AUTOPIA: Road Trips from the Cold War to the Present
Curated by Elvis Fuentes and Gabriela M. Fernandez
Audrey Love Gallery
Named number of the 25 Things to See and Do in Miami Beyond Art Basel by Artnet.
Listed in the Miami Herald's Art-filled sights for the holidays
On-View Nov 28, 2016 - Jan 22, 2017
Autopia explores the ubiquitous presence of the automobile in contemporary culture. “Autopia” combines the words auto and Utopia to highlight the importance that the car industry played as one of the paramount symbols of progress in the 20th Century. What is its place in contemporary culture? Does car culture remain central to our ideal of progress? In this exhibition, the legacy of automobiles is being reviewed and reassessed through the work of artists from three continents.
The exhibition is divided in four thematic groups, dealing with the central role of cars in the American High/Way of Life, the USA-USSR fight for consumers’ hearts and minds during the Cold War, the impact of automobiles in the natural realm, and the ways in which it has affected human lives, rewriting maps through commerce and migration, and changing urban centers like Miami.
Participating artists include:
Jairo Alfonso, Adrián Balseca, Yael Bartana, César Beltrán, Timothy Buwalda, Carlos Luis DeMedeiros, Rigoberto Díaz Martínez, Daniel Evans, Luis Gispert, Pablo Helguera, Alex Heria, Marisa Jahn, Ernesto Kunde, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Carlos Marcial, Frank E. Martínez, Julio César Morales, Alex Núñez, Rob Pruitt, Rubert Quintana, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Jorge Rodríguez Díez, Betsabée Romero, Peter Sarkisian, Daniel Silvo, Pedro Vizcaíno
Lessons In Post-Biology
The Creations of Judith Berk King and Enrique Gomez De Molina
On-View Jan 6 - Feb 24, 2017
With this exhibition the Bakehouse Art Complex launches its Baked-in-House series - a program aimed at showcasing recent work by one or more outstanding resident artists, often in dialogue with other creatives outside our organization.
Lessons in Post-Biology brings together BAC artist Judith Berk King’s and Enrique Gomez de Molina’s own bestiaries. From recognizable forms to abstraction, King’s figures resemble delicate, microscopic fossils. Her graphite drawings and digital collages are close in language to those of the first European explorers’ depictions of nature in the New World when imagination filled in the gaps between the known and the unknown. In contrast, Gomez de Molina presents exuberant species where furs, feathers, leathers and other parts of animals that exist today are combined with the mastery of a taxidermist. They are surreal and yet seem to be ready to come alive at any minute.
These new species carry the feeling of the old Cabinets of Curiosities, evading classification. Given the many changes in our natural environment, one wonders if tomorrow’s world will be inhabited by King’s and Gomez de Molina’s post-biology imaginations.