ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Kelly Sturhahn - 6th Street Container - May 17th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p class="c1">Kelly Sturhahn: Transient Patterns</p> <p class="c2">The 6th Street Container Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by artist, Kelly Sturhahn. Sturhahn’s work explores traditional themes of the sublime in nature with contemporary reflection, simultaneously considering experience, perception and transformation. As an artist in New York City, she became drawn to the work of the Romantics and the Hudson River School, and their appreciation of art and nature. Utilizing multiple media, Sturhahn pushes conventional boundaries to convey her ideas, creating new, authentic forms. In her works on paper, she responds to source imagery, emphasizing what might be referred to as photographic flaws, such as lens flare, blur or pixilation. Her expressive use of ink and wash results in exquisite works that are at once a commentary on painting traditions and a record of her personal journey. In her installations, Sturhahn employs intricate craft techniques and tactile materials such as lace and sequins, activating space on a grand scale. Light, nature, photography, textiles and architecture intertwine, transforming the awe-inspiring qualities of nature, into an experiential, dream-like realm. Sturhahn’s work freely recalls Pattern and Decoration, Minimalism, and Op Art among other movements, and probes the significance of the aesthetic origins therein.</p> <p class="c2">For this exhibition, Sturhahn will present two interactive installations, along with several paintings and works on paper. Taking inspiration from the Florida landscape, her work incorporates refracted sunlight, pouring rain and mercurial bodies of water that traverse multiple dimensions. Upon entering the gallery, prepare to be transported by Night Fall, an interactive installation comprised of black lace and hundreds of hand-sewn sequins. In Sturhahn’s second installation, Achromatic Rainbow, white lace painted in atmospheric values takes the form of an overhanging arc that spans the width of the gallery. Her textile-based paintings display black and white striped fabric that has been variously altered by cutting, slicing, painting and sewing processes, disrupting the perpetuity of the original pattern. Sturhahn’s works on paper reinvigorate the landscape with abstracted impressions, void of horizons, and inventive approaches in ink and wash. With experimental intuitiveness, patterns and imagery cycle through refinement, distortion and reinvention: lace takes on architectural space; sliced stripes vibrate optically, and inky impressions negotiate gravity. Sturhahn’s unique interpretations allow us to perceive our environment in unexpected, refreshing ways.</p> <p class="c2 c3"></p> <p class="c2">About the Artist:</p> <p class="c2"><span color="#000000" style="color: #000000;"><a name="h.gjdgxs" rel="nofollow"></a>Kelly Sturhahn is a New York and Florida based artist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in New York. After graduate school, Sturhahn continued to live and work in the thriving art community, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sturhahn’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Highlights include solo projects in New York at Ann Street Gallery, Skylight Gallery, Saratoga Arts Center, and Times Square Gallery; and in Florida at Melvin Art Gallery. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at the Boca Raton Museum of Art; The Space/Fardom Gallery, Long Island City; Hudson Guild, New York; Garbageman Astronaut Space, Portland; Skylight Gallery, Keene Valley; Artists Space, New York; and Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, among others. She has also been featured at international art fairs including Scope in New York and Grendel Miami during Art Basel. Her artwork may be found in private collections throughout the United States. Recently, Sturhahn was honored to be a Visiting Artist and Lecturer at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, and an Artist-in-Residence and grant recipient at both the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and Salem Art Works (Salem, NY). Sturhahn is currently Assistant Professor of Art and Foundations Program Director at Florida Southern College.</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 02:03:51 +0000 Ronny Quevedo - carol jazzar contemporary art - May 17th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Carol Jazzar is pleased to present <em>ULAMA, ULE, OLÉ</em>, an exhibition of recent works by Ronny Quevedo that de-construct the spaces in which sports are played. This will be Quevedo’s first solo exhibit at the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This series of works depicts playing fields and sport arenas devoid of players and fans, in order to consider these specialized spaces as territories, in which actions are limited by precise measurements, guidelines and rules. Quevedo notes: “As a consensual space for play, I consider the movements and actions within these environments as a metaphor for an insistence on survival and constant adaptation.