Dimensions Variable (DV) is pleased to present 10—A Decade, a group exhibition bringing together five past DV artists with five new ones from September 28—December 30, 2019, in celebration of our tenth anniversary. Felice Grodin, Fabian Peña, Jamilah Sabur, Tom Scicluna, and Agustina Woodgate all represent artists who had solo/two-person projects at DV in the past. Nathalie Alfonso, Yanira Collado, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Francisco Maso, and Christina Pettersson are all artists we’ve been wanting to work with. This group is bound together by our respect for their work and the diverse themes present in their practices.
The exhibition will also function as an auction to support DV’s programs, facilities, and participating artists. We hope you consider participating in the auction as 70% of the funds will support the artists and 30% will support DV.
It’s been ten years since Dimensions Variable (DV) officially opened in the Miami Design District in September of 2009. Since then, many artists have come through leaving their indelible mark with inspiring projects. We went from an unfunded upstart to a community voice for championing projects of up-and-coming and under-recognized artists with well-respected work—all while under the leadership of artists. With our tenth anniversary and our official nonprofit status, we want to continue to push the boundaries of what a cultural space is and how it can better serve its artists and community. This year, we expanded to include additional artists and an archivist to support more members of our community. We are also making sure DV will always be led by artists in support of artists.
Felice Grodin is an artist with a background in architecture. Her practice focuses on the speculative integration of art by modeling present conditions and creating meaningful imprints upon them. She was recently featured in the exhibition Felice Grodin: Invasive Species on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), curated by Jennifer Inacio. The work mediates a future ecosystem through the lens of augmented reality. She is a member of the collaborative A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle), which explores artistic and cultural possibilities reimagined in an era of climate change and political volatility. She has also contributed essays to various publications including The Miami Rail. Felice obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University, where her thesis was a recipient of the Thomas J. Lupo Award for Metropolitan Studies, and her Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. Grodin participated in a two-person exhibition at DV called The Outer Limits with artist Samantha Salzinger in 2011.
Fabian Peña was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1976. He currently lives and works in Miami, Florida, since 2006. Fabian graduated from the Superior Institute of Arts in Havana, in 2003. Peña has worked as part of the duo “Elsoca & Fabian” (1999-2007) and with a group of artists in the “Colectivo Enema” (2000-Present). Recent solo exhibitions include Death of a Printed Story, DV, Miami, FL; Subliminal, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA (2011), GRIZZZ, Magnan Projects, New York, USA (2008). Group Exhibitions include Cuba Now, 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, USA (2011), New Work Miami 2010, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA (2010), Dead or Alive at Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA (2010), Killing Time, Exit Art, New York, USA (2007), Waiting List (Time and Transition in Contemporary Cuban Art), Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2006), Landings 1, at Conkal Arte Contemporaneo/CAC. Ex-Convent of Conkal, Mérida, México (2004), VIII Havana Biennial at Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba (2003).
Jamilah Sabur (b. Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Miami, FL. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. Selected recent exhibitions and screening venues include Un chemin escarpé / A steep path is an immersive, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Future of Demonstration: Supra- Citizenship, Atelier Augarten, Vienna; Ibine Ela Acu/Water Sun Moon, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL; Augmented Sunrise Beneath the Skin, gr_und project space, Berlin; Seances for the Living, SBC galerie d’art Contemporain, Montreal; Deconstruction: A reordering of life, politics, and art, Frost Art Museum, Miami; Between a view and a milestone, Artcenter, South Florida; If Defined, Then Undefine, DV, Miami, FL; The World’s Game: Futbol and Contemporary Art, Perez Art Museum, Miami; The Rhetoric of the Living, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami; baby boy, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; and Medical gaze, ICA, London. She was an artist in residence at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in 2017 and has given lectures at Design Miami; Coral Gables Museum, Florida; Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto and Flagler College, St. Augustine. Sabur is currently an artist in residence at Oolite Arts in Miami Beach.
Tom Scicluna lives and works in Miami, Florida. A 2012 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists recipient, selected shows include: Research and Development: Concerning Belonging, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL; New Work Miami 2013, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; The American Donut, NADA Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL; Night Shift, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Buildup, DV, Miami, FL; and Rendez- Vous 08, Musée dʼArt Contemporain de Lyon (in conjunction with the Moore Space European Residency Program), Lyon, France.
