Carol Jazzar is pleased to present spillage: traces, evidence and presence and tapando el sol con un dedo: places, spaces, ascension, group exhibitions curated by william cordova.
spillage: traces, evidence and presence is a group exhibition including works on paper and sculpture from artists Stacy Lynn Wadell (North Carolina), Shoshanna Weinberger (Jamaica), Andre Leon Gray (North Carolina) and Ronny Quevedo (Ecuador).
"art must be able to relate to the space in which it is located...in terms of ambience, the spirit, the significance of that space for its residents"
The show focuses on organic spillage and residue, evidence of presence through drawing. The works in the exhibition propose the presence of things often visible but disregard which, when once illuminated are suddenly impossible to ignore. Traces of our presence like the vacant lots in Homestead where homes once stood before Hurricane Andrew in 1992; the Native American Tequesta landmark (Miami Circle) or the burnt out tenements in Liberty City, Overtown and Wynwood after four Miami rebellions (1980-91). In other cases, the ash, dust, and hair are the only evidence that may be available but this too can resonate through time and history. Haitian-Puerto Rican artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s own approach to drawing was to include everything that came into his works path of consciousness; hand grease, sneaker prints, hair follicles etc. Empowering the work through layers of matter that informed the viewer through unapologetic human presence amongst the implied renderings. “What fell was critical, because it left these organic traces. The spillage was part of it. You can tell how rich and reverent it is by how much spillage there is” –Historian Robert Farrison Thompson on Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.