Prior to the Art Basel Years, in the 1990s, there were artists in Florida, working and exhibiting in the state. Many of those with high ambition left the area, to resettle in New York.
We have brought three of these artists back to the place where they reached maturity prior to 1990. Judith Page in Orlando and Deborah Schneider and Ward Shelley in Miami.
Deborah Schneider is a painter in the purest sense of the word. Her work is classically bound to the medium, beyond which there is no artifice, no illusion, only the challenge that the flat surface provides, locking herself into a very personal mission to activate it. Arriving in Miami in 1981 from New York, Deborah quickly became a force in the South Florida art community, exhibiting her work at the Gloria Luria Gallery, the C.O.C.A., among other venues, before returning to New York in 1991.
Judith Page mines her childhood for information (from old diaries, early photographs, yearbooks, etc.) to create new and evolving alignments. Working from the wall and onto the floor, she reveals and deletes from a source once can only glimpse, and consequently one uses ones own early experience to complete hers. Working from her studio in Williamsburg, she is now a vital part of the New York “scene,” exhibiting her work widely in New York and beyond. Page left Florida to relocate in New York in 1992.
Ward Shelley is known as a performance artist, a kinetic artist, a visionary prankster, and the make of intricate “maps” that chronicle the development of artistic movements, historic evolutions, etc., that challenge casual reading. Ward was known for his object-oriented work prior to 1990 when he resided in Miami and when he was associated with the Barbara Gillman Gallery. After leaving Miami in the early 90s, Ward earned his Masters at NYU and has been working and showing in New York since then.
Each of the artists in this exhibition bring a life long dedication to the process of working, i.e. what turns up when they inhabit their work space day after day, year after year, decade after decade. All three celebrate the idea of exploration to sustain their very personal evolutions.
The opening reception is from 6-9 pm on Sunday, February 10th and is free and open to the public. The exhibition concludes with a closing brunch from noon to 3 pm on Sunday, April 7th. The exhibition can be viewed by appointment, between these events, by calling 786-390-8915.