Doris Kloster

Painting & Mixed Media

Artist Statement

My current works seek to make contact with a subterranean human network of memory outside of time. I am channeling the collective memory which connects all human experience on some level. Referencing feelings that are traces of a historical past, the works reflect my research in pursuit of that revelation.

My artistic practice includes painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. In the paintings I evoke primordial symbols from a world of myth, and transformation, of alchemy and power. The figures represent a feminine god. She is fluid, borderless, representing all eternity. In the divine world of the goddess, she plays a role that is quintessentially female. Her story represents both the totality and also the fragment of the universal that is the personal.

Artist Links:

Website: http://www.doriskloster.com

Emanuel Ribas

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

(b.1988) Cuban-American


A sense of homelessness and exile have been profoundly impactful forces in my life. Naturally, they are woven deeply into the fabric of my artistic practice. 

I’m a second-generation Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist. I am also queer, though my queerness is less a function of my sexuality than it is a question of exile. Exile from the boundaries of the Normal, the Moral, even the Real. I am brown. I live with physical and learning disabilities. Though vital, none of these things wholly encapsulate me. I am more than the total sum of my categories. But they’re nevertheless significant, even central, to who I am, and subsequently, to my artistic practice. The work I’m engaging in now are visually unconventional works produced through transformative meditative practices driven by the urge to explore my experiences through radical modes of representation that invite viewers to inquire, to experience discomfort themselves, and ultimately to be freed, in whatever measure is possible. Although I do not condone universal and ahistorical narratives of the self, and clearly identify with the various differences that set me and others ‘like me’ apart, as an individual and artist I don’t feel confined to any one group, organizing narrative or aesthetic credo. Instead, I seek to embrace the intricacies and contradictions, the pain and the pleasure, and give it all up, let it exist in the seeing, the listening, and the experience of another. 

Biography

Studied Visual Art at New World School of the Arts where I completed my BFA in Drawing with highest honors in 2017 and was a finalist for the Cintas Fellowship the following year.  My work has been exhibited in Cifo Gallery, Unbound, (2017), NoGuchi Breton Gallery, The Incubator (2015), Exile Books, Zines Queens & Everything In-between (2016), Mindy Solomon Gallery, Make It Nice Again (2017), The Night Club, Inside the Writers Studio (2018), The Fountainhead, Everyday is Summer (2018), and the Lowe Art Museum, Cintas Fellowship Ceremony (2018).

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Rachel Lee

Painting

Artist Statement

Rachel Lee’s work examines coping mechanisms from childhood; her visual references pull from ’90s alternative music, video games, and the Miami suburbs. Growing up, Lee spent more time daydreaming through Nintendo franchises and rock albums than living in real time due to being homeschooled. This habit has stayed with her through adulthood. Landscape paintings depict the suburbs, interrupted by polygons and music video-stills. Lee's paintings are a process of accepting the insolation and dissociation she experienced growing up, while manifesting where she wanted to be. 

Lee lives and works in Miami, FL. Her studio practice focuses on painting, inspired by the DIY work ethic of American punk/alternative rock musicians, the aesthetics of ’90s video game graphics and the memories attached to them. 

Artist Links

website: r-lee.net

Mateo Nava

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

My work explores issues of migration and displacement by picking at the history of decorative art and religious iconography in Mexico. Using mixed media and collage, I re-appropriate visual imagery that references maps, symbols, patterns, and language to create embellished images that indulge in and deconstruct colonial art. I often shy away from canvas stretchers and rectangular edges, instead using fabric patchworks and constructions as alternative painting surfaces. These techniques allow me to use painting as a form of installation, where intricate and layered compositions are not just images, but also places in themselves. 

I often use photographic source material taken from religious iconography, art, and history within my collages. I am interested in how the process of cutting and re-assembling relates to my subject matter. To me, these processes that are fundamental to collage are a way of visually thinking through the dissection, division, and dislocation present in Latinx history and the way that it shapes the conditions we live under today. At the same time, they are also a subversion of that history. Through cutting and reassembling, this iconography is undone and reinterpreted into an eclecticism that resembles the muddled identities we inhabit.

Artist Links

artist website: www.mateonava.com

Vickie Pierre

Multi Media

Artist Statement

My work is informed and inspired by memory, popular culture, surrealism and the decorative and ornamental arts. This inspiration has manifested itself in years of collecting a myriad of materials that suggests a sense of beauty, design and the natural world.

