(A) State of Florida
(A) State of Florida:An Exploration of the Ways Artists Make Florida and Florida Makes Us,showcases the work of six artists - Michael J. Bauman, Kelly Boehmer, Jeremy Chandler, Vanessa Diaz, Jen Nugent and Ryann Slauson – all inspired by their time and experiences while in the Sunshine state. Featuring 20 paintings, sculptures and photographs.
(A) State of Florida, challenges viewers to delve into the distinctive styles, techniques and interpretations, of these multi-talented artists; from Jeremy Chandler's survey of Tampa through portraits of its disparate denizens to Vanessa Diaz's sober sculptures formed from the scraps of abandoned homes, each of the artists takes an earnest look at the intersection of place and identity. Though contrasting in style, Jen Nugent and Ryann Slauson investigate memory that is intimately connected to a place and the ways that can define each of us. Kelly Boehmer and Michael J. Bauman, each through a distinctively bold sculptural installation style, turn a critical eye to the mythic and legendary depictions of Florida as paradise and the individual archetypes that accompany it.
The show runs June 12–July 10, 2015 at Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th Street, Sarasota, FL.