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As an artist, I am fascinated by discourse which simultaneously counters and strengthens the hegemony of art as art, versus art as non-inherently unpreoccupied with network systems; the process by which the gaze of an unfathomable present becomes interconnected with a timeless past/future. It has been suggested that this is unavoidably informed by um…Foucault or, arguably Steven King’s Cujo, with the titular character replaced by an aging, and now ironically bald, former leader of the Gremlins, Stripe, long after his glory days of fighting Gizmo are over. Dialogue. Wolverine sans the weakest of the X-Men, Li'l Picasso, Agnes Martin by way of Pre-Millennial Meowth, or Ad Reinhardt via a more mature and self-reflective Karate Kat. The question becomes who responds to whom in an identity struggle between the observed and the observer. The answer is art. You can’t spell Armetta without it!
Kevin Arrow is an artist living and working in Miami, Florida.
Lorna Samara Ash received a dual Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Electronic Intermedia & Painting, along with an Art History Minor from the University of Florida through New World School of the Arts. Ash is an interdisciplinary artist who uses a variety of media, including photography, sound, video, sculpture, installation, drawing & painting to depict scenarios where idolatry of notions¬¬, objects, and entities prevails. Ash’s work dwells within undertones encompassing literature, philosophy, and religion; her most recent body of work utilizes music composition, writing and performance to convey these concepts to the masses.
Ash has been part of numerous exhibitions including Arteamericas Fair, Mia. Beach Convention Center; 80” of Art, NWSA Alumni Auction, Sagamore Hotel, Mia. Beach, FL; Mu-Dai, Freedom Tower, Downtown Miami; Art Basel Miami 2011,The Cricket Taplin Art Collection, S. Beach, FL; Assemblage, Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Midtown Miami; Fortune and Freedom, Soho Studios, Wynwood District; Passage, New World Gallery, Miami, FL; Photo Miami Art Fair, Wynwood District; Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Broward-County Public Library, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Siggraph: Bring Your Brain, Los Angeles, California, and Smash & Grab Exhibit, Locust Projects, among others.
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Willie Avendano was born in Miami, Florida in 1989. Avendano works in the medium of sound, video art, and projection mapping. Avendano competed a BS in Computer Science at Columbia University in New York City in 2012. He has shown work featured at the Pew Center of Humanities: New Spaces New Formats in Philadelphia, at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, has work featured in the Women and Performance Journal, and has given lectures and workshops at iii Points Festival and Miami Beach Urban Studios in Miami, and at NYU in New York. He currently lives and works in Miami.
I make work to deepen my relationships to people, plants and the built environment.
I was born in 1982 in Mérida, Spain. I lived in Uruguay until I was seven years old. In 2008 I finished my studies in architecture at the University of Barcelona.
In 2002 I moved to Yugoslavia with a scholarship of the university, where, taught by a professor and artist, I did an extensive job on the street, painting war destroyed landscapes, this is where my interest in painting materializes.
Since then, my work toke place in Paris, Porto, Uruguay, Brazil and Barcelona where I produced several works commissioned and also a large research.
Studying architecture has opened me a wide range of possibilities in geometry, color, perspective and proportion that I sometimes take advantage and others I deny it like a basic principle of formal cleaning.
(Born. Loja-Ecuador 1987) is a curator and cultural producer who is interested in creating collaborative systems and networks in Latin America and the Caribbean to formulate a regenerative curatorial and historical research practice working with artists, scholars, an organizers. Bastidas is currently completing a yearlong residency at Cannonball Miami. In 2012, she founded Dwelling Projects, an itinerant residency program that generates partnerships with artists, institutions, and alternative spaces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dwelling Projects has been successfully carried out in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Mexico City, and Miami. Bastidas received a B.A. in Art History from Florida International University, with a focus in Contemporary Art.
Galen Bradley is an artist based out of Miami, FL. He was born in 1988 and grew up on Cape Cod until his family moved to Miami in 2003. Galen's parents encouraged him to draw from a very young age, and he would find solace in the process throughout his youth. He graduated Davidson College in 2010 with a BA in Studio Art. Early on he focused his studies on printmaking techniques such as lithography and relief printing, enjoying the intensive process and graphic image quality. He later transitioned to painting in both acrylic and oil, both of which he painstakingly avoided his whole life. Galen's work is heavily influenced by the cinema; he studied film extensively and has made several short films, thus bringing a cinematic sensibility to his non time-based media. His pieces revolve around the figurative and narrative, incorporating autobiographical and science fiction elements.
Austin Brady received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan in Fine Arts and is currently working towards his MFA in Painting from the University of Notre Dame. He is an alum of the Redbull House of Art residency in Detroit, and has shown his work at Simone DeSousa Gallery, and DAM in Detroit. Recent exhibitions include CROTCH: contested territories at Whitdel Arts, and New Faces at the University of Notre Dame. Loves cheeseburgers, beer, and his cat Renaissance. Hates student debt and when you pronounce it "melk".
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle has lived and worked in Miami, FL since 2009. Her projects are multi-dimensional and traverse disciplines to include performance, installation, soundworks, sculpture, photography and video. Her next solo show is at Riverside Art Center in Chicago this Fall. She is represented by Emerson Dorsch and is co-founder of the project, Sounding Room. Her performance work has been featured at Miami Art Museum, Locust Projects, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and beyond and she was recently included on “Archival Feedback”, a vinyl record produced by Other Electricities. In 2015 she received both the Wavemaker Grant via Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Emergency Grant from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She has been awarded residency at OxBow in Saugatuck, MI, Cannonball in Miami, FL and Santa Fe Art Institute.
Leo Castaneda (born Cali, Colombia 1988) is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Miami and New York. His work plays with ideas of immersion and mixed reality- the merging of real and virtual worlds. Forms enter and exit various mediums to create a constant feedback loop; images and textures seen in virtual simulations may originate from physical pieces, and vice versa. Working primarily with painting and virtual reality, he uses these and other media such as drawing, interactive sculpture, and animation to deconstruct videogame vocabularies and hierarchies. He breaks down the mediums and hierarchies in order to analyze how they relate to other structures such as those in mythologies, philosophies and corporations.
