ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/show en-us 40 Group Show - ACND Gallery of Art - May 4th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p>An IPC Visual Lab exhibit curated by award-winning Miami Herald photojournalist Carl Juste. View an eclectic collection of works by professional photojournalists Carl Juste, CW Griffin, Charlie Trainor, Andrew Kaufman. And, their advanced lab students: Jenny Babot Romney, Rubyann Smith Hernandez, Nanci Thomas, Zeus Shama, Jennifer Kay, and Ethan Britton. DJ ONEWAY will be spinning the tunes. Free. </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Press:</strong></span></p> <p><a href="http://southflorida.citybizlist.com/contributed-article/photojournalist-carl-juste%E2%80%99s-newest-exhibit-%E2%80%9Ce-klek-tik%E2%80%9D-signifies-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South Florida City Biz</a></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:04:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list - Armory Art Center WPB - May 20th, 2013 - May 26th, 2013 <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 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Leslie Lew - ArtSpace / Virginia Miller Galleries - May 3rd, 2013 - July 7th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mickey Mouse, Popeye, Wonder Woman, Animal Crackers and Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes are some of the subjects of works in “American Memories,” a one-person exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Leslie Lew that opens from 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 3rd at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries.<br /> <br /> “Leslie is a contemporary, neo-Pop version of Norman Rockwell,” said ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries’ owner and director Virginia Miller. <br /> <br /> “I’m grabbing memories,” says the artist. “Some of these are starting to fade.” <br /> <br /> Featuring some of America’s most iconic images, Leslie Lew offers a nostalgic trip back to childhoods ranging from the 1930s to 1970s. Permission from The Walt Disney Company, DC Comics, and the Kellogg Company allows her to re-create comic book covers of America’s most beloved childhood heroes along with perennially favorite breakfast cereals. <br /> <br /> “When faced with the legendary things and characters of our youth, rendered with unrestrained enthusiasm, it’s hard not to smile, to remember the pleasure of eating Animal Crackers, toting the box on its little white string; to feel a little girl’s aspiration to be Wonder Woman, and to be transported by cartoon lives—so familiar and yet so unlike our own,” noted Kathy Greenwood, a curator for Albany, NY International Airport’s Art &amp; Culture Programs.</p> <p>Contributing to the impact of her paintings is the artist’s special technique, which she calls “sculpted oil,” paintings on canvas in high relief to create a three-dimensional effect. <br /> <br /> After earning her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982, Lew was one of a dozen artists selected to participate in a Whitney Museum studio program. She became a leading artist in New York’s East Village Art Movement, where she was friends with Jean-Michel Basquiat, who introduced her to Andy Warhol at her first opening in New York. <br /> <br /> Lew lived and worked in a large Gramercy Park loft just above Julian Schnabel’s. Other well-known artists in the group included Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Kenny Scharf, and Keith Haring. <br /> <br /> “Keith, Jean-Michel and Andy did a show of matchboxes in a pop-up gallery on 6th Street with me and other artists,” she recalls. “I did a painting of the opening, and I put Andy in the corner of it with his little Brownie camera. Andy loved young artists—he was always looking for the next new thing. He helped me a lot, introducing me to all sorts of people. We hung out together.<br /> <br /> “I did my version of Andy’s silkscreen, 'Moon Explorer,' and he thought it was a hoot. He asked me to do a trade with him—my ‘Moon Explorer’ for one of his ‘Marilyns.’ Then he went into the hospital for a gall bladder operation and he died. I helped to archive all of his work for the foundation.”</p> <p>Today Lew’s painting of “Moon Explorer” is owned—appropriately—by U.S. astronaut Robert C. “Woody” Spring. Her works are included in dozens of major collections, including those of Si Newhouse, the Tisch Family, Conde Nast, MCA Records, Sylvia Miles and Cyndi Lauper in New York; the Sainsbury Collection in London; and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.<br /> <br /> “My first painting of ‘Animal Crackers’ is in the lobby where children are admitted to the Mayo Clinic,” she said. <br /> <br /> Lew has participated with the superstars of the contemporary art world in a number of other exhibitions. To cite only three: <br /> <br /> In 1985 the Holly Solomon Gallery exhibition “57th between A &amp; D” included works by Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and Roy Lichtenstein with East Village artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Leslie Lew. The following year Lew and Warhol were among the artists in “The East Village” exhibit curated by Richard Martin, editor-in-chief of “Arts Magazine”, at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lew and Warhol also were in “Small Works by Major Thinkers” in 1986 at the Bess Cutler Gallery in New York. <br /> <br /> The “Cafe Vered” show at Vered Gallery in East Hampton in 1995 included “Animal Crackers” by Lew along with works by Janet Fish, Audrey Flack, Red Grooms, Donald Lipski, Larry Rivers, Donald Sultan, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann, among others.</p> <p>Lew has exhibited in numerous other prestigious venues, such as Jack Tilton and OK Harris galleries in New York City; the Light Gallery in Los Angeles and Hamilton Galleries in Santa Monica; and in a number of museums here and abroad. In Manhattan, for example, her paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Visual Arts Museum, Parsons School of Design, SoHo Center for the Visual Arts, the Henry Street Settlement Museum, and the Alternative Museum. Lew’s paintings have been included in travelling exhibitions of the Carnegie Mellon Museum and Guggenheim Museum in this country and in shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, and Sofia, Bulgaria. <br /> <br /> In Miami, Lew is included in the Martin Z. Margulies Collection, “recognized as one of the major collections of contemporary art in the world,” according to Newsweek critic Peter Plagens. <br /> <br /> According to critic Peter Frank, “by appropriating two or three generations of imagery, from wartime cartoons to cold-war-era reading primers to the streamlined sci-fi fantasies of the space race, Lew seems to mark off the growth spurts of mid-20th Century America...Lew re-enacts the recent evolution of American visual culture without having to depict it. A child of our time, Leslie Lew has appropriated Pop Art itself.”