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Quevedo composes his works using unorthodox materials, ranging from the banal (shoe polish, candy wrappers, potato chip bags, photocopies) to the sublime (gold leaf). Contact papers simulate the wood grain veneers of basketball courts, a field of hexagons repeats a soccer ball into infinity. The density of shoe polish becomes a surrogate for printer’s ink. The aerial vantage points in many of the pieces suggest the dispassionate viewpoint of a cartographer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Quevedo’s previous works are rich with vernacular material, popular culture artifacts extracted from their original contexts, and invited into a dialogue with history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ronny Quevedo, born in Ecuador and based in The Bronx, NY, is currently a resident at the Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and BFA from The Cooper Union. He has participated in residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop (New York), The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Aljira Contemporary Art Center (Newark). He has exhibited at the Islip Art Museum (New York); El Museo del Barrio; The Bronx River Art Center; Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta); and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 16:49:08 +0000 Shinique Smith - David Castillo - May 17th, 2013 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Kaleidoscopic, a solo exhibition of new painting and sculpture by Shinique Smith. <br /> <br /> Smith weaves memory and potentiality into forms that shimmer between safety net and open sky; private and public narrative; the smoothness of solace and the terror of sublimity. Like the spider, Smith sees multiple dimensions at once. The artist's swaddles of suspended clothing are both intimate cells and self-sufficient worlds tethered to individual experience. Smith's mixed media paintings are material-semiotic objects that thrive on the agency of reconstitution, the sweep of a maypole, and the guttural kiss of graffiti.<br /><br /> In Archaeologies of the Future, Fredric Jameson identifies the utopian imagination in the age of postmodernity and late capitalism by a shift from what can be wished for to the formal properties of the act of wishing. Likewise, Smith's mandalic hybrids investigate the inscription of mythology onto material culture, including the body, calligraphy, fabric, rope, ribbon, paint, and found objects.<br /><br /> Smith re-imagines the exclamation of squid ink into water or the underground language of American quilts as if to quell the contradiction between closed systems of mythology and open systems of history described by Claude Levi-Strauss. The referent of Smith's Chimera's Breath is thrillingly metaphorical and material.       The archive, according to Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, is an act of encounter rather than a site of remembrance. Kaleidoscopic is likewise infinitely experiential. The artist's instantiation of quotidian materials, painterly sensibilities, and space excavate a sacred geometry-- connecting all possible points of existence. Smith rewrites David Castillo Gallery like a chambered nautilus, both logarithmic and graceful beyond reason. Every artwork is an antechamber to an affective plane, a zone of sacrifice between anchorage and imminence.   Shinique Smith was born in Baltimore, MD and lives and works in Hudson, NY. Smith earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Upcoming in 2013, Shinique Smith has been commissioned by New York's MTA Arts for Transit to create a permanent public work at the new Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem. Also upcoming is a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (October 2014 to March 2015), curated by Jen Mergel. Recent solo exhibitions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with the Charles White Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; the Studio Museum in Harlem, and others. The artist is currently included in Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami's "Pivot Points: 15 Years &amp; Counting- MOCA's 15th Anniversary Collection," through May 19, 2013. Recent group shows include 30 Americans, which originated at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; as well as exhibitions at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; North Carolina Museum of Art; Bronx Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The New Museum, New York, NY, among others. Smith's works are in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Denver Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Margulies Collection, Miami; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. She is a past fellow of the Skowhegan School of Painting &amp; Sculpture, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and many others.   </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Shinique Smith in Conversation with Bonnie Clearwater,  Executive Director &amp; Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art North MiamiQ &amp; A to followThursday, May 16, 7 pm   </p> Sat, 04 May 2013 14:24:22 +0000 Justin H.Long - Emerson Dorsch - May 17th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Emerson Dorsch is pleased to present <i>Mantucket</i> by Justin H. Long in the Project Room. On view will be a new series of work constructed from stretched Brooks Brothers shirts and a new video that satirically analyzes the artist’s relationship to yacht culture. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Justin H. Long hyperbolizes aspects of his actual sailing practice to create a narrative outside of himself, causing his artistic practice to become performative. He positions himself as an artist as well as a tastemaker within the “prep” lifestyle. In recent works, Long presented items of his collection of sailing paraphernalia in the manner of history museums. An almost unobtainable, gifted Commodore's neck tie was presented under a vitrine next to a perhaps more illusive Mount Gay cap. Illustrating the thesis of <i>Mantucket</i>, Long considers “the Pomp vs. Prep, Yale vs. Princeton, heritage vs. inheritance, gingham vs. tattersall, bespoke dress, ivy league liberal arts educated, fluent in languages and well travelled, balancing the King’s game with the King’s disease, seersucker and madras, is a Tom Collins with gin or vodka, and how to tie a proper knot on a pair of top siders.” </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For <i>Mantucket</i>, Long will present small-scaled intimate offerings in the form of stretched Brooks Brothers shirts that result as minimal altered ready-mades that highlight the brand’s rich tradition and cultural iconography. The pieces have a moiré quality, embellished with the artist’s hand stitched monogram, reappropriating the aesthetic as his own. In addition, Long will project <i>Bouge Cruise</i>, a new video piece that adds further narrative to the project by investigating and embracing a bourgeoisie tradition specific to yacht culture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Justin H. Long received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Florida International University. In 2010, Long participated in a residency at Fonderie Darling in Montreal and has recently exhibited in New York, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami. His comedic video,<i> In Search of Miercoles</i>, won the Optic Nerve XII competition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, where it is part of the permanent collection. Long lives and works in Miami, FL.</p> Sun, 12 May 2013 09:17:41 +0000 Kris Chatterson, Ryan Roa, April Street, Robert Thiele, Odalis Valdivieso, Dave Hardy - Emerson Dorsch - May 17th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Emerson Dorsch is pleased to present <i>Object implied</i>, a group exhibition of artists <b>Kris Chatterson</b>, <b>Dave Hardy</b>, <b>Ryan Roa</b>, <b>April Street</b>, <b>Robert Thiele</b>, and <b>Odalis Valdivieso</b>. On view will be works in painting, sculpture, mixed-media, and site-specific installation. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition results from an intuitive selection process that favored works and systems characterized by effortlessness in terms of approach, materials, resolution, or position. The exhibition presents the respective systems, proposing to view the work beyond what is visually present and to question their potential as things that allude to ideas, narratives, or physical weights. In the run up to the exhibition a series of online chats with selected artists will be posted on the exhibition’s page on the gallery’s website in real time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The paintings of Kris Chatterson combine traditional abstract painting with an awareness of the brushstroke, applied through printed transfers of marks made on his computer or smartphone, which serve as processors in the image-making. Odalis Valdivieso’s abstract watercolors result from an immediate labor, presenting formal aesthetics with a strong intent of demystifying the art-object. On the other hand, Robert Thiele utilizes material and opacity to embed an unsure sense of content or meaning, through wall mounted constructs incorporating blurred transparent elements that both reveal and distort the images within. In the case of another sculptor, Dave Hardy, sculptures are composed primarily of wood, foam, and glass. These common materials come together to create various forms, shifting between visual weights. Ryan Roa’s site-specific <i>Space Drawings</i> also occupy volume, with wireframes created with easily obtainable bungee cords and hardware, graphically alluding to arbitrary planes within the gallery space. Conversely, April Street’s <i>Rope Paintings </i>begin as paintings but are braided into seemingly functional objects, capped with bronze to keep them from unraveling, retracting them back into art-objects.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Kris Chatterson</b> lives and works in Brooklyn. He received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2004. He has had solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, and Western Project in Los Angeles. Select group exhibitions include <i>Pour</i> at Leslie Heller Workspace and Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, and Schmidt Center Gallery, Boca Raton; <i>Pieced Together,</i> HKJB, Brooklyn; <i>Power to the People, </i>Feature Inc., New York; and <i>Keep Feeling (Fascination): New Abstract Painting in LA,</i> Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Dave Hardy</b> lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Yale School of Art; and is an alumnus of The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent group exhibitions include <i>Make It Now</i>, Sculpture Center, New York, <i>Un balance</i>, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and <i>Greater New York 2005</i>, at MoMA PS1, New York. Hardy has had solo exhibitions at Art in General, 92Y Tribeca, and La Mama Galleria in New York, as well as Southern Exposure in San Francisco. Hardy received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Regina Rex, Queens, in September 2013. He lives in Brooklyn.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Ryan Roa</b> lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a BFA from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA from Hunter College. He has exhibited internationally at institutions that include the Bronx Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, and Socrates Sculpture Park. He has participated in residency programs at the Bronx Museum, Gallery Aferro, Pace University, and The Fountainhead Residency. Roa is a founding member of the BroLab Collective.