Castaneda received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2010, and in 2014 received his MFA from Hunter College. In 2014 Castaneda received a scholarship from the Cisneros Foundation to attend SOMA Summer in Mexico City, and in 2016 he attended the Of Games III residency on art and gaming at Khoj International Artists Association in New Delhi, India. He has also attended a semester abroad in Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, and studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. His work was recently published in the MFA Edition of New American Paintings #123, and currently has a solo exhibition on view at IRL Institute in Miami through August 30th.
Mr. Domingo G. Castillo serves as a Director of Philippine Associated Smelting And Refining Corporation. Mr. Castillo served as a Director of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp.
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Carlo Cesta is a visual artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1980 and was a featured artist of Perspective 94 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (1996), His exhibitions include: Dalgas Underground, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996), Rococo Tattoo (1997), the Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (1997), Slowdownspeedfreak (2001), the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Beyond in Western New York (2005), organized by the Albright Knox Museum
at Hallwalls, Buffalo N.Y., Canadian Club (2005), Canadian Cultural Center, Paris France. He recently completed two public art projects in Toronto; Drift (2013), and a collaborative sculpture with fellow artist Nestor Kruger, Fountaingrove (2014). He will be participating in Imago Mundi, in Venice, Italy (2016).
Cesta’s work has been included in public and private collections such as, Museum London, London Ont. Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, The Macdonald Stuart Art Centre, Guelph Ont. Canada, The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive, Ottawa, Canada, The Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, Canada. His recent works can be read as meditations on urban streetscapes and the transformation of prosaic objects and materials. The work draws upon the tradition of personal interventions in public spaces.
Born and raised in Moscow, I started traveling 9 years ago and am living in Brooklyn, NY now. Art took over my life while studying in university (engineer degree) and realizing i won't ever commit to office job. At the moment most of my time goes into photography, yet last year i developed interest in drawing.Always having visuals in my mind that i could not translate into photography, I am very happy right now discovering all different sides of creation.
Jen Clay is a Fort Lauderdale based multimedia artist. She received her Masters in Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Florida while also studying costume design and behavior analysis. She has been commissioned by Girls’ Club Collection to create a video projection series called UnderNeath in 2015 and currently is working a off-site performance for Girls’ Club which will take place in June 2017. She has been invited to the Harn Museum in Gainesville, FL and to the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC to create interactive installations specifically directed toward engaging children. She has performed at ICA Miami for Miami Design District Site-Specific Performance Series in 2015.
Jen Clay is influenced from children educational TV shows and she researches how these shows use “edutainment” and applied behavior analysis to encourage learning and curiosity. Currently she creates wearable and performative sculptures for video works that explores feelings of trauma and abuse. She also creates live versions of the video series that incorporate aesthetics from 90’s puppet shows and magician acts.
Imagine our modern society with the roles of humans and animals reversed. What would it look like? My current artwork strives to answer this question, confronting its viewers with the inconvenient truths behind our modern existence along the way.
Moving from California to Berlin in 2013 was the creative spark which led to the creation of “Happy Farms” and the series of pen and ink drawings “Why it Sucks to be Human!” These works combine artistic styles visible in my previous acrylic paintings with characters and storytelling elements I developed while experimenting with illustration.
I studied painting at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland between 2001 and 2005. Since graduating, I have never stopped striving to be a master of my craft. I pay careful attention to detail and constantly push my own artistic boundaries.
Although my life has taken me to many different places, my heart will always remain in the tiny village of Drimkeary, Ireland, where I grew up with 6 brothers in a small house filled with engine parts and carpentry tools. The murals I painted on the walls in my old bedroom are still there today to tell the story of how my journey as an artist began.
Kayla lives and was born in Miami. Attended New World School of the Arts.
Jorge (Dos Diablos) born in Guadalajara Mexico (1982). He start has a editorial illustrator, working for several Mexican newspapers and magazines. His collaborations goes from poster designs, music album covers and book design.
The fine art career begin as a result of the restlessness of the inner emotions an social conflicts. Giving a critical vision in each work, which becomes the monster that we each carry every day.
The work of 'Dos Diablos' transgresses and delights the viewer, leaving them no option to look ahead and contemplate themselves. Jorge work and live between Guadalajara and Oceanside California.
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Jim Drain (b. 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a multi media artist based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Drain was a member of Forcefield, a collective that explored the merging of music, performance film and installation into one platform. Forcefield was active from 1996 to 2002 and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including Various Small Fires in Los Angeles, California; University of Florida, Gainesville; Locust Projects in Miami, Florida; Blanton Museum at the University of Texas, Austin; Greene Naftali Gallery in New York; John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark; and The Garage in Moscow, Russia. Drain’s work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Museum of Modern Art; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jacqueline Falcone (b. 1990) is the founder of the Jacqueline Falcone Bed & Breakfast, an alternative exhibition space located in her bedroom. Jacqueline lives in Miami, FL and works as the Membership Manager at ICA Miami by day, returning to Alan Falcone (puppy, b. 2015) at the JFB&B in Normany Isle.
Dennis Brewster Fuller is a multi-instrumental musician and composer. He is from Miami Fl, currently living in Queens, NY.
AdrienneRose Gionta is an interdisciplinary artist, curator & visual arts educator from Brooklyn, NY residing in South Florida. Currently she has been teaching courses in Multimedia & Web-design, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Drawing & Color Theory at both FAU & NSU. Recently Gionta served as the Gallery Coordinator at the Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery while attending Florida International University pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Time-Based Media & Photography on full scholarship with a teaching assistantship & has taught courses in Digital Media, Video & Electronic Art at FIU. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture along with a minor in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and has worked as the Assistant Director at the University Galleries at FAU. In addition, she has been the recipient of several awards such as the Art & Architecture Fellow, Department of Architecture at FIU, Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Art Educators Fellowship, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Friedland Project Grant, & The National League of American Pen Women Marion Kofman Scholarship. AdrienneRose’s work has been exhibited at ICA Miami, Art Basel Miami, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; 6th Street Container, Miami, FL; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 18 Rabbit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach; Showtel, West Palm Beach & 10x10, Lake Worth, FL. Her work is also included in the private collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz as well as other private collections.
