transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes
curated by william cordova
The works selected by curator, william cordova, in this group exhibition represent four generations of South Florida artists whose practice is informed and rooted in the geography, community, and multi-cultural diversity of the region. These are artists who have endured and evolved as South Florida has changed, and yet still transcend the boundaries of expectation.
“We should want … [our] relationship to space to evoke architecture as it is informed by the humanities, not architecture simply as a technical art.” -LaVerne Wells-Bowie (Art On My Mind: Visual Politics: bell hooks)
The exhibition offers a glimpse into the prism of South Florida art through sculpture, painting, drawing, audio and film. The works are derived from many different parts of the region and utilize a variety of concepts and scale. Exhibiting artists include the late Purvis Young, the first real home-grown talent whose prolific and complex work gained international critical acclaim well before the 2000s; Karen Rifas, whose expansive site-specific ephemeral installations have been a trademark and influence on the ever-evolving local scene since the 1970s; Robert Thiele, the first Florida artist to be included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial (1975); Juana Valdes, whose work has been included in various biennials, including the Havana and SITE Santa Fe biennials, and yet locally goes unnoticed by major museums; and Onajide Shabaka, visual artist, anthropologist, botanist and writer, a cultural practitioner whose artistic depth and contributions remain unmatched. These are only a few of the many practitioners whose works will be highlighted in this survey of a southern Florida collective.
“those who ain’t got it can’t show it, those who got it can’t hide it” — Zora Neale Hurston
Dona Altemus, Kevin Arrow, Warren Bailey, PabloCano,Rosemarie
Chiarlone, Yanira Collado, Lou Anne Colodny, Sharon Lee Hart, Babette Herschberger, Peter Hosfeld, Robert Huff, Michiko Kurisu, Rhea Leonard, Laura Luna, Ena Marrero, Donald McKnight, Robert Mcknight, Gean Moreno, Arturo E. Mosquera, Glexis Novoa, Aramis O’Riley, Charo Oquet, Ernesto Oroza,Jorge Pantoja, Kerry Phillips, Carlos Prim, Ralph Provisero, Karen Rifas,David Rohn, Alexis Sanfield, Onajide Shabaka, Barron Sherer, Noelle Theard, Robert Thiele, Kristen Thiele, Rick Ulysse, Juana Valdes, Izel Vargas, Susan Weiss, Purvis Young.
Nov. 5, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016