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>April Street</b> lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and traditional bronze casting in central Italy. She received an NEA Project Grant for her video collaboration <i>Imaging Appalachia</i>. Street recently had a solo exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, and was chosen last year by Julie Joyce, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for <i>Baker's Dozen IV</i> exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Robert Thiele</b> divides his time between Miami, FL and Brooklyn, NY, maintaining a studio in both cities. He participated in the Whitney Biennial and has had numerous solo exhibitions, including several in public institutions. Among these are the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Miami Art Museum. The distinguished critics and curators who have written essays on his work include Peter Frank, Mark Ormond, Carter Ratcliff, and Robert J. Sindelir. Thiele currently has a major solo exhibition on view at Tammen &amp; Partner Galerie, Berlin. Thiele is represented by Emerson Dorsch.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Odalis Valdivieso</b> was born in Caracas, Venezuela and lives and works in Miami, FL. Her work is currently on view in <i>New Work Miami 2013</i> at the Miami Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include <i>Practices Remain</i>, Regina Rex, NY, <i>Paper Folding</i>, Dimensions Variable, Miami, <i>SET</i>, Bridge Red, North Miami, <i>New Work Miami 2010</i>, Miami Art Museum, Miami, <i>Urban Interventions</i>, Contemporary Art Museum, Rosario, <i>Talking Heads</i>, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, and Fragile Global Performance Chain Journey, Florence. Valdivieso has previously exhibited at Emerson Dorsch in <i>Noise Field</i>, a group exhibition curated by Catherine Hollingsworth.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:07:02 +0000 - Armory Art Center WPB - May 18th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>An annual event, this show features work produced by the graduating seniors of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Exhibition organized by the Dreyfoos High School of the Arts.</p> Sat, 04 May 2013 14:12:00 +0000 Mike Diana - BFI - May 22nd, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In 1994, underground cartoonist, filmmaker, amateur publisher and First Amendment champion Mike Diana became the first artist ever to receive a criminal conviction for obscenity for artwork in the United States.<br /> <br /> When Mike Diana was 9 years-old, his family moved from Geneva, New York to Largo, Florida. He began to draw constantly, becoming a fan of underground comics as a teen. Soon after graduating high school, he began printing his own comics, including the series, Boiled Angel, which grew to 300 subscribers mostly in cities outside of of Florida. This is a true feat, considering that this was a time before online social media. In 1991, a copy ended up in the hands of a California law enforcement officer who falsely linked Diana with the then unsolved Gainesville student murders. The FBI was alerted, Diana was investigated but Diana was ultimately cleared of all involvement. However, the hysterics continued. <br /> <br /> Diana’s zines cover taboo subjects and are raw as his black line drawings are thick. Graphic depictions of sex, violence and caricature of church scandals are on every page. It is a gory and ruthless read. Diana was taken to trial by the state of Florida in 1994 and found guilty of obscenity on all counts of publishing, distributing, and advertising his artwork. As a result he was jailed for four days, was mandated to serve more than 1,200 hours of community service and was ordered to ‘stay away from minors.’ Additionally, Diana was forced by the court not to draw, even for personal use, as part of a stern set of his three-year probation conditions. It was a grotesque and crushing conviction.<br /> <br /> The trial judge found the work "patently offensive" and stated, "The evident goal of the appellant's publication is to portray shocking and graphic pictures of sexual conduct so it will be noticed. If the message is about victimization and that horrible things are happening in our society, as the appellant alleges, the appellant SHOULD HAVE created a vehicle to send his message that was not obscene." His final attempt at appeal was denied when the ACLU and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund petitioned the Supreme Court. The court would not read the case. Diana continued his probation after his move to New York in 1996, where he has lived ever since.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Diana's work has been influential throughout the underground comix community. His use of hardcore imagery serves to magnify and pinpoint the hypocrisies infused in contemporary life as well as the institutions that feed into it. His form of confrontational satire calls upon the viewer to read between the lines, to become acquainted with Diana's distinctive iconography and to find within it both humor and very pointed commentary. As much as one can read Diana’s art work as purient and foul none can deny its artistic merit. <br /> <br /> Diana's first exhibition Mike Diana: Miami or Bust at #BogusFloridaIncident will include drawings and paintings as well as works by other artists inspired by his output. This exhibition, coincides with Miami Art Museum’s NWM2013/the end event, “Convicted for Comics: A Talk with Underground Cartoonist Mike Diana.”</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:01:09 +0000 - CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) - May 24th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sun, 19 May 2013 05:03:26 +0000 Kevin Arrow, Barron Sherer - BFI - May 31st, 2013 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join artists Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer for a one evening only program of multiple motion picture and slide projections (16mm, Super 8mm, Regular 8mm.) The audience is encouraged to bring projectable, silent films (limit to 10 minutes) and mounted 35mm slides for inclusion (time permitting).  