Ahol, whose raw yet instantly recognizable street murals evaporate the divide between high and low art, often jumbles disparate themes from mass media, popular culture and marginalized pockets of society.
He often draws inspiration from the urban environment and systems of society which dehumanize its inhabitants. Ahol’s deceptively simple, yet complex renderings both portray the veneer of our everyday surroundings and the dull, job-related conflicts often encountered in a dysfunctional workplace.
The South Florida native is best known for his soaring urban murals depicting expansive fields of drowsy eyes, reflecting his unique vision of life, labor and unrequited love of the mean streets of Miami.
Blaze Gonzalez is a native Miamian, artist and designer. Gonzalez's work is inherently conceptual, minimal and abstract. Her use of vague aesthetics contradicts the incisive profundity present in her work. With a BA from the San Francisco Art Institute, she infuses her background in cultural anthropology, urban design, and visual art to create 2d and 3d work. Her work has been displayed internationally, most notably at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Miami River Art Fair, and the Chelsea Fringe Festival.
Frances Goodman is a conceptual artist with a multi-disciplinary practice, who explores themes surrounding sexuality, notions of beauty and desire, materialism, and other idiosyncratic obsessions and neuroses that form part of contemporary society. Born in Johannesburg in 1975, where she currently lives and works, Goodman's work is included in notable local and international collections, including: The National Museum of Contemporary African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA; Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Permanent Collection, Cape Town, South Africa; 21c Museum Collection, Louisville, USA; and the Sindika Dokolo Collection, Angola.
"To affirm on the contrary that the universe resembles nothing at all and is only formless, amounts to saying that the universe is something akin to a spider or a gob of spittle."
Georges Bataille: "Informe." Documents 7 (December 1929), p. 382.
We are living in a time when fixed notions have been lost and new possibilities are on the horizon. My work attempts to trap the mutable state of things where paradigms shift, boundaries erode and particles collide. I investigate the architecture of chance, the stretching of the truth and the delaying of the inevitable. Borrowing and subverting from my training as an architect, I explore processes that merge the physical and mental landscape. I attempt to map out cartographies of tension and compression that represent moments of transformation, movement and entropy whereby subject and object are no longer discernible.
My work is also fusion of my background and the unique cities in which I have lived. San Francisco's earthquakes, Miami's hurricanes, New Orleans' weakened levees, Venice's rising lagoon and New York during 9/11, have left indelible impressions on me of the vulnerability and resiliency of life in the big city. In turn, my work posits a contemporary interpretation of the space that we live in today - a contradictory world that is simultaneously global, territorial and essentially always transforming.
Miami-based artist Adler Guerrier (b. 1975) works in a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, prints, and collaged works on paper. Guerrier’s practice investigates the mutability of text and image and the variability of meaning. He is as interested in politics as he is in poetics, and his work explores the rich territory between them. Often using Miami as a physical site and an embodiment of realized (and unrealized) moments in American political and social history, Guerrier examines, repurposes, and sometimes fictionalizes the city through his work. Guerrier’s oeuvre is expansive in its engagement with the urban environment, art history and materials and this exhibition will bring together a selection of work from the last decade of his career alongside new work produced for this presentation.
Call for justice and equity is revolutionary.
Call for revolution, at times, is conflated with call for justice.
Aramis Gutierrez is a Venezuelan-American painter, born in Pittsburgh, PA. He currently resides and works in Miami, FL. He received a BFA in painting from Cooper Union, NY. He has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Palm Beach, Miami, Istanbul, and other major cities. He has had solo exhibitions at David Castillo Gallery, Legalarts, Spinello Projects and Big Pictures. He has also been included in group exhibitions at the Perez Museum of Art , The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. In 2008-2009 he was awarded the Studio Residency Program at the Deering Estate at Cutler. In 2013 he co-founded artist collective/gallery Guccivuitton, with Loriel Beltran and Domingo Castillo.
Born December 21st, 1990; Matthew Ryan Herget (MR Herget) is an emerging self-taught artist from Miami, FL. At 24 years of age, MR Herget has quickly garnered the attention of gallerists, collectors, art patrons, and writers around the world. Since his first showing in 2012, MR Herget has already amassed an impressive track record and collector base spanning numerous countries around the globe. Following his successful 2014 solo debut, "We Are Kings" with Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, MR Herget packed up everything and moved to Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. He has been featured in Juxtapoz and Luxe Magazine, shown during The Armory Art Fair in New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, has been commissioned for large scale real estate projects, will be a featured artist this December during his CONTEXT ArtMiami solo show, and is currently working on upcoming international shows in Mexico, Kuwait, and Bangkok.
MR Herget's work is what he calls, a "constant collaboration" between himself at all points in his life. His paintings are often layered in sketches, notes, "failed" paintings, illustrations from his childhood, or crayon scribbles that coexist with vivid oil paint strokes in which he has coined "contemporary cave paintings." In his work, MR Herget constantly strives to embrace the fearless and confident nature of who he was as a child and partner that with the expanding wisdom of who he is becoming as a professional artist. His earlier paintings consist of juxtapositions of visual metaphors that tend to represent overcoming personal fears and limitations. These juxtapositions mix serious tones with fun imagery, which is again an ode to embracing who he is becoming but at the same time never forgetting where he came from.
In the newest body of work, MR Herget has pushed his boundaries and comfort zone with his "energy studies" in which he has stripped away structure of the image and left it more to interpretation and feeling. MR Herget's paintings have generally consisted of the mediums oil, spray paint, and crayons on canvas. The style of his works have stretched into something much more abstract than we've seen in the past. Thick paint, savage palate knife scrapes, and quick brush strokes, create a timeless feeling of energy on the canvas. Visually, these "energy studies" are vivid and striking. Conceptually, MR Herget has manifested the energy that he feels within himself into something that can be seen. An energy that he refers to as being within all of us.
Being self-taught as an artist, MR Herget quickly learned "the rules" of painting and even quicker, broke them.
