Monday, April 6, 2015

Coworker @ Swampspace



Coworker @ Swampspace

Opens April 11 

Brandon Opalka
Dave Marsh
Nicole Doran
Dave Kutzma
Freddy Jouwayed
Erin Thurow
Sarah MK Moody
Steve Moser
Brookhart Jonquil

We are pleased as porcupines to announce an ignominious collaboration among a sampling of the more formidable forces emerging from the cultural geyser of Miami arts awakening. The Coworker is about odds and probabilities but it's also about the mentoring of mindsets and the offering of assistance in the way of a "leg up" to the uninformed, the misinformed and the misaligned. All things considered, Coworker gets the job done, albeit in overdrive.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Obvious/Oblivious by Ottilie Mason


Swampspace Gallery
Press Release February 1, 2015

Toronto Artist Ottilie Mason Premiers OBVIOUS/OBLIVIOUS at Swampspace Gallery in the Miami Design District

Opening Reception: Friday, February 13th, 2015, 7-11pm

The director of Swampspace, Oliver Sanchez announced today the much anticipated Miami depute of Obvious/Oblivious by Ottilie Mason.
Ms Mason has created large-scale photographs of site-specific tableaux that attempt to expose the mystery, beauty and abuse of water - our most precious natural resource.

“In this project, I am taking an entertaining and provocative approach to environmentalism because in the words of experimental filmmaker Jack Smith,  ‘Art must not be used as means of fleeing from thinking... let art continue to be stunning, naturalistic and glamourous – but let it also be loaded with information."  Mason

With OBVIOUS/OBLIVIOUS Mason accesses her experiences in varied disciplines of installation, performance, set & costume design, painting and sculpture for collaborations with photographers Liat Aharoni, Babak Khairi, Brian Patterson, Hill Peppard and George Whiteside.

OBVIOUS/OBLIVIOUS features starkly contrasted, domestic and natural landscapes where the artist’s body appears to become  fluid as water itself.  Memento Mori of environmental apocalypse, coexist within these seemingly perfect realities and suggest the absence of balance. The substantive topic endangered marine life, and the bio-fouling of the water supply are interrogated by scenes of desertification, garbage atolls and melting polar ice. We see a kitchen being consumed in a sea of jellyfish and a table over-flowing with the fruits of the sea as if set for a Caligula feast.

A portion of the proceeds from sale of the artworks will be donated to 5 Gyres Institute a non-profit organization based in LA and dedicated to the elimination of plastic waste in the world’s oceans and watersheds. 

About the Artist:
Mason’s is an Ontario Scholar from Canadian School of Art in Florence, Italy. She also attended McGill University and University of Toronto and OCAD (The Funnel film/video production). In New York she studied acting at both the Neighbourhood Playhouse and the William Esper Studio.  Her work has been exhibited in North America at AGO, ABC No Rio Gallery in New York and Resistor Gallery in Toronto.
Mason's  portfolio includes several Dora Mavor Moore nominations for set costume & lighting design for Theatre Gargantua’s, 1990’s production “The Templar Project”.  She won Dora Mavor Moore Award for best production for the Umbrella Factory’s “Marat Sade”.
Other recognitions include the City of Toronto Millennium Award for 1st prize in Arts & Culture for the Sculpture Garden Project at the McMurrich School, Toronto. Olympia and York awarded her the artistic merit for the ‘Head to Toe’ exhibition at Queens Quay.
Ms Mason designing costumes for Margo Kidder in Patricia Rozema’s popular film, The White Room.  Mason is a founding member of the world-acclaimed Theatre Asylum.

About Swampspace:
Under the auspices of Miami native Oliver Sanchez,  Swampspace was founded in 2005 on the premise that Miami needs authentic grass-roots venues to promote basic arts awareness.   Today Swampspace is a known destination for locals and visitors to Miami and its also a point of interest on the art world stage.  Located in the Miami Design District,  Swampspace presents innovative visual arts and performative productions focused on artistic values rather than profit.  The real dividend is enhanced civility of a broader community. Swampspace is funded in part by the Knight Foundation.


                                 

Ottilie Mason OBVIOUS/OBLIVIOUS
Opening Reception Friday, February 13th, 2015, 7-11pm
February 13th-27th, 2015, Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm

Swampspace Gallery
3940 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33127

contacts:
swampstyle@gmail.com

Valerie Dooley
Toots Capital
416.488.2881


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jerry Powers - Saving Lolita



Jerry Powers Opens an Exhibition of Painting at Swampspace Gallery

Swampspace is thilled to present
JERRY POWERS - SAVING LOLITA
Recent Paintings focused on the effort to Save Lolita, a national campaign to improve conditions of whales in captivity.
Opening Reception January 16  7-11
Jerry Powers has drive. His passion for the arts has recently manifest in a series of painting that depict the sentimental and explosive nature of our existence. From the abrasive celebrity mug-shot painting to the innocence of soothing abstractions in primary palettes, Powers is a force for the good and the honest in a world steeped in capital concerns and intellectual inhibition. Powers the artist may be overlooked but the work deserves a spotlight that Swampspace is pleased to ignite.   
Powers is no stranger to controversy.  Back in the seventies when Richard Nixon and Anita Bryant flooded Miami with conservative dominance, Powers was publisher of the infamous counter-culture periodical the Daily Planet of Coconut Grove.  Powers was often the focus of authoritarians hell-bent on crushing our First Amendment Right to free speech.  In the 80's he socialized with the New York cultural vanguards such as Alan Ginsberg, Larry Flint, Peter Max and Andy Warhol. On his return for the South Beach renascence of the early 90's, Powers the foreword thinker foretold the tumult of luxury with the founding of Ocean Drive Magazine. In time the glitz and excess depicted on the glossy pages became normalized reality for the Miami Beach we know today.  Always the visionary Jerry has moved beyond the fray of publishing and is now focused on his artwork and a lifelong desire to help animal rights organizations. 
Save Lolita is a campaign that strives to educate the public and set policy that protects  wildlife.  Proceeds from sales of Powers artwork will be donated to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  

Exhibition January 16 - 26   Mon - Sat  11 - 7pm
Swampspace Gallery
3940 N. Miami Avenue 33127
Miami Design District


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Oceans of Notions for Basel



To coincide with ABMB 2014, Swampspace Gallery is pleased to present it's annual signature exhibition titled Oceans of Notions - Observations on the Ebb and Flow of Matter.  The installation will feature curatorial works by Oliver and Lucia Sanchez.  

Oceans of Notions will focus on the creative impulse, intrinsic to our dependence on water, the inhospitable allure of the oceans and our collective earthbound psyche.  Oceans of Notions is the curatorial debut of the father and daughter collaboration. 

Opening Reception November 29, 2014  7-11pm
Closing Reception December 27, 2014    7-11pm
Open daily Monday-Saturday  11-7pm   


Swampspace Gallery has been an artistic mainstay in the Miami Design district for over a decade. Swampspace is a recipient of the prestigious Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant 2014.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kamel-Bak - Performance Series - Design District


Please join us for another remarkable night at the Design District's Site-Specific Performance Series. Shows start the fabulous De La Cruz Bldg for a musical interlude with the New World Symphony. Then we stroll over to 3900 N Miami Ave for a sneak peek at the intriguing Gina Gionfriddo's U.S. Drag. Finally we top off the attractions with Kamel-Bak at Swampspace featuring the antics of David Rohn, Adora and Jasmine Kastel and their outrageous triple threat Homo-sapien Collabs made all the better with cool smooth libations compliments of Grey Goosey Juicy.




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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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