My practice includes various techniques and materials. Often times the materials that I employ are vintage, mass-produced objects (including Avon perfume bottles and Syroco decorative wall art) that serve as muses for my two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings and collages or as integral elements within my assemblages and installations. With the guidance of these appropriated source materials, my continued focus is on the exploration of self-identity, with references to my Haitian culture and mythology, while concurrently considering feminine tropes and historic and contemporary cultural politics. 

The combination of these re-contextualized objects along with the titles and texts, stemming from song lyrics, constructs a narrative that continues the inner dialogue of identity and socialization. Alternately, the compositions of the assemblages and paper works allude to biological and botanical structures, while maintaining base aesthetic sentiments of femininity, beauty, romanticism and sensuality.

When my work is observed, my hope is that the public will initially be drawn in by the playful whimsy of the "characters" and design elements. However, in engaging further with the work, I would like viewers to contemplate their own experiences with culturally loaded imagery or objects and consider how that may influence their understanding of identity formation and identity politics in the broader culture.

Artist Links

www.vickiepierre.com

 

 

 

Sara Stites

Artist's Statement

Using mostly functional objects from the studio, I have been building precarious, tentative “sculptures” in front of drawings and paintings that contain figurative elements as well as marks and erasures. 

These sculptural objects mimic, in 3 dimension, the hue and form articulated in the drawing. Manipulation of the light source and shadows further a process of refinement and integration, particularly when the result has been photographed as the final “artifact” of the process.

Objects, like a careful drawing, become democratized when considered within my photos where other materials are placed alongside the drawing.

I celebrate the studio through the use of detritus, whatever is at hand, waiting to be repurposed in the photograph.  The imagery becomes a melding of abstraction and representation, always considering gravity, air and light.

Artist's Links

artist's website:   www.sarastites.com

 http://magazine.seymourprojects.com/2015/12/sara-stites-enough-possibility-for-the-unexpected/

SARA STITES sara@sarastites.com  studio: fountainhead, 7339 N. W. Miami Court, Miami, FL(305) 942-9771

Mailing address:  1561 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL33139

Elaine Defibaugh

Paint and collage

Artist’s Statement

My work is inspired from my experience in landscape.  My main objective is to create a new language from Nature, Art & Science.  The merging of charts from research conducted on the molecular studies of plants onto my photographs serves as an underlying story revealing another element of nature we don’t visually see.  This is mysterious and intriguing to me.  I’m revealing the aesthetic of a secret language, which often is only understood by those in the hard sciences.

I intend on creating a sense of time and space allowing moments of reflection much like Monet’s Water Lilies and Edward Steichen’s Flower series. I am progressing that vision and enthusiasm by merging the organic with science and introducing the visuals found in the science of plants.

I’m interested in wallpaper because of its history and how it relates to class & culture. Often wallpaper in homes are of a botanical nature.  There is something comforting about the imagery because in a sense it transforms one into the natural environment, which adds the element of nostalgia and longing for exterior freedom.  I’ve always been inspired by William Morris’s designs from nature.  His wallpaper is classic and has the organic quality I look for when I select my printing surfaces.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    www.elainedefibaugh.com   

Paolo Ambu

Mixed media

Artist’s Statement

Everything can inspire me; emotions, nature, light or shadows. I donʼt pursue inspiration, it just happens, and whenever the inspiration comes, itʼs inevitable. I must paint. Whether Iʼm inspired by my emotions or nature, the common thread in my work is the desire to provoke and seduce the spectator.

Over the years my work has evolved from purely representational art to include more fluid and spontaneous abstractions. Sometimes these contrasting movements merge into one; figurative meets abstraction creating a connection between the two worlds.

In my work, research and discovery are the driving force that shapes each project. As an artist, I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another, sometime the materials themselves become the inspiration for a specific piece or larger body of work. I use an assortment of materials, often found then recycled; therefore the methodology and techniques are slightly different processes in each piece.

Through this experimentation, new areas of inspiration often arise that lead to the next body of work. Over time, by cross-processing my canvases some pieces have morphed into three-dimensional works, bridging traditional painting with sculpture.