“Each piece is a journey in-and-of itself. I’m constantly trying to take it somewhere that I haven’t been before. The way I paint is kind of a metaphor for who I am, and why I’m here. It’s not about taking it to a point where you can see something; it’s about bringing it to a place where you can feel something. We all have a space suit on; whether it sits in the closet or goes to the moon is a choice we get to make. It’s a constant mission of finding ourselves. I think that pursuit is nurtured by consistently pushing ourselves further than we did yesterday. That’s how we change, grow, and evolve. That’s what these paintings are about. It’s pretty simple, but means a lot to me."
MR Herget recently had his debut California solo show, "there's no place like now" with Mugello Contemporary on September 3rd, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA and is currently working on a new body of work for his political and energy study pieces.
Richard W. James is from rural Tennessee and received his B.F.A. from The University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001. For 8 years he ran his own pottery studio until 2010-2012 when he attended Indiana University as a special student to pursue his interest in sculpture. Richard received his M.F.A. in ceramics from The University of Kansas in May 2016. He has been a 2015 summer artist-in-resident at Zhenrutang in Jingdezhen, China and a long-term 2016-17 resident artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. He is currently a long-term artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation.
Los Angeles-based sculptor. Known for inventive kinetic installations employing hacked consumer electronics and subverted household appliances. David Jang was born in Seoul, Korea, He received a BFA from College of Visual Arts, St Paul, Minnesota.
Consumer materials and electronics, with their life’s instructions literally coded into their mother boards, are the building blocks of Jang’s practice. He examines and remixes these codes to discover the hidden subtexts and hierarchies they uphold. By deconstruct, re-program and re-constitute industrial and commercial cast-offs to reveal new relationships, as described by critic Peter Frank, “at once hilarious, frightening, charming and strangely reassuring.”
Jang’s exhibitions have been shown nationally and internationally at Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Laguna Art Museum (California), Museum of Art and History (California), Nagasaki Museum of fine art (Japan), Paju kyoha art center (Korea), Shone-show Gallery (China), Heritage Art Center (Philippines), Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles), Palos Verdes Art Center (California), Los Angeles Art Association (Los Angeles), Seongbuk Cultural Foundation (Korea), Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion (San Francisco), Locust Projects (Miami), LA Art Show (Los Angeles), AAF (Germany, Netherlands, Canada).
Jang has been featured in Wall Street International, Miami New Times, Art Ltd Magazine, HUFFINGTON POST ARTS, Review by art critic Peter Frank, Korean American Magazine, ARTPULSE Magazine, Pipeline international art magazine, Artillery Magazine, KCET Artbound, Korea Times, Coagula Art Magazine, California Contemporary Art Magazine, Art Week LA and Los Angeles Art Show Catalog.
Artist Kirk Jenkins; was born and raised in the surf side town of Cronulla, Australia; located in the south of Sydney. He was born to mixed European parents who traveled the world as gypsies. From a young age, Kirk was exposed to a rich melting pot of cultures; including a well-rounded selection of music, food, sports, art, and the outdoors. He took a keen interest in collecting, what some people would call junk, creating all kinds of sculptures and objects; intertwining the raw materials from around local streets.
Kirk was, and has always been, very much a hunter gatherer; He finds a peace, connectivness, and sense of meaning in the environment and outside world; a language, a freedom, and a raw beauty that cannot be matched or found in the man made world.
The materials that he works with; embody a richness, depth, history and aesthetic quality that could only be acquired from a long life of exposure and intense interaction with natures vast array of climates, processes and elements. Such as wood, tar, charcoal and metals; which all come directly or indirectly from the same place ( The Earth).
“I was born from the earth and shall one day return to the earth”. A spiritual cycle that Kirk is very aware and in awe of.
Having grown up in the harsh and often rugged terrains of Australia, infused with a deep affinity, compassion and kinship; with not only the indigenous people of his own country, but those too of his brothers and sisters from far away lands; such as: the native American and African people.
Together with a strong sense of composition, a keen eye for detail, texture, colour, balance and weight; thus driven by an instinct and hunger to explore; that could only be referred to as primal; make up the overall expression and creation of his art.
Kirk’s work have been exhibited in a number shows; In Cities such as Sydney, London, Los Angeles and Miami. The most notable to date being: The Nader, Latin American Art Museum - during Miami art Basel in 2015.
Yahaira Kalaf is a 25/F/ Miami. Self proclaimed Visual artist. When first starting at Miami International University of Art & Design my main focus was photography, then something changed. Honest interaction has been critical in my process while taking images. Now that I’ve been concentrating more on installations and digital artwork, the interaction is still there. Whether it be physical or emotional.
Amber Rose Kandarian's mission in life has been to make knowledge more sexy. this mission led her to produce and release a feature length documentary at the age of 21 into theaters in the us and Australia (a documentary about the sacrifices documentarians make to shift the culture and enlighten us about what is really going on in the world). the guerrilla marketing successes and release of this film gave her the opportunity to speak and educate as a lecturer at high schools and universities in the us and overseas. Kandarian later landed the position of chief editor at tvnz's (tv New Zealand) show the rookie and Saturday Disney during her global travels. Kandarian was then invited to work on a feature documentary for the bbc in her motherland Armenia where she soon became Armenia's first female professional dj.
after touring the globe as an American Armenian female pioneer in the disc-jockey world, Kandarian ventured into the secret world of mega yachts. she worked as a first mate and chef to learn the secrets of the most successful people in the world and to raise capital for her next endeavor docuthesis.com, docuinc.com and sexyknowledge.com.
While living on the yachts and the powerful and influential Kandarian came to be frustrated by the reclusive and arid manner in which our society isolates knowledge and academics. convinced that the documentary lens could make true knowledge sexy and attractive to popular culture, Kandarian’s mission is to get docuthesis (documentary + thesis) into every research institution to assist in scholarships and the support of academia by translating the best thesis from universities into bit size pieces of knowledge the public can understand, learn from and use to better the communities we live in and improve the quality of life for all of humanity.
Jonathan David Kane is an independent filmmaker from Miami, FL. Over the past decade he has contributed to numerous narrative, documentary, and experimental short and feature films, television programming, web content, music videos, and commercials. His work as a film producer and cinematographer has screened at festivals and museums worldwide including Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, AFI, Woodstock, Rotterdam, Fantasia, Vienna, the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is a recipient of the Haskell Wexler Award for Cinematography for his work on the documentary film At the Edge of the World, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and served as the inspiration for Animal Planet’s popular TV show Whale Wars. He is also Minister of Justice for the Borscht Corporation and sits on the advisory board of the Borscht Film Festival.
