Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rocking Chair Sessions #76-100 Exhibit

RCS #76-100 Exhibit
by BABA Collective
Opening Reception: May 4, 6-10pm Closing: May 24, 2019

Swampspace Gallery presents RCS #76-100 Exhibit, a multimedia exhibition featuring participants of the Rocking Chair Sessions podcasts series curated by BABA Collective. The exhibit is a compilation of tangible visual artworks and ephemeral audio recordings of reflections, recollection, meditation and memory. RCS audio archive podcasts provide a glimpse at the understanding of artists awareness, actions and motives that presently define our creative community in South Florida.

Participating Artists: Amanda Bradley, Anthony Spinello, Belaxis Buil, Carrie Sieh, David Gary Lloyd, Elaine Defibaugh, Eurydice, Gabriela Garcia D’Alta, Ian Fichman, Jordana Pomeroy, Juan Henrique, Kerry Phillips, Lucinda Linderman, Marina Gonella, Mark Diamond, Michelle Weinberg, Myung Nam An, Nick Gilmore, Nick Mahshie, Nicole Salcedo, Oliver Sanchez, Reginald O’Neal, Sharif Slimting, Stephanie Jaffe and Valeria Yamamoto.

BABA Collective was founded in 2017 by Elysa D. Batista and Maria Theresa Barbist to establish Rocking Chair Sessions. RCS aims to engage in casual dialog with local artists and cultural producers in South Florida. RCS documents personal narratives and anecdotal stories of the creative process as oral history. Housed in the Bakehouse Artist Complex, RCS is a valuable contributor to the global burgeoning genre of audio interviews and grassroots anthropology. RCS is housed in the Bakehouse Artist Complex.
https://soundcloud.com/rockingchairsessions

RCS is supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Special thanks to Stephanie Ansin and Spencer Steward, Debi and Jeff Weschler, Craig Robins - MDDA.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Autochthonous - Towards a New Indigene



Toward a New Indigene - AUTOCHTHONOUS 

OPENING Reception: April 5th 6-10pm - Closing: April 19th 

As global destinations become more accessible and the psychic distance between us shrinks, we enter the realm of the autochthonous. In scientific terms most things are classified as animal, mineral, or vegetable. Those labels of the material world fall short in the understanding of who we are as totalities in space and time. Toward a New Indigene-AUTOCHTHONOUS celebrates a world re-defined by cultural coalescence and a blurring of identity. 
This exhibition aims to distinguish splendid indigeneity from intellectual confines of the canonical west. We move towards a new indigene where indigence is banished to a conspicuous linguistic asylum. We celebrate diversity of craft and character so that all may comprehend the culture of orality of first nations. 
Hypothesizing the mysterious contents of the metaphysical world, autochthonous pride arises from a declaration of ones presence. We adapt new forms with our collective muscle memory to celebrate all spiritual origins; from the without of another earth. Who would deny that we are more than the sum of our parts. 
Featuring works by Marcus Blake, Charo Oquet, Houston Cypress, Reinier Gamboa, Carol Jazzar, David Rohn, Nicole Salcedo, Franky Cruz and surprise performance TBA. 
Special Guest: Anne Marie Miller brings to us treasures from Indigenous Celebration, a non-profit organization empowering indigenous communities on tribal lands of Rio Gregorio in Brazil. With a shared mission to preserve the Amazon rainforest and the wisdom of its people, we are honored to showcase wearable crafts and beaded creations from the Yawanawa tribe of Brazil. 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Stephanie Ansin and Spencer Stewart, Miami Design District Associates.





Tuesday, January 15, 2019

C L A I R E


SWAMPSPACE Gallery
3940 NORTH MIAMI AVENUE
MIAMI, FL 33127

JANUARY 18, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENS in the Miami Design District.
CLAIRE by SARAH MOODY 

Opening Reception: February 16th 5-10pm
Closing: February 24, 2019

“A sibling can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves -- a special kind of double.” Tony Morrison

Erie, PA --- Swampspace and Maggie Knox are pleased to announce the opening of CLAIRE, an exhibition of portraits made over twenty years by Sarah Moody, with a book release of The Power of CLAIRE. The exhibition will feature twenty-four framed photographs and hardbound books for sale.