Though varied in execution, similarities between the different projects, whether in subject matter, material or technique, it results in the clearly identifiable characteristics that define my work. Each piece need not be defined by the artist, but by the strength of its very existence.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:   http://paoloambu.wordpress.com

Julie Davidow

Painting

Artist’s Statement

Bio

Julie Davidow is a visual artist working in Miami. Davidow received a BS in Communications from the University of North Florida in 1986. After 10 years as a small business owner, she returned to study her first passion, art. She attended New World School of the Arts in Miami from 1996-1999 on scholarship with a focus on painting. Her work has since been exhibited at the Miami Art Museum; The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art; The Tampa Museum of Art; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC; Lawrimore Projects in Seattle, WA; Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; and numerous galleries nationwide.  

Recent exhibitions of Davidow’s work include ArchiTECTONICS at Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami; Little Languages/Coded Pictures at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NYC; Dis/Order at Artspace, Raleigh NC, and An Exchange with Sol Lewitt at Mass MOCA in North Adams, MA. 

Davidow’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Miami Art Museum, the Girl’s Club Collection in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Epic Miami Hotel and many private collections. She is recipient of ARTslant's First Prize Golden Frame award, a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant, and the Leo and Raye Chestler Contemporary Visual Arts award. 

Her work has been featured in ARTDistricts, The Week, New American Paintings, ArtPapers, Artdaily, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald,  The Miami & Broward New Times, elsewhere. In addition, Julie is the coauthor of the book MIAMI Contemporary Artists, published by Schiffer Publishing in 2007. 

Statement

My work seeks to establish order through the mapping of multiple visual cues. These cues include specific, compositional samples of the architecture of contemporary art museums and the contemporary art that is enshrined within these structures. This sampling is achieved through a diagrammatical folding and scoring of the raw canvas, creating an allegorical foundation for the structure of painting. Space, organization, pattern-seeking, discerning solution are all explored in this most recent series of paintings. With a continued underlying examination of the struggle between the natural and built environments.

Artist’s Links

website:    www.juliedavidow.com    

Karen Starosta-Gilinski

Sculpture

Artist’s Statement

I work with tempting, sexy and provocative textured objects. The work involves psychology and an obscure side of analyzing personalities from the most tender and innocent to the most evil and complicated. My latest Series on canvas and sculptures are: “Luminescent Jewels”, “Still Life” 2008, “Your Toys” 2009, “Cotton Candy sculptures” 2009-2010, and now, Large Scale sculptures 2011. 

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1982, and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. 

Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude) in 2005 from The Miami International University of Art & Design. Her work has been shown in Galleries, Art fairs and Art Institutions around the US, South America, Central America, & Asia (Shanghai Art Contemporary Art Fair 2010). 

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    http://www.artslant.com/mia/artists/show/175013-karen-starosta-gilinski

                               http://karengilinski.com/

                              http://www.arttakesmiami.com/karenstarostagilinski 

 

PJ Mills

Painting

Artist’s Statement

These paintings focus on metaphors that emerge from the examination of common objects. I am fascinated by how objects may exist as metaphors, symbols, and stand to represent so many other things in life.  I am also amused with the irony presented when objects that were so important to us just seconds prior are now a thing of disgust. For example cigarettes, condoms, and sometimes food items.

The juxtaposition of objects arranged by visual artists are similar to that of how many poets lay down verse. Where, it is not the words or image perse that contain the power but the unknown image that arises by the examination of a solitary object or the juxtaposition of two or more. Defined as the “imago ignota” Irish Poet Seamus Heaney once said, “it is the combination of words which elevate them beyond the language of the obvious”

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:   www.pjmills.info     

Lori Nozick

Sculpture and drawing

Artist’s Statement

I create sculpture and environmental installations with architectural and organic structures. With interior and exterior installations, existing architectural features serve as a point of reference and as formal elements to challenge and expand the space.   

My drawingsresonate as markers of visual memory.  Drawing from areas as diverse as archeology, myths, and dreams, environmental, cultural and scientific conditions, my work examines ongoing cycles of disintegration and cohesion.

My art references architectural, social and geological changes, and I try to capture that dynamicboth physically and symbolically. Place or site, functions as a repository of individual and collectivemoments and memory, and forms a visceral bridge for the viewer to experience a blending of numerous time-frames, real and imagined.  