Fearless multi-sensory installations. Suzy’s themes are realized through numerous and interconnected mediums to dissect intimate moments in human relations and interactions.
Suzy’s beauty wrapped installations challenge the viewer to ask uncomfortable questions, discusses unexpected alternatives to preconceived notions, and examines themes.
Emma Kohlmann born in the Bronx, lives and works in Western Massachusetts. Kohlmann mostly works in illustration and drawing. She attended Hampshire College where she primarily focused on drawing, philosophy and aesthetics. She has self-published numerous of her own zines, in addition to facilitating and collaborating with numerous artists in her community. She has exhibited in shows nationally and internationally such as Berlin and Canada. Most recently showed in all female show in Miami during Art Basel.
Karen Kubey is a New York-based architectural designer and educator specializing in housing design and research. As the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture, Karen helped build a public interest design nonprofit with a national presence. Through exhibitions, roundtables, and its Total Reset residency program, the IPA has been a catalyst for ambitious, achievable design ideas in the public interest. Trained as an architect at the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University, Karen began her career in affordable housing design. She co-founded both the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter and New Housing New York, the city's first design competition for sustainable and affordable housing. She is a recipient of the Independent Projects Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and was a Wilder Green Fellow at The MacDowell Colony -- where she met Alice Miceli. Karen has curated exhibitions at New York's Center for Architecture and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. She has taught housing studios at Parsons The New School for Design and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her projects have appeared in The New York Times and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York.
“I’ve lived through some some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened” (Mark Twain)
Sinisa Kukec received his Diploma of Fine Arts in 1996 from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and his MFA from Alfred University, Alfred, New York in 2001. Recent solo exhibitions include VITRUVIANSLUTS, Spinello Projects, VOLTA, New York,NY, (2015) ZENITHSLUTS, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL (2015), MAKE BELIEVE IT IS NOTHING, Spinello Projects, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2014), LOVE LIKE THE UNIVERSE, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL (2013), FROM VOID TO VOID, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC, AND YET ANOTHER WAYWARD LANDSCAPE, Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL (2010). Recent group exhibitions include, Florida Contemporary, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2014), Gravitywell, Art Basel Miami Beach, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL (2013), New Work Miami, Museum of Art Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL (2013), Selected Loop, L'HOSTE Art Contemporain, 7 rue de l'Hoste, ARLES, France (2013) , Practices Remain, Regina Rex, Queens, New york, (2012). In 2001, Kukec was awarded a fellowship from the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation for a year-long residency to the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2013, Kukec collaborated with scientist Dr. Andrew Baker for Curious Vault: 001 at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami, FL. Kukec was born in 1970 in Zagreb, Croatia. He lives and works in Miami, FL.
KUNST is an artist that seeks to manifest the grandiose. To center the phenomenological. To incorporate the surreal. KUNST orients their performances to resemble the feeling of remembering a terrible dream; to making their audience uncomfortable; to performing in its most hyperbolic the abject decadent queer lost in their fantasy lifeworld and entirely unrelenting in returning to any solid reference point.
Natalia Lassalle-Morillo is a theatre maker and filmmaker whose work integrates the disciplines of film, choreography, installation and performance. She received her BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Inkub8 Open Space and Miami Light Project in Miami as well as the Fonderie Darling in Montréal and Lake Studios in Berlin, Germany. Her work has been shown in galleries and venues in Miami, Berlin, New York and Puerto Rico.
Rosalie H. Maheux was born in small town on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, Québec, Canada in 1988. She now lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and pursues a multidisciplinary practice with a particular interest in sculpture and two dimensional work. Her work addresses feminist issues through the use of humour and irony, which she uses to question contemporary society, behaviour, thinking, language and perversion. She plays with commonly recognized symbols and icons that she shifts and hybridizes in order for new meanings to emerge. H. Maheux obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts - Specialist in Studio (Fine Arts) with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, at Scarborough, Ontario. Her work has been recently presented in a solo show titled "The Other Ceremony", at the James Contemporary Gallery in Toronto (2015). Selected and juried group shows include "30 Under 30", at the John B. Aird Gallery (Toronto), "Video Fever 2015" at Trinity Square Video (Toronto) and “Sidewalkscreenings.MOV 2015" at Whipper Snapper Gallery (Toronto). Recently, some selected pieces have been part of Scope Miami Beach 2015, presented by Gallery on Wade, from Toronto, Ontario.
Carlos Martiel (born 1989, Havana). He Lives and works in New York and Havana. He graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro,” in Havana. Between the years 2008-2010, he studied in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in: 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Casablanca Biennale, Casablanca, Morocco; Biennial “La Otra”, Bogotá, Colombia; Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Pontevedra Biennial, Galicia, Spain; Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. He has had performances at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA; Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy. He has received several awards, including the Franklin Furnace Fund in New York, USA, 2016; “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” in Miami, USA, 2014; “Arte Laguna” in Venice, Italy, 2013. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, USA; Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC), Palermo, Italy; Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Tornielli Museum, Ameno, Italy; Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina; among others.
Lee Materazzi's photographs have a sculptural quality, attributed to her studies at Central Saint martins in London where she completed her degree in fine arts. The photographs are based in everyday life, though Materazzi transcends the documentarian quality of life to elevated concepts about living. The photographs take the mundane tasks and chores of our existence and express the way in which they affect our consciouses.
Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida.
Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers, ArtNews and Art Forum discussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences. In 2010, her video Scenic Jogging was one of the 25 selections for the Guggenheim’s Youtube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video and was exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany.
Mayer is a recent recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Fellowship for 2015, the South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual/Media Artists Fellowship 2011 and 2014, Cintas Foundation Fellowship 2012, and was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. She is also a fellow of the Sundance New Frontiers Lab Program for 2014, the Elsewhere Residency as a NEA Southern Constellation Fellow and the Zentrum Paul Klee Fellowship in Bern, Switzerland for 2013.