The photographs are of Moody’s sister, Claire, beginning in childhood until Claire’s death in 2016. Claire was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer starting in the bone, in 2012. She fought a courageous battle, being treated in Miami, Florida, Erie, Pennsylvania and New York, New York. The images were all taken with film and are candid and posed, straight on with eye contact. Sarah comments about the work:

“Our close relationship created an environment that fostered comfort ability and love, rare to find between photographer and muse. This gave me the opportunity to document her in intense, joyful, and later excruciating realness. Claire’s infectious personality allowed her to express herself and her life so deeply, and so fully. Lucky me to have her as a subject.” 

The Power of CLAIRE is a 158-page color hardbound book chronicling a worldwide tribute to Claire by friends and family beginning a couple days after she passed on August 11, 2016. The first ‘CLAIRE’ was made on Miami Beach, written in flowers in seven-foot letters on the sand. The video sharing the creation and gathering of friends was shared on social media, creating a viral outpouring of love of friends and family sending their own tribute. 


CLAIRE will be included in IIIPoints Festival’s Activation Program (February 15-17), with a sponsored opening reception on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5-8 pm.

Sarah Margaret Knox Moody (b. 1988, Chicago, IL) is a photographer, artist, and curator based in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her work is process based, rooted in familial history and connecting with others.  Moody received her BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design and BA in Literature and Writing from Eugene Lang both of The New School University in 2011. 

Swampspace is an established artist run exhibition space founded and directed by native artist Oliver Sanchez in the Miami Design District.

Special Thanks: Craig Robins, Stephanie Ansin and Spencer Steward.


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Monday, November 26, 2018

Hosting Projects for Basel Week


Well, acting itself is a form of disobedience, always
Marcel Alcala, Diana Lozano, Lucia Del Sanchez

Opens December 3  7-11pm



Hosting Projects is an artist run duo, Harris Bauer and Rachel Zaretsky, based in New York and Los Angeles focused on facilitation, curation, collaboration and conversation generated by new works from artists.

Swampspace presents Well, acting itself is a form of disobedience, always, an exhibition organized by Hosting Projects. The show features sculptures, paintings and multimedia works by Marcel Alcala, Diana Lozano and Lucia Del Sanchez, Latinx artists based in Miami and New York.
Alcala, Lozano and Sanchez wield ornamentation and embellishment as a tool in their glorification of excess turned descriptive language. They seek to reclaim existing iconography as well as desired cultural capital. Each of the works on exhibit come from a space reliant on the artists’ collective memory, drawing from their immediate surroundings and personal insight or nostalgia, while still reflecting something outside the realm of recognition. These objects play their own parts to perform their own existences. Each assemblage born in the lingering moment of awareness that camp is, in fact, a criticism.
Alcala’s use of humor, play, and the absurd critique the extremes and everyday banalities of societal power. Their pastel drawings are set in specific landscapes, embellished in a heightened aware- ness of the surreal as they praise the queer body and the brown body. Their images identify and contextualize these figurations in various social and community settings emulous of their everyday life, glimmering with icons of the banal. Their enactment of clownperformances manifest as both individual works or parties and, similar to Alcala’s paintings, drawings, and poetry, reference identity politics in order to explore the future/status of brown bodies in queer communities as well as various cities around the country.
Lozano’s sculptures blend botanical and synthetic imagery. Her fabrications, as they hang from the ceiling or stand as monumental objects, magnify elements often seen as complementary. She treats these objects in a collage like manner, elevating each component from its original state of recognizability to its fantastical counterpart, an individual artery within each of her compositions. Accessorizing her work with earrings, charms, wax, paint, flowers and leaves, she evokes a peripheral familiarity, calling attention to items often seen within dollar stores and city shops. Her work in further adorning these sculptural objects, normally used in adornment themselves, evokes a desire to belong, perform, and call upon a constructed identity through fashion artifacts and cultural specificity.
Sanchez’s work is consistently reflective of Miami’s socio-political structures and climate dependencies. Born and raised in Miami Beach, she often takes performative action towards immortalizing the city’s various singularities and mannerisms. In this installation of stolen banners, Sanchez embellishes upon imagery that at one point was used to mask developing construction sites for luxury buildings. Sewing, tearing, and revealing sub contexts to these images by way of dried flowers, leaves and shells found on Florida beaches, as well as brightly colored beads and paint, evoke a culture of celebration. Once skins for capitalist visions, they take the form of a newly independent body, pulling away from their previous purpose. They are imbued with sentiment, now part of an emotionally aware landscape. Her treatment of these 20 foot long banners promotes their tactility, rather than their reflection of modernity, and confront notions of excavation, anthropology and desire. 



