 - October 12th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">This year we gave considerable thought to the different ways we could re-imagine our space. The walls and open space of the first floor, with its massive volume, became the perfect setting for monumental installations. The second floor was transformed into an indoor sculpture garden that brings to mind a public park. And on the third floor, perhaps the most intimate space, we installed a selection of works that through nature explore themes of fragility and temporality.<br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT THE COLLECTION:</strong><br /> The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space is privately funded by Miami-based collectors Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. The primary purpose of this museum is to exhibit their collection and provide education in the visual arts. Since its inception in 2009, the de la Cruz Collection has organized multiple exhibitions, provided artist residencies and collaborated with other institutions. Their educational programs include lectures, artist-led workshops and daily docent-led tours. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2009, the de la Cruz Collection initiated scholarship and travel programs dedicated to enrich the education of our local art students. The purpose of these programs is to create awareness and academic discipline through travel and financial support for both high school and college level students.</p> <p> </p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:16:30 +0000 Alfredo Jaar - de la Cruz Collection - March 9th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The de la Cruz Collection is pleased to announce the opening of an installation in our project room of a piece by Chilean-born artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar.<br /> <br /> Notes on<br /> Alfredo Jaar's <em>Terra non Descoperta</em>, 1991</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Three lightboxes with color transparencies sit on the floor. They show a beautiful sea in three parts. A text by Christopher Columbus is overlaid on the images, describing his obsession with finding gold.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The spectator is seduced by these images and approach the work. The light boxes are placed some 20 inches from the wall where fifteen gold-framed mirrors hang horizontally facing the light boxes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Suddenly, a reflection appears on the mirrors. They show us images that are inset on the other side of the light boxes, the side facing the wall. They are gold miners from Serra Pelada, in the Brazilian Amazon. But the mirrors also reflect us. We find ourselves together with the miners in the space of the mirror.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Jaar's repositioning of the viewer recalls Sartre's notion of the Other as outlined in Being and Nothingness; Sartre understood that our desire to define an Other stems from the need to objectify that which we fear or fail to understand. Jaar's installation refutes this selfish privilege. His mirrors show us that while an ocean may stand between the Other and ourselves, the Third World is actually just around the corner. Seeing ourselves reflected alongside the Other, any us-versus-them dichotomy crumbles. In other words, we have seen the Other, and it is us." - Steven Jenkins</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:39:06 +0000 Patricia Gonzalez-Osorio - Deering Estate at Cutler - March 15th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">View special access, interior and exterior photographic images from Charles Deering’s former Spanish, historic properties, Palau Maricel de Tierra and Castillo Tamarit. Exhibit will be on display March 15 - April 26, 2013.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:57:42 +0000 Fabiano Parisi - Diana Lowenstein Gallery - April 13th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Diana Lowenstein Gallery</b> is pleased to present two new exhibitions from April 13th through May 31st.  A reception will take place at the gallery during the Wynwood Gallery Walk on Saturday, April 13th, from 7 to 10pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Empire of Light is an ongoing project developed by Fabiano Parisi beginning in 2007, focusing on the aesthetics and mysterious beauty of abandoned locations, still having a soul, a meaning as vectors of layering sensations and images that make them live, independent of our memory and our experience, creating a strange atmosphere of expectation, bordering the surreal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> The aim is not to expose their dereliction, but rather to render the grandeur and magnificence of these spaces, which are now forgotten and on the path to extinction, and thus seem to belong to a parallel world. The artist was struck by shapes, lines and volumes when arranging his shots, but was mainly guided by light. Photographs are marked by a rigorous quality, with a magic and symbolic contrast of light and shadow: light shining on the grand architectures of a decaying empire, with broad areas of shadow and deep black hues, as if to evoke bygone history and offer glimpses of a new one. The photographs were taken around the world: in the United States, Poland, Belgium, Germany, UK and Italy. Yet, they do not constitute a kind of map of neglect: for what matters is not so much the when and where, as the loss of the coordinates of these places that border on the surreal, altering the perception and sense of time, which seems to have frozen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fabiano Parisi was born in 1977 in Rome, where he lives and works. After his Psychology degree, he chose to make photography his career. His photographic research aims the lens at sites that are abandoned and marginal, at the aesthetic of these architectural structures deprived of a human presence, frozen in the past but still capable of telling a story.