John McSwain is a director and editor based out of Brooklyn, NY, though originally raised in the Florida Panhandle. Coral City, his first documentary, is a portrait of Coral Morphologic - an art and science duo based in Miami- who grow and sell visually stunning corals from their lab, some of which are their own discoveries or proprietary hybrids. The story juxtaposes Coral Morphologic’s desire to cultivate and care for Miami’s native corals with the threat of rising waters and a sinking city, creating a potential future environment in which the corals would live on the submerged skeleton of the city. Coral City was released via Vice’s The Creators Project in late January 2015.
Alice Miceli's work applies investigative travel and historical research that works with the virtual, physical and cultural manifestation of trauma inflicted on social and natural landscapes, exploring its history and continued use of the media with which they have been represented. Interested in the challenging notions of traditional journalism and documentary photography, she creates alternative photographic documents on extreme, socio-political issues.
Jeffrey Millett is a multidisciplinary artist whose work expands from painting to prototypes, challenging the status quo of specific fields under his investigation. The root of his work finds its foundation in an intensely driven, methodical, analytical process covering the social, economic and political landscapes within urban cities. Currently, his economic research uses public data of specific hedge fund positions to produce tangible, data-driven physical structures and drawings. Taking his own calculated risk, Millett has developed numerous investing strategies, trading options and equities in the stock market. These have become a lucrative venture, and long term benefit to his financial analysis and research, putting his own conceptual thesis at play for real consequences.
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Hugo Montoya (b. 1975, Gainesville, FL) makes sculptures, installations and photographs. He holds a BFA from Florida International University. He has had two solo shows at Guccivuitton in Miami and David Castillo Gallery, also in Miami. This is his first project at Emerson Dorsch. He has shown widely in Miami, including O.H.W.O.W. Gallery, Little River Yacht Club, the De La Cruz Collection and Swampspace. In 2008, he curated the notorious group show Boys of Bazel presents The Heman Woman Haters Club at Carol Jazzar Gallery. His work has been written up in the Miami Rail, the Miami New Times and Artlurker.com. Select collections include the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Soho Beach House, Miami Beach, Four Seasons Hotel Group and Tanqueray Corporation, Miami, FL.
Federico Nessi likes treading the line between the mystical and the mundane, the supernatural and the everyday.
He thinks reality should be interrupted by magic whenever possible.
This of course doesn't always fit into the routine of the day-to-day.
In turn he obsesses over esoteric cultural reference and tries living life with meditated intentions.
Kasper Ray O’Brien (b. 1992, Southgate, MI) received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies. Selected exhibitions include Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit, MI), and AICAD/NYSRP (Brooklyn, NY). He currently lives and works in Detroit, MI.
Oly (b. Los Angeles, California) is a Mexican-American musician, composer, sound artist and photographer living in Miami, Florida. Her compositions include field recordings, soundscapes and traditional pop structures. Her songs have been featured in film and television.
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Perez studied sculpture and received a BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago through the textiles and print-making department. Solo exhibition include GUCCIVUITTON, Tomm El-Saieh, and Wynwood Social Club. His work has been shown in galleries among others Christopher Miro, David Castillo, Frederic Snitzer, and is part of the Margulies Collection.
Manny Prieres was born in Madrid in 1972. He immigrated with his parents (originally from Guantánamo, Cuba) to Miami. After graduating from Miami International University of Art & Design. He open (with Leyden Rodriguez Casanova and Jose Reyes) one of the first artists run space called Box that ran from 1997 to 2004. Box was adjacent to another D.I.Y collective called Space Cadet Records. The proximity of these two spaces created an environment that inspired discourse / collaboration that was lacking and helped coalesce a creative community within Miami in the mid 90s.
Prieres’ work addresses the influence of mass communication mostly in the print and digital media. The work is informed by graphic language and how different social groups have used it to convey or contain ideas. He is interested in how graphic signifiers and the written word are used in art, and ideas that were at one time taboo, fringe or targeted for elimination become cultural sublimation. Another aspect of his work is dealing with the “death of print”. Print being rapidly replaced with digital media in all aspects of culture. He is interested in this disruption. He intentionally explores this topic through traditional forms of making such as drawing, painting and digital printing. The method is itself a form of serial production. Replacing the printing press with the hand and by different means repeating the process of creating editions where the outcome is never a perfect facsimile of the original. The final outcome is a nonsensical remnant of the source material, with mathematical precision.
Prieres has shown work at venues in Auckland, Mexico City, New York, Istanbul, Baltimore,
Los Angeles and Miami. He was an artist-in-residence at Cannonball (formerly LegalArt) Miami. Prieres was featured prominently in the New Works group exhibition at the Miami Art Museum (renamed Pérez Art Museum Miami) in 2010. He has been featured in publications including Art Papers, Art Nexus, El Nuevo Herald, Installation Magazine and Whitehot Magazine. In 2013, Prieres' had his first museum solo exhibition, It Was A Pleasure to Burn, was staged at The Bass Museum of Art, Miami. In 2015 Prieres was one of the artist picked for Dialogues in Cuban Art. The main thrust of this exchange initiative is to provide a discursive platform and opportunities for artist-to-artist encounters between Cuban-American artists in The United States and their Cuban counterparts in Havana. Prieres lives and works in Los Angeles and Miami.
My recent work references Colombian parade traditions, that are typically observed during folkloric celebrations throughout the year, in which Jeep vehicles are loaded up with mountains of relics representing a typical Campesino life such as fruit, a portrait of Jesus, Instruments, TV’s, clocks, ponchos, etc. I take this imagery and create bodies bound in the same way to their objects and landscape while also reimagining them as a collected mass. Throughout my years of visiting Colombia, I’ve seen how farmers and street vendors carry their lives on their backs and become some form of new animal which speaks immensely my working concept of identity being manifested into a mass rather than ordered elements.
At the same time, I am playing off the image of the “hysterical girl,” that emerged out of my own alienation from my cultural history. Born in Colombia but raised in the U.S, I’ve had to grapple with the disenfranchisement of being an immigrant in the U.S. while also being culturally excluded from my Colombian ancestry and
particularly feeling conflicted about expectations of gender roles depending on the cultural context (Feminism vs. Machismo). The hysterical girl is the embodiment of identity clashes and the colorful embrace of emotional excess as the physical female body turns in on itself and viscera becomes as tangible as those objects used in Colombian Jeep parades. This hysteria is also her strength, it is the feminine power to express chaos and surrender to everything that overwhelms and consumes her, such as her own body, social conditions, cultural baggage, or personal woes. Whether is she showing the viewer references of women in Velazquez’s paintings on her smart phone or making flags of out vulvas, the hysterical girl inhabits a world in which chaos is the language of the body.
I relate my work to that of the feminine grotesque, which for me is about challenging the male gaze through the act of making art based in a femininity that disrupts notions of what it is to be a woman, and reclaims the female body in art with emphasis on the biological and the clashing of colors making for a bright but visceral portrait. This approach to my work stands in line with the work of other female artists that have disassembled and reinterpreted the body in order to reclaim the feminine experience in contemporary art such as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Cecily Brown, Dana Schutz, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Nathalie Djurberg.
Olivia Ramos is an entrepreneur combining art, architecture, and technology with a focus on the built environment. Holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University, a second Masters of Real Estate Development from the University of Miami, and has been in residency at Cannonball Miami, DARPA Innovation House, and Singularity University. Olivia is co-founder of this magazine as well as two tech startups, Deep Blocks, and Alphaball.
Born 1980 in Providence, Rhode Island. Graduated with BA from Regis University 2002. Currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Born in Miami Beach, Robarts holds a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute. From 2010 to 2013 Robarts was employed as a Superintendent for an apartment building in East New York, Brooklyn. Many of the materials he works with lean on this history, i.e, painting walls on a scaffold, mopping floors, cleaning the sidewalk with a hose. His work moves forward from Arte Povera and Painterly Abstraction to examine fundamental questions of image making and the constituent elements of painting unified by a conceptual logic.
On May 31, 1980, Norberto created Bert Rodriguez, the late artist and composer who worked with a wide range of media, and genres, including installation, performance, photography, sculpture, film, video, sound, pizza and tenderness. Recently, Norberto shepherded Bert in letting go of all gallery representation in order to explore a new, more immersive, culturally accessible model for how Art is defined, distributed, consumed and appreciated. On May 31, 2016, Norberto, the underlying guide, director and creator of Bert’s life, re-emerged to claim the life he had created as an entire work of art, 40 years in the making.
Marilyn is a self-made Venezuelan queen with a tatted crown to match, a master of all things creative and of keeping it all the way 100. Since beginning her artistic journey at a design high school in Miami, Rondon has followed her heart and affinity for adventure and authenticity into a layered career involving 35mm photography, zine production, paint, installations, modeling, and writing. The content of Marilyn’s work is as impressive and varied as her mediums, spanning intentions from self expression to broader social commentaries. In her zine and installation work, Marilyn repurposes documentation of her own lived experiences in the name of personal growth, while simultaneously provoking conversations around internet culture, sexual commodification, abusive relationships, and mental illness.
Carrie Schneider is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY, whose recent solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Galleri KiT, Trondheim, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, and the California Museum of Photography. She is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Award for Visual Arts.
Eric Cade Schoenborn is a Miami-based artist who blends design, technology and media to forge experiences that have engaged millions, online and offline, in a wide spectrum of mediums. Eric is co-founder of the innovative Pickathon Music Festival, in Portland, Oregon, and has built a durable digital art and design practice exploring interactive storytelling, VR and immersive installations. He's a lifelong media artist, developer and designer as well as a pioneer in applying creative communications, online community and digital tools to the needs of nonprofits, cultural institutions, advocacy organizations, musicians, journalists, artists, tastemakers, policy-makers, misfits, entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide.
My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.
Sleeper is an interdisciplinary artists who's work draws lines between relationships; masked, layered, stitched and intangible. His work calls on the false realities created to cope with societal constraints. Dark themes are shifted and translated through multimedia experimental entertainment platforms. His collaborations with production companies and major festivals has enabled his artwork and performances to reach large audiences in multiple genres. Sleeper currently lives and works in Miami,Fl.
My practice is currently rooted in an ongoing exploration of shared experiences and participatory situations. I am drawn to and investigate accidental, ephemeral, and transcendental possibilities via the manipulation of existing systems. Some of my works are performative, and are always site-specific, and contextually- and project-based.
I observe carefully how humans stake their independence in a communal setting and attempt to present them with an opportunity to question a given alienating behavior, turning such actions on their heads as participatory opportunities encouraging reflection, and interaction and exchange. The novelty, ephemerality, and vulnerable nature of these situations refocuses people's attention on the present while expressing ideas of collectivism, universality, and presence. A running theme in my work is a Brechtian subversion of objects, situations, and actions that are often perceived to be personal, insular, disassociating and/or mundane. These include anything from the use of personal electronics and television to a beach towel, car, or family home. Pre-existing systems and situations are subverted, at times in subtle, nearly imperceptible ways, at other times via grandiose and intentional interventions.
Caitlin Rose Sweet explores the intersections between craft, queerness, and pop culture to position queerness as a site for incessant transformation and possibilities. Her playful work resists assimilation and mastery through an intentional disinvestment in finished work and proper use of materials. Sweet has shown internationally from Portland Or, to San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Berlin. This includes such exhibitions as Mix 26 (NY 2013), Craftivism (NY 2013), Invisible Landscapes (PDX 2014), and Words as Objects(PDX 2014). Sweet received her MFA in Applied Craft and Design from PNCA/OCAC in 2014 and lives in Brooklyn.
"This dedication to mark making for its own sake and his ability to play with large monochrome colour fields atop denser and more intricate bold hues give birth to a mysterious image that creates space for us to wallow in, reminds us that there is more to the world than rational materialism, that there is room for the unknown, the inexplicable, the abstract and dynamic glory of colour and form." - Moray Mair
Szot’s work has exhibited in a variety of galleries across the United States from New York to Los Angeles and Texas. Robert’s paintings have been exhibited by the Saatchi Gallery in London and, in 2014, Szot was invited to participate in the Whitney Museum Art Party. His works have been collected in America and abroad and can be found in public collections like Credit Suisse and important private collections like Beth DeWoody and the Bass Family.