Marcel Alcala (b. 1990 Santa Ana, CA) is a Mexican-American artist who creates events and encounters that upend the expectation of art as a discrete work exhibited for a specific period of time. They often collaborate with artists and specialists in fields such as science, literature, film, music, and architecture. Alcala ventures outside of institutional structures to contextualize their work in public space. Alcala’s diverse practice includes performance, live situations, installations, objects, and drawings. They graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and currently live in Brooklyn, NY.

Diana Lozano (b. 1992 Cali, Colombia) received her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2013. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She has shown at The General Consulate of Colombia in New York, Company Gallery, Fisher Parrish Gallery, AMO Studios, La Mama Galleria, Splatterpool Art Space, Casa Prado in Colombia, Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco and Open Space in Baltimore.

Lucia Del Sanchez (b. 1992 Miami, FL) is a Cuban-Slovenian artist. Her artistic practice includes photography, performance, sculpture and painting, drawing from her familial history, migrations through various cities, and her experience as a child model in the early 90s. Her work traces a personal narrative with an eye towards archaeology, collection and observation as well as the fossilization of memory, to produce temporal poetics and protracted self portraits. She graduated from the Cooper Union in NYC, also studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Holland as well as the European Exchange Academy in Germany. Sanchez currently lives in Miami. 

Swampspace is an established artist run exhibition space and studio run by Oliver Sanchez in Miami’s Design District welcoming a show organized by emerging artists with their own practice of curating and roots in Miami.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Magic Hour by Jose Felix Perez





ART EXHIBITION OF JOSE FELIX PEREZ - RECENT PAINTINGS AT SWAMPSPACE IN THE DESIGN DISTRICT

Opening Reception May 25  7-11pm

Jose Felix Perez - The Magic Hour

The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we may get to keep the planet.” 
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

On the evolution of American landscape painting, Jose Felix Perez is perhaps best defined as the Charles Burchfield of the swamp. A Miami native, Jose attended New World School of the Arts where he readily embraced romantic landscape painting to depict the threatened wilderness of our tropical home, in all of its wild, colorful vibrancy. He follows the legendary Highwaymen and Backus with his distinctive renditions of our most precious resource. Spaces between colors and rhythm of shapes are interwoven with a hypnotic tranquility of our alluring and seemingly endless natural environment. Perez deftly blends a palette of prismatic colored brilliance to create enduring compositions more akin to Jackson Pollack than Clyde Butcher. During the magic hour, that perfect time photographers and painters embrace, everything seems bathed in bronze, crisp light. But it's elusive and fragile, just like the tropical nature that surrounds us, threatened from every side. With his unique vision of our beloved river of grass, we are privileged to witness nature at its best, be it within our backyards or deep in a cypress hammock. For his first solo show at Swampspace, Jose Felix Perez offers recent works for your allegorical mythic experience.

Special thanks:  Miami Design District

Overgrown 2018 Jose Felix Perez