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Parisi partecipated in the 54th Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion and in the last Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma in 2012 at the Macro Museum. In 2012 he was selected at the Young Master Art Prize in London, and at the Arte Laguna Prize 2012 he won a special prize. In 2010 he was the winner of the Celeste Prize International for photography in New York. He has had several solo shows, some of the most recent of which were held at the FotoLeggendo photography festival in Rome in 2011 and at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere in 2010.</p> <p> </p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:09:17 +0000 Sterz - Diana Lowenstein Gallery - April 13th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Diana Lowenstein Gallery</b> is pleased to present two new exhibitions from April 13th through May 31st.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">My video works often feature atmospheric entities slowly filling blank palettes then once again receding – my artistic responses to bewildering issues I grapple with as they cycle again and again through my life: relationships, disease, time, sex, love, joy, despair and happiness. Do I act? <strong>Do I wait quietly? </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sitting at a bar years ago with two dear friends, we reflected on our personalities. I was pure id, all action and damn the consequences. Things seemed simpler for me then, but I am a much happier and healthier human being today. Facing these life issues, addressing and redressing them, has led me to where I am now, a man on the brink of losing everything, trying to balance what can not be and loving it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <br /> I utilize new media/video installation to constantly record my observations of everyday life. In the 1990’s, I began sculpting in my Brooklyn studio using a variety of materials —steel, stone, aluminum and acrylic. My unique installations came about when I sought to invoke three-dimensional forms utilizing digital images. Consistent with my belief that all life is imbued with the original energy that created the entire universe, the viewer of my work often experiences a spontaneous aesthetic response befitting the beauty inherent in the endless variety and power of the natural world. <br /> <br /> At an early age, I was exposed to industrial toxins. I have wrestled with a brain tumor for a number of years. It has caused the loss of motor control on the right side of my body and challenges my language production and comprehension. I cherish the time I am able to share with my son, Calder Norté, friends and family. <br /> <br /> My site-specific installations are exhibited in galleries and museums throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Some of the critical art fairs, grants and residencies I have participated in are, Art Basel, Art Basel/Miami Beach, Art Cologne and Art Chicago, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, N.Y.S. Council for the Arts, Atlantic Center for The Arts, FL, Sculpture Space, NY. and most recently I have received a New York Fellowship for the Arts in Video.<b></b></p> <p> </p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:12:43 +0000 Kanako Sasaki - Dina Mitrani Gallery - April 11th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">This event is made possible in part by the THE ASAHI SHIMBUN FOUNDATION.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dina Mitrani Gallery is pleased to present Kanako Sasaki: Illuminations (how not to forget) with an artist  Talk on Thursday April 11th at 7pm. The exhibition, the artist’s second solo show at the gallery, will be on view through May 24th and consists of photographic images as well as a video. During the time that the artist was beginning this recent series, the eastern coast of Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami. These images are a response to the emotional loss that was caused by this natural disaster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sasaki’s previous series have primarily explored elements of history and narrative, usually depicting a figure re-enacting a scene or memory from the past. They evoke dream-like atmospheres, bordering between reality and fiction. In her current work, Illuminations, she continues illustrating surreal situations, yet the majority of the images are still lives, void of human figures. They contain symbolic or ritualistic objects, at times floating in a magical suspension above table depicted in most of the images. On a personal level, Sasaki was greatly affected by the 3-11 earthquake; the images in this series are her effort to preserve those memories of the places and things that were physically washed away by the disaster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With her video piece, Sasaki explores nature and the cosmos and takes her findings to a metaphysical level. She studied numerical data calculated by the simulation astronomer, Eiichiro Kokubo at the National Observatory in Japan and combined them with texts from “The Diary of Anne Frank” to create her video installation. The data shows the formation of terrestrial planets from 4.6 million years ago, and each formation is synched with emotion.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kanako Sasaki was educated at the Royal College of Art in London and received her MFA from the<br />School of Visual Arts in New York. She has had solo exhibitions in the US, Japan, Bolivia and Hungary and has been included in many international group exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies in Iceland, Paris, Estonia, Vienna and New York and been awarded many fellowships and grants. She has also taught photography at CUNY Staten Island, NY and the International Summer School of Photography in Latvia. She will soon be attending a residency in Ganz, Austria.</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:29:32 +0000