During the screening Sherer &amp; Arrow will also spin select 45s and LPs. BYOF also invites you to BYOB (bring your own booze!)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="">Kevin Arrow</a></strong> is a multifaceted artist living and working in Miami, Florida. His work takes on various forms including drawing, painting, film and audio based projects.   In his work Arrow merges his interest in obsolete media, "archival tendencies" and the ephemeral object.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As Arrow states,</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <em>Through [my] works [I] continually seek to find the sublime within the mundane, and the mundane within the sublime experience, in addition to investigating the interchangeability of both.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ya dig?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Arrow's work has been widely exhibited in South Florida since the mid 1980s. He has exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the Miami Art Museum, the de la Cruz contemporary art space, The Art &amp; Cultural Center of Hollywood, Bas Fisher Invitational, TwentyTwenty, The Girl's Club, Ft. Lauderdale, The Far Side Gallery and Carol Jazzar Contemporary, to name but a few.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="">Barron Sherer</a> </strong>is a Miami-based film and video artist, curator and programmer.  His works have screened and exhibited in Miami and around the United States.  Sherer has curated and co-produced many film programs and festivals for local cinemas, museums, galleries and moving image archives. As a film and video archivist and preservationist, he has researched thousands of moving images for award-winning productions including Academy Award nominated films such as The Weather Underground, Milk, and The Cove. In 2006, the Miami New Times named Barron “Best Film Buff”.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 10:57:52 +0000 Group Show - Art Center / South Florida - June 5th, 2013 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">We live surrounded by a kaleidoscope of visual patterns—from the micro to the macro-cosmos in nature to man-made environments. We exist in a world in which everything is connected. The 12 artists, architects and composers in this exhibition relate to patterns in very unique and distinctive ways: whether they extrapolate natural patterns and integrate them in their art-making processes, or play with geometrical patterns, or yet create their own patterns inspired by existing man-made landscapes or by invented systems, they all offer us the opportunity to go beyond the pure aesthetic enjoyment of the artworks featured in the galleries, and reflect upon the patterns that served as their inspirations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ArtCenter/South Florida’s new exhibition “Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior” opens June 5th at both its Richard Shack Gallery (800 Lincoln Road) and at Project 924 (located upstairs at 924 Lincoln Road) and will be on view from June 1-July 28, 2013. The opening reception is open to the public on Wednesday evening, June 5th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. (this is the first time ArtCenter has utilized both Lincoln Road spaces simultaneously). <br /> <br /> ArtCenter has invited Ombretta Agró Andruff to curate this exhibition. She is an art visionary, originally from Italy who recently relocated from New York to Miami Beach. This is the first exhibition that Ms. Agró curates in Miami.<br /> <br /> “Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior” is a sequel to her 2012 New York exhibition, “(Un) Folding Patterns.”  The New York show focused on the relationship between mathematics and the visual arts. This sequel explores how creative minds interpret patterns across the artistic disciplines of the visual arts, sound and architecture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For her debut exhibition in Miami, Ms. Agró conducted extensive studio visits throughout Miami during the past four months. Her goal was to bring together a collection of artists tied to local residency programs (including ArtCenter/South Florida, Fountainhead Residency and Studio Program, and the Deering Estate Residency Program).<br /> <br /> Most of the artists in this show have ties to these residency programs (with the exception of MONAD Architects and Anne Spalter).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“Since our early childhoods, we all instinctively absorb and enjoy patterns through all of our senses, even via our thinking,” says Ms. Agró.<br /> <br /> <strong>“We live our lives constantly surrounded by a kaleidoscope of patterns.</strong><br /> <br /> These artists, composers and architects relate to patterns in distinctive ways.Some extrapolate natural patterns, thereby integrating them into their process.<br /> <br /> Other artists in this exhibition play with geometrical patterns, or create their own patterns inspired by man-made landscapes and invented systems.<br /> <br /> The goal here is to transcend the aesthetic enjoyment of their artworks, and to experience the patterns that inspired them,” adds Agró. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the artists:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Ramon Bofill</strong> (ArtCenter Resident Artist, Miami-based)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Themes of childhood, chaos and structure inform Bofill’s work of repurposed fabrics, traditional painting media, tapestry and sculpture. Bofill explores personal issues of identity and cultural heritage as well as themes of manual labor, aesthetics and social class. