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5 X THE CASH, 2013
graphite and gouache on paper
26.75 x 19.5 in.
Window of Opportunity, 2015
Oil on Canvas
70 x 80 in.
Suzy Kellems Dominik
Beatrice - To Hell and Back Installation
Photography, Classic C-Print
40 x 40 in.
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 life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.
Suzy Kellems Dominik
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.