Cara Tomlinson (b. San Francisco, USA) works in painting, drawing, video and sculpture simultaneously. Her work has been shown in group adn solo shows in museums and galleries throughout the US and recently in Antwerp, Belgium. She is a recipient of numerous artist residency fellowships, an individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and professional development grants. She has held teaching positions at many universities and colleges including University of Wisconsin, Syracuse University and University of Iowa. Currently Tomlinson lives and works in Portland, Oregon, where she is an associate professor of painting at Lewis and Clark College. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bennington College and her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon.
Any chance you can explain to people that my condescension is cute if you know me?
And that I hate myself?
Jay Watson is a modern day Utopian who picks up the truth of cities' deepest configurations and generates such through his work. Jay travels in his dreams. Flying over clouds and into different cities for a closer look at the glowing lights that at which point feel welcoming and comfortable. He hears the wind between buildings defining the contours of the masses. Then the vehicles project the sound of the pavement in linear fashion, all of which creating a map in Jay's consciousness overwhelmed his senses. These tangible experiences are the source of his work becoming new reflections of the cities we know so well.
Patrick Wilkins was born is Wiesbaden, Germany and grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. He got his BA in Painting and Printmaking at Purdue University. His work is informed by the odd jobs he's worked in his life including, but not limited to, construction, landscaping, and being a butcher. After cutting meat for years in Denver he is not an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong is an artist/architect working between New York and Bangkok, where she is currently an adjunct professor in the International Program in Design & Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Wong’s work investigates architecture and performance. Uniting her training in art and architecture, she creates transformative and performative spaces. She explores how spaces can perform on varying scales, ranging from smaller scales such as surfaces that accommodate the body, to larger spaces that extend their reach to entire environments. Her work merges the physical construction of spaces with relational dynamics, in which harnessing public interaction is integral. Wong’s creative process is a crossover between digital drawing (using tools such as mapping and 3D modeling) and the performative construction of spaces. Her work has been published in Domus Magazine, Architizer, Design Observer and Interior Design Magazine.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Wong received her B.A. in Art and Italian at the University of California at Berkeley, studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan, Italy) and earned her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP. Wong has lived and worked in Milan, Hong Kong, Berlin, New York, Berkeley, Macau and Bangkok. She has worked with various creative minds including Flavio Albanese, Maggie Cardelùs and Elmgreen & Dragset, and has designed exhibition spaces such as the Nordic and Danish pavilions for the Venice Biennale of Art. She is currently on the Board of Directors for NY design non-profit FAARM (Focus on Art, Architecture, Research & Making).
Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter Collective – invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. His Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental arts initiatives by democratizing performance through unexpected bodies, unexpected places, and unexpected social change. Through his Collective, Winter also directs/produces several programs, including L.E.A.P. (Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance), a creative communication program for LGBTQ-identifying teens and their allies that focuses on using the arts for activism and social change; and the Grass Stains fellowship, a site-specific performance initiative that mentors and commissions artists interested in creating site-based and public art work in Miami through a close collaboration with acclaimed site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.
A Horatio Alger Scholar, he is an alumnus of the Florida International University Honors College, and holds a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology. Winter also completed a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist to be named a Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholar. He was a Dance Miami Choreographic Program recipient (2014-2015) and Miami Goes Elsewhere Fellowship recipient (2016), and is a fellow and faculty member in the FIU Honors College Department and adjunct faculty at Miami Dade College. Winter is on the vision committee for the building of the Pembroke Pines Performing Arts and Civic Center. He was recently appointed director of Tigertail Production’s ScreenDance Miami festival for 2017, and awarded a commision and residency for the inaugural season of the MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance.
Pioneer Winter has performed in the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDxMIA, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum of Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Duncan Theatre, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate at Cutler, American College Dance Festival, Frost Museum of Art, Florida Dance Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, FilmGate Interactive, and Triskelion Arts, NYC, among others. His films works have been screened at O Cinema, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, LA Dance Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, and Miami Film Festival.
He has been mentored by choreographers Christina Teague-Mann, Ana Sánchez-Colberg, Michael Kliën, Jüri Nael, and Octavio Campos, as well as intensive labs with Nora Chipaumire, Mario Zambrano, Alonzo King, Stephan Koplowitz, and Keith Hennessy. He has performed throughout the United States and toured in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain and Mexico City. He has danced for Dance Now! Miami, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Brazz Dance Theater, and Karen Peterson and Dancers, among others.
Pioneer Winter’s projects received support from the John and James L. Knight Foundation/Knight Arts Challenge, FL Dept of State Division of Cultural Affairs, The Miami Foundation, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Alternate ROOTS, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Winter has held residencies at Cannonball Miami, Miami Dade College, Miami Theater Center’s SandBox, Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and Jacksonville University.
Agustina Woodgate creates sculptural works, performances and interactions that generate and imagine new landscapes. These new landscapes transform socio-political phantoms into generative proposals for re-organizing space.
Woodgate’s works invert fields of symbolic reference from the gallery/exhibition hall to the public domain. She combines surreal, conceptual, formal, and contextual practices in works that playfully test the tension between the viewer and reality, converting surplus material and fantasies of outmoded objects into new possibilities of perception and action.
My paintings are visual manifestations of an internal journey made external. I begin a painting with a gestural under-drawing and color that resonates with me that day. As the painting evolves, a conversation begins to take place in which each choice informs the next. This discovery process of starting from one thing and evolving into another is exciting to me.
It is a dialogue that is spontaneous and intuitive, and a kind of self-reflection - like looking in the mirror - and a way of finding my own identity as a painter and a person. Through the use of color and gestural mark-making as a means to show energy and movement, my art seeks to inspire feeling, and at the same time is interesting and beautiful.
My art-making process is very meditative and a means of getting out of my own way and losing myself in a journey where the destination is unknown, yet eventually found. It is a practice of self-discipline, letting go of fear and judgment, and the willingness to step outside my comfort zone.