Art Basel Preview
December 1, 2016 from 9 am—1 pm
Margrethe Aanestad, Leyla Cárdenas, Juan Pablo Garza, Jacin Giordano, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Ariel Orozco, Aurora Passero, Kerry Phillips, Leyden Rodríguez-Casanova, Jamilah Sabur, Robert Thiele, Frances Trombly, Cullen Washington Jr.
The Rest is History
The word “history” comes ultimately from the Ancient Greek word “historía,” meaning inquiry, knowledge from inquiry, or judge. The Greek word was later borrowed into Classical Latin as the word “historia,” meaning investigation, inquiry, research, account, description, written account of past events, writing of history, historical narrative, recorded knowledge of past events, story or narrative. In Middle English, the meaning of history was “story” in general terms. This restriction to the meaning arose in the mid-fifteenth century.
With the Renaissance, older senses of the word were revived, and it was in the Greek sense that Francis Bacon used the term in the late sixteenth century, when he wrote about Natural History. For him, historia was “the knowledge of objects determined by space and time,” the sort of knowledge provided by memory.
It is Francis Bacon’s usage of the word which serves as a point of departure for The Rest is History at Dimensions Variable. Each of the artists engages with the knowledge of objects, space and time in their own way.
Margrethe Aanestad studied fine arts at the Rogaland Art College and graduated with a BA from the University of Stavanger in Art History, Aesthetic Philosophy, Film Theory & History, and Cultural Management & Leadership. Since 2001, she has worked independently to initiate, produce, and curate many projects in Stavanger, where she is also an educator and also serves on the Advisory Board of Kunsthall Stavanger. She is co-founder and co-curator of the artist-run space Prosjektrom Normanns (2010) and co-founder and co-owner of Erfjordgata 8 (2013), a coworking space, both located in Stavanger. Recent solo exhibitions include Locus Mien at Torrance Shipman Gallery, New York, NY, solo, Curated by Meaghan Kent/Site95; Hither/Thereat at Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL; Herein at Open Source Gallery, New York. Selected group and duo exhibitions include Transcendental Tactility, Open Source Gallery, New York, curated by Prosjektrom Normanns; We all have good taste – Miami at Tub gallery, Miami, FL, curated by Alexis Callado Estefania; ee/aa at Another Space, Copenhagen, duo with Eugenio Espinoza (USA); Quattro at Interno4, Bologna, Italy; Utopia at Galería Des Pacio de la Cruz, San Jose, Costa Rica, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud; The Meeting on ISCP, New York, curated by Nick Kline (USA) and Monika Wuhrer (USA); The 124. Annual National Art Exhibition in Norway, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway. She has participated at UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami, FL, with Prosjektrom Normanns, Norway.
Leyla Cárdenas was born in 1975 in Bogotá, Colombia where she currently lives and works. She received her MFA in sculpture from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), CA, USA. She has exhibited internationally in selected venues including the Palais de Tokyo-Paris, Freiraum.MQ Vienna-Austria, Museo de Arte de Zapopán-México, CAM-Raleigh, Institute of Contemporary Art-SanJose (SJICA), Galería Max Estrella-Madrid, Galería Josée Bienvenu-NY, Museo de Arte Moderno-Medellín, Maison de l´Amérique Latine-Paris, Apexart-New York, Banco de la República Bogotá, among others. Recent awards and residencies include: Artist in residency at Q21Museums Quartier Wien-Austria 2016, NEARCH-Art and Archeology “The Materiality of the Invisible” residency at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, 2015-16. Winner of the 2012 Biennial Award of Bogotá, selected for LARA (Latin American Roaming Art) a project of Asiaciti Trust 2012. She has worked as a lecturer in Sculpture in various universities. Her work can be found in public and private collections in Colombia, South America, Europe and throughout the States.
Juan Pablo Garza
Juan Pablo Garza was born in Maracaibo, Estado Zulia, Venezuela, 1980. He currently lives and works in Miami, FL. Studied photography in the Escuela Julio Vengoechea, 1998, Venezuela, Maracaibo; and in Miami-Dade College together with the artist Teresa Dihel, 2002, USA. Garza has participated in various workshops, amongst others: Taller de Aproximación a la Fotografía Contemporánea given by Nelson Garrido, 2005, Maracaibo, Venezuela. He has enjoyed numerous individual shows in Venezuela and in collectives in countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Holland, Canada, Spain and the United States. Amongst prizes and distinctions received, one must note: Scholarship by Fundación Cisneros / Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros to participate in the residential program of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2012; First prize, XII Salón SuperCable Jóvenes con FIA, Centro Cultural Corp Banca, 2010, Caracas, Venezuela; and First Prize 6th Salón Regional de Jóvenes Artistas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia, 2010, Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Jacin Giordano was born in 1978 in Stamford, Connecticut. He currently works in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1999 with a BFA in painting and is currently an MFA candidate at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Jacin has exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, Hong Kong, London, Italy and France. Recent exhibitions at public institutions include deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL and The Frost Museum at FIU, Miami, FL. He was a 2006 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant for Visual Art. His work is included in the West Collection, Oaks, PA; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Miami, FL and Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL.
Sabrina Gschwandtner was born in Washington DC and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BA with honors in art/semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Bard College. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Bucharest Biennale IV, and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, among many others. Her artwork is held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the RISD Museum, and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, among other public and private collections worldwide.
