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











For January, artists Emma Kohlmann, Hugo Montoya, Willie Avendano, Jeffrey Millett, and Olivia Ramos, contribute discussions about their practice.

Emma Kohlmann

69 Nudes, 2014


10 x 10 in.

Montoya in conversation with Ramos

Hugo Montoya

Emerson Dorsch Gallery

Back on Earth, 2014


Avendano in conversation with Ramos

Willie Avendano

"143", 2014


6 min., 4 sec.



Emma Kohlmann


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.




Hugo Montoya


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 Select collections include the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Soho Beach House, Miami Beach, Four Seasons Hotel Group and Tanqueray Corporation, Miami, FL.




Willie Avendano


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.




Jeffery 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.