I am interested in the spaces and metaphors created by the sculpture (object)  “occupying” the space, and so the dynamic with the viewer becomes paramount, evoking physical and emotional response to the work and encouraging interaction.

The materials I use often come from the place or site: reclaimed architectural elements, wood, metal,  blocks of salt, stone, pigments, cement, solar LED lighting, and sound.  There is a social and cultural aspect to collecting and using these materials and a narrative that emerges in the work 

The archetypal images and forms become a visual and physical language through which I explore our relationship to personal and public spaces, in culture, communities and nature, in an immediate sense and throughout history. 

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:   www.lorinozick.com       

gallery links:   www.berlinartscouts.de 

Instagram:  lorinozickart   Facebook:  Lori Nozick

Juana Valdes

Multi-discipline

Artist’s Statement

Juana Valdes' works range from sculptural installations to hand-crafted works of fabric, photography, and video. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, her work balances a combination of atmospheric storytelling and insistent feminist inquiry, brought to life through a thread of rural mysticism. A persistent interest in the semiotics of commercial and mass produced imagery animates and fuses the elements of her art. Her work projects the persona of an artist who is apparently part shaman, part urbane anthropologist, engagingly and allusively translating the details of her life history and wide ranging visual interests. Her works in photography and installation explore migration and transculturation directly and poetically, recreating both displacement and recollection. They elicit migration as a complex process, constructing history through a continuum that involves both the original sources of the diasporic community and the new homeland. The work reflects on the migrant’s search for utopia, questions Latino or “others” representation in mainstream America–what is ascribed, contested, granted, created--and investigates the connection between the constituent multiple cultures and nations. These serve as the raw material for her aesthetic and formal investigation.

The dynamism of her work is vested in the transition from sculpture to installation to performance, thereby shifting fields, and exchanging modes of visual recognition. Thereby, she balances such questions as “where and what is the art in art?” and “when does it separate from daily life?” With origins in a tradition of conceptual and performance art, Juana Valdes employs the sources of these traditions and their historical influences in an approach to art that exposes the way popular culture acts on art. Her work circumscribes issues of displacement and personal transmutation via the everyday object as a personal and time based reference--diachronic in orientation. These artworks bring into consciousness past histories in present day experiences. 

Artist’s Links

website:   www.juanamvaldes     

Don Lambert

Sculpture

Artist’s Statement

Immaculate ideas. Consummate conceptions. Electric fireplaces, stardates, and the speed of light. Sleeping alive.

I am fascinated with the production of image, knowledge, and the building of institutions. My central research interests lie within the domains of social identity and cognition. I am specifically interested in motivational aspects of social identification and how social identities may be used to satisfy individuals’ needs for assimilation and differentiation- belonging and remaining distinct. The thread that runs through the whole of my work is an interest in understanding the importance of relationship in the lives of individuals. 

I am a borrower who prefers scratch-and-sniff, scratch-off, and snatch to building from scratch. By modifying the structure and composition of existing objects or data, I hope to challenge the viewer’s relationship to the original, inviting participants to critique existing hegemonic systems rather than taking them for face value- seeking alternatives to the status quo.

Within my work I intend to develop an aesthetic that invests visual representation with aspects of interaction and socialization. My practice is not relegated to the creation of objects of which one can easily say where they precisely start or end; it is continued in other realities and echoed in other nodes. The works are as much process, and interaction, as they are object, and though they occupy space sometimes quite materially, or volumetrically, they are on other occasions very narrative, or textual, or experiential.  

The whole of my work is as much a collection of activities as it is a definable material structure, visible and understood by a mapping of resources, processes and constructions, a coherent stream of experience synthesized through a diversity of media streams.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    www.donlambert.net      

 

David Rohn

Multi-media

Artist’s Statement

The scale and complexity of our social and political constructs are so expanded now, and the ways they re held together and split apart, not least through an ever-wider range of communication platforms, can paradoxically seem more socially dis-integrative than ever. 

 The [self] portrait series’ reflect my social observations and responses to what I see around me.

The sense of loss and degradation, of disconnect and isolation , and of aggression, seem widespread in our civilization now. 

Responding to this from my own experience, and as i see it reflected in people I see around me, represents an attempt to connect, or at least understand better, its meaning and eventual resolution.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    www.davidrohn.net   www.labomamo.com