</p> <p>“We are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce yet another historically significant artist to our clientele,” said Virginia Miller. “Leslie Lew’s work is an absolute joy.”<br /> <br /> “American Memories” will be exhibited at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries from May 3rd through July 2013. Along with our opening reception on Friday, May 3rd, additional receptions for this exhibition will be held from 6 to 10 pm on Friday, June 7th and July 5th.<br /> </p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:44:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Louise Nevelson, Anthony Caro, Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons - Bass Museum of Art - March 15th, 2013 - July 21st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition of some 200 works by 135 artists is an intimate, often whimsical side of some of the greatest artists of recent times, each offering a singular vision of adornment. The exceptional and little-known works of wearable sculpture will reward viewers with new insights into the creative wellsprings of such artistic giants as Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Louise Nevelson, Anthony Caro, Yoko Ono, and Anish Kapoor.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">French Venet first became fascinated with artist-made jewelry when her-then-beau sculptor Bernar Venet rolled a thin piece of silver around her finger to form a wedding ring. Since then, she has acquired jewels made by her husband’s confreres, a group that has included Arman, César, Mimmo Rotella, and Villéglé, and she has commissioned pieces by Kader Attia, John Chamberlain, Wim Delvoye, Orlan, and Frank Stella. “I’m careful to ask only those artists whom I think will find the request challenging and fun,” says Venet. “It’s important they recognize that the jewel should be seen as an extension of their art-making.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While many of these wearable sculptures are crafted out of precious materials, what makes them so compelling is the beauty and candor of the artistic expression. Often conceived for a lover or a cherished family member or friend, a number of these pieces reveal a surprising tenderness or whimsy. The wearable sculptures will be presented in three groupings—the Early Masters, Representational, and Abstraction—with sections devoted to the human figure, nature, Popsubjects, words, geometry, and new technologies and materials.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:38:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Eve Sussman - Bass Museum of Art - April 12th, 2013 - November 3rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Eve Sussman | Rufus Corporation</strong> is a presentation of the video artist's recent projects.&nbsp;This exhibition will present two major video installations, including an entirely new exploration of her noted film&nbsp;<strong>The&nbsp;Rape of the Sabine Women</strong>. A feature-length video-musical,&nbsp;<strong>The&nbsp;Rape of the Sabine Women</strong>&nbsp;is a contemporary reinterpretation of the eponymous Roman legend in a domestic 1960s setting, which Sussman&nbsp;has transformed into a five-part video installation. Also on view will be her <strong>89 Seconds at Alc&aacute;zar</strong>, a film based on the Diego Velazquez's enigmatic <strong>Las Meninas</strong>, 1656. In this work, Sussman uses film to elucidate the circumstances of the exact moment that the painting aims to portray, a moment that has become immortalized in one of the most important paintings in art history.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:48:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Elle Schorr, Group Show - Boca Museum of Art - May 8th, 2013 - July 14th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">An annual testament to the state&rsquo;s flourishing art scene, the Boca Museum of Art&rsquo;s distinguished <em>All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition</em> will once again highlight the breadth and creative talent of Florida&rsquo;s independent artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The <em>All Florida </em>exhibition will be on display in the Museum&rsquo;s central galleries from May 8 to July 14, 2013. In the exhibition&rsquo;s 62<sup>nd</sup> year, the state&rsquo;s oldest statewide annual juried competition received submissions from nearly 550 artists from across Florida.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This year&rsquo;s juror, Mark Scala, Chief Curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, selected 149 works from the submissions created by 122 Florida artists. The 62nd <em>All Florida</em> exhibition will offer a provocative glimpse of the state-of-the-art today through mediums which include paintings, graphics, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, computer-generated images, and videos.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:53:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Ronny Quevedo - carol jazzar contemporary art - May 17th, 2013 - June 30th, 2013 <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> Sat, 04 May 2013 14:19:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list - CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) - May 24th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013 Sun, 19 May 2013 05:03:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Shinique Smith - David Castillo - May 17th, 2013 - July 6th, 2013 <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 14:24:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list - 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 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Group Show - Deering Estate at Cutler - May 24th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibit will be on display daily, 10 am to 4 pm, from May 24, 2013 through July 26, 2013 and is free with Estate admission. <br /> <br /> The GroveHouse Artists 8th annual members exhibit is curated by GroveHouse Artists Director, Barbara Tejada. Displayed throughout the historic homes, the show highlights award winning pieces from the annual Affair on Plein Air Event, a two day juried on-site painting experience.<br /> <br /> <strong>About GroveHouse Artists:</strong><br /> GroveHouse Artists is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit, cooperative art gallery whose purpose is to provide a venue for local artists to exhibit their original art work. GroveHouse Artists also strives to establish a community forum for awareness and participation in the arts and the art experience by presenting cultural programs, presentations, and exhibits that are open and free to the public.</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:29:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Fabiano Parisi - Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts - 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 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list Sterz - Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts - 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 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/mia/Events/list