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>George Goodridge</strong> (ArtCenter Resident Artist, Miami-based)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Goodridge examines the concrete world through the creation of new forms. Intentionally ambiguous, his three dimensional works are both figurative and abstract, blurring the lines between sculpture, painting, architecture and installation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Felice Grodin</strong>  (Fountainhead Residency Alumna, Miami-based)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Grodin’s work is informed by her training as an architect and the natural and man-made disasters in the cities where she has lived (San Francisco, Miami, New Orleans, Venice and New York). By exploring through the grain, Grodin attempts to map trajectories. Her work posits a contemporary interpretation of the space we live in today – a contradictory world that is simultaneously global and territorial.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Peter Hammar</strong> (ArtCenter Alumnus, Miami-based)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hammer’s work is in Flux and the status of the work is fragmented and dislocated, mixing found objects with traditional practices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">shaped collage canvases by Peter Hammar morph into hybrids in an attempt to re-address an ongoing query regarding the visually apparent and the embodied.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>MONAD Studio</strong> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">MONAD Studio is a design research practice with focus on spatial perception related to rhythmic effect. For this exhibition MONAD has created a digital fabrication that echoes the multi-layered attachments found in the strangler fig trees’ root systems.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Temisan Okpaku</strong> (Fountainhead Studios Resident, Miami-based)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nomadic in nature, Temisan’s work is a response to our contemporary world of interrelations, superpositions and boundary transgressions. In this site-specific installation he surrounds us with patterns of energy created by stretched guitar strings that create geometric patterns of their own.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>PUNTO</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Founded by composers <strong>Gustavo Matamoros </strong>(ArtCenter Resident Artist) and <strong>Armando Rodriguez</strong>, PUNTO is an outlet for controlled experimentation with sound and other media. Its objectives are to set up sound-based situations that give way to the creation of new art forms.  Matamoros curates ArtCenter’s sound art Listening Gallery, and is the Artistic Director of Miami’s Subtropics Art Sound + Experimental Music Festival.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Ryan Roa</strong>  (Fountainhead Residency Artist, New York-based)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ryan’s work consists of sculpture, installation and video. In this exhibition he creates one of his largest installations from the ‘Space Drawing’ series in which he draws a third-dimension by joining bungee cords anchored to the floor, ceiling and walls to create delicate patterns.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt Sheridan </strong>(Fountainhead Residency Artist, Los Angeles-based)<br /> Videos and paintings made concurrently are complementary in Sheridan’s practice. The paintings are hand-painted actions spliced together on canvases originating from film editing techniques. The “painting in motion” videos are projected onto architectural sites, exposing how bodies of information collide into selection, ideology, movement and lack.<br /> <br /> <strong>Anne Morgan Spalter </strong>(Rhode Island-based)<br /> Spalter is an artist, author and educator with a long-standing goal of integrating art and technology and is recognized as a new media pioneer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Traffic Circle is a series by Anne Morgan Spalter</strong> of geometric landscape video paintings generated from footage shot in traffic, high-rise apartments, airports, planes and the highway. <a href=";msgid=217015&amp;act=2RJF&amp;c=1152492&amp;"></a> <br /> <br /> <strong>Alex Trimino </strong>(ArtCenter Alumna, Deering Estate Resident)<br /> Trimino creates illuminated fiber-based sculptures and installations that re-contextualize lo-tech crafts, crochet, knitting and weavings while probing social views regarding civilization, technology and gender. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Sarah Walker </strong>(Fountainhead Residency Alumna, New York-based)<br /> Structures found in technology, nature and architecture are the inspirations for Walker’s layered paintings. In each layer the artist insets delicate patterns, allowing spaces to emerge, transform and then decay, always leaving behind traces of residue in the final painting. <br /> <br /> <strong>About the Curator:</strong><br /> <strong>Ombretta Agró Andruff</strong> is a Miami and New York-based freelance curator, consultant and writer originally from Italy.  Since her move to the US in 1998 she has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the U.S. and India collaborating with museums, art festivals, commercial galleries and art fairs such as Artists Space, GAle GAtes et al., Queens Museum of Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Armory Show,  Art Basel Miami Beach, The Downtown Arts Festival, D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, Esso Gallery, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and the Religare Arts Initiative.