1996 Felix Gonzalez-Torres dies 2000 George W Bush 2003 Shock & Awe 2004 Morrissey In L.A. 2005 Infant mortality rate still higher in America than in Cuba by 40% 2005 I Am A Bird Now 2006 650,000th Iraqi And 3,000th American 2006 The Circle Of Dead Grass Where The Tears 2008 Shadow Banking System 2008 Fall of Lehman Brothers 2009 Bank of America public bailout 2009 The Crying Light 2009 15th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death 2010 U.K. spending on healthcare and public services cut by £81 Billion to fund Lloyds & RBS bailout 2010 Higher Education fees in England increased by 273% 2010 Congress falls back Republican 2010 Obama’s Healthcare Bill for America 2010 Shadow glow of golden light in the darkness 2011 Occupy 2011 Same sex marriage 2012 Mike Kelley suicide 2012 Echoes Of Voices In The High Towers 2012 MIA Bad Girls video 2012 Hurricane Sandy 2012 Obama holds Ohio 2012 Love still around somewhere still
— Text From Robert Montgomery’s Billboard Piece, Felix Poem (2012)
An explosive visual study of the interaction between two people, multidisciplinary artits Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares present Drinks On Me, part of group exhibition, CLOSER — curated by Anthony Spinello at Spinello Projects.. Within a contained, four-walled painted space, the artists will relentlessly throw wine and ink-filled balloons at each other while engaging in dynamic movement. Their playful demeanor set to a dreamy, Baroque-like piano soundtrack is a curious offset to their violent actions. Is this a confrontation? A game? Both?
In the spirit of trailblazing performance artists such as Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Paul McCarthy, and Joseph Beuys, Wright and Millares utilize messy, visceral objects and impulse responses as the imaginative fuel of their live aesthetic experiment. Within the gallery, Spinello Projects provides the artists with an enclosed installation room that they have transformed into a cave. In a trance-like ritual, the artists will launch balloons at one another; as they burst, one infuses the other with creative energy. The surrounding walls will be lined with peep holes, granting the viewer a fish-eye perspective from the outside in, travelling into this buried world. Accompanying the performance will be an original piano score by Manny Millares, Ruben Millares’ father.
Antonia Wright was born in Miami, Florida in 1979. She graduated from the New School University in New York City with an MFA in Poetry as well as at the International Center of Photography. Recent exhibitions include Trading Places 2 at The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Perfect Lovers (a Frieze New York special project) at the White Box Gallery in New York and Areoplastics in Brussels, Belgium. Other venues in South Florida include Primary Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Dorsch Gallery, The Tampa Museum of Art, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, The Frost Museum at Florida International University and The Cisneros-Fontanals Foundation (CIFO). Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Martin Z. Margulies at The Warehouse (Miami), The Hadley Martin Fisher Collection (Tampa), and Marty & Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Hotel (Miami Beach). Wright and her work have been featured in publications including Art In America, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Art Newspaper, The Sun-Sentinel, ArtSlant and Miami Art Guide. Wright lives and works in Miami.
Ruben Millares was born in Miami in 1980. He received his BFA from Boston College and his MFA from the University of Miami in 2006. Millares' work has been shown at venues including the Martin Z. Margulies at The Warehouse (Miami), Optic Nerve XIII at The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the De La Cruz Collection (Miami), Salon Adelphi (New York), Perfect Lovers at White Box (a Frieze New York special project), The Invisible Dog Art Center (New York), and the Tampa Museum of Art. Millares was a 2010 resident at Elsewhere Collaborative in Greensboro, North Carolina. Millares and his work have been featured in publications including El Nuevo Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, The Art Newspaper and the St. Petersberg Times. Millares lives and works in Miami.
What began as an intensive curatorial project for Director Anthony Spinello in April 2012 (with a collaborative work called JOIN, by world-renowned Cuban artist Félix González-Torres and Michael Jenkins) evolved into an exhibition at White Box, New York, entitled PERFECT LOVERS. That show investigated the fluctuations of relationships, time, and mortality. On December 4, Spinello brings you CLOSER, culminating in a powerful dialogue addressing ideas surrounding how artists, lovers, strangers, and relatives interact with one another in a single moment or throughout their entire lives; the intricate and difficult meanings inferred just by being...closer.
There are over twenty variations on the definition of the adjective 'closer.' Among them: being near in space and/or time, bound by mutual interests, affections or loyalties, proximity to the surface or edge of something, and shut in tightly. CLOSER presents fifteen emerging artists and their investigations into the qualities and secrets that create, bind or dissolve relationships. The exhibition relays an overarching concern of how we, as people, struggle to maintain our spoken and unspoken communications with the 'other.'
These dedicated, accomplished practitioners span nine countries (Argentina, Great Britain, France, South Africa, Israel, China, Croatia, Venezuela and the United States) and six artistic mediums (video, audio, installation, performance, drawing, and sculpture) with a combined initiative to challenge their audience in an electric, inspired space. Israeli artist Naama Tsabar's site-specific sound installation, For You (Closer) will build from and within the gallery's own architecture as an audio source. South African-born Rowan Smith constructs a wall of speakers that crumble under fluctuating volumes of an apartheid era protest song. Briton Robert Montgomery pays tribute to González-Torres with a leviathan 'news time-line' billboard. Paris-based artists, twins Abby Double and Federico Nessi, produce films showing the lyric, poetic nature of collaboration. Croatian artist Sinisa Kukec creates a stereoscopic illusion made from specially-crafted acrylic glass. Hong Kong-born Ingrid Lee reflects on the tensions between herself and a male counterpart using nothing but feedback from two megaphones. Finally, artists from across the United States (Ana Mendez, Ruben Millares, Manny Prieres, Reeve Schumacher, TYPOE and Antonia Wright) all contribute poignant visions of the nature of dualities and the joining of two entities into one cohesive act or statement.
Argentinian artist Agustina Woodgate will present a series of conceptual exercises on the nature of the world's landscape, currencies and their imagined value, and the physical elements that represent love and its many variants. Woodgate will be the first Miami-based artist to be accepted as a solo project, called New Landscapes, with the Art Positions sector of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.
Live performance program taking place on November 27 and December 4.
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