Agustina Woodgate (Buenos Aires, 1981) explores temporality, spatial politics, and radical imagination. She creates sculptural works, public interventions and social interactions that generate and propose new landscapes. She focuses on the ever-changing ecology and cartography and encourages a new assessment of natural resource use. Her works convert surplus material into new possibilities of perception and action. Her projects have been commissioned by the Bienal de las Américas, Denver; ArtPort, Tel Aviv; PlayPublik, Poland; DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC; The Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Kulturpark, Berlin; Locust Projects, Miami y MassMOCA, Massachusetts; Storefront for Art and Architecture, St. Paul MN; CIFO Foundation, Miami; Love the Everglades Movement; Florida International University. Solo exhibitions including Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires (2014); Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (2014) and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2012); and Endlessly Falling, DV, Miami, FL. Group exhibitions include the Orlando Art Museum (2014); Denver Art Museum (2013); White Box, NY (2012); Gallery Nosco, London (2011); Good Children Gallery, New Orleans (2011); Naples Museum of Art, FL (2011); North Carolina Museum (2011); Montreal Biennale, Canada (2009); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2007/2015). In 2011 she founded Radio Espacio Estación, a nomadic, bilingual online radio station.
Nathalie Alfonso (b. 1987, Bogota, Colombia) holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Florida International University and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Southern Methodist University. Alfonso has exhibited and performed her work in galleries, universities, and in public spaces, such as Site131, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Marymount University in Washington D.C., Spinello Projects, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Miami Beach Urban Studios, The Projects – Fat Village, The Annex – Fordistas, Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, and La Factoria – Ecuador. She has curated and exhibited in Miami and Fort Lauderdale for the past four years and is currently developing research in Dallas Texas. Her work investigates the value of manual labor, the degeneration of the body, and notions of impermanence through drawing, installation, and video.
Yanira Collado is an artist who lives and works in Miami, FL. Collado’s artist residency fellowships include Bridge Red Art Center, North Miami, FL (2013-present), and Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2015). She was awarded first place in the 2013 South Florida Biennial at the Art and Cultural Center/Hollywood, FL. Her work has been featured in numerous group shows, including Monarchs at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (2018); Connectivity, Deconstruction, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL (2018); Transmissions, The Franklin, Chicago, IL (2016); Dirt, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2016); and Ascent: Black Women’s Expressions, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2015). In 2016, Collado had a one-person exhibit at Museum of Art + Design at Miami Dade College, in collaboration with Bridge Red Studios.
GeoVanna Gonzalez is a Miami-based artist and curator. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design. Previous to her time in Miami, GeoVanna lived in Berlin, Germany where she became a member of Coven Berlin, a queer feminist collective which produces exhibitions and events that focus on body politics, gender, labor, and art. Her upcoming exhibitions include Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Florida; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin Germany; and NGBK, Berlin Germany. As a curator, her most recent project was an international group show, ‘A New Prescription For Insomnia’ at Horse and Pony Fine Arts in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition was featured in Artforum, Elephant Magazine, and Berlin Art Link. In 2016, GeoVanna was the Project Manager for the Berlin Art Prize and co-curated Unearthed with Dan Halm at Rockelmann & Gallery. She is also the Co-founder of READ WHAT YOU WANT!, a reading club established in 2014.
CINTAS Foundation Fellowships Finalist 2017-2018, Francisco Masó (Havana, 1988) is an African-Cuban-American visual artist living and working in Miami. He received a Bachelor degree in Stage Design from the Instituto Superior de Arte. He also graduated from both Behavior Art School, led by Tania Bruguera, and the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. Recent exhibitions include Constructing Identity organized by Miami MOCAAD (2019), Solid Abstraction: Disobedient Strategies in Contemporary Cuban Art at Miami Biennale Foundation (2018), CINTAS Foundation Fellowships Finalist Exhibition 2017-2018 at Coral Gables Museum (2017), The Cuban Matrix at Torrance Art Museum (2017), Surreptitious Stripes at Arts Connection Foundation (2017) and The Global South. Visions and Revisions at Mana Wynwood Convention Center (2016). His works are part of Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Brillembourg Capriles Collection, Andreina Fuentes Collection, among others.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Christina Pettersson has lived in Miami, FL most of her life. Thus her last two solo exhibitions, in Everglades National Park and at the historic Deering Estate on Biscayne Bay, reflect her lifelong passions in her hometown. Recent shows include the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, Launch F18, New York, NY. She has exhibited at other museums, particularly in the South, such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, Columbus Museum of Art, GA, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD, Wiregrass Museum of Art, AL, and the Naples Museum of Art, FL. Her work is in major collections locally, such as the PAMM, Martin Z. Margulies at the Warehouse, Deborah & Dennis Scholl, Frances Bishop Good & David Horvitz, and throughout the country. She has received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship thrice, the largest regionally sponsored grant in the US. She received a Fulbright Grant to return to Sweden in 2000, attending the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg.