NEW WORK – BAC
Curated by Justin H. Long
Audrey Love Gallery
On-View: January 26- March 25, 2018
The Newest NEW, the Hottest HOT, the Freshest FRESH has always been sought after; the need to evolve is a necessity. Art has followed the same path, without constant evolution work becomes stale and irrelevant quickly. NEW WORK - BAC is a survey of work from the last year from the Bakehouse’s newest residents. These 20 artists work across all media and proudly produce their art within the walls of BAC’s immense facility.
A true hands-on sense of materiality is present with all producing their own work, owning the craft as well as the concepts behind each project. Departures from traditional methods of sculpture are evident with the presence of sex dolls, buttons, packing materials, polygons and eyeballs made from porcelain. Painting is interpreted through sensed portraits and imagined landscapes exploring feelings and forgotten spaces. Swimming pools, the Ocean and vacant urban settings pour through the photographs, inspired by living in Miami. All work was made this year or last, guaranteeing the freshest fresh and newest new BAC has to offer.
Artists include: Amanda Bradley, Gianna Riccardi, Scott Brennan, Maritza Caneca, Bernadette Despujols, Augusto Esquivel, Gabriela Garcia, Nicole Maynard-Sahar, Sean Mick, Aurora Molina, Isabela Muci, Myung Nam An, Rolando Peña, Sandra Ramos, Mary Ellen Scherl, Lauren Shapiro, Alejandra Suarez, Tonya Vegas, Clara Toro and Pedro Wazzan.
Dedicated to our friend, Harvey Zipkin.
Iterum Tensio: Ryan Roa and Lauren Shapiro
Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff
On-View: January 12- March 4, 2018
“There are no solids. There are no things. There are only interfering and non-interfering patterns operative in pure principle, and principles are eternal.” -Buckminster Fuller
This exhibition explores the intriguing connection between mathematics, physics and the arts; it highlights the mysterious artistic and scientific threads that fuel two remarkable artists, bringing forth a rich mix of sensibilities towards art, abstraction, science, creativity, and meaning.
Ryan Roa’s work “is hewn out of immense tension between a very physical act of making and the resistance of the materials to that process”. Principles of physics such as torque, force and gravity are employed to create both the 3-D works such as the black bungee cords Plane Drawings and the Tension Sculptures, as well as the two-dimensional charcoal rubbings and tar paper pieces.
Lauren Shapiro’s sculptures immediately bring to the fore the connection to the world of patterns, origami and paper folding. The artist finds inspiration in how molecules naturally accumulate and congregate to form geometric patterns both large and small. To create the works in this exhibition Shapiro studied the polygonal ice wedges occurring with melting permafrost whose striking geometric honeycomb appearance dominates the lowlands of the arctic region.
Ryan Roa’s and Lauren Shapiro’s practice goes well beyond the exquisite aesthetic appreciation of geometry and patterns, leading them to create striking visual metaphors for societal rising tensions and matters related to deep ecology.