Ariel Orozco was born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, in 1979 and currently lives and works in Mexico City. After his graduation from the Instituto Superior de Arte, La Habana, Cuba, he studied at the Escuela Profesional de Artes Plásticas in Trinidad, Cuba. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France; Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, USA; 12 Bienale de la Havana, La Havana, Cuba; Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Fundaçâo Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre; Galeria Servando, Havana; Selma Feriani Gallery, London; Casa Fusión, México City; Casa Rafael Galván, México DF, México; Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy; Selma Feriani Gallery, London; Swiss Institute New York; Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Museo de Arte de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, Mexico DF; Trolebos Galeria, México DF; Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome; Museo de Art Moderno, México DF; The X Baltic Triennal of International Art, Vilnus, Lithuania; Museum of Modern Art. Mexico City; Dunkers kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden; Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris; Galerie Birgit Ostermeier, Berlin; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, México DF; Virgil de Voldere Gallery, New York; Centro de la Imagen, México DF; Myto, México DF; Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Myto; Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana; II Festival of Ephemeral Sculpture, Experimental Center of Plastic Arts 23 and C., La Habana; Cultural Exposition Center ICAI, La Habana; Contemporary Cuban Art Salon, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana.
Aurora Passero was born in 1984, Oslo, Norway where she currently lives and works. She has studied at the Oslo Academy of Art and Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include Affections, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Channel Units, Haaken Gallery, Oslo; Hanging Gardens, Grenland Center of Contemporary Art, Porsgrunn; NNA-NNA-NNA, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Young Techno, La Confection Ideale, Tourcoing; Tusen Tråder, Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer; Club Suite, Negativa Moderna, Archer, Florida; Untitled Art Fair, Miami; Norwegian Sculpture Biennal, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo; 24 Spaces/ 1857, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö; I Tråd Med Tiden, Haugar Vestfold Art Museum, Tønsberg and Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow.
Kerry Phillips has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including projects with Locust Projects, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, ArtCenter/SouthFlorida, the Girls’ Club Collection, The Deering Estate & Bridge Red Studios Project Space. Phillips performed Sometimes your things (the great exchange) at Pulse Art Fair, Miami, in association with Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale and Crush Letters at the Last Minute Performance Festival, Krakow, Poland. She was awarded the 2015 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual & Media Artists and in late 2016 Phillips will create an installation at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for its Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya project. She’s received other grants for her art making from public and private organizations as well as residencies and shows in Ohio, Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Berlin, Krakow and France. Phillips has a BFA from Florida International University, Miami, and an MFA from University of Arizona, Tucson. Phillips lives and works in Miami.
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova was born in 1973 in Havana, Cuba and currently lives and works in Miami, FL. He is currently one of the directors of Dimensions Variable (DV) in Miami, FL. Select exhibitions include The Center for Architecture and Design, Miami, FL; Factoria Habana, Havana, Cuba; Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL; ZONA MACO Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway; Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL. His work is in the collection of Sayago & Pardon Collection, San Diego, CA; Alfredo Hertzog Da Silva, Sao Palo, Brazil; Cintas Foundation Collection, Miami, FL; The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; Capri Palace, Capri, Italy; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Miami, FL; and more.
Jamilah Sabur is an artist working across various disciplines including performance, video, and installation. Sabur was born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica and received her MFA in Visual Arts from University of California San Diego in 2014 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Interdisciplinary Sculpture in 2009. She is interested in embodied cognition, social mimicry, dissonance, ritual, and the uncanny. She has recently exhibited and performed at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; Herron School of Art Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Dimensions Variable, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL. Sabur lives and works in Miami, FL.
Robert Thiele born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently divides his time living and working between Brooklyn, New York and Miami, FL. Thiele received both his BFA and MFA from Kent State University in 1964 and 1966. Thiele’s work is exhibited widely with recent shows in New York at the Howard Scott Gallery, in Berlin at Galerie Tammen & Partner, and in Miami at Emerson-Dorsch. Thiele owns the artist studio warehouse Bridge Red Studios, and oversees Bridge Red Studios/Project Space.
Frances Trombly was born in 1976 in Miami, FL where she currently lives and works. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Selected exhibitions consist of Frances Trombly: Over and Under at Locust Projects, Miami, included in Americana: Formalizing Craft, Perez Art Museum Miami and united states, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Her work has been featured in various publications including The New York Times, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. Trombly’s work is in permanent collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida among other institutions. She is represented by Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Frances also co-directs Dimensions Variable, an artist-run exhibition space in Miami, FL.
Cullen Washington Jr.
Cullen Washington Jr. is a native of Louisiana and received his BA from Louisiana State University and his MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. A 2013 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Washington Jr. has exhibited his work in group and solo shows nationally and internationally including The American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Litvak Contemporary Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel and the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK among other arts venues. In addition to the Studio Museum, Washington Jr. has been an artist in residence at Fountainhead Residency, (2016), Yaddo (2011), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010) and was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2009). Reviews and critical essays of his work appear in Art: 21, The New York Times, The International Review of African American Art and the The Boston Globe. Cullen’s work can be found in the collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Joyner / Giuffrida Collection, San Francisco, The Charles Saatchi Gallery, London and the The Pizzuti Collection, Ohio. Cullen is the current Artist in Residence at Amherst College in Massachusetts.