AdrienneRose Gionta, Andrew Horton, ARG + Yasmin Collaborative, Gardner Cole Miller, Ivan Santiago, Joe Locke, Kristin O’Neill, Nick Gilmore, Yasmin Khalaf
It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean.
John Locke – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Change offers the false promise of progress but is rarely an upward trajectory. The landscape is one situation built upon another and the division of both becomes blurred. Place is as much a location as it is a duration. Through various practices this group of artists tries to grasp at an ever-changing present and find the conflicts that occur where a new situation begins to overtake the old. This exhibition will examine the spaces created in this flux, what is lost, and what it is to try to create something solid in a place where the ground is always shifting. The intention is neither to be a memorial to a lost place or a monument to progress, but an attempt to fathom the possibilities of place.
In Dimensions Variable the artists create an environment of several works which in situ combine to form a mock urban space which simultaneously resembles both a post-hurricane disaster and site of new construction. The duality of the space creates a sense of unease but also the excitement that comes from the promise of change. In the Turn-Based Press gallery several works will consider the uninhabited environments of empty homes and empty virtual spaces raising questions of the nature of place when there is no one to acknowledge them.
Special thanks to Jacek Kolasinsk, chairperson of the Florida International University, Art and Art History Department.
For the opening reception of Fathoms-, Bobby Flan will use digital tools and live instrumentation to elaborate on the show’s examination of place and local aesthetics of tropical ruin. Through song, sound, and noise, the performance will simulate and recompose the ever-changing aural qualities of the city.
Joe Locke is an artist whom through photography and raw materials creates visual arrangements that challenge the narrative nature inherent in the photographic object. By downplaying the narrative he is able to highlight the affect of place in his representations.
Nick Gilmore (b. Mobile, AL) is interested in concepts of entropy, landscape, and the sublime. Combining elements of printmaking, sculpture, and painting, his artwork emphasizes materials and process, while teetering between metaphor and pure abstraction. He has shown locally at Locust Projects, The 6th St. Container, and Turn-Based Press.
Ivan Santiago was born in Miami, FL where he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Photography and is currently working on his Masters in Fine Arts in Photography and Time-Based Media from Florida International University. He uses the sharp reality of photography and video to draw intimate observation of the urban landscape. The plain beauty of a common or ignored space is favored over the archetypical “scenic” landscape. He has been included in shows at The 6th Street Container, The Martin Z. Margulies Collection, The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Objex Art Space among others.
Andrew Horton is a Miami-born mixed-practice artist. His work is concerned with phenomenology and seeks to be constantly elusive. His work has been show at Dorsch Gallery, Leonard Tachmes Gallery, and Scope Art Fair and is in the collection of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.
AdrienneRose Gionta (b. Brooklyn, NY) works across diverse media often engaging computer based practices and conceptual subject matter. She examines para-feminist dialogues and existential conundrums through video games and social media. Her work can currently be seen in I Think It’s In My Head at Girls Club and Abracadabra at The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. She has previously exhibited at David Castillo Gallery, The 6th Street Container and Locust Projects and will have her first solo museum exhibition at the Frost Museum this spring. Gionta’s work is included in several private collections including the Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz collection.
Kristin O’Neill (born in Key West, Fl) is an artist that is exploring the unification of marine forms and man-made material to explore her identity. She is examining personal relationships with marine culture and her upbringing on an island-based environment such as her living, environmental and social conditions.
Yasmin Khalaf works with painting and drawing materials to explore uninhabited spaces that evoke a psychological effect. Her works have been exhibited at the 6th Street Container, Audrey Love Gallery at the Bakehouse Art Complex, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum.
Gardner Cole Miller
Gardner Cole Miller’s fiber-based quilting projects draw inspiration from histories of conquest and expansion, seeking to examine continuities and discrepancies between pasts and present. Through a combination of traditional techniques and unconventional materials, crafted narratives attempt to connect times, places, and peoples.