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:12:59 +0000 Dawoud Bey - Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) - June 7th, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is an expansive career survey Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey, whose work ranges from street photography to formal studio portaiture and is distinguished for its commitment to portraiture as a means for understanding contemporary society.  Bey began his career in 1975 with a series of photographs, Harlem U.S.A, that were later exhibited in his one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum of Harlem in 1979.  He has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide and his works are included in the permanent collections of museums including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Fogg Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art and others.  Dawoud Bey: Picturing People is organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:01:55 +0000 Ebony G. Patterson, Peterson Kamwathi - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - June 8th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The featured artists in the <em>Six Degrees of Separate Nations, Ebony G. Patterson and Peterson Kamwathi</em>, are from vastly different parts of the world, Jamaica and Kenya, respectively. Despite the geographical distance between them, they ironically share much in common. The influence of colonialism and the repercussions of colonial history have impacted how these artists perceive themselves today, as well as how they place themselves in proximity to the “other.” A significant theme underlying both artists’ work—and thus the exhibition—is the examination of social behavior, specifically that of performance and theatricality. The Six Degrees of Separate Nations exhibition runs through September 8, 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The opening reception will be preceded by a panel discussion with the artists, curator Claire Breukel, and guest speaker, University of Miami Professor Patricia Saunders, at 4pm, also at the Frost Art Museum</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 15:54:53 +0000 - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - June 8th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The second exhibition opening on June 8, <em>Borders of Paradise: In the Eyes of Explorers,</em> focuses on historical identity. Imagined and exaggerated depictions of the new continent and its offerings persisted through the nineteenth century, satisfying the appetites of curious Europeans hungry for tales of mysterious lost paradises and evolving primitive worlds. This exhibition, curated by Cynthia Duval of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, features maps, etchings and engravings, many of which appeared in literary works, which helped to reinforce and shape the Old World’s skewed perception of life in the New World. The <em>Borders of Paradise</em> exhibition will run through August 25, 2013.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 15:59:25 +0000 Luke Jenkins - NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale - June 11th, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York focuses on some of the most interesting conceptual technical trends in wood working today opens at our Museum in October 2013.  Local artist Luke Jenkins uses wood as a medium in art, furniture, and social design projects.  He will be speaking about his work, which focuses on the ways we consume in everyday life. </p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:16:01 +0000 Group Show - Dina Mitrani Gallery - June 13th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Dina Mitrani Gallery is pleased to present Historic Process / Contemporary Visions, a group show of artists working with alternative processes to make photographic images. These methods include 19th century techniques such as daguerrotype, wet plate collodion, cyanotypes, platinum prints and photogravures. The making of these prints can be time consuming, labor intensive, and at times toxic. The manual aspect of many of these processes also creates an element of chance, giving each image unique characteristics.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artists included in this exhibition are Curtis Wehrfritz, Erin Malone, Fritz Liedtke, Gloria O’Connell, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Ken Lyon, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Lisa Blair, Rachel Phillips and Rafael Balcazar.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In this digital age, there has been a resurgence of artists working with these "hand-made" methods. Currently the standard analog photographic printing process is the gelatin-silver print, and the standard digital processes are the pigment print and the digital laser exposure on traditional color light sensitive paper. The works in this exhibition are examples of how contemporary artists are rediscovering and using historic methods to make photographs, as well as applying new technologies and practices to these techniques.<br /><br /></p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 15:15:41 +0000 Alan Gutierrez - Emerson Dorsch - June 13th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Emerson Dorsch presents <em>INTRO</em> by Alan Gutierrez. <br /> <br /> "These remarks are not meant as a preface only to this particular play. They have to do with a conception of a new, plastic theatre which must take the place of the exhausted theatre of realistic conventions if the theatre is to resume vitality as a part of our culture." <br /> <br /> - Tennessee Williams in his production notes for <em>The Glass Menagerie</em>.</p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:47:35 +0000