transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes

Curated by william cordova
Nov. 5, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 6 – 9 pm

“we should want … [our] relationship to space to evoke architecture as it is informed by the humanities, not architecture simply as a technical art.” -LaVerne Wells-Bowie (Art On My Mind: Visual Politics: bell hooks)

The works selected by curator william cordova represent four generations of South Florida artists whose practice is informed and rooted in the geography, community and multi-cultural diversity of the region. These are artists who have endured and evolved as South Florida has changed, and yet still transcend the boundaries of expectation.

The exhibition offers a glimpse into the prism of South Florida art through sculpture, painting, drawing, audio and film. The works are derived from many different parts of the region and utilize a variety of concepts and scale. Exhibiting artists include the late Purvis Young, the first real home-grown talent whose prolific and complex work gained international critical acclaim well before the 2000s; Karen Rifas, whose expansive site-specific ephemeral installations have been a trademark and influence on the ever-evolving local scene since the 1970s; Robert Thiele, the first Florida artist to be included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial (1975); Juana Valdes, whose work has been included in various biennials, including the Havana and SITE Santa Fe biennials, and yet locally goes unnoticed by major museums; and Onajide Shabaka, visual artist, anthropologist, botanist and writer, a cultural practitioner whose artistic depth and contributions remain unmatched. These are only a few of the many practitioners whose works will be highlighted in this survey of a southern Florida collective.

“those who ain’t got it can’t show it, those who got it can’t hide it” — Zora Neale Hurston

Events
Spanish Language Tour of transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes led by Gean Moreno and Izel Vargas in collaboration with letraurbana.com
Sat., Nov. 12, 2 pm
Panel Discussion with william cordova, Aramis O’Riley, Karen Rifas, and Onajide Shabaka
Sat., Dec. 17, 2 pm
All events free with gallery admission; free for members.

Artists
Dona Altemus
Kevin Arrow
Warren Bailey
Pablo Cano
Rosemarie Chiarlone
Yanira Collado
Lou Anne Colodny
Sharon Lee Hart
Babette Herschberger
Peter Hosfeld
Robert Huff
Michiko Kurisu
Rhea Leonard
Laura Luna
Ena Marrero
Donald McKnight
Robert Mcknight
Gean Moreno
Arturo E. Mosquera
Glexis Novoa
Aramis O’Riley
Charo Oquet
Ernesto Oroza
Jorge Pantoja
Kerry Phillips
Carlos Prim
Ralph Provisero
Karen Rifas
David Rohn
Alexis Sanfield
Onajide Shabaka
Barron Sherer
Noelle Theard
Robert Thiele
Kristen Thiele
Rick Ulysse
Juana Valdes
Izel Vargas
Susan Weiss
Purvis Young

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Hollywood, FL 33020