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February 2017

 

 

For February, artists Jeffrey Millett, Jen Clay, Adler Guerrier and Felice Grodin discuss their practice with Olivia Ramos.

Clay in conversation with Ramos

Guerrier and Grodin in conversation with Ramos

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Jeffrey Millett

 

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.

 

 

 

Jen Clay

 

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.

 

 

 

Adler Guerrier

 

‬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.

 

 

 

Felice Grodin

 

"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.