...Miami-based creatives Oliver and Min Sanchez have direct connections to the exhibition. They witnessed the creative peaks of the East Village scene during the height of hysteria brought upon by the AIDS epidemic.
CHAMPLAIN in memoriam
ART EXHIBITION OPENS IN THE DESIGN DISTRICT
Opening reception June 24th 6-9pm
June 24-July 24, 2022
Swampspace presents a dolorous art exhibition that commemorates the one year anniversary of the Champlain South Building Collapse in the Town of Surfside. With heavy hearts and mournful spirit, this installation aims to call upon our collective good will and offer a conciliatory reminder that all life is precious and fleeting. With a debt of gratitude, we honor the First Responders and their dedication to service.
The exhibit features artworks by Ruth Burotte, Sharif Salem, McLean Fletcher, Eddie Arroyo, Atomik, photography by Surfside Vice Mayor Tina Paul and Mark Diamond, Oliver Sanchez, Kiki Valdez, Ali Miranda, Reinier Gamboa highlighted by a special musical tribute by Surfside resident Marcos Winer on opening night. Proceeds will be donated to the Global Empowerment Mission.
We met Paul and his parents on a sunny day while working at my art studio. Father worked nearby at a local eatery and mom was a home-maker. They had a gentle demeanor as we spoke of the neighborhood and life’s blessings. The kid was respectful and engaging with that sparkle in his eyes that all children have. My daughter kept that sparkle also but she was now in here twenties having returned home from college. My studio had a big roll-up door that opened to an alleyway where neighbors strolled and cyclists rode to avoid traffic on busy streets. The big door opened to reveal a spacious workshop filled with the makings of a lively atelier where art is born. Adjoining the studio was an art gallery where we had cultural events for the community at large. Having been here for nearly 3 decades made my place a known destination. Many first-time visitors would comment that it was a magical place that invited the curious to explore as it was brimming with color and shape and tools for making stuff. It was also a bohemian messy place, hence the name Swampspace.
The Paulmobile! an arts & craft project 2019
This innocuous story took a wild and alarming turn for the worse when on a seemingly unremarkable afternoon we were confronted with a malice that can only be explained as a chaotic clash of cosmic vibrations. It was also a test of our social institutions and our collective inability to care for everyone. What I mean by this is that as we must care for all the children, we must also care for adults who are deeply damaged by adversity from a myriad of cultural failings that plague modernity. The details of that fateful day are now the stuff of TV news, law enforcement and government bureaucracy. The reporting is accurate and the narrative is helpful. For many viewers I was indeed the regular guy, a hero on the perennial feel-good story at the end of every nightly broadcast; cautionary, upbeat and motivational. This was a happy ending that made the world a bit less dreary, a speed bump on the road to hopelessness and nihilism. The offender was a known person, a homeless female with mental illness. I often wonder what her motivations were. It is not a stretch to guess that unscrupulous actors would recruit homeless folks to abduct and hand over a child to a waiting car nearby. On that fateful day, she was marching forcefully with the kid in her grips to a desolate street one block away from the gallery near the on-ramp to I-95. I could not live with that scenario. Rest assured, I would do the same again if needed.
Paul attempting to meditate during the installation of the exhibition CLAIRE Victims of Cancer.
I saw Paul and his parents several times after that. He was enrolled in an organized after-school activity. They have since moved away. The offender was apprehended and placed in psychiatric custody of the state.
Today, I struggle to understand how it is that the growing problem of affordable housing, homelessness and mental health in American is low on the totem of looming concerns such as affordable health care, a crashing economy, climate change or social justice. Perhaps the archipelago of the homeless worldwide just isn’t a pretty picture that a dominant cult of luxury is prepared to appreciate.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE PREMIER SCREENING OF THIS UPLIFTING DOCUMENTARY THAT CHRONICLES THE LIFE OF A DELIGHTFUL YOUNG ARTIST AS SHE NAVIGATES THESE TIMES OF CONSTERNATION AND UNCERTAINTY.
February 1, 2022
ANGELA FEYEUX PREMIERS COLLAGE ART IN THE DESIGN DISTRICT
CUT & PASTE
Expressions in Analog
By Angela Feyeux
Opens: February 19th. 6-9pm
February 19th - March 19, 2022
Swampspace Gallery is thrilled to present the recent work of Angela Feyeux. Angela is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator currently focused on the practice of recreational cutting and pasting of printed material fragments from contemporary and vintage magazines as well as coffee table books. Her vision of fantastic improbabilities and imaginary realms is evident in her vivid compositions arranged with surgical precision. The viewer is lured into her fanciful world of analog experience through a myriad of illusionary virtual expressions ranging from the brazenly comical to spiritually transformative. As with Carroll’s Alice and her looking glass, Angela’s work welcomes us into the real world of tactile magic and managed mayhem.
Born in Newark, NJ Angela devoted her professional career to art education of the underserved community in the public school system. After retirement she relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL where she is an avid candid photographer of street life.
Feyeux earned a Fine Arts Major in Photography from the University of Tampa and attended School of Visual Arts in NY.
“To me, pictures are like blintzes - ya gotta get’em while they’re hot.” WeeGee
Angela Feyeux 2022
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Please join us for our Premier Exhibition during Miami Art Week...
SOLO, Not Alone. New Work by Ruth Burotte
OPENING RECEPTION November 20th 6-9pm
November 20th - December 2021
Young Haitian-American artist Ruth Burotte cleverly depicts her superheroes influenced by Japanese Manga and American Hip-Hop making visible a future/present that is both dystopian and joyfully dissociated, to shift the paradigms of art today.
On the occasion of Miami Art Week 2021, Swampspace is thrilled to present new work by Ruth Burotte. In her first solo exhibition, Ruth transports the viewer through prodigious cultural strata with an installation of painting, projection and sound. Heavily influenced by Japanese Manga and American Hip-Hop, she cleverly depicts self-made superheroes wearing masks, capes and kicks, who wield the power to confront diabolical adversity. As a first generation Haitian American artist, Burotte’s work makes visible a future/present that is both dystopian and joyfully dissociated, to shift the paradigms of art.