Unedited conversations between artist in a productive critique  discovering  thesis and processes behind the work.








December 2016



For December, artists Pioneer Winter, Austin Brady, and Kirk Jenkins discuss their practice with Olivia Ramos.

GIMP GAIT (2016)

screendance/film work


Brady in conversation with Ramos

From the series "Clown Tristes"

Jenkins in conversation with Ramos


Size: 24 x 24"

Medium: (combine painting) acrylic, treated fabric, plexi coated



Pioneer Winter


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.




Austin Brady


